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
- 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
FieldShield is constructed in three tough polymer models depending on application requirements.
- Direct Buried (Toneable and Non-Toneable)
- Aerial (Figure-8)
FieldShield Pushable Fiber ConnectorsTerminating a FieldShield Pushable Fiber Connector onto the FieldShield Fiber Cable allows it to be pulled or pushed through the FieldShield Microduct. Developed in collaboration with Senko, these field-proven SC and LC connectors are terminated and partially assembled at the factory. The connector easily passes through the Microduct's 6.0mm bore with the outer housing quickly and easily assembled by the technician in the field. This factory pre-connectorized approach enables lower installation costs by reducing costly labor in the field and presents a reliable and consistent termination. All FieldShield assemblies are guaranteed to Clearfield's FiberDeep performance level. FieldShield Assist In environments where traditional pulling techniques are possible, Clearfield recommends the placement of fiber with the use of an integrated pull string that comes standard in all FieldShield Microduct. In other environments, due to the Microduct's rugged but low coefficient of friction properties, FieldShield Fiber Cable can simply be pushed into place. FieldShield Fiber Cable can be pushed by hand up to 100 feet, and for longer distances, Clearfield has developed the FieldShield Assist. Using this hand-held, drill-powered tool, FieldShield Fiber Cable can be pushed into environments, such as an occupied or congested duct, that was previously considered impassible. Eliminating potential catastrophic damage due to buckling or folding of the fiber optic cable, this tool houses an integrated clutch that engages when resistance reaches a threshold that could damage the cable. A glare-resistant, integrated counter provides the installer with accurate and instant feedback on the distances pushed. As a result, fiber cable can be pushed 500 feet within OSP-rated duct and when pushing in plenum duct for an inside plant environment, fiber cable can be pushed as far as 300 feet. "Clearfield really has remained true to their promise of keeping it simple," explains Mike Charles, VP- Telecommunications Division for ElectriCom. "We connected the Assist directly to the power drills we were already using."
FieldSmart Fiber Management and CraftSmart Fiber EnclosuresFieldShield Fiber has been designed to push directly into the Clearview Cassette. As a result, any element of the FieldSmart fiber management architecture and CraftSmart line of fiber enclosures can be used to complete the solution, allowing broadband providers to terminate, manage, and protect fiber assets wherever they are coming from or going to. FieldShield represents the latest innovation in installation, management and maintenance of fiber deployments. Maximizing existing investments, FieldShield makes it possible for fast, easy and affordable fiber deployment. Protection has never been simpler or more reliable. Used in conjunction with the Clearfield's FieldSmart fiber management for the central office, outside plant and access network, FieldShield protects fiber through every distribution point of the network. Additional Information and Availability Additional information, including datasheets and a demonstration video, is available at http://www.clearfieldconnection.com/product-platform/fieldshield.php. The FieldShield Pushable Fiber Platform, including all components, is currently shipping. About Clearfield, Inc. Clearfield, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLFD) designs, manufactures and distributes fiber optic management, protection and delivery products for the communications networks of leading ILECS, CLECs, MSO/cable TV companies and mobile broadband providers. We help service providers solve the Fiber Puzzle, which is how to reduce high costs associated with deploying, managing, protecting and scaling a fiber optic network to deliver the mobile, residential and business services customers want. Based on the patented Clearview™ Cassette, our unique single-architected, modular fiber management platform is designed to lower the cost of broadband deployment and maintenance by consolidating, protecting and distributing incoming and outgoing fiber circuits and enable our customers to scale their operations as their subscriber revenues increase. Headquartered in Plymouth, MN, Clearfield deploys millions of fiber ports each year throughout North America and beyond.
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