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Fiber optics sees increased deployment in industrial sector

By Donna Donnowitz
December 19, 2013

Industrial sectors, such as oil and gas exploration, are increasing their use of fiber-optic systems to improve drilling, distribution and other efforts in some of the most inhospitable environments on the planet. According to Lightwave, this increased adoption is also driving innovation with fiber-optic cabling itself, as well as other hardware, such as media converters, used to optimize these networks.

In order to build fiber-optic infrastructure that can withstand the needs of industrial operations, firms need cabling that can hold up against dust, debris, UV radiation, power fluctuations, extreme temperatures, water, pressure, increased flex, tension and vibration, as well as chemical exposure and even fire. At the same time, firms want these solutions to be easily deployed, retracted and relocatable, while preserving the quality and integrity of the system. While this may sound like lofty demands, fiber-optic systems are standing up to the test. New deployable systems are meeting these needs and more, with genderless connectors, hardened cabling, hybrid cables and improved reel systems.

According to the news source, even "die-hard" copper proponents have begun converting to fiber optics with increased frequency. The main factor isn't just that these solutions hold up better under harsh circumstances, but they also reduce the cost of use over time, allowing firms to cut expenses at the same time. In addition to this, increased bandwidth helps make the decision to convert that much easier.

One of the biggest improvements that industrial firms can make is investing in the improved connectors and fiber media converters that make deploying and expanding fiber-optic infrastructure so much easier. The right hardware to support cable helps bring the entire network together, boosts performance by eliminating latency and helps ensure these systems stand the test of time. By investing in improved hardware for both ends of the fiber-optic grid, firms can establish a stronger connection and ensure they are gaining all of the benefits they need from these new investments. The right tools make any project like fiberoptics deployment smoother and simpler, that help save money in the long run.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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