Providing versatility and durability in a wide range of applications, fiber optic cables are critical for ensuring the reliability of communication networks all over the world. At its most basic, a fiber optic cable is composed of glass threads, each of which can transmit messages modulated onto light waves. Offering greater bandwidth than copper cable, fiber optic cables have quickly become the go-to cable solution in communications, industrial networking, sensing, and avionics applications.
Types of Fiber Optic Cable
OFS provides high-strength fiber cables for use in various industrial, indoor, and outdoor applications. Offering unique properties and benefits for different types of use, our communications fiber optic cable products can easily meet complex application requirements and specifications.
Our DryBlock® cable, for instance, is highly durable and flexible, making it ideal for outside plant (OSP) applications including duct, direct-buried, and lashed aerial installations in harsh environments. Featuring corrugated steel armor and a polyethylene jacket, this cable provides rugged durability and rodent resistance. Lightweight and RDUP-listed, DryBlock® also allows for quick, easy installation.
Many of our products, including our ribbon cables and dry gel-free cables, are used extensively in various FTTx applications. Our EZ-Bend® cables, for instance, provide reliable connections with virtually zero loss. And all of our fiber optic solutions, whether designed for FFTH (fiber-to-the-home), FFTN (fiber-to-the-node), or FFTC (fiber-to-the-curb) applications, allow for the delivery of more data — across greater distances — than traditional copper cables. OFS fiber optic cabling is specifically designed to support today’s ever-connected world and the increasing need for high-speed broadband internet, and our versatile solutions allow for optimal quality video and seamless voice and data transmission with maximum ROI.
Totally Gel-Free Cable
By eliminating messy gels and filling compounds, totally gel-free cables streamline the handling and installation process for outside plant (OSP) cables for higher efficiencies. These cables are available in loose tube or ribbon constructions with dielectric or metallic sheath options.
Loose Tube Cable
Innovative loose tube cables increase fiber density and make deployment easy for duct, aerial (lashed and self-supporting), direct buried, and outdoor/indoor installations.
OFS has led the industry in optical fiber ribbon technology by being the first to introduce fiber optic ribbon cables, as well as the first to introduce UV-curable acrylate material ribbons. Today’s AccuRibbon® Optical Ribbons hold up to 24 colored optical fibers in a planar array, providing a high fiber density unit for use in fiber optic cabling or routing inside electronic equipment.
Our ribbon cables deliver the highest fiber density in the most compact cable package possible. Streamlining fiber termination can save time and money with easy mass-fusion splicing.
Rollable Ribbon Cable
Optical fiber rollable ribbons can roughly double fiber density versus using traditional outside plant cables, which makes these ribbons a very valuable tool in the network designer’s toolbox.
The fibers in a rollable ribbon are attached intermittently. This configuration makes the ribbon much more flexible and “rollable”. In addition, this design enables more fiber to be installed in less space than flat ribbon cables, while also allowing the fibers to be spliced using typical ribbon splicing techniques and equipment.
While greater fiber density (more fibers in a smaller space) is a key starting point, rollable ribbon technology offers many more benefits when compared to flat ribbon cables.
- Lighter weight for longer pulling/blowing distances and reduced installation costs.
- Smaller coiling diameters to fit in smaller handholes.
- Smaller cables enable longer lengths on a reel.
Longer lengths can reduce the number of splice points, splicing costs and shipping costs. These ribbon cables are also gel-free. While removing the gel decreases the cable weight, the main benefit is to speed up and simplify the splicing process. Taking the splicing process into account, the list of rollable ribbon benefits grows even longer.
- They can be spliced using typical ribbon splicing techniques, maintaining the productivity and restoration speed benefits of ribbons.
- It is easier to break out individual fibers from the ribbon structure when using rollable ribbons.
- There is the potential to use smaller splice trays, which improves closure density, as rollable ribbons are not confined to a rigid flat ribbon structure.
Compact, durable, and self-supporting drop cables come in completely all-dielectric or toneable constructions. Reliable and cost-effective for the last link in the optical network, they are the ideal solution for self-supporting aerial, direct buried, and duct FTTx drop installations.
Central Core Cable
OFS was the first optical cable manufacturer to introduce the central core cable design, offering easy fiber access and maximum fiber density. The central core cables provide excellent optical, mechanical and environmental performance, making them an excellent choice for a wide variety of deployments, including underground conduit and rugged direct burial.
Innovative outdoor/indoor cables combine the flame resistance and safety features of an indoor riser cable with the durability critical for OSP use. The result is a unique, dual-purpose cable that can help save time and money by allowing OSP applications to flow seamlessly indoors, using a single cable and no splices.
Microcables and Air Blown Fiber Units
OFS microcables and blown fiber units are specifically designed for enhanced air-blown installation where light weight, flexibility and small size are critical. These cables are appropriate for fiber to the home, business, and multiple dwelling unit deployments.
OFS premises cables combine peak performance, ease of installation and flexibility with exceptional reliability and safety for a broad range of indoor applications. A full range of high-performance riser, plenum and LSOH-rated low smoke zero halogen cables offer the flexibility to handle virtually any application between building entrance and desktop – in most environments from office to factory floor.
SPECIALTY FIBER OPTIC CABLES
The advantages of fiber optic cables are well known in the industry:
- Greater Bandwidth than traditional copper cables
- Faster Speeds
- Longer Distances
- Better Reliability
- Thinner | Sturdier | Light weight
- More Flexibility for the Future
- Lower Total Cost of Ownership
- Immunity to RFI/EMI
Our approach to specialty fiber optic cables is to build upon these advantages to create solutions for a wide variety of applications where fiber optic cables may need to endure such things as higher temperature conditions, chemical exposure, or transitions from indoors to outdoors. OFS specialty fiber optic cables serve customers in the medical, manufacturing, commercial and military aircraft, as well as unmanned ground and air vehicles markets.
What sets us apart is our ability to create customized cables from a wide selection of coatings, buffers, and cabling materials to meet specific environmental conditions such as: abrasion, chemical, and solvent exposure, high-temperature, shock, and vibration. The selection of coatings includes:
- Polyetheretherketone PEEK
- Polybutylene terephthalate PBT
- Polypropylene PP
- Polyethylene PE
- LSZH (low-smoke, zero halogen) PE-PP
- Polyvinylchloride PVC
- Polyvinylidene Fluoride PVDF
- Polyurethane TPU
- Halogen free Flame retardant Polyurethane HFFR
- Hytrel TPE
- Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene ETFE
- Perfluoroalkoxy Teflon™ PFA
- Fluorinated ethylene propylene FEP
Whether you need ruggedized industrial fiber optic cables with specialty fibers, reliable moisture and fatigue resistant cables, or versatile indoor/outdoor cables, you can expect a seamless integration, allowing for streamlined operations.
Industrial Indoor/Outdoor Cables
These moisture- and fatigue-resistant, industrial indoor/outdoor cables are ideal for harsh environments such as electrical substations and wind turbine towers, and other settings where the cables may need to endure higher temperature conditions or transitions from indoors to outdoors.
Avionics cables used in aerospace applications are manufactured to withstand the special conditions found in aircrafts. That’s why the cables we provide offer wider temperature ranges than standard telecom-grade fiber, and are designed to be light-weight, high-strength, and high-durability. The company’s FlightGuide®, FlightLink, Avioptics® and μlinx™ optical fiber cable brands are a well-respected family of high-end products for avionics applications.
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The team at OFS has years of experience developing fiber optic cable solutions. Serving a range of industries, we work closely with all our clients to ensure cables meet their specific needs, no matter how unusual or complex. To learn more about our fiber optic cable options, check out our comprehensive catalog, or reach out to our team of experts today to discuss your fiber optic cable specifications and needs.