Smaller and smarter: new single fiber optic connectivity solution
21 March 2016
The trend in the connectivity industry is towards higher data transmission rates over long distances, while reducing space and guaranteeing performance by means of rugged miniature solutions. In March, Fischer Connectors launched its new single fiber optic connector (FO1) within the Fischer FiberOptic Series.
This miniature, lightweight, rugged connectivity solution is easy to use and ensures premium performance even in harsh environments.
The FO1 connector is available either in pre-configured reels or integrated into custom assemblies for applications in energy technology, sensing, instrumentation, defense and broadcasting.
The FO1 connector integrates fully into the existing Fischer FiberOptic Series, well-known for its robust and faultless optical performances in any conditions, combined with easy use, cleaning and maintenance even in the field. UPC & APC polishing reduces insertion and return losses, making devices more secure, while IP68 sealing provides highly valuable device protection. The push-pull locking system allows quick and easy connections and disconnections, making these connectors ideally suited for outdoor environments.
The Fischer FiberOptic Series includes two versions: a rugged fiber optic connector with one (FO1), two (FO2) or four fibers (FO4), and a rugged hybrid connector with two fiber channels and two electrical contacts (FOH 2-2).
"Fiber optic sensing": new white paper – oil & gas as application example
The newly published “Fiber Optic Sensing” White Paper provides an overview of the technical basics behind sensing over fiber technologies, its main applications and the cabling solutions involved. It discusses the key factors that will help you define the best solution for your cabling needs, in order to have the most reliable and easy-to-maintain system that reduces your maintenance operations.
Fiber optic is mostly known for being the ideal solution to carry large amounts of data over long distances. However, fiber optics can also be used to gather information about the environment. The physical properties of light into the fiber can be affected by strain, temperature, or sound. Several technologies enable either local measurement points or distributed measurement all along the fiber. These technologies rely on the wave properties and quantum interactions of light with the fiber optic core matter. We distinguish two types of sensing: local measurement points and distributed sensing.
The oil and gas industry is integrating fiber optic into its operations and exploration activities to benefit from fiber advantages in terms of data transfer and sensing capabilities. Usually there are great distances between extraction points and control centers. The need for a fast and reliable data link is ensured by fiber optic, since it can carry large amounts of data over long distances. Its lightweight and sparkle-free interconnection (if connectors are used) provides a secure and easy way to install a fast and reliable data link. The oil & gas industry also uses light waveguide interactions as a sensing device. This allows easier structural, temperature and acoustic monitoring for drilling extraction and carrying activities. We can find fiber optics used downhole, in pipeline monitoring, fracking, and surface communications, etc.
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