Product Information

Applications

Clearfield’s FieldShield FLEXdrop cable provides the most flexible option of our FieldShield product line. The OSP-rated PVDF jacketing allows for transition of FLEXdrop from the OSP environment directly into the inside plant, with the added benefit of being UL listed for plenum applications. FLEXdrop is either pulled or pushed through microduct at turn-up, maximizing installation efficiency. In the event of a later fiber cut, the fiber can be easily pulled from microduct. The duct is then repaired and a new FieldShield Pushable Assembly is pushed or pulled through the microduct for a fast and cost-effective restoration.

FieldShield FLEXdrop

FieldShield FLEXdrop

Description

FieldShield FLEXdrop has more flexibility than our standard FieldShield Optical Cable making it ideal for shorter drops where more handling and slack storage may be required. Whether it’s used indoor or outdoor, the flexibility of the jacket allows for deployment with reduced jacket memory and decreases the risk of kinking. While FLEXdrop is typically used in conjunction with FieldShield Microduct solutions, in some applications, it can be stapled directly to walls and ceilings or used on building wrap applications securing with crown T18 staples.

Features and Benefits

Integrity

  • Available in singlemode
  • Supports all industry standard connectors

Protection

  • UL listed for plenum applications
  • Passed UV testing and measurement standards per ASTM G155 for UL 1581
  • Bend-insensitive (G.657.A2) fiber protects optical signal with minimal to zero attenuation down to a 10 mm radius
  • OSP-rated PVDF jacketing provides ruggedized protection for the patch cord or pigtail
  • Staple-ready for walls, joists and around corners, with Crown T-18 staples
  • Swellable yarns for water blocking capabilities

Access

  • Standard color is black, with an option for off-white
  • Suitable for all types of indoor and outdoor implementations

Investment

  • Quick and easy deployment allows capital investment to be aligned to customer take rates

Technical Specifications

FieldShield  FLEXdrop — Physical Characteristics

Clad Diameter

125.0 +/- 0.7 µm

Clad Non-circularity

≤1%

Core/Clad Concentricity Error

≤0.5 µm maximum; <0.2 µm typically

Coating Diameter (Uncolored)

235-245 µm 

Coating-Clad Concentricity Error

(Offset) ≤ 12 µm 

Tensile Proof Test

100 kpsi (0.69 GPa)

Coating Strip Force Range

≥ 0.3 lbf < 2.0 lbf (≥ 1.3 N < 8.9 N)

Cable Spec

0.35 dB/km @ 1310 nm/0.25 dB/km @ 1550 nm

FieldShield  FLEXdrop  — Technical Specifications

Fiber

OFS All Wave Flex + Fiber Markings or equivalent

Bend-Insensitive

Bend-Insensitive Fiber G.657.A2

Color Code

TIA/EIA 598 (US Standard)

Length

Maximum spool length 20,000 feet

Fiber Count

Single Fiber (2 fiber in development) 

Pushable Connectors

FieldShield SC/UPC, SC/APC, Simplex LC/UPC, Simplex LC/APC

Standard Connectors 

SC/UPC, SC/APC, LC/UPC, LC/APC, FC/UPC, FC/APC, ST/UPC, HFOC SC/APC

Mode

Singlemode

Internal Fiber Size

250 µm with 900 µm buffertube

Outside Diameter 

0.118" (3 mm)

Color

Black or white

Material

PVDF

Bend-Radius

Standard to G.657.A2 specifications

Operating Temperature

-40°F to 176°F (-40°C to 80°C)

Installation Tension

20 lbf 

Markings

Part number, lot number and footage markers every two feet

Recommended Drop Distance

150 feet or less for normal installation conditions