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Expanded-beam ruggedised optical cable assemblies

25 March 2014

Molex Incorporated has announced the availability of its Expanded-Beam Ruggedized Optical Cable Assemblies.

Delivering highly reliable interconnects for use in harsh environments, Molex has introduced a range of expanded-beam ruggedised optical cable assemblies.  

These highly-ruggedised connectors require minimal cleaning and deliver repeatable, error-free optical transmissions. They can withstand thousands of mating cycles and feature a field-installable and repairable design to minimise maintenance downtime.
The connectors work by utilising lenses that expand and collimate the light emitting from optical fibers across a sealed connector interface.  The expanded and collimated light beam has an active area much larger than the original optical fiber core, making it less sensitive to data transmission interruption due to dirt and debris particles, while also being more efficient to align across the two halves of the connector.
“Debris such as dirt, dust, mud, moisture and oil can foul traditional optical interconnects in harsh environments, leading to system failure and require cleaning by trained technicians using special tools, solvents and materials to get back to optimal performance,” explained Mark Matus, global product manager, Molex.  “Our expanded beam fibre optic assemblies provide reliable and repeatable optical performance because they are less sensitive to these contaminants and can be easily cleaned in the field with simple methods such as a cloth and any handy liquid wash.”

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