AFL receives CPR Certification for fibre optic cables

Created September 4, 2019
Technologies and Products

Fibre cable and accessories manufacturer AFL, an international manufacturer of fibre optic cable, connectivity and accessories, received its Construction Products Regulation (CPR) certification for certain fibre optic cables including Sub-unitised MicroCore® 2.0 and MicroCore 3.0 plus its Ruggedised MicroCore product line. CPR, often recognised as “CE marked,” defines minimum cable fire safety standard (EuroClasses) based on installation and type of building. Each country sets its own minimum EuroClass requirements for installation cables.

“Receiving the CPR certification and accompanying AVCP 1+ system certification greatly expands our data center cable portfolio worldwide,” commented Michael Houck, product manager for AFL. “As we expand our global footprint, this certification will allow us to offer a full system solution to our customers and positions AFL an industry leader in cutting edge optical cable solutions.”

CPR certification applies to all cables which are permanently incorporated in a building or construction works. The supplied cable will have a CE label on the drum flange, on the box or in the packaging. This label identifies the Declaration of Performance (DoP) number (reaction to fire), unique product name, manufacturer, NANDO Lab number and “reaction to fire” classification. Every cable design is tested for “reaction to fire” unless there are “extended application” (EXAP) rules set up in TS 50576.

AFL Sub-unitised MicroCore 2.0 Base-8 and Base-12 cables are available in fibre counts up to 144 and 216, respectively. MicroCore 2.0 supports high-density networks and offers the highest density 2.0 mm fibre cables available. AFL’s Sub-Unitised Premise MicroCore 3.0 Base-12 and Base-24 designs are available up to 144 fibres and 288 fibres, respectively. Both standard 250 µm fibre and SpiderWeb Ribbon® technology designs are available for MicroCore 3.0. Designed for direct termination and supportive of both single-fibre and multifibre architectures, this cable family can serve as the backbone to any deployed system.

AFL’s Ruggedised MicroCore is an alternative to traditional inside plant central loose tube ribbon cable. Consisting of bare fibre, this cable eliminates edge fibre stress due to preferential bend of encapsulated ribbons. Ruggedised MicroCore is ideal for termination of fibre rack systems, intra-building backbones, headend termination to a fibre backbone or MTP/MPO or MTP to breakout terminations.

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.