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EXFO launches FIP-400B probe with 3 levels of magnification

22 Oct 2013

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EXFO has unveiled its FIP-400B fibre inspection probe that can provide digital images of optical connectors at three levels of magnification. The probe features an ergonomic design and is optimised to allow handling by both left- and right-handed users. The company said the probe solution simplifies the inspection process and speeds up connector certification time by up to 57 per cent.

The FIP-400B integrates advanced automated features, such as a fibre image-centring system that eliminates the step of localizing the fibre in the image. The FIP-400B also includes ConnectorMax2, an onboard connector-endface pass/fail analysis application based on IEC or custom standards to deliver accurate and repeatable connector certification. It is also equipped with a LED indicator located on the probe to provide users with an immediate health pass/fail verdict for the connector under test.

EXFO is also releasing the MAX-FIP Intelligent Connector and Fibre Certifier. The MAX-FIP is a rugged and compact, tablet-inspired stand-alone display kit integrating the FIP-400B Fibre Inspection Probe and ConnectorMax2 analysis software, an optical power meter for power and loss testing, and a visual fault locator (VFL) to test and troubleshoot any type of optical network. The MAX-FIP's bright, 7-inch touchscreen offers magnification level available from a portable probe display, and its eight-hour rechargeable Li-ion battery provides enough power to tackle a full day of inspection (e.g., FTTH cabinet installation). The MAX-FIP also offers extensive data storage.

"Customers are looking for easy-to-operate solutions that will save them time while ensuring optimal network performances," said Étienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President, Physical Layer and Wireless Division. "The FIP-400B's auto-centring feature greatly reduces inspection time by eliminating the hassle associated with fibre-image centring, while its automatic analysis capability removes any risk of misinterpretation—leading to faster, more accurate and more consistent results."

This new FIP-400B family of USB inspection probes is compatible with any PC or laptop, the entire suit of EXFO's FTB Ecosystem platforms, and the MaxTester 700B OTDR series. The probe's advanced troubleshooting capabilities allow operators to minimise the impact of bad/dirty connectors on their networks.

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