Okano Cable to Begin Selling Ultra-thin Optical Fiber Cable
- New cable ideal for mobile wiring for industrial robotics, mounter transmission equipment, and more -
Okano Cable Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: 1-5-28 Fukami-Nishi Yamato-Shi Kanagawa; President: Masaru Seto), a member of the Furukawa Electric Group, will begin selling Ultra-thin Robo Vauer—a thinner, lighter, and more compact version of the Robo Vauer optical fiber cable that withstands repeated bending—in February of this year.
Optical fiber cable that uses quartz glass usually exhibits immediate optical loss after bending, and this can lead to long-term issues with reliability and durability. However, this issue was resolved with the release of Robo Vauer in December 2013.
Ultra-thin Robo Vauer was developed in response to feedback from customers who were using Robo Vauer and encountering difficulty dealing with excess cord branches when wiring in narrow and small areas. The new cable is improved with a uniboot type connection between the duplex LC (DLC connectors and the φ2.8 mm outer diameter cord.
This ultra-thin cable offers the same bending performance as Robo Vauer, and has passed a 100 million plus times left/right bending test and a 40 million plus times U-sliding test (still under testing).
It is the ideal cable for mobile wiring applications including industrial robotics, mounter transmission equipment, medical equipment, and machine vision, that require high reliability and environmental resistance properties (such as oil, heat, and flame resistance).
|Robo Vauer||Ultra-thin Robo Vauer|
|Outer diameter (mm)||6.4||2.8|
|Fiber type||SM(OS1) GI(OM2・OM3)||GI(OM2・OM3)|
|Connector type||SC, FC, LC connector, etc.||LC connector duplex uniboot|
|Bending characteristics(Note)||Left/right bending test: 100 million plus|
|No. of cores||2|
|Usage temperature||-20 to 60℃|
|Characteristics||Many fiber types
Many connector types
|Thin cable outer diameter
No cord branch
|Example uses||Mobile wiring such as industrial robotics, mounters, medical equipment, and machine vision|
(Note) Bending characteristics are based on internal testing requirements, and are not guaranteed product values.
About Furukawa Electric Group
Furukawa Electric (TSE; 5801, ISIN; JP3827200001) Group started business in 1884, when its copper-smelting facility and wire manufacturing factory was established. Since then Furukawa Electric has become pioneers in the latest technologies by addressing diverse technological issues. Furukawa Electric has released products in a number of areas, including telecommunications, electronics, automobiles, and construction, with the three types of materials it works with at their core, namely, optics, plastics, and metals. Many of these products have attained the top global market share, and all of its products have contributed to society in numerous business areas. Furukawa Electric reported consolidated revenues of JPY 843.3 billion (approximately USD 7.8B) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.