Fibre-optic connector eyes industrial and FTTX usage

15th October 2014
Mick Elliott

The UTS LC fibre-optic connector has extended Esterline Connection Technologies’ range to cover the entire spectrum of power and signal needs in copper and fibre-optic technologies all with standard accessories and the same level of ergonomics. The new connector offers innovations, including the protection of optical terminations and its ability to integrate all LC contacts on the market.

Optical fibres are being increasingly used in industrial applications for reasons of security and efficiency. The UTS LC provides industrial users with an off-the-shelf fibre-optic solution that is as easy to use as copper in that no special precautions are required. Whereas LC optical contacts on competing solutions protrude past the connectors, leaving the fibres vulnerable to breakage during installation, Esterline Connection Technologies – Souriau has developed a special design that eliminates all risk of breakage.

The fibre-optic terminations are protected by the connector shell. The advent of 4G LTE has created new optical-connection needs in the telecom sector for replacing conventional radio-frequency transmissions to GSM antennas by faster solutions. The challenge for fitters and OEMs is to integrate fibre optics whilst continuing to reduce implementation and maintenance costs.

The connector provides fitters with a fibre-optic solution that does not require any special training or tools or the need for specialised fibre-optics teams when deploying technologies such as FTTA (Fibre to the Antenna). Unlike most other solutions, which use LC contacts of proprietary design, the UTS LC features a design that is compatible with all standardised LC contacts.

Customers can source LC connectors anywhere without being bound to a particular supplier, thus simplifying logistics flows and reducing total acquisition costs. The connector features a built-in sealing system for dynamic IP68/IP69K waterproof connections and it is guaranteed for 250 matings and unmatings. It will withstand 500 hours of salt spray, is UV resistant and is not susceptible to mechanical damage or significant changes in colour after 5 years of outdoor exposure (ISO 4892).

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