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LC TEST CORDS Durable metal LC test cords

Sep 14, 2021

New Metal LC connectors significantly extend the life of test reference cords and launch fibres

Fluke Networks recently introduced the industry’s first durable metal LC reference grade testing cords and launch fibres, which are now standard on all LC-terminated test cords made by the company. Traditional LC connectors use a single-piece plastic design that flexes the latching mechanism and eventually breaks, requiring replacement when used repeatedly in testing. The new metal LC latching system uses a multi-piece metal design that is not part of the body and does not flex, significantly improving the life of the latching mechanism and extending the life of the LC connector, test reference cords and launch fibres. These metal LC connectors are fully compliant to TIA 604-10-B: Fiber Optic Connector Intermateability Standard - Type LC.

Typical LC connectors do not survive long in the field when used with test cords because the latching system, which allows the optical connectors to engage with and disengage from a separate component, fails. With the new metal LC design, the latch no longer flexes to engage and disengage with the optical component such as the adapter, the life of the latching system is greatly improved, extending the life of the LC connector. This saves money for the user by extending the life of the test cord, but, more importantly, by reducing project delays that occur when cords need to be replaced. These new metal connectors are more robust as compared to plastic latches on the company’s LC test cords.

The Fluke Metal LC latch has been tested for up to 10,000 insertions with no degradation in performance and passes all Telecordia GR-326-CORE durability tests including thermal, humidity, vibration, flex, impact and salt spray. This new metal LC test cords join the company’s Permanent Link Adapter – which features the industry’s only durable metal connector designed for testing modular jack (‘RJ-45’) terminated twisted pair cabling links.

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