For Immediate Release

High Power Visible Fiber Optic Fault Locators

Ottawa, ON - March 19, 2002

OZ Optics Limited, a world leading supplier of fiber optic products for existing and next-generation optical networks, now offers high power visible fiber optic fault locators. Housed in a rugged case, the unit now delivers up to ten milliwatts of visible light through a singlemode fiber.

The fault locator is designed to help detect breaks, microbends and poor surface finishes in fiber optic cables and connectors. A visible laser diode is used to launch light into the fiber. When the light encounters a break or microbend it scatters. The scattered light can be observed emerging from the cable. By using a high power version, faults can be detected up to 10 km from the source. Fiber optic fault locators can also be used as an end-to-end fiber identifier, or with mechanical or fusion splicers to minimize splice losses.

Fiber optic fault locators can be used with both singlemode or multimode fiber and come with a 2.5U and 1.25U universal receptacles designed for connectors with 2.5mm or 1.25mm OD ferrules respectively, such as NTT-FC, AT&T-ST, SC, LC, MU etc. They may be operated in either continuous wave or pulsed mode, which aids in locating faults under high ambient light conditions.

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