LAUNCH CORDS

Ensure accurate measurement with OTDR Launch Cords.

OptiConcepts Portable Launch Cord provides a calibrated span of optical fiber designed to evaluate near-end connectors and anomalies in network fiber systems. The Launch Cord is placed between the system under test and an OTDR (Optical Domain Reflectometer) to improve the OTDR’s ability to identify passive system components and abnormalities during network installation and troubleshooting.


An OTDR’s inability to detect near-end fiber optic connectors at the patch panel severely reduces its testing effectiveness. This is due to the relatively slow recovery time of laser pulses reflecting off the OTDR bulkhead connector and subsequently being displayed on the monitor. Using a properly calibrated portable launch box is the solution. The number of backscatter data points is increased via the launch box prior to the first connector pair. A reflective pulse on the OTDR screen then properly depicts the patch panel connection.


Portable Launch Cords are available in a variety of fiber types and fiber lengths up to 500 meters. Each fiber span is stored in a hand held, light weight enclosure. Weighing less than six ounces, OptiConcepts Portable Launch Cord offers functional versatility and portable fiber protection. The carabiner clip attaches easily to devices, including OTDRs, network racks, and belt loops. OptiConcepts Portable Launch Cords are directly connectorized and fuse free, providing a continuous, high quality link for OTDR testing.

Specifications

Fiber Types: Single-mode, Multimode 50/125um Laser Optimized, Multimode 62.5/125um

Fiber Lengths: Up to 500 meters

Access Leads: 2 meter length leads

Connectors: FC, SC, ST, LC (Ultra and Angled)

Unit Dims: 6” x 6” x 1”

Weight: > than 6 oz.


Download the PLC spec sheet for specifications and available products.

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Launch Boxes

Ensure accurate OTDR measurement with ruggedized Launch Boxes.

OptiConcepts Portable Launch Box provides a calibrated span of optical fiber to evaluate near-end connectors and anomalies in network fiber systems. The Launch Box is placed between the system under test and an OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer) to improve the OTDR’s ability to identify passive system components and abnormalities during system qualification and troubleshooting.


Our full-featured design stores both the optical fiber and access connectors in a light-weight, rugged transit case that protects the sensitive optical components against harsh outside plant installation and maintenance environments. For long haul testing, OptiConcepts Launch Boxes are capable of holding single-mode or multimode fiber lengths up to 25 kilometers. Custom lengths and various connector styles are available, providing ultimate convenience and portability.


An OTDR’s inability to detect near-end fiber optic connectors at the patch panel severely reduces its testing effectiveness. This is due to the relatively slow recovery time of laser pulses reflecting off the OTDR bulkhead connector and subsequently being displayed on the monitor. Using a properly calibrated portable launch box is the solution. The number of backscatter data points is increased via the launch box prior to the first connector pair. A reflective pulse on the OTDR screen then properly depicts the patch panel connection.


Unlike other launch boxes, OptiConcepts Launch Box is directly connectorized to provide a continuous, high quality link for testing. A fused pigtail within several meters of each connector tip cannot be independently identified on the OTDR and increases the apparent loss of each connector. This reduces the near-end measurement accuracy of the OTDR. OptiConcepts Launch Box is fuse free to deliver optimum test results.

Specifications

Fiber Types: Single-mode, Multimode 50/125um Laser Optimized, Multimode 62.5/125um

Fiber Lengths: 100 meters (328 ft.) to 25 kilometers (82,000 ft)

Dimensions: 

9.25” x 7.75” x 4.5” (23.5cm x 19.7cm x 11.4cm) – 100 m to <5000 m length   

16” x 10.5” x 6” (40.6cm x 26.7cm x 15.24cm) – 5000m to 25 km length

Weight: < 4 lbs. (1.8kg) to < 15 lbs. (6.8 kg)

Connector Type: FC, SC, ST, LC, ESCOM (Ultra and Angled Varieties)

Unit Color: Black; other colors available upon request


Download the PLB Set spec sheet for specifications and available products.

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