Swiss cabling specialist R&M is putting a new generation of patch boxes for fiber optic networks on the market. With these platforms for 19" racks, you can terminate up to 48 fibers in one unit (1U). For the first time, a common basic model accommodates both breakout cabling and splice cabling. FibereasyRack 2 is the name of the version for breakout cabling. It contains a loose tube tray. The version for splice cabling is called UniRack 2 and contains a removable splice tray plate.
An integrated drawer serves as loose tube tray, cable and pigtail deposit unit, holder of splice tray plate and convenient work surface for patching and splicing all in one. The drawer can be pulled out and tipped to an angle of 10° with a flick of the wrist. That makes initial installations and network conversions more convenient.
The new patch boxes are used for cable termination in local data networks or in structured cabling, in network cabinets for data centers or in distribution nodes for campus networks. They are also suitable for outdoor distributors where space is at a premium, e.g. on factory premises. The installation depth was reduced by about ten percent from 220 to 225 millimeters compared to earlier platforms. In closed operating state, the boxes have all-round protection from rodent attacks. Despite the compact design, a 40 mm bending radius is ensured throughout – a crucial prerequisite for low-attenuating signal transmission.
R&M developers relied on lightweight construction processes. The own weight of the splice versions is 25 percent less than predecessor models. Clever design features combine with carefully selected materials and well-tried manufacturing processes to reduce production costs.
The second-generation patch boxes are compatible with all common adapter solutions for E-2000™, SC, LCD, ST and FC type adapters. In addition, R&M makes pre-terminated cabling units with factory-tested adapters and pigtails. R&M also customizes the front plates or to local designs.
Among the strengths of this new advance is that cables and pigtails are consistently deposited separately. This approach assures a quick, good overview. It also reduces conversion times, installation mistakes and operational interruptions. The pigtail fibers R&M supplies correspond to the color code in the DIN VDE 0888 standard. Port numbers and labels help to allocate the terminations. In the model with 24 LCD/E-2000™/SC ports, the front plate can be equipped with the R&MinteliPhy network monitoring system enabling continuous remote monitoring and documentation of all fiber optic connections, a new system for the automatic control of networks. R&MinteliPhy can continuously monitor each and every connection in data centers or local data networks in buildings and at companies. Automatic Infrastructure Management – called AIM - opens up a new way to manage networks reliably.