Missed Our Recent Webinar?

If so, don’t fret. This session on “Optical Fibers for Automation Controls and Industrial Networking” is still available for viewing.

Specifically designed for integrators, this webinar discusses the challenge of transforming Industrial Automation configurations, using Industrial Ethernet, to achieve a factory floor that features a more intelligent, efficient and sophisticated network.

This session will also enhance your ability to support customers in making the most environmentally appropriate fiber optic investments.

To access and view this webinar, go HERE.

Let’s Connect!

Attending the 2017 Fiber Connect Conference in Orlando? If not, you’ll miss out on programs from Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) thought leaders and industry experts along with the newest products and solutions.

During the conference presented by the Fiber Broadband Association, OFS technical experts will headline a highly-rated educational session on “FTTH Basics and Network Design” and an MDU panel on “Opportunities and Solutions.” We’ll also display our latest, innovative solutions that help service providers achieve maximum performance and reliability for deployments while helping to increase return on investments.

It’s not too late to join more than 1,300 other FTTH professionals in Orlando on June 12-14, 2017.  For additional information on the OFS sessions, go HERE. To learn more about Fiber Connect and the Fiber Broadband Association, click HERE.

Fiber to the Home Accelerates Local Economies

A new study by RVA, LLC for the Fiber Broadband Association links widely available fiber-to-the-home service to more jobs, a better economy and new business formation. In fact, the report shows that fiber is accelerating the connected economy throughout the U.S.  To learn more, GO HERE.

As the only all-fiber trade association in the Americas, the Fiber Broadband Association provides advocacy, education and resources to companies, organizations and communities who want to deploy the best networks through fiber to the home, fiber to the business and fiber everywhere.

It’s Never Too Late

If you missed the initial presentation, it’s not too late to view the Telecommunications Industry Association’s (TIA) Cabling Standards Update Spring 2017 webinar hosted by Cabling Installation & Maintenance.

The TIA TR-42 Engineering Committee continues to develop and revise standards and specifications relating to cabling components and systems.  Because many North American cabling projects are specified to comply with TIA standards, these documents are among the most relevant to anyone involved in cabling-system design, installation, certification or management. This webcast seminar provides an update on some of the newest development and revision projects taking place in the TR-42 committee.

To learn more or access the presentation, which includes OFS’ Tony Irujo, please GO HERE.

 

Premier Industry Symposium to Feature OFS Technical Pros

Leading experts from OFS will present six technical papers at the first-ever UL and IWCS China Cable & Connectivity Symposium in Shanghai, China, from April 25 through April 27, 2017.

These presentations will cover a wide range of subjects from acrylate-based, harsh environmental coatings for specialty optical fiber to high-speed, SWDM transmission over Wideband Multimode Fiber.

To learn more about these technical papers and the Symposium, go here.

OM5 Multimode Fiber Has Arrived

As data centers increase in size and scale, many industry watchers wonder when the use of single-mode optical fiber will overtake multimode fiber in these facilities. For hyperscale data center designers, that time has arrived. However, for much of the enterprise market, multimode fiber still offers significant cost and power savings over other fibers for supporting short-reach links.

As you read this blog, multimode fiber developers are hard at work creating even more cost-effective, short-reach solutions. In fact, fiber manufacturers recently introduced OM5 wideband multimode fiber, which will support short wavelength division multiplexing (SWDM).

In a new ICT Today article, OFS Product Manager John Kamino takes an in-depth look at the evolution, introduction and standardization of wideband multimode fiber. To learn more, read here.

Award-Winning Optical Fiber Offers a New Solution for Long-Haul Network Demand

Data traffic on optical and mobile networks, video streaming and the large-scale rollout of Cloud computing continue to increase each year. This tremendous growth is creating the demand for additional capacity and placing stress on existing long-haul optical networks.

To help meet this need, OFS has designed and introduced a new G.654.B compliant optical fiber. This award-winning fiber combines Ultra-Low Loss with an optimized effective area that is 49% larger than the effective area of standard G.652.D fiber. As a result, network operators can maximize the distance between signal amplification and regeneration sites which, in turn, helps to reduce the overall system costs of long-haul networks.

Dr. Peter Weimann of OFS will present a live webinar on March 17, sponsored by IWCS, to discuss this new Ultra-Low Loss Fiber for                                                                                                                                       terrestrial applications. To learn more and register for this webinar,                                                                                                                                please go HERE.

Fiber Optic Probe May Beat a Biopsy for Measuring Muscle Health

A new fiber optic technique for assessing muscle health could eliminate the need for painful muscle biopsies. To diagnose a muscular disorder, disease or infection, physicians must often extract a tissue sample. However, these biopsies can be quite painful and difficult to perform.

A story in Medical XPress reports that researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have developed a less invasive alternative that uses a thin fiber optic probe to quickly scan and measure the health of muscle tissue. And, for the first time, the team has now tested the system on living muscle.

To read the article, please go here. To access the full report in Biophysical Medical, use this link. For information on OFS fiber solutions for medical devices, please click here.

Optical Fibers Illuminate Brain Activity

Medical imaging faces limitations inherent to its mode of presentation. While computer models and virtual reality are much more effective than 2D depictions, the result continues to be still images on a computer screen. Even with stereoscopic techniques, a user’s ability to visualize the result can depend on using a keyboard or mouse to interpret the model. And, with 4D experimental medical data (such as MRI), objects are displayed as computer animations or static pictures.

A recent Biophotonics article by Thomas Britton and OFS’ Jaehan Kim shows how a hands-on, 3D-printed brain model equipped with optical fibers can help clinicians and patients to visualize brain function activity while avoiding the shortcomings of 4D neuroimaging techniques.

To access the full article, please click HERE.

OFS Launches New Shape Sensor Fiber at BIOS/Photonics West

 

OFS will showcase its new Shape Sensor Fiber at the BIOS/Photonics West Exposition in San Francisco, January 28-February 2, 2017.

To create the Shape Sensor Fiber, OFS developed a technology platform to produce high-quality, twisted multicore optical fiber with continuous Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs). This type of fiber with FBGs provides stable and good signal-to-noise ratio throughout the fiber length and ease of use to customers. The manufacturing platform also allows OFS to customize and optimize the fiber to meet various customer demands more economically. In addition, OFS also offers low back reflection distal termination, multicore connectorization and fan-outs to support customer demand.

Many medical device companies are developing cutting-edge endoscopes, catheters and other equipment with shape sensing technology to increase the quality of patient care. By embedding or surface-attaching the fiber to surgical tools or other devices, technicians can calculate and reconstruct the 3D shape of an instrument on a display screen. By allowing users to monitor the exact shape and position of the instrument, physicians can conduct minimally invasive surgery (MIS) or treatment which generally results in shorter recovery times, less pain and trauma, reduced rates of infection and shorter hospital stays.

To learn more about OFS Shape Sensor Fiber, please go HERE.