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On the factory floor many factors matter: cost, data rate, attenuation, distance, tensile strength, and crush resistance, tolerance for repetitive stress and flexing, RFI/EMI and voltage fluctuation immunity. Versatility with different communications protocols is critical in creating seamless intra-factory communication. OFS fiber optic cables meet the needs and are specified by leading transceiver manufacturers in support of common industrial communication protocols.

Fiber optic products are also used in many other harsh environments. A few examples include chemical and food processing plants, railways, wind farms, outdoor installations, even poultry farms – each application has its own set of demanding requirements and OFS designs optical fibers, cables and termination systems to meet these needs.

Industrial grade optical fibers also meet threats of a different kind, providing tamper-proof communication for high-security applications like stock exchange floors, casino game networking, perimeter security, even down hole temperature and pressure monitoring.

HCS® Optical Fiber for Industrial Applications

Hard Clad Silica (HCS) fibers improve tensile-strength and environmental performance allowing connectors to be directly crimped to the fiber, a revolutionary improvement in fiber optics. The result: tough fiber with fast, efficient field terminations.

Crimp & Cleave

Connectors for HCS optical fiber can be installed on-site with simple hand-held tools. This process is ideal for industrial applications where lengths are not known in advance or where laboratory-clean conditions do not exist. This short Crimp and Cleave Process Video shows termination with an ST style connector. OFS also offers SMA-905, F07 and the quickest of all V-Pin style. No epoxies, no curing ovens, no polishing required.

Confirming that your connection works properly is straightforward with Insertion Loss Test Kits available to match your needs. These kits allow you to confirm connections so you know the link is good before technicians leave the site.

What should I order?

We recommend:

• Avago’s Versatile Link Transceivers
• Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Fiber-Optic Transceivers
• ControlNet
• DeviceNet
• FieldBus
• Interbus-S
• ProfiBus


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