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.

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

Features & 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