AFL has received seven patents for new products and technologies within its cable and connectivity, accessories, and test and inspection divisions.
Cable and Connectivity patents include: a method to apply an aluminum coating layer to the core of copper wire; a composite micro-cable designed to be jetted into existing coax cable sheaths after the core had been extracted; an optical fiber furcation transition assembly designed to accept a variety of flat drop fiber optic cables; and PoliMOD, a field-installable optical module with configurable cable attachment.
Accessories patents include: a Swage high voltage cable terminal designed to eliminate the deviation-prone additive method and expand upon a process from the transmission product line with the resultant profile and product finish being Corona-free at high voltages; and a Flat Drop Cable Tangent accessory designed to provide a means of suspending flat drop cables used in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) applications.
The Test and Measurement division received a patent for an OTDR merging technique for traces captured by using different settings. The technique features a shorter laser pulse that can produce traces of more accurate location information, and a longer pulse that produces traces with less noise for a more reliable result.