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3M takes the splice out of fiber connectors

New Crimplok+ fit for FTTx deployments without splice, gel or adhesive

3M recently released a new connector that it claims is the first field-mounted connector for single-mode fiber deployments that lets technicians quickly splice single-mode fiber without the need for a mechanical splice or adhesive.

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The new 3M Crimplok+ Connector speeds installation without sacrificing the need to make a reliable connection – limiting return tech visits, limiting optical loss and ensuring the highest levels of service delivery, 3M said.

A U.S. service provider recently conducted a field trial of the connector in a 240-unit, new construction apartment complex in Texas, with the connector handling drop cable terminations in a closet wall outlet box, Jerry Jackson, marketing development manager for the 3M Communication Markets Division told Connected Planet.

“Total installation took about fifteen minutes per unit – including set up of the kit, uncoiling the cable in the closet, preparing the cable jacket, terminating the connector, coiling the cable back in the outlet box, packing up the kit and moving to the next apartment,” Jackson said, noting that the telco saved 75% on equipment costs and up to 50% on labor. Tech training took just one morning, he said.

With the Crimplok+ Connector a metallic element within the connector mechanically locks the fiber in place. The connector is designed without a splice, eliminating a potential optical loss point. To install, the fiber is cleaved, inserted through the connector and locked in place using the 3M™ Crimplok+ Protrusion Setting Tool. Then, the fiber tip is polished with the 3M™ Crimplok™+ Nano Finishing Tool.

The Crimplok+ Connector is thermally balanced and is tested for indoor and outdoor FTTP and premises application conditions from -40° F to 167° F, 3M said.

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