AFL Increases Maximum Fiber Count for CentraCore OPGW
Spartanburg, SC – AFL, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic cable and accessories, introduces a higher fiber count Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) cable. AFL’s CentraCore OPGW is now offered in fiber counts up to 96 fibers in a central single stainless steel tube design.
CentraCore OPGW features a gel-filled, laser-welded, hermetically-sealed stainless steel tube inside of a central aluminum pipe to protect the optical fibers from crushing forces and electrical faults. Additionally, a layer of aluminum clad steel and/or alloy wires are stranded around the central unit to provide excellent protection against environmental stresses.
“CentraCore OPGW has always featured a high density of fiber, but previous maximum fiber counts were limited to 72 fibers in a CentraCore OPGW,” commented Jon Potter, product manager for AFL’s aerial cable systems. “This development pushes AFL’s capability even further so that OPGW customers can maximize data throughput and maintain a high fiber density in a lightweight, robust cable design.”
As the fiber count within CentraCore increases or decreases, the outer diameter remains constant, streamlining an electric utility’s hardware selection. Customers using a 48-fiber or 72-fiber CentraCore OPGW can increase their fiber count to 96 fibers and possibly maintain the same suspension hardware and accessories, eliminating confusion and saving time and money.
Optical Ground Wire is designed to replace traditional static/shield/earth wires on overhead transmission lines and provide a communications pathway for telecommunications purposes. For additional information about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, enterprise and factory markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.
Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable services that help our customers improve their critical fiber optic and electrical infrastructures. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
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