Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD) announced its latest innovation in fiber management, the Clearview xPAK Cassette. Engineered to land small port count fiber terminations and optical components as conveniently and inexpensively as possible, the xPAK simplifies fiber management to the level of a consumable good.
At first glance, Clearview xPAK looks like any other LGX compatible package, but upon closer inspection, technicians will see a new generation of innovation in the delivery of terminated fiber assemblies. Clearview xPAK unfolds to a flat, single-piece element in which all required components for fiber protection are integrated. “When landing small-port count fiber, we went back to the field and asked broadband service providers what they needed,” comments Johnny Hill, Clearfield’s COO. “They told us they had the highest standards for fiber protection and reliability – but deployment needed to be fast, intuitive, small count and small form factor. And the product needed to be so inexpensive, that techs could conveniently keep small lot counts in their trucks and deploy as service calls were scheduled.”
“We get into a lot of buildings that were built more than 100 years ago, and the communications space inside those buildings is a premium,” explains Alan Shaw of Time Warner Cable’s Business Class team. “As we bring business class services to these tight spaces, Clearfield’s xPAK design delivers the functionality we need.”
Shipped Flat for Service Provider Ease of DeploymentPriced to allow field personnel to carry cartons of Clearview xPAK Cassettes in the field, xPAK is shipped flat and unassembled. At the deployment site, the technician will take the xPAK device, and following simple pictorial user instructions, will assemble the device to match his field requirements. Integrated into the footprint of the device is an industry-compatible splicing tray, which is then surrounded with fiber protection elements that support a 2-, 4- or 6-port fiber assembly as well as a range of optical component devices. (Clearfield provides a wide selection of user-defined split-count PON splitters or WDM channel frequencies.)