Siemon has launched a new XLR8 mechanical splice connector and termination system for fibre optic cabling. The XLR8 system incorporates an exclusive dual-process activation tool which the company claims will dramatically reduce termination time per connector.
To maximize termination speed and connector performance, Siemon’s XLR8 system has been designed from the ground up to reduce the termination process to an optimized and intuitive single step. The process combines splicing and crimping and the simplified XLR8 design cuts termination times in half compared to competing systems. This will enable faster and more efficient delivery of fibre cabling links Siemon says. The reduction in steps also limits excess operator handling of connections during termination that can negatively impact splice integrity and link performance.
To further enhance connector performance, the entire XLR8 termination process is completed with the connector dust-cap in place, protecting the fibre’s critical end-face polish from contamination or damage. No other fibre termination method currently available offers this simple, yet highly effective feature. The connector‘s pre-polished end-face remains untouched and clean from the factory to the time of insertion into the adapter. This optimizes both reliability and mated performance.
The XLR8 tool is universal – capable of terminating either SC or LC interfaces with no time-consuming tooling changeovers required. Ergonomically optimized for use in handheld or table-top orientation, it ensures full splice and crimp engagement using a locking mechanism that secures the connector in place until the tool is fully cycled. The tool is available in a complete kit that contains all accessories required for high performance terminations, including a user-friendly fibre cleaver designed to provide clean, precision cleaves on an array of fibre types.
XLR8 LC and SC connectors support the multimode and singlemode versions of Siemon’s 10Gb/s XGLO and Gigabit-ready LightSystem solutions and exceed TIA standards for optical performance and fibre retention strength.