MAY 2, 2007 -- Westover Scientific (search for Westover Scientific) has expanded its fiber-optic test equipment portfolio with the release of a new visual fault locator (search for VFL) . This ruggedized handheld tool is used to locate damage such as bends and breaks in fiber-optic cable by shining a laser beam down one end. Any section of the cable that exceeds the maximum bend radius or has become broken will glow red, allowing the technician to locate the problem quickly and easily.
Westover says its VFL (FFL-100) is fully assembled with a 2.5-mm interface for testing common connectors (SC, FC, ST). Each VFL also includes a carrying case, two AA batteries, (which will operate the VFL for over 80 hours of continuous use), and a 1.25-mm adapter to facilitate its use with small form factor connectors (LC, MU).
Westover's VFL includes a 650-nm Class 2 laser with a maximum output power of 1.0 mW for a range of up to 4 km for singlemode cables.
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