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Connectors offer fast termination

Posted: 14 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3m telecommunications? lc connector? connector?

3M's new hot melt LC connectors are now available to datacommunications and telecommunications professionals who install fiber-optic networks. The LC connectors accommodate single-mode or multimode fiber and come in simplex and duplex versions for a variety of cable sizes ranging from 250?m and 900?m buffer up to 3mm jacketed cable.

These new hot melt LC connectors offer the advantages of 3M's patented, pre-loaded, hot melt technology that touts fast installation, ease of termination, reliability, low insertion loss and high yield, at half the size of SC and ST connectors. They also meet and exceed TIA 568-B.3 specifications.

With the factory-injected 3M hot melt adhesive, there is no inconsistent mixing or application of epoxy and no adhesive shelf life issues, said the company. In addition, polishing is three to four times more consistent because of the simplified process and tooling.

Installers who already have a 3M hot melt kit can buy an LC expansion kit that includes a weighted polishing jig, which gives a finish that provides precise centering of the physical contact (PC) at the fiber end face. This results in high performance with low optical loss and reflection, according to the company.

Pricing for the LC connectors is $7 to $15, depending on configuration (simplex/duplex and cable size). Popular versions are available from stock, and up to 14 days for other models.

- Gina Roos


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