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Luna high-res reflectometer raises support for field maintenance

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Luna Innovations demonstrated its new, high resolution, portable reflectometer at OFC. 

The Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBR) 6200 series performs advanced inspection and diagnostics of fibre optic assemblies and networks.

Luna’s existing OBR technology provides design, diagnostic and inspection capabilities to fibre-optic manufacturers, developers and installers by illustrating a map, in ultra-high resolution, of an optical link.  

OBR 6200 Series instruments are rugged, hand-held reflectometers with ultra-high sensitivity for testing and troubleshooting short fibre optic networks up to 100m in length. This new product is designed to bring enhanced diagnostic capabilities to the installation and maintenance of data centre networks and industrial manufacturing applications. Visitors to the recent OFC conference and exhibition were able to enjoy live demonstrations of the technology in action.

It was initially developed for field support and maintenance of fibre optic links on board advanced aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Because of this, ruggedness and ease of use were designed-in. Integrating a touch screen interface with ‘go/no-go’ data and qualification to strict military operational and environmental standards, the OBR 6200 simplifies analysis and maintenance of fibre optic links and is deployable in a multitude of environments.  

Ideal for use in the field for service and maintenance applications, the units are ruggedised with IP65 (water-resistant and dustproof) and MIL-STD certifications, and their fast acquisition rate reduces susceptibility to vibration. The portable units also have an easily chargeable Li-Ion battery and work with single- and multimode fiber installations.

Scott Graeff, president and chief executive officer at  Luna explained: ‘Luna’s OBR 6200 series is the industry’s most capable high-resolution tool for maintenance and troubleshooting of fiber optic networks. Our work with the Lockheed Martin team in support of the fibre network on the F-35 has ensured that this product combines the ultimate in accuracy and usability and we are excited about the many applications of this instrument, including total fibre system quality control to ensure component performance and network uptime.’