A Message from OptoTest, COVID-19 Update – March 18, 2020

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We at OptoTest hope that everyone is staying safe and well-informed during this time. We are fully committed to the health and safety of our employees, customers, vendors, and our community and have implemented new measures to ensure that we can continue providing the product quality and support that our customers rely on.

Additional measures and adjustments to our FMEA/risk analysis plan are as follows:

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A Message from OptoTest, COVID-19 Update – March 2, 2020

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At OptoTest, we are committed to safety for our employees, customers, and vendors while providing unparalleled product quality and support.  Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), OptoTest has put in place additional measures and adjusted our FMEA/risk analysis plan.

We have placed restrictions on travel for our employees to known highly infected areas and may place additional restrictions on travel as we monitor the situation.

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OptoTest Releases MDC Adapter for the Integrating Sphere

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OptoTest is pleased to announce the release of a new adapter for the MDC connector*. The new adapter was designed for the OP-SPHR Integrating Sphere to expand the testing capabilities of existing systems. Using the same magnetic interface as existing OP-SPHR adapters, the new adapter is easily interchangeable to accommodate testing hybrid cables and helps to promote highly flexible production environments.
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OptoTest Releases SN® Adapter for the Integrating Sphere

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OptoTest is pleased to announce the release of a new adapter for the SN® connector. The new adapter was designed for the OP-SPHR Integrating Sphere to expand the testing capabilities of existing systems. Using the same magnetic interface as existing OP-SPHR adapters, the new adapter is easily interchangeable to accommodate testing hybrid cables and helps to promote highly flexible production environments.

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OptoTest Releases New Functionalities for OPL-CLX Software

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OptoTest is proud to announce the release of new features for the OPL-CLX Software Suite. Since its release, OPL-CLX has improved the already industry-leading Insertion Loss and Return Loss testing experience for customers around the world. Now, multifiber testing in OPL-CLX goes one step further through the introduction of a Polarity Module designed to work alongside the OP415 Polarity Analyzer. Using the new Polarity Module, operators can verify polarity of multifiber DUTs prior to a full IL and RL test. Verifying polarity early in the testing process helps to identify problems more efficiently, saving time and production costs.

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OptoTest offers 24-Fiber Variant of High-Performance Reference Cables 

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OptoTest introduces a 24-fiber variant of the MTP®/MPO High Performance Reference Cables (HPR). Like its 12-fiber counterpart and the simplex version, the 24-fiber HPR cable is designed to maximize the accuracy and repeatability of insertion loss and return loss measurements.

In order to obtain the best results possible, both your test equipment and reference cables must be of the highest quality. For this reason, both HPR MTP®/MPO and HPR Simplex cables are manufactured to exceed the FOTP171A (A2.2.1) performance standard as well as the MTP®/MPO-specific IEC 61755-3-31 interferometry standards. Every HPR cable ships with an interferometry report and IL/RL test report so you know exactly what performance to expect.

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Why upgrade your OP930 to OP940? When is the right time to upgrade?

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The OP930 served as the premier option for IL and RL testing in both lab and production settings for over 10 years. In 2016, the final OP930 was produced and the OP940 made its debut.

The OP940 insertion loss and return loss meter was designed with the same technology principles as the OP930 and introduced new features to improve the operator’s ease of use, such as a full-color LCD Screen, configurable on-screen pass/fail results, and two-position RL measurements.

There are many OP930s still in use today, which serves a testament to the longevity and reliability of OptoTest products. That being said, there are some reasons to consider upgrading or adding an OP940 to your test system if you have an OP930 now.

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Can you count on your test equipment to get the job done now and for the long haul?

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As fiber continues to replace copper and as emerging technologies demand the deployment of more fiber that meets ever higher performance requirements, the need for fast and accurate testing of fiber optic cables is more important than ever before. What is not discussed nearly as much is the longevity of the equipment used for testing, the importance of knowing that you can count on your test equipment to get the job done both now and for the long haul.

OptoTest is proud to offer support and service for equipment far beyond its warranty period. We have equipment still in use today that was first deployed a decade ago, and our commitment to quality and service is just as strong today as it was on day one.

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Industry Update – Effects of Using a BIMMF Cable as a Launch Cord

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The TIA convened for its last meeting of 2019 from Sept 16th to Sept 20th in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Up for discussion in the TR42.11 subcommittee was the general concern from field installers on the testing and usage of bend insensitive multimode fiber (BIMMF).  Current standards call for non-BIMMF cables to be used as the launch cables for fiber optic testing. This is because non-BIMMF cables can maintain encircled flux (EF) launch conditions which are often required when testing installed multimode (MM) cables.

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OptoTest Releases New Adapters for Integrating Sphere

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OptoTest is pleased to announce the release of new adapters for testing duplex LC (including unibody), 16f MTP®, and CS connectors. With these adapters, insertion loss and return loss are tested across all fibers of the connectors without the need to move or slide the adapter.

The new adapters were designed for the OP-SPHR Integrating Sphere to expand the testing capabilities of existing systems. Using the same magnetic interface as existing OP-SPHR adapters, the new adapters are easily interchangeable to accommodate testing hybrid cables and help to promote highly flexible production environments.

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