AFL combines OTDR, connector inspection and cleaning in NOYES FlexTester PRO Kits

AFL says its new NOYES FlexTester PRO Kits combine a FlexTester multi-function optical tester with the FOCIS Fiber Optic Connector Inspection System and cleaning supplies in a hard-shell carry case.

AFL says its new NOYES FlexTester PRO Kits combine a FlexTester multi-function optical tester with the FOCIS Fiber Optic Connector Inspection System and cleaning supplies in a hard-shell carry case.

Each kit includes a user-specified, handheld OFL280 or FLX380 FlexTester singlemode OTDR with integrated optical laser source, optical power meter, and visual fault locator. FOCIS includes the DFS1 Digital Fiberscope, a fiber optic connector video-inspection probe with USB interface, and the DFD1 handheld touch tablet. Since FOCIS includes its own handheld display, OTDR testing and connector inspection tasks can proceed in parallel, AFL says.

"With its OTDR and integrated power meter, the FlexTester can rapidly detect and locate the source of excess loss or reflections within an installed optical cable," explains Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager at AFL. "The FOCIS probe and display can confirm if contamination or connector damage is the cause."

FlexTester PRO kits additionally include One-Click Cleaners for fast, easy dry-cleaning of connector ends even when mounted inside bulkhead adapters. Cleaning fluid and absorbent cleaning sticks are included in the kit for more stubborn contamination.

Both the FlexTester and FOCIS enable network installers to document network conditions before and after maintenance activities. FlexTesters save OTDR trace and event table results in industry-standard .SOR files. FOCIS supports image capture and save, and provides an image-pairing display capability that enables users to compare connector end-face images before and after cleaning.

AFL's TRM Test Results Manager software also is included in FlexTester PRO kits and may be used to prepare customized, professional reports from uploaded OTDR, OPM, and FOCIS test results.

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