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AFL launches FlexScan pocket-sized OTDR

AFL has introduced FlexScan, a pocket-sized, hand-held optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) that provides fast, accurate fibre-optic network characterisation and fault location. Combining SmartAuto data acquisition with event analysis and intuitive LinkMap display, FlexScan enables technicians to quickly and easily troubleshoot faulty optical networks, or completely characterise newly installed networks, the company claims.

“FlexScan‘s SmartAuto simplifies test setup, while LinkMap clarifies OTDR results, making it easy for any technician to perform testing,” explained Michael Scholten, senior product marketing manager at AFL. “As the number of fibre-based networks continues to grow, FlexScan enables carriers and contract installers to equip each technician with an all-in-one fibre test solution that literally fits in their pocket.”

FlexScan’s SmartAuto technology automatically selects the most appropriate OTDR settings to detect, locate, identify and measure network start, end, connectors, splices and macro-bends. LinkMap technology applies pass/fail limits to detected events, displays the network using colour-coded icons to highlight faults and recommends corrective action to resolve faults.

Available in either single or dual-wavelength OTDR configurations, FlexScan includes integrated visual fault locator (VFL), plus optional loss test set (source and power meter), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communications.

Designed for outside plant technicians, FlexScan is rugged yet lightweight, provides a large, backlit indoor/outdoor colour display and operates for up to 12 hours from its rechargeable battery. Results may be stored internally or to a USB memory stick. Internally stored results are easily uploaded via USB, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for archiving or report generation using the included TRM 2.0 Test Results Manager software.

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