Providing versatility and durability in a wide range of applications, fiber optic cables are critical for ensuring the reliability of communication networks all over the world. At its most basic, a fiber optic cable is composed of glass threads, each of which can transmit messages modulated onto light waves. Offering greater bandwidth than copper cable, fiber optic cables have quickly become the go-to cable solution in communications, industrial networking, sensing, and avionics applications.
Types of Fiber Optic Cable
OFS provides high-strength fiber optic cables for use in various industrial, indoor, and outdoor applications. Offering unique properties and benefits for different types of use, our fiber optic cable products can easily meet complex application requirements and specifications.
Our DryBlock® cable, for instance, is highly durable and flexible, making it ideal for outside plant (OSP) applications including duct, direct-buried, and lashed aerial installations in harsh environments. Featuring corrugated steel armor and a polyethylene jacket, this cable provides rugged durability and rodent resistance. Lightweight and RDUP-listed, DryBlock® also allows for quick, easy installation.
Transoceanic optical fiber networks, on the other hand, require their own type of cable, and OFS is proud to specialize in various long-distance solutions. These applications come with their own unique challenges, so proper installation is critical; our specialized transoceanic high-performance fiber solutions were the first reduced dispersion slope fibers of their kind, and allow for easy installation and maintenance. Fiber products in this suite include:
- AllWave® FLEX ZWP Single-Mode Fiber
- AllWave® ZWP Low Loss Fiber
- TrueWave® Submarine Reduced Slope (SRS) Fibers
- TrueWave® XL Ocean Fibers
- TeraWave™ Scuba Ocean Fiber
- TeraWave™ SLA+ Ocean Fiber
- TeraWave™ ULA Ocean Fiber
Many of our products, including our ribbon cables and dry gel-free cables, are used extensively in various FTTx applications. Our EZ-Bend® cables, for instance, provide reliable connections with virtually zero loss. And all of our fiber optic solutions, whether designed for FFTH (fiber-to-the-home), FFTN (fiber-to-the-node), or FFTC (fiber-to-the-curb) applications, allow for the delivery of more data — across greater distances — than traditional copper cables. OFS fiber optic cabling is specifically designed to support today’s ever-connected world and the increasing need for high-speed broadband internet, and our versatile solutions allow for optimal quality video and seamless voice and data transmission with maximum ROI.
OFS also offers various specialty cable solutions. Our GiHCS® Industrial Cabling Solution, for instance, is specifically designed for use in factory automation. These Ethernet cables allow for seamless communication between production-area networks and the enterprise networks used for general management and decision-making. With GiHCS®, factory floor production data can be easily integrated, allowing for streamlined operations. Featuring ruggedized industrial cables and strength-enhanced fibers, these cables also make use of simple crimp/cleave LC and SC connectors, allowing for compatibility with common SFP and GBIC transceivers. Below are some other key features.
- High tensile strength
- PVC-free design
- RoHS and REACH compliant
- Ability to be used indoors and outdoors
- Abrasion, vibration, and chemical resistance
We also offer solutions for both commercial and military aircraft, as well as unmanned ground and air vehicles. Our OFS FlightLinx™ and FlightGuide® cables, in particular, are specially crafted for use in avionics applications. These cables are available in 62.5 μm, OM3, or bend-optimized single-mode types. And with a wide range of coatings, buffers, and cabling materials available, fiber solutions can be customized to meet specific needs, including abrasion, chemical, and solvent resistance as well as high-temperature, shock, and vibration resistance. Our Avioptics® fiber optic cable is often used in aircraft radio systems, while lightweight OFS Micro-Links (μlinx®) Avionics cables offer high strength and reliability for critical avionics applications. Versatile and reliable, μlinx® cable can also handle a very wide temperature range, from -65 to 150°C.
Our other fiber optic cable products are listed below:
Totally Gel-Free Cable
By eliminating messy gels and filling compounds, totally gel-free cables streamline the handling and installation process for outside plant (OSP) cables for higher efficiencies. These cables are available in loose tube or ribbon constructions with dielectric or metallic sheath options.
Loose Tube Cable
Innovative loose tube cables increase fiber density and make deployment easy for duct, aerial (lashed and self-supporting), direct buried, and outdoor/indoor installations.
OFS has led the industry in optical fiber ribbon technology by being the first to introduce fiber optic ribbon cables, as well as the first to introduce UV-curable acrylate material ribbons. Today’s AccuRibbon® Optical Ribbons hold up to 24 colored optical fibers in a planar array, providing a high fiber density unit for use in fiber optic cabling or routing inside electronic equipment.
Our ribbon cables deliver the highest fiber density in the most compact cable package possible. Streamlining fiber termination can save time and money with easy mass-fusion splicing.
Compact, durable, and self-supporting drop cables come in completely all-dielectric or toneable constructions. Reliable and cost-effective for the last link in the optical network, they are the ideal solution for self-supporting aerial, direct buried, and duct FTTX drop installations.
Central Core Cable
OFS was the first optical cable manufacturer to introduce the central core cable design, offering easy fiber access and maximum fiber density. The central core cables provide excellent optical, mechanical and environmental performance, making them an excellent choice for a wide variety of deployments, including underground conduit and rugged direct burial.
Innovative outdoor/indoor cables combine the flame resistance and safety features of an indoor riser cable with the durability critical for OSP use. The result is a unique, dual-purpose cable that can help save time and money by allowing OSP applications to flow seamlessly indoors, using a single cable and no splices.
Microcables and Blown Fiber Units
OFS microcables and blown fiber units are specifically designed for enhanced air-blown installation where light weight, flexibility and small size are critical. These cables are appropriate for fiber to the home, business, and multiple dwelling unit deployments.
OFS premises cables combine peak performance, ease of installation and flexibility with exceptional reliability and safety for a broad range of indoor applications. A full range of high-performance riser, plenum and LSOH-rated low smoke zero halogen cables offer the flexibility to handle virtually any application between building entrance and desktop – in most environments from office to factory floor.
Specialty Optical Fiber Cable
These cables combine specialty fibers with cabling constructions that make installation or deployment easier and/or protect the fibers for long-term use in unusual or harsh environments. Simplex, zipcord, multiple fiber, armored, and other constructions are available. Various material combinations and layers of ETFE, PVC, Polyurethane, PEEK, and Polyethylene are used to create cables that meet the demands of the customer’s application whether it be on the casino floor, in the windmill, across the factory’s automation network, tethered to robots, or throughout the oil field.
The company’s FlightGuide®, FlightLink, Avioptics® and μlinx™ optical fiber cable brands are a well-respected family of high-end products for harsh environments.
Industrial Indoor/Outdoor Cables
These moisture- and fatigue-resistant, industrial indoor/outdoor cables are ideal for harsh environments such as electrical substations and wind turbine towers, and other settings where the cables may need to endure higher temperature conditions or transitions from indoors to outdoors.
Avionics cables used in aerospace applications are manufactured to withstand the special conditions found in aircrafts. That’s why the cables we provide offer wider temperature ranges than standard telecom-grade fiber, and are designed to be light weight, high strength, and high durability.
Fiber Optic Cable Solutions from OFS
The team at OFS has years of experience developing fiber optic cable solutions. Serving a range of industries, we work closely with all our clients to ensure cables meet their specific needs, no matter how unusual or complex. To learn more about our fiber optic cable options, check out our comprehensive catalog, or reach out to our team of experts today to discuss your fiber optic cable specifications and needs.