AFL Expands Fiber Optic Cleaning Product Line with OPTIPOP-R

Lowell, MA and Spartanburg, SC – AFL has expanded its fiber optic cleaning product offerings with the addition of the OPTIPOP-R family of refillable cassette cleaners. This family includes four models that can be used with common exposed-ferrule connectors, both single fiber and multi-fiber types: 

  • OPTIPOP-R1: single slot model for cleaning 1.25 mm and 2.5 mm ferrule connectors, including SC, SC2, FC, ST, MU, LC, MT, MPO/MTP® without guide pins (female) and MT-RJ without guide pins (female)
  • OPTIPOP-R2: two slot model for cleaning 1.25 mm and 2.5 mm ferrule connectors, including SC, SC2, FC, ST, simplex and duplex MU, simplex and duplex LC 
  • OPTIPOP-R3: single slot model for cleaning MPO/MTP connectors with guide pins (male)
  • OPTIPOP-R4: single slot model for cleaning MT-RJ connectors with guide pins (male)
The OPTIPOP-R family is used to dry clean the exposed ferrule end faces (UPC and APC) of fiber optic connectors, including the duplex LC and multi-fiber MPO. All four models yield more than 400 cleans per tape and the replaceable tape reels reduce the cost per clean to below $0.07 USD. The pre-washed micro-fiber tape cloth captures microscopic dust, particulate debris, oil and other contaminants to help ensure IEC/IPC end-face quality standards compliance. Constructed of tough ABS resin impregnated with an anti-static agent, the OPTIPOP-R cleaners are suitable for both inside and outside plant environments in service provider, enterprise and data center networks.
“AFL now offers the most comprehensive fiber optic cleaning products portfolio in the industry, covering push-type cleaners, cassette or reel-type cleaners, cleaning fluids, wipes and cleaning cards, cleaning sticks, tips and swabs,” commented Maury Wood, product line manager for AFL. “No matter the application or cleaning method preference, AFL provides the products and trusted know-how to help optimize fiber handling workflow.”
The OPTIPOP-R family is ideal for FTTH drop cable installation and service restoration; data center fiber trunk turn-up and maintenance; pre-terminated cable production; electro-optic test and calibration laboratories and clean rooms; and service provider cable head-end and central office optical equipment upgrades. 
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About AFL
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

Maury Wood
Product Line Manager
Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager