AFL, an international manufacturer of fiber optic cable, equipment and accessories, is launching the Apex™ family of fiber optic splice closures—the culmination of a multi-year development effort that includes extensive voice-of-customer surveys. The Apex splice closure is designed to lower overall installation time with easier to use sealing and cable retention methods, along with industry-leading density, especially when coupled with AFL’s LM-series MicroCore® cable or Wrapping Tube Cable powered by SpiderWeb Ribbon®.
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“When I started my career in fiber optics as a field engineer, performing a 144-fiber backbone splice was considered a timely affair,” explained Will Miller, senior product manager for AFL’s Outside Plant Cable and Connectivity products. “With today’s fiber counts as high as 6,912, splice closure manufacturers have had to retrofit solutions to find compatibility with these increased densities. The Apex splice closures are designed with high density in mind. No retrofitting required.”
Field installers and engineers can perform 1,728 splices inside of a 20-inch long dome or 3,456 splices inside a 25-inch long dome. With an easy-to-use wedge-based gel sealing system, installation time is drastically decreased as network reliability increases.
The initial launch of Apex splice closures includes the X-2 and X-2S sizes which have maximum capacities of 1,728 and 3,456 fibers, respectively, when using 200 µm SpiderWeb Ribbon. Additional sizes with lower and higher capacities will closely follow in 2021.
The Apex fiber optic splice closure expands AFL’s comprehensive line of fiber connectivity products including hardened pre-terminated multiport terminals and drops, fiber distribution hubs, closures, field-installable connectors and more. Apex splice closures are ideal for applications including enterprise/campus LAN, ADSS core, utility fiber-to-the-home, service provider access, long line and dark fiber.
To learn more about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
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 www.AFLglobal.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and “like us” on Facebook. Review our blog or subscribe to our bi-monthly e-newsletter.