Plural Unit Type Patents (Class 385/112)
  • Patent number: 10094995
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include an optical fiber cable. The optical fiber cable includes a plurality of multi-fiber unit tubes. The multi-fiber unit tubes are substantially circular and dimensioned to receive a plurality of optical fibers. The optical fiber cable also includes a plurality of partially bonded optical fiber ribbons positioned within at least one of the multi-fiber tubes. The partially bonded optical fiber ribbons are partially bonded in such a way that each partially bonded optical fiber ribbon is formed in a random shape. The partially bonded optical fiber ribbons also are partially bonded in such a way that the plurality of partially bonded optical fiber ribbons are randomly positioned within the multi-fiber unit tube. The optical fiber cable also includes a jacket surrounding the plurality of multi-fiber unit tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: OFS FITEL, LLC
    Inventors: Harold P Debban, Peter A Weimann, Timothy Goddard
  • Patent number: 9823433
    Abstract: Staggered Splices. At least some illustrative embodiments are apparatus including a tube having a wall defining an interior volume, first and second optical fibers disposed within the interior volume and the first and second optical fibers joined at a first splice. Also included are third and fourth optical fibers disposed within the interior volume, the third and fourth optical fibers joined at a second splice. The first splice and the second splice have an axially spaced-apart relationship within the interior volume of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Matthew Segsworth, Jeremy Smith, Robert Alexis Peregrin Fernihough, Jeff Bowlus
  • Patent number: 9618718
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable has a cable core that includes at least one optical fiber coupled to a fiber optic connector. A cable adapter sleeve is axially mounted on the cable core to surround the cable core, the cable adapter sleeve including a body portion that has a first outer diameter and a collar that has a second outer diameter that is greater than the first outer diameter. A crush sleeve is seated within a crush groove of the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Nahid Islam
  • Patent number: 9541723
    Abstract: Described are new cable designs for indoor installations wherein the cable comprises a dual-layer optical fiber buffer encasement of acrylate resin. The buffer encasement has an acrylate compliant inner layer that protects the fiber and minimizes stress transfer to the fiber; and a hard, tough acrylate outer layer that provides crush resistance. The dual-layer optical fiber buffer encasement is wrapped with reinforcing yarn and encased in an outer protective jacket. The protective jacket is relatively thick and rigid, having a thickness of 0.7-3.0 mm, and a modulus greater than 240 MPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: OFS FITEL, LLC
    Inventors: Heng Ly, Peter A Weimann
  • Patent number: 9435972
    Abstract: A sub-assembly of a fiber optic cable, the sub-assembly includes a central strength member, core elements wound about the central strength member in a stranded configuration, wherein the core elements comprise buffer tubes, filler rods, secondary strength members, and/or conductive wires, and a binder film overlaying the stranded core elements, the binder film comprising a polymeric material having a Young's modulus of 3 gigapascals or less such that the binder film constrains the core elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Jerome Blazer, Rodney Maurice Burns, Julian Latelle Greenwood, III, Keith Aaron Greer, Warren Welborn McAlpine
  • Patent number: 9377598
    Abstract: Purging interior regions of a cable reduces or prevents hydrogen darkening of an optical fiber located in the cable. While hydrogen may permeate through an outer surface of the cable, fluid circulating through the cable purges the hydrogen from within the cable. This circulation of the fluid occurs between an inner tube containing the fiber and an outer tube surrounding the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Edward M. Dowd, John J. Grunbeck
  • Patent number: 9348086
    Abstract: Herein presents a few-mode optical fiber, wherein the core comprising a main core(1) and 2N assistant cores(2), wherein N is positive integer number. All the cores are formed by the same material and embedded in a low-index background (3). The centers of the main core (1) and all the assistant cores (2) are located in a straight line. The assistant cores(2) are denoted based on the distance with the main core(1) as 1 , 2 , . . . N. The center-to-center distance between the main core (1) and the adjacent assistant core(2) is Lma=dm+da1. The center-to-center distance between the assistant core(2) and the adjacent assistant core(2) is Li,i=da,i +da,i+1 wherein i=1˜N?1 and da,i denotes the diameter of assistant core(2) i. That is to say, the boundary of the main core (1) is tangent to the boundary of the adjacent assistant core(2). Also the boundaries of the adjacent assistant cores(2) are tangent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: JIANGSU UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Mingyang Chen
  • Patent number: 8938144
    Abstract: An optical fiber cable including, in a radial direction outward, a central strength member, a first layer of loose buffer tubes stranded around the central strength member, at least one of the loose buffer tubes of the first layer containing at least one light waveguide, an intermediate layer, a second layer of loose buffer tubes stranded around the intermediate layer, at least one of the loose buffer tubes of the second layer containing at least one light waveguide, and a jacket surrounding the second layer of loose buffer tubes, wherein the intermediate layer is formed of a material having a high coefficient of friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Draka Comteq B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Hennink, Jean-Pierre Bonicel, Pascal Maria Willem Bindels
  • Patent number: 8923675
    Abstract: An optical communication cable is provided. The cable includes a core element located in a cable jacket. The core element includes a buffer tube having an outer surface, an inner surface and a channel defined by the inner surface of the first tube. The core element includes an optical fiber located within the channel of the buffer tube and a color layer formed from a surface-deposited colorant material applied to the outer surface of the buffer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Adra Smith Baca, Dana Craig Bookbinder, Timothy Leonard Hunt, Michael Anthony Lockee, Eric John Mozdy
  • Patent number: 8913863
    Abstract: A hydrocarbon application cable of reduced nylon with increased flexibility and useful life. The cable may be of a hose or solid configuration and particularly beneficial for use in marine operations. A power and data communicative core of the cable may be surrounded by a lightweight intermediate polymer layer of a given hardness which is ultimately then surrounded by an outer polymer jacket having a hardness that is greater than the given hardness. Thus, a lighter weight polymer is provided interior of the outer polymer jacket, which may be of nylon or other suitably hard material. As such, the overall weight and cost of the cable may be substantially reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventors: Joseph Varkey, Jushik Yun, Byong Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 8909015
    Abstract: Disclosed is a composition for a high strength loose tube type fiber optic cable with excellent flexibility and excellent impact resistance, which includes a polypropylene-polyethylene copolymer having a melt flow index (MFI) of 1.1 g/10 minutes to 3.0 g/10 minutes at 230° C. and a flexural modulus of 10,000 to 23,000 kg/cm2. A fiber optic cable including a loose tube formed with the composition for a high strength loose tube type fiber optic cable has excellent flexibility and impact resistance as well as excellent appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: LS Cable & System Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong-Eun Lim, Yu-Hyoung Lee, Gi-Joon Nam
  • Patent number: 8897613
    Abstract: An example fiber optic cable includes an outer jacket having an elongated transverse cross-sectional profile defining a major axis and a minor axis. The transverse cross-sectional profile has a maximum width that extends along the major axis and a maximum thickness that extends along the minor axis. The maximum width of the transverse cross-sectional profile is longer than the maximum thickness of the transverse cross-sectional profile. The outer jacket also defines first and second separate passages that extend through the outer jacket along a lengthwise axis of the outer jacket. The second passage has a transverse cross-sectional profile that is elongated in an orientation extending along the major axis of the outer jacket. The fiber optic cable also includes a plurality of optical fibers positioned within the first passage a tensile strength member positioned within the second passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne M. Kachmar
  • Patent number: 8873914
    Abstract: A wire or optical fiber cable configured for electronic devices, including at least one wire or optical fiber; at least one inner layer surrounding a portion of the at least one wire or optical fiber; at least one outer layer surrounding a portion of the at least one inner layer; at least one internal sipe separating at least a part of one outer layer and at least a part of one inner layer and a Faraday cage. The internal sipe is formed by at least a portion of an inner surface of the outer layer and at least a portion of an outer surface of the inner layer; and the inner and outer surface portions forming the internal sipe oppose each other and can move relative to each other in a sliding motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8867878
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable has at least one fiber and at least one buffer tube surrounding the fiber, with the fiber being loosely held within the buffer tube. A jacket surrounds the tube where the at least one buffer tube is constructed from an extruded transparent polymer, allowing the arrangement of the fiber within the buffer tube to be visible along the entire length of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nexans
    Inventor: David Keller
  • Patent number: 8855455
    Abstract: An arrangement provides for an optical fiber cable having a plurality of fiber optic elements including a glass portion and a UV optical coating portion. A plurality of buffer tubes each contain one or more of the plurality of optical fibers made of a fire retardant polymer. A jacket surrounds the buffer tubes also made of a fire retardant polymer. The fire retardant polymers for the plurality of buffer tubes and for the jacket are selected from PVDF (PolyVinyliDene Fluoride) or FRPVC (Fire Resistance Poly Vinyl Chloride). The ratio of total polymer to UV optical coating of the fiber optic elements, by area, is substantially in the range of 5:1 to 9:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Nexans
    Inventors: David Keller, Christopher Raynor, Terry Gooch, Randie Yoder, Dan Rouse, Andrew Punch
  • Patent number: 8805143
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reduced-diameter optical-fiber cable that possesses a high fiber count and a high cable fiber density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Olivier Tatat, Jean-Marc Testu
  • Patent number: 8798417
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable includes a core and a binder film surrounding the core. The core includes a central strength member and core elements, such as buffer tubes containing optical fibers, where the core elements are stranded around the central strength member in a pattern of stranding including reversals in lay direction of the core elements. The binder film is in radial tension around the core such that the binder film opposes outwardly transverse deflection of the core elements. Further, the binder film loads the core elements normally to the central strength member such that contact between the core elements and central strength member provides coupling therebetween, limiting axial migration of the core elements relative to the central strength member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Jerome Blazer, Rodney Maurice Burns, Julian Latelle Greenwood, Keith Aaron Greer, Warren Welborn McAlpine
  • Patent number: 8798418
    Abstract: An optical cable includes a buffer tube housing at least one optical fiber, a sheath surrounding such buffer tube and at least one longitudinal strength member embedded in the sheath, in which at least one separation element is provided between a portion of the outer surface of the buffer tube and the inner surface of the sheath, laying in an axial plane not containing the at least one strength member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Prysmian S.p.A.
    Inventors: Martin Davies, Simon James Frampton, Roger Pike, Ralph Sutehall
  • Patent number: 8750669
    Abstract: A rack cabling system including a rack having mounted thereon a first hardware component and a patch panel housing mounted on the rack adjacent the first hardware component. The patch panel housing populates no more than a three rack unit (RU space), the patch panel housing including a first end having cable pathway openings and a second end having connector elements mounted therein. The patch panel may have a first cable pathway opening located adjacent the first side of the housing and defining a primary position and a first connector element mounted on the second end and the first connector element having a first position corresponding to the primary position of the first cable pathway opening. Cable harnesses are routed with less than three bends of the cables between the first hardware component and the patch panel housing, so that the first cable harness is terminated at the first connector element in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Methode Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Carter, David E. Hildreth, Robert C. Neumann, Tyler M. Miller
  • Patent number: 8718428
    Abstract: Micromodule subunit cables are constructed to allow for ease of identification between optical fibers in differing groups of optical fibers. In one cable, a first group of fibers is located within a first subunit while a second group of fibers is located within a second subunit, both subunits being enclosed in a cable jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: William C. Hurley, Samuel D. Navé
  • Publication number: 20140086543
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable includes a core and a binder film surrounding the core. The core includes a central strength member and core elements, such as buffer tubes containing optical fibers, where the core elements are stranded around the central strength member in a pattern of stranding including reversals in lay direction of the core elements. The binder film is in radial tension around the core such that the binder film opposes outwardly transverse deflection of the core elements. Further, the binder film loads the core elements normally to the central strength member such that contact between the core elements and central strength member provides coupling therebetween, limiting axial migration of the core elements relative to the central strength member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Jerome Blazer, Rodney Maurice Burns, Julian Latelle Greenwood, Keith Aaron Greer, Warren Welborn McAlpine
  • Patent number: 8625947
    Abstract: The present invention relates to flame-retardant fiber optic cables. The fiber optic cables include reinforcing materials that generate low smoke levels and exhibit improved performance during burn testing. The fiber optic cables are capable of meeting burn testing requirements without employing expensive, high-performance cable jacketing and buffering compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Raymond G. Lovie, Brian G. Risch
  • Patent number: 8605303
    Abstract: A method has been developed for detecting defects in printed images. The method includes operating a printer to print a first printed image and a second image, where the second image is a duplicate of the first printed image. The method further includes generating image data that correspond to the first printed image and the second printed image, and identifying image defects using differences between the image data generated for the first image and the image data generated for the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Wencheng Wu, Beilei Xu
  • Patent number: 8577197
    Abstract: An optical unit is comprised of a plurality of optical base fibers twisted together without any member serving as a center of twisting so that each optical base fiber comes in contact with adjacent optical base fibers along the whole length, each of the optical base fibers including an optical fiber and a sleeve consisting essentially of silicone, a filler having the plurality of optical base fibers embedded therein, the filler consisting essentially of silicone, and a sheath covering the filler and the plurality of optical base fibers embedded in the filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Fujikura Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukiko Sato, Naoki Okada
  • Patent number: 8494327
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable includes a plurality of optical fiber subunits, each of the subunits including four fiber optic elements and an enclosing jacket. A plurality of optical fiber subunit assemblies are also included, each of which includes a plurality of the optical fiber subunits and an enclosing micro-sheath. The subunits are stranded around one another. A sheath encloses the plurality of optical fiber subunit assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Nexans
    Inventors: David Keller, Jeff Rosenquist
  • Patent number: 8463096
    Abstract: Described are track-resistant all dielectric self-supporting (TR-ADSS) cables with improved cable jackets. A typical TR-ADSS optical fiber cable comprises an optical fiber sub-assembly, and a cable jacket system. The cable jacket system comprises an inner jacket, an aramid strength layer and an outer jacket. The improvement in the cable jacket system results from the addition of a friction layer between the aramid strength layer and the outer jacket. The friction layer prevents unwanted slippage of the outer jacket with respect to the inner portions of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: OFS Fitel, LLC
    Inventors: Peter A. Weimann, Robert Arthur Williams
  • Publication number: 20130129290
    Abstract: An arrangement provides for an optical fiber cable having a plurality of fiber optic elements including a glass portion and a UV optical coating portion. A plurality of buffer tubes each contain one or more of the plurality of optical fibers made of a fire retardant polymer. A jacket surrounds the buffer tubes also made of a fire retardant polymer. The fire retardant polymers for the plurality of buffer tubes and for the jacket are selected from PVDF (PolyVinyliDene Fluoride) or FRPVC (Fire Resistance Poly Vinyl Chloride). The ratio of total polymer to UV optical coating of the fiber optic elements, by area, is substantially in the range of 5:1 to 9:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: David Keller, Christopher Raynor, Terry Gooch, Randie Yoder, Dan Rouse, Andrew Punch
  • Patent number: 8412012
    Abstract: An optical fiber cable includes an unbuffered optical fiber, a tensile reinforcement member surrounding the unbuffered optical fiber, and a jacket surrounding the tensile reinforcement member. The jacket is suitable for outside plant environment. A water blocking material is placed between the unbuffered fiber and the jacket. The unbuffered optical fiber comprises an ultra bend-insensitive fiber that meets the requirements of ITU-T G.657.B3 and exhibits an additional loss of less than approximately 0.2 dB/turn when the fiber is wrapped around a 5 mm bend radius mandrel. The optical fiber cable also exhibits an additional loss of less than approximately 0.4 dB/km at 1550 nm when the cable is subjected to ?20° C. outside plant environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: OFS Fitel, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Jost, Elmar Staudinger, Peter A. Weimann
  • Patent number: 8391663
    Abstract: A rack cabling system including a rack having mounted thereon a first hardware component and a patch panel housing mounted on the rack adjacent the first hardware component. The patch panel housing populates no more than a three rack unit (RU space), the patch panel housing including a front end having cable pathway openings and a rear end having connector coupler plates mounted therein. The patch panel may have a first cable pathway opening located adjacent the first side of the housing and defining a primary position and a first connector coupler plate mounted on the rear adjacent on the first side and the first connector plate having a first position corresponding to the primary position of the first cable pathway opening. Cable harnesses are routed with less than three bends of the cables between the first hardware component and the patch panel housing, so that the first cable harness is terminated at the first coupler plate in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Carter, David E. Hildreth, Tyler M. Miller, Robert C. Neumann
  • Patent number: 8388242
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable assembly includes a connector and a fiber optic cable. The connector includes a housing having a first axial end and an oppositely disposed second axial end. A ferrule is disposed in the housing. A plurality of optical fibers is mounted in the ferrule. The fiber optic cable includes an outer jacket defining a fiber passage that extends longitudinally through the outer jacket and a window that extends through the outer jacket and the fiber passage. First and second strength members are oppositely disposed about the fiber passage in the outer jacket. A plurality of optical fibers is disposed in the fiber passage. The optical fibers are joined at splices to the optical fibers of the connector. A splice sleeve is disposed over the splices. The splice sleeve is disposed in the window of the outer jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne M. Kachmar, Ronald J. Kleckowski
  • Publication number: 20130051745
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention may include a plenum-rated optical fiber cables utilizing yarn coated with a flame-retarding and smoke-suppressing. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a plenum-rated optical fiber cable is provided. The plenum-rated optical fiber cable includes an optical fiber, a jacket surrounding the optical fiber, and a layer of yarn positioned between the optical fiber and the jacket. The jacket is made from a low-smoke polymer, the yarn is coated with a sufficient amount of flame-retarding and smoke-suppressing material such that the cable passes the NFPA 262 “Steiner Tunnel” fire test, whereby its flame spread is less than 5 feet, peak optical density is less than 0.50, and average optical density is less than 0.15.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Peter A. Weimann
  • Patent number: 8380030
    Abstract: A bend-insensitive optical cable for transmitting optical signals includes an optical cable having a length, extending from an input end adapted to receive the optical signals, to an output end and including at least one single-mode optical fiber having a cable cut-off wavelength, of 1290 nm to 1650 nm. The at least one optical fiber is helically twisted around a longitudinal axis with a twisting pitch, for a twisted length, extending along at least a portion of the length, of the optical cable, wherein the twisted length and the twisting pitch are selected such that the optical cable exhibits a measured cut-off wavelength equal to or lower than 1260 nm. Preferably, the at least one fiber has a mode-field diameter of 8.6 ?m to 9.5 ?m. According to a preferred embodiment, the optical cable includes two optical fibers twisted together along the longitudinal axis, each of the two optical fibers having a cable cut-off wavelength of 1290 nm to 1650 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Prysmian S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Ruzzier, Francesco Sartori, Enrico Consonni, Daniele Cuomo
  • Patent number: 8369667
    Abstract: Downhole cables are described that are configured to protect internal structures that may be detrimentally impacted by exposure to the downhole environment, by protecting such structures by at least two protective layers. In some examples, the structures to be protected may be housed in a protective tube housed within the protective outer sheath. The described configuration enables the use of structures such as polymer fibers in the cables for strength and load-bearing capability by protecting the fibers, by multiple protective layers, from exposure to gases or fluids within a wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Charles Rose
  • Patent number: 8295665
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a downhole cable, the method including, forming a helical shape in an outer circumferential surface of a metal tube, the metal tube having a fiber element housed therein, and stranding a copper element in a helical space formed by the metallic tube. Also provided is a downhole cable including, a metallic tube having a helical space in an outer circumferential surface thereof, wherein the metallic tube has a fiber element housed therein, and a copper element disposed in a helical space formed by the steel tube. Double-tube and multi-tube configurations of the downhole cable are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventor: Brian Herbst
  • Patent number: 8290320
    Abstract: An example fiber optic cable includes an outer jacket having an elongated transverse cross-sectional profile defining a major axis and a minor axis. The transverse cross-sectional profile has a maximum width that extends along the major axis and a maximum thickness that extends along the minor axis. The maximum width of the transverse cross-sectional profile is longer than the maximum thickness of the transverse cross-sectional profile. The outer jacket also defines first and second separate passages that extend through the outer jacket along a lengthwise axis of the outer jacket. The second passage has a transverse cross-sectional profile that is elongated in an orientation extending along the major axis of the outer jacket. The fiber optic cable also includes a plurality of optical fibers positioned within the first passage a tensile strength member positioned within the second passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne M. Kachmar
  • Publication number: 20120257864
    Abstract: It is disclosed an optical cable for communications including at least one micromodule, the micromodule including a retaining element and number N of optical fibers housed in said retaining element. The diameter of a circumference encircling the number N of optical fibers is typically 90% to 95% of an inner diameter of the retaining element. The retaining element consists essentially of a film grade polymeric material having an elongation at break equal to or higher than 500%, a melt flow index (MFI) lower than 3 g/10 min, and a density lower than 1 g/cm3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: PRYSMIAN S.P.A.
    Inventors: Enrico Consonni, Davide Ceschiat, Silvio Frigerio, Flavio Tridello
  • Patent number: 8285094
    Abstract: The multicore fiber comprises 7 or more cores, wherein diameters of the adjacent cores differ from one another, wherein each of the cores performs single-mode propagation, wherein a relative refractive index difference of each of the cores is less than 1.4%, wherein a distance between the adjacent cores is less than 50 ?m, wherein, in a case where a transmission wavelength of each of the cores is ?, the distance between the adjacent cores is , a mode field diameter of each of the cores is MFD, and a theoretical cutoff wavelength of each of the cores is ?c, (/MFD)·(2?c/(?c+?))?3.95 is satisfied, and wherein a distance between the outer circumference of the coreand an outer circumference of the clad is 2.5 or higher times as long as the mode field diameter of each of the cores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Fujikura Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Takenaga, Ning Guan, Syouji Tanigawa
  • Patent number: 8285095
    Abstract: An optical-electrical hybrid transmission cable (100), comprising: an insulative layer (2); a shielding layer located on an inner side of the insulative layer; a pair of signal wires (6) disposed in the shielding layer and twisted together; a power wire (7) and a grounding wire (8) disposed in the shielding layer and arranged side by side; two bare optical fibers (5) disposed in the shielding layer and spaced apart from each other; and a plurality of fillers (9) disposed in the shielding layer and arranged in a discrete manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Du Han, Wei Yao, Pei Tsao
  • Patent number: 8238706
    Abstract: An example fiber optic cable includes an outer jacket having an elongated transverse cross-sectional profile defining a bowtie shape. The outer jacket defines at least first and second separate passages that extend through the outer jacket along a lengthwise axis of the outer jacket. The fiber optic cable includes a plurality of optical fibers positioned within the first passage and a tensile strength member positioned within the second passage. The tensile strength member has a highly flexible construction and a transverse cross-sectional profile that is elongated in the orientation extending along the major axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne M. Kachmar
  • Publication number: 20120189256
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable system includes a fiber optic main cable having a longitudinal central axis and an outer cable sheath. An outer optical fiber tube is located within the fiber optic main cable proximate the outer cable sheath and including a plurality of optical fibers extending therein and an inner optical fiber tube is located within the fiber optic main cable closer to the longitudinal central axis of the fiber optic main cable than the outer optical fiber tube and including an optical fiber extending therein. A first splice location in the fiber optic main cable is at a first longitudinal position along the fiber optic main cable. One of the plurality of optical fibers in the outer optical fiber tube is cut at the first splice location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Barry Wayne Allen, Julian Mullaney
  • Patent number: 8189974
    Abstract: An optical fiber cable 1 includes: a cable core 9 formed by stranding a plurality of loose tubes 7, each housing at least one optical fiber 5, on the periphery of a centered tension member 3; and a sheath 11 disposed on the outer periphery of the cable core 9. The sheath 11 includes: a first sheath portion 13 in which the sheath is embedded in between each of the loose tubes 7; and a second sheath portion 15, in which the sheath 11 is circumscribed around the cable core 9, to be thereby formed in a pipe shape. The first sheath portion 13 and the second sheath portion 15 are alternately positioned over the entire length of the cable core 9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Fujikura Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Hashimoto, Naoki Okada
  • Patent number: 8184935
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fiber optic cable including an outer jacket having an elongated transverse cross-sectional profile defining a major axis and a minor axis. The transverse cross-sectional profile has a maximum width that extends along the major axis and a maximum thickness that extends along the minor axis. The maximum width of the transverse cross-sectional profile is longer than the maximum thickness of the transverse cross-sectional profile. The outer jacket also defines first, second and third separate passages that extend through the outer jacket along a lengthwise axis of the outer jacket. The third passage has a transverse cross-sectional profile that is elongated in an orientation extending along the major axis of the outer jacket. The first, second and third passages are generally aligned along the major axis with the third passage being positioned between the first and second passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne M. Kachmar
  • Patent number: 8184934
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable having a jacket, at least one tube and at least two fibers within the tube in a loose tube arrangement. The fibers within the tube have a fiber length differential substantially in the range of 0.01%-0.04%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Nexans
    Inventors: David Keller, Norman Andrew Punch, Jr., Jerry Freeman, Bulent Kose, Jeff Rosenquist, Lisa Huff, Alfred Flores
  • Patent number: 8145021
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cable for use in a concentrating photovoltaic module. The cable includes at least one strand wrapped with an optically pervious or reflective sheath. The pervious sheath is made of a material that exhibits a penetration rate of 90% and survives a temperature of at least 140 degrees Celsius. The reflective sheath is made of a material that exhibits a reflection rate of 95% and survives a temperature of at least 140 degrees Celsius. The cable is used to connect an anode of the concentrating photovoltaic module to a cathode of the same. The material of the reflective sheath may be isolating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Atomic Energy Council-Institute of Nuclear Research
    Inventors: Yi-Ping Liang, Kuo-Hsin Lin, Hwen-Fen Hong, Hwa-Yuh Shin, Cherng-Tsong Kuo
  • Patent number: 8116604
    Abstract: A telecommunication optical fiber cable possesses a longitudinal central cavity that receives micromodules of optical fibers positioned in parallel. A jacket surrounds the central cavity and a sheath is positioned on the inner periphery of the jacket. A lubricant is provided in the central cavity. The cable, which may contain more than 100 optical fibers, is suitable for an outdoor installation and enables a micromodule to be extracted over substantial lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Bonicel, Olivier Tatat
  • Patent number: 8107781
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable assembly includes an optical fiber, a strength layer surrounding the optical fiber and an outer jacket surrounding the strength layer. The outer jacket includes a base material having a Shore D Hardness of at least 85 and liquid crystal polymer embedded in the base material. The liquid crystal polymer constitutes less than 2% of the outer jacket by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne M. Kachmar, Ronald J. Kleckowski
  • Publication number: 20110293229
    Abstract: Interconnect cables utilize bend-insensitive fibers and relatively large free space areas in the cable jackets to reduce bend-induced delta attenuation. Tensile yarns can be included as strain-relief components, but can be relatively loosely packed in order to inhibit bend-induced attenuation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: William C. Hurley, Curtis P. Queen
  • Publication number: 20110262148
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include an optical fiber cable for use in a plenum. The cable comprises a tube, at least one optical fiber ribbon positioned within the tube, the optical fiber ribbon having a width (W), a jacket around the tube, the jacket having an outer diameter (D) and a limited oxygen index (LOI) of approximately at least 65%, at least two longitudinal strength members positioned between the tube and an outer surface of the jacket; and a yarn positioned between the tube and the jacket, wherein the ratio of the width (W) of the optical fiber ribbon and the outer diameter (D) of the jacket is approximately at least 0.25.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: OFS Fitel, LLC
    Inventor: Peter A. Weimann
  • Patent number: 8041167
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved optical fiber that employs a novel coating system. When combined with a bend-insensitive glass fiber, the novel coating system according to the present invention yields an optical fiber having exceptionally low losses. The coating system features (i) a softer primary coating with excellent low-temperature characteristics to protect against microbending in any environment and in the toughest physical situations and, optionally, (ii) a colored secondary coating possessing enhanced color strength and vividness. The improved coating system provides optical fibers that are useful in buffer tubes and cables having relatively high filling coefficients and fiber counts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Bob J. Overton
  • Patent number: 8041166
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fiber optic cable including an outer jacket having an elongated transverse cross-sectional profile defining a major axis and a minor axis. The transverse cross-sectional profile has a maximum width that extends along the major axis and a maximum thickness that extends along the minor axis. The maximum width of the transverse cross-sectional profile is longer than the maximum thickness of the transverse cross-sectional profile. The outer jacket also defines first and second separate passages that extend through the outer jacket along a lengthwise axis of the outer jacket. The second passage has a transverse cross-sectional profile that is elongated in an orientation extending along the major axis of the outer jacket. The fiber optic cable also includes a plurality of optical fibers positioned within the first passage a tensile strength member positioned within the second passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne M. Kachmar