Cabling system for space-saving cable management in distribution centres
10 September 2002
The trend towards further miniaturisation and therefore high component packing densities continues. This is increasingly imposing space restrictions on good cable distribution systems in modern networks. Huber+Suhner's new Smartline cabling system can offer an effective remedy to this problem.
Optical distribution systems with high packing densities offer high system flexibility and extendable modular technologies. To simplify cable handling with high fibre densities, Suhner Fiberoptic's Smartline is a minicord breakout cable ensuring good manageability, accessibility and protection. The idea to develop the Smartline emerged from the company's Masterline cabling system, which has met with great acceptance over the past few years. It is successfully applied mainly in building cabling systems, completely tested and ready to install. The Smartline is a leaner version of the Masterline system and is supplied without the rugged water-tight installation hose and the extensive accessories.
New fields of application
The idea underlying the Masterline cabling system - to save space and reduce installation times - has been transferred to the Smartline for applications in distribution centres. Because of their high packing densities, optical distribution centres are overfilled with cables, impairing clarity. Smartline allows a well-ordered and space-saving cable structure to be obtained from rack to rack.
Smartline unites 12 individual fibres in a minicord breakout cable. This allows the interconnections between distribution racks to become clear and orderly. They require shorter installation times, and the cable assemblies are fully tested and documented.
The LSFH material used is self-extinguishing, nontoxic and halogen free. The integrated splitting head with a diameter of 12 mm is only insignificantly larger than the cable diameter. In addition, it is provided with an integrated radius-limiting device for the cable whip, with the whip as well as the system length being customer-specific. As connectors, all simplex connectors and FiberGate can be used.
The Smartline cable replaces 12 individual patch cords. It has easy installation which reduces the time and cost requirements. The cable can be fitted with all common Suhner Fiberoptic connectors. Since the minicord breakout cable is proven and the integrated splitter is used, high flexibility is guaranteed along with maintenance of the minimum allowable bending radius.
Fields of application
The Smartline cabling system is applied in end-to-end systems where maximum packing densities in racks and sub-racks call for pre-assembled and therefore cost-saving cabling solutions. Thus, it is very well suited to indoor installations for connecting the system rack and the optical distributors, for interconnecting distributors and for applications involving high safety requirements.
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