Neutrik Americas has announced the launch of its FIBERFOX Fiber Optic Connection System. Neutrik Americas is of course, a wholly owned subsidiary of Neutrik AG and member of the Neutrik Group. Currently, the company is based in Charlotte, N.C.
Per Neutrik, the FIBERFOX Fiber Optic Connection System is designed to meet the requirements of MIL-DTL-83526 military specifications. The company thus cites it as an ideal solution for use in harsh environments. Neutrik attributes this to the expanded beam fiber optic connectivity. According to the company, this makes them a suitable choice for use in dirty, dusty environments.
FIBERFOX expanded beam fiber optic connectors utilize a lens to expand and accurately align the light emitting from an optical fiber, says Neutrik. The aligned light beam is transmitted through an air gap to a mating connector. The light collects and focuses via a second lens into a second optical fiber to complete the connection. With 50/125 multimode fiber, the expanded and aligned light beam has an active area that is approximately 3,600 times larger than a typical 50 µm multimode fiber core. That results in a dramatically increased percentage of available transmission power — with no variation in signal strength over time.
Improved, Heavy-Duty Connectors
The FIBERFOX Fiber Optic Connection System also incorporates both 2- and 4-channel heavy-duty connectors. These connectors are IP68 waterproof certified up to a depth of 19 feet, 8 inches, both mated and unmated — without a protective cap. They can also can withstand 10,000 mating cycles without any maintenance. Thus, they do not require any special cleaning or measurement tools.
Of note, mating ability has improved dramatically as the 2-channel connectors are compatible with 4-channel FIBERFOX configurations and the 4-channel FIBERFOX connectors are compatible with the 2-channel FIBERFOX system. Additionally, both the 2-channel and 4-channel connectors are compatible with all MIL-DTL-83526 systems.
Another notable aspect of the system is the FIBERFOX briDge. Capable of both front- and rear-mounting, these Hermaphroditic connectors facilitate easy patching with common LC patch cords. An LC cable can connect directly into the back of the briDge chassis connector. The FIBERFOX briDge chassis connector fits into the ubiquitous NEUTRIK D-shape cutout.
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David Kuklinski, Neutrik Americas’ director of Fiber Optic Solutions, comments on the new FIBERFOX Fiber Optic Connection System. He states, “The FIBERFOX system represents a dramatic step forward in fiber optic connectivity and signal transmission.”
Kuklinski then adds that the FIBERFOX system features full interconnectivity with standard LC connectors for easy integration with other fiber optic products. He reveals that it is also insensitive to dirt or liquids. Thus, it facilitates easy maintenance and is also robust in terms of resistance to dust and dirt.
He continues, “With full MIL-DTL-83526 compatibility, this system makes a great choice for a wide range of markets. [These include] lighting/network, PA/sound, video, broadcast, defense and government, railway, and oil/gas stations. I’m confident these new products will be well received by system integrators everywhere.”
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