Components leader Ensure bets on a Grade B connectivity future

Created December 10, 2021

Manufacturer scales up development and production capacity.

Optical network component engineering firm Ensure has committed to increased research and production of its best-in-class Grade B connectors as it drives industry development and forecasts future demand. The firm offers Grade B connectors in their market-leading PLC splitters (assembled with Ensure’s in-house wafers, chips, and FA arrays) as well as patch cords and pigtails.

Ensure brings its historically massive commitment to R&D and expertise in scalable production chains to the initiative. “As high-speed data and telecommunication fiber-optic networks continue to grow at breakneck speed, we’re making major investments in Grade B research and production capacity to offer our customers the latest technology at maximum quality” says Lee Jin, R&D Director.

While Grade C connectors are universal and attenuation standards are easy to meet(IL<=0.25dB) when low concentricity ferrules are used, the axial misalignment of the two ferrules with Grade B connectors must be as low as possible — a standard that proves much more difficult to meet 100% of the time (IL<=0.12dB) when using a general assembly process. All the fibre cores must be adjusted in a defined zone to get low attenuation of random mating.

How can a ferrule be adjusted in order to properly assemble the connector in a Grade B connector? The key is the core tuner, a highly specialized and costly machine that can rotate the ferrule in a unified direction in order to match the fibre core into the defined zone.
Ensure is expanding its Grade B assembly connector capacity with a large-scale investment in 17 core tuners, which can yield 140,000 pieces per month. “Given our experience in maintaining top-notch quality when it comes to scaling up operations based on market
or customer demands, Ensure will be at the ready to take this commitment even further” comments Lee Jin.“

Additionally, Ensure has committed to 100% recyclable packaging, phasing in the replacement of two widely-used containers with a biodegradable CRS4.0 blister box, plus all patch cords and pigtails will be shipped in compostable, self-sealing bags, including those manufactured with the latest Grade B connectors.

Founded in 2002 and part of the HH Group, Ensure has earned its leadership position in advanced PLC manufacturing thanks to strict, start-to-finish oversight of the entire process — from design and production to packaging and shipping. Ensure’s premium components power some of the world’s best-known and fastest-growing ISPs, including Telefónica, Vodafone, AT&T, Altice, and DS Telecom.


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