Bulgin claims rugged fibre optic connector is “smallest available”

Connector and component manufacturer, Bulgin, has launched a series of LC fibre optic connectors specialised for use in harsh environments. Claimed to be the smallest rugged optical connector available on the market, the 4000 Series Fiber Simplex connector is suitable for outdoor broadcast, FTTX (fibre to the x), server room engineering, civil engineering, marine, aviation and rail applications. The connector’s small form factor is a benefit where installation space is limited or multiple connectors need to be accommodated.

Featuring a secure quick twist (30 degree) bayonet connection, the 4000 Series Fiber Simplex connector accommodates durable mechanical mating. Its industry standard LC interfaces (IEC 61754-20) features colour coded O-rings and washers for ease of identification. Mounting body options include Flex, Flex In-Line, and Rear Panel styles.

Insertion losses are low, with an average of less than 0.1dB, max 0.2dB), making the 4000 Series Fiber Simplex connector reliable, regardless of the application environment, says Bulgin.

The connector is equipped with IP68-rated sealing caps, to protect against dirt and water ingress. It has been tested fully submersed up to two weeks at 10m. Typical applications will be outdoor installations such as underground, on antennae and mounted on utility poles.

The Polyamide UL94-V0 flame retardant moulding is IEC 61300-2 tested to operate between -25 and +70 degree C. For marine applications, the 4000 Series Fiber also offers connectivity with salt spray resistance (tested to EN60068-2-52 Test Kb Salt Mist [Cyclic] Marine Severity Level 1).

Bulgin manufactures a range of industry-leading rugged connectors, fuse holders, battery holders, switches and indicators designed for use in the most challenging of environments. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, and also has offices in all key global regions together with an extensive sales and distribution network spanning 65 countries. The company’s manufacturing facilities are based in the UK and Tunisia.


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