Clearfield Announces FieldShield, A New Pushable Fiber Delivery And Protection System That Reduces The Cost Of Broadband Deployment

MINNEAPOLIS, March 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clearfield, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLFD), the specialist in fiber management and connectivity platforms for communications providers, today announced the FieldShield Fiber Delivery and Protection System. FieldShield is an innovative, strong and flexible platform that offers a space saving footprint across all deployment environments to support aerial, direct bury and data center last mile optical fiber needs. The result is a minimally intrusive system that speeds installation and delivers fiber to environments previously not viable. FieldShield components can be used stand alone, with existing conduit equipment or in collaboration with newer, less disruptive technologies to bring fiber wherever and whenever it is needed.

Components of the FieldShield System include:
  • FieldShield Ruggedized Microduct
  • FieldShield Pushable Fiber
  • FieldShield Pushable Fiber Connectors
  • FieldShield Assist

Benefits of the FieldShield System include:
  • Least intrusive solution on the market providing easy, fast and cost-effective installation
  • Space saving footprint that works with existing and exhausted conduit or new micro-trenching technologies to reach environments not previously possible
  • Significant savings on installation resources and costs
  • Strong crush resistant and flexible fiber jacket to deliver maximum fiber protection

"Fiber deployments have for a long time centered around large count fiber, however today's environment demands a smaller less intrusive solution that can scale," said Cheri Beranek, Clearfield President and CEO. "FieldShield is a new paradigm in the delivery and protection of fiber as it solves the challenges of how to immediately and cost effectively deploy fiber while leaving a path for future growth."  

FieldShield Microduct

By reducing duct size to 10mm and smaller, FieldShield Microduct opens unlimited opportunities to deploying and protecting fiber within the network. Installed as an empty microduct or pre-loaded with fiber, FieldShield Microduct can easily be placed through existing conduit, buried in the ground or deployed in an aerial environment (either strand-mount or up-the-tower). FieldShield Microduct is suitable for withstanding the rigors of all types of ground implementations, such as open trenching, vibratory plowing, micro-trenching, directional boring, or slot cutting. A smooth inner wall and slip lining provide minimal resistance, allowing FieldShield Pushable Optical Fiber Assemblies to be easily pushed or pulled through the transport duct. Serving as the optical fiber raceway for all "last mile" needs.

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