Fiber Buffer Options
Optical Cable Corporation offers three distinct buffering systems, each carefully engineered and manufactured to be the best available for its respective installation/application.
Our Ultra-Fox™ cable features 100 kpsi proof-tested fiber, a primary coating of UV-cured acrylate material to a diameter of 250 µm, and a secondary buffer to 900 µm. The composite primary coating and secondary buffer may be mechanically removed to the 125 µm glass diameter in one step. This is typically done for direct termination with connectors. The versatile buffer system permits mechanical stripping in short lengths (about 1 cm) to remove the secondary buffer and leave the 250 µm primary coating intact. This 250 µm buffered fiber is, therefore, available for splicing to similar buffered fibers from loose-tube gel-filled cables. The 250 µm coating may then be further mechanically stripped to the 125 µm glass diameter.
Our Ultra-Fox™ Plus cable features 100 kpsi proof-tested fiber, a primary buffer of UV-cured acrylate material to a diameter of 500 µm and a secondary hard elastomeric buffer to 900 µm diameter. This provides the ultimate environmental and mechanical protection and is identical to the buffering on our military tactical cables. This buffering system can be easily mechanically stripped directly to the glass for termination with connectors or for splicing.
Easy Strip (ES) Buffer Options
Our Easy Strip options permit easily removing long lengths (20-30 cm) of the 900 µm buffer and leaving the 250 µm acrylate coating. This is well suited when the 900 µm buffer must be removed to allow for splicing or ribbonizing.
- ES1 features a 900 µm primary buffer of hard elastomeric material that is semi-loose-fitting over the 250 µm acrylate coating.
- ES2 features a 900 µm PVC primary buffer with a release agent placed between the primary buffer and the 250 µm acrylate coating.