Clearfield addresses underground deployment challenges with CraftSmart® Fiber Protection Vault

Jan. 24, 2024
The platform is designed to help reduce shipping costs and eliminate the traditional supply chain squeeze by offering a new design approach.

Clearfield has introduced CraftSmart® Fiber Protection Vault, a platform it says will help service providers tackle cost challenges associated with underground fiber deployments.

The vendor’s platform is designed to overcome current supply chain constraints and claims it can deliver a 300% improvement in shipping and inventory space. A big piece of the platform is its design, which allows the vaults to be shipped unassembled and flat-packed. It enables shipping multiple vaults per pallet, dramatically saving up to 67% off freight, transportation, handling, and storage costs.

Clearfield’s CraftSmart Fiber Protection Vault is purpose-built to accept the Clearfield Passive (PON) and Cross Connect cabinets, offering ordering simplicity for Clearfield Cabinet applications, and can be assembled in the field in under five minutes. 

Initial designs offer the 36”x48”x36” High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Thermoplastic vault with two lid options, a split HDPE lid with cut-out for Clearfield pedestals and cabinets, and a solid split HDPE lid for slack cable storage. The vault allows operators to mount Clearfield’s new FiberFirst 12” plastic pedestals on the lid. All tools and materials needed for easy assembly in the field are included in the packaging.

“When we decided to bring the design and manufacturing of our new vault in-house, we looked at the opportunity holistically and saw the untapped potential to address the high cost associated with traditional designs by using a fundamentally new approach,” said Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer for Clearfield. 

Orders for the CraftSmart Fiber Protection Vault can be placed starting now.

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