AFL Recognizes Associates for Five Technology Patents

Spartanburg, SC – AFL, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic cable, equipment and accessories, recognized several associates for patent awards received for developing new products and technologies within the optical connectivity and accessories divisions.

AFL’s optical connectivity division received four patents. Three of these are technical advances associated with high-reliability connectors for subsea and harsh-environment applications. These include a “High Reliability Armored Termination/Epoxy Gland,” “Connector Housing with Press Fit Boot Seal,” and a “Wire Bend Fixture.” The fourth patent is for an “Optical Trunk Cable with Web-connected Sub-unitized Configuration.” This invention helps bring optical fibers directly into homes and multiple dwelling units (MDUs) for FTTH (Fiber-to-the-Home) applications.
AFL’s accessories division received a patent for “Conductor Connector Accessories and Methods for Connecting Conductors to Conductor Connector Accessories.” The patented design provides a unique “core grip” for transmission dead ends and joints. When incorporated into the accessory, it provides greater bending strength, heat dissipation and will not loosen on the conductor core (even at high temperature operation). The “Single Stage Compression” (one die) cuts installation time in half and void-free design does not require compound.
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Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless, and outside plant applications.
Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit  
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