Molex Ruggedised SC/APC Connector and Cable Assemblies Optimise Signal Transmission in Harsh Environments

21st December 2011
Posted By : ES Admin
Molex Ruggedised SC/APC Connector and Cable Assemblies Optimise Signal Transmission in Harsh Environments

Ultra-bend, insensitive fibre standard contact (SC) / angled physical contact (APC) indoor- and outdoor-rated cable solutions are six times more flexible than conventional optical cable

Molex Incorporated SC/APC indoor- and outdoor- rated cable assemblies and SC/APC 4.80mm connectors help customers and system integrators meet datacom and telecom design challenges, including adherence to industry standards and compatibility with standard cable sizes and fibre types. Designed for “Fibre to the x” (FTTx) and industrial applications, Molex SC/APC connector assemblies offer up to a 5.00mm bend radius and deliver a high-performance optical return loss of -60 dB – ideal for transmitting large quantities of data and video signals.

“A logical alternative to standard SC/APC connector and cable assemblies, the ultra-bend insensitive fibre SC/APC cable assemblies seek to optimise signal transmission in applications where cable routing space is restrictive,” explains Eve Leal, program manager, Molex. “Much more flexible than conventional optical cable, our SC/APC connector assemblies come standard in a 4.80mm outer-diameter cable suitable for use in harsh indoor and outdoor environments.”

All Molex SC/APC versions employ pre-radius precision ceramic ferrules and a one-piece body design that provide quick and economical terminations both in the factory and in the field. The pre-polished ceramic ferrules minimise polishing time and maintain end-face geometry. The SC connectors provide a push-pull coupling mechanism tested to the most rigorous industry standards.

A variety of simplex and duplex mating SC adapters is available, including snap- or screw- mount installation, as well as optional adapter shutters. The adapters are equipped with a spring-loaded shutter that closes automatically when a connector is removed from the adapter to shield against exposure to laser radiation and dust contamination. EMI shielded SC adapters are also available for applications where EMI or RFI emissions are a concern.

“Equipped with a robust PVC jacket, Molex SC/APC indoor- and outdoor- rated connector solutions are ideal in any FTTx installation, including harsh industrial settings such as mining, oil refineries, heavy-duty equipment and automation environments,” adds Leal.

In addition to bulk pack SC/APC indoor- and outdoor-rated connectors, adapters and cable assemblies, Molex offers customised SC/APC cable solutions tailored to customer specifications for length, labelling and boot colours to meet the most stringent design requirements.


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