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Light Brigade Releases 2015 Training Catalog

Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC ‒ October 16, 2014 ‒ Light Brigade, AFL’s training division, is releasing its 2015 Training Catalog, a 30-page brochure detailing Light Brigade’s training courses, DVDs and fiber optic tool kits. The catalog features a complete schedule of training dates and locations throughout the United States and Canada for each of Light Brigade’s 16 training courses, including; Read more…

AFL’s OSP MicroCore® Cable Now Accommodates Up to 432 Fibers

Spartanburg, SC – October 20, 2014 – AFL’s industry-leading OSP MicroCore air-jetted fiber optic cable product line has expanded with the introduction of a 432-fiber Telcordia GR-20 compliant MicroCore cable. With a 12.6 mm outer diameter, the 432-fiber OSP MicroCore is one of the world’s smallest high fiber count fiber optic cables with a stranded core geometry designed for easy mid-span access and fiber express through applications typically used in the FTTx market. Read more…

AFL Introduces Interconnect Premise MicroCore® Cables with SWR Technology

Spartanburg, SC – October 7, 2014 – AFL is launching Interconnect Premise MicroCore cable, a plenum-rated fiber optic cable designed for MTP® and MPO terminations. Using Spider Web Ribbon (SWR) technology, the outer diameter of this cable is minimized, enabling the most efficient use of space and materials. The cable consists of aramid strands and 12 to 48 multicolored 250 μm fibers packaged in a high performance PVC jacket. Read more…

Light Brigade® Announces 2015 Courses in Canada

Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC ‒ October 2, 2014 ‒ Light BrigadeAFL’s training division, is providing 13 public training sessions scheduled in nine cities across Canada throughout 2015. The courses to be featured include Fiber Optics 1-2-3, Advanced Hands-on Training, FTTx for Installers and Technicians, Fiber Optics for Oil/Gas, Fiber Optics for Mining Applications and Fiber Optics for ITS, Traffic, Fire Alarm and Communication Systems. Read more…

AFL Expands Capacity of Exterior Distribution Cabinet (EDC)

Spartanburg, SC – October 1, 2014 – AFL increased capacity of its IDEAA® Exterior Distribution Cabinet to provide management of up to 864 fibers for point-to-multipoint, point-to-point and WDM distributions. With the use of IDEAA splitter modules, fiber management, routing and termination is enhanced and deployment costs are lowered. Additionally, the innovative jumper routing allows for increased manageability in customer moves, additions or adjustments as the carrier network scales and changes. Read more…

Edwards Joins AFL as EMEA President

Spartanburg, SC – September 24, 2014 – AFL, a global provider of fiber optic solutions, announces that Phil Edwards has joined AFL as president of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). Edwards will be responsible for leading AFL’s business strategy and operations in the EMEA region, and building the infrastructure needed to support growth for AFL. Read more…

AFL Introduces Automatic Preparation Machines for Field and Specialty Splicing

Spartanburg, SC – September 16, 2014 – AFL’s APM-101/102 Automatic Preparation Machines are automatic operating and cleaning systems which allow technicians to quickly and efficiently strip, clean and cleave fibers in as little as 18 to 21 seconds. Pair the APM-101 with a FSM-100-series fusion splicer or the APM-102 with the Fujikura 70S fusion splicer. The APM-series ensures consistent high reliability splicing with minimal operator effort. Read more…

AFL Named BTI Systems’ Partner of the Year

Spartanburg, SC – September 15, 2014 – AFL was named BTI Systems’ Partner of the Year, an award that recognizes companies that have demonstrated a high level of quality and excellence in execution. AFL’s network services team provided Network Operations Center (NOC) and Front Line Maintenance (FLM) support for BTI’s customers as well as North American and European installation support over the past two years.

“AFL strives to go above and beyond to serve our customers, making sure that operations are continuously running smoothly,” commented Wayne Lower, Vice President, NOC and FLM for AFL. “We value our partnership with BTI Systems and are very excited about the future our two companies can bring to the marketplace.” Read more…

AFL – Higher Density Sub-unitized MicroCore® 3.0

Ideal for data centers, central offices and other high performance applications, AFL’s Sub-unitized Premise MicroCore 3.0 provides greater fiber density in a compact and easy to manage 3.0 mm frame. By utilizing a 24-fiber loose tube design, MicroCore 3.0 can house up to 288 fibers while maintaining a flexible form, thereby optimizing space in a new or existing routing infrastructure. Read more…

AFL – Flex-Span ADSS

AFL’s Flex-SpanTM ADSS is an aerial fiber optic cable engineered for the most demanding environmental conditions. Flex-Span allows for a broader combination of fiber counts and span lengths, providing greater flexibility in product selection and design options. With Flex-Span, network installation efficiency is optimized. Similar to standard ADSS, Flex-Span uses dry-core technology and contains gel-filled buffer tubes that are S-Z stranded for easy mid-span access. Flex-Span requires no support or messenger wire easing installation. Read more…

AFL Introduces Optical Ground Wire for the Renewables Market

Spartanburg, SC – August 26, 2014 – AFL is adding to its Optical Ground Wire product line by introducing Renewables-Optimized Optical Ground Wire (OPGW), an aerial fiber optic cable designed specifically for the renewables market. The Renewables-Optimized OPGW allows for greater ease and flexibility in installation timelines while providing excellent electrical and mechanical properties. Read more…

AFL Offers WDM900 Lightwave Test Set with CWDM Capability

Spartanburg, SC – August 26, 2014 – AFL announces it now offers the WDM900 Lightwave Test Set with both CWDM and DWDM test capability from a single port. Initially launched with DWDM capability only, the WDM900 simplifies in-service testing of DWDM and CWDM access networks that support cellular backhaul, metro Ethernet and CATV/broadband services.

“The WDM900 was designed with field use in mind and provides the perfect alternative to deploying an OSA into the field for testing or troubleshooting,” commented Lee Kellett, director of product marketing. “The unit tests CWDM and DWDM from a single port, so technicians can test mixed networks and know they will get the right results every time.” Read more…

AFL Introduces FOCIS Flex Fiber Optic Connector Inspection System

Spartanburg, SC – August 25, 2014 – AFL expanded its connector inspection product line by launching FOCIS Flex—a self-contained, tether-free, compact and handheld connector inspection probe. At the click of a button, FOCIS Flex auto-focuses, captures, centers and analyzes end-face images to easily display, transfer or store pass/fail results within seconds.

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AFL Introduces Higher Density Sub-unitized MicroCore® 3.0

Spartanburg, SC – August 5, 2014 – AFL is launching its newest addition to the Premise MicroCore product line, Sub-unitized Premise MicroCore 3.0. Ideal for data centers, central offices and other high performance applications, MicroCore 3.0 provides greater fiber density in a compact and easy to manage 3.0 mm frame. By utilizing a 24-fiber loose tube design, MicroCore 3.0 can house up to 288 fibers while maintaining a flexible form, thereby optimizing space in a new or existing routing infrastructure. Read more…

Light Brigade® Introduces High-speed Fiber Optic Systems Training DVD

Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC – July 23, 2014 – The Light Brigade, AFL’s education and training division, introduces its newest menu-based staff training DVD titled, “High-speed Fiber Optic Systems.” The DVD examines the rapid improvement of spectral efficiency within the fiber optic system and addresses how advanced modulation formats work to help meet the demand for higher speed data transmission. Read more…

AFL Associates Receive 2013 Fujikura President’s Award for LAZERMaster Technology

Spartanburg, SC – May 29, 2014 – Several AFL associates were awarded the 2013 Fujikura President’s Award for the LZM-100 LAZERMaster, the world’s first fully automated glass processing and splicing system that utilizes CO2 laser technology. An annual award provided by Fujikura, AFL’s parent company, this honor recognizes Fujikura group companies or departments for outstanding achievement in the development of new products or processes. Read more…

Light Brigade and USTelecom Partner to Offer Network Engineering and Outside Plant Training

Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC – May 6, 2014 – Light Brigade, AFL’s education and training division, and USTelecom, the nation’s premiere trade association representing service providers and suppliers for the telecom industry, are partnering to offer fiber optic delivery training encompassing network engineering and outside plant (OSP). Read more…

AFL Launches New Videos for Fujikura 12S and 12R Fusion Splicers

Spartanburg, SC – April 30, 2014 – AFL released new promotional videos for the Fujikura 12S Single Fiber Splicer and Fujikura 12R Ribbon Splicer. The new videos demonstrate unique product aspects in detail utilizing three dimensional digital replicas of each splicer. This technology allows for the simulation of the splicer’s uses and features. Read more…

AFL Introduces High-Efficiency Stockbridge Vibration Damper

Spartanburg, SC – AFL is launching a high-efficiency Dissipator Stockbridge vibration damper, a motion control attachment that provides significant performance improvement over traditional dampers. The new Stockbridge vibration damper features a unique offset bell-shaped weight configuration that doubles the number of resonant frequencies. This provides more consistent efficiency performance over the Aeolian frequency span and eliminates damage caused by Aeolian vibration. Read more…

AFL Completes Acquisition of Tier2

Spartanburg, SC – AFL announces it has acquired Tier2 Technologies, an Alberta, Canada-based fiber construction services firm. Tier2 will join the AFL portfolio expanding the company’s offering of telecommunications services. Tier2 provides consulting, engineering, project management, construction, splicing and testing services to the telecommunications industry with a focus on FTTx, transport and industrial networks. Tier2 offers its services across Canada and the United States. Read more…

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