AFL is expanding its single jacket ADSS portfolio with the introduction of a new configuration for the Flex-Span ADSS family of fiber-optic cable. Flex-Span cables are designed for a broad combination of fiber counts and span lengths.
Flex-Span's new core configuration contains five buffer tubes with 24 fibers each for a total of 120 fibers in a diameter of less than 0.475 inches. The small diameter is intended to reduce loading on poles while also providing the same hardware size.
Flex-Span ADSS requires no support or messenger wire. The cable is intended for use on distribution lines and necessitates using formed wire dead ends. Flex-Span utilizes dry core technology so flooding compounds are not used.
Fiber counts for Flex-Span ADSS are 12 up to 144 with any type or combination of single-mode or multimode fibers within the cable. Operating temperature spans from 40˚C to +70˚C. Pole-to-pole span lengths range from 50 feet to more than 1,000 feet.