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Automated fibre probe to speed up connector certification

Posted: 23 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:connectors? fibre inspection probe? power meter?

EXFO Inc. has rolled out what it says is a next-generation inspection probe delivering crisp, digital images of optical connectors at three levels of magnification. Featuring an ergonomic patent-pending design, the FIP-400B is optimised for easy handling by both left- and right-handed users. As a complementary tool for any fibre tester, the fibre inspection probe promises to ease the inspection process and speed up connector certification time by up to 57 per cent, securing the network from issues related to dirty or damaged connectors, noted the firm.

The FIP-400B integrates advanced automated features such as a high-performance, fibre image-centring system that eliminates the labour-intensive step of localizing the fibre in the image, indicated EXFO. The solution also includes ConnectorMax2, an onboard connector-endface pass/fail analysis application based on IEC or custom standards to deliver accurate and repeatable connector certification in seconds. It is also equipped with a LED indicator located on the probe to provide users with an immediate health pass/fail verdict for the connector under test.

Because fibre inspection tools are now an essential part of every fibre technician's tool-box, EXFO is also releasing the MAX-FIP Intelligent Connector and Fibre Certifier. The MAX-FIP is a rugged and compact, tablet-inspired stand-alone display kit integrating the FIP-400B Fibre Inspection Probe and ConnectorMax2 analysis software, an optical power meter for power and loss testing, and a visual fault locator (VFL) to effectively test and troubleshoot any type of optical network. The MAX-FIP has a bright, 7in touchscreen and its eight-hour rechargeable Li-ion battery provides enough power to tackle a full day of inspection (e.g., FTTH cabinet installation). In addition, the MAX-FIP claims to offer extensive data storage, enough for thousands of high-resolution inspection results.

The FIP-400B family of USB inspection probes is compatible with any PC or laptop, the entire fleet of EXFO's FTB ecosystem platforms, and the MaxTester 700B OTDR series.

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