OptoTest Announces New Line of Handheld Fiber Optic Test Instruments

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Building on their reputation as an industry-leading provider of advanced fiber optic test instruments for manufacturing and research, OptoTest has released a new line of handheld equipment ideal for a wide range of applications, including data centers, enterprise LAN, telecommunications, aerospace, defense, and industrial networks.

New products include the OP310 Optical Power Meter, OP350 Optical Light Source, OP360 Bidirectional Insertion and Return Loss Tester, and OP380 Insertion Loss Tester. All are available for purchase and fast global shipment at OptoTest’s online store with deliveries starting March 2022.

This new range of fiber optic instruments is rugged, easy to use, and includes features and automation that will make them a trusted partner anywhere a handheld solution is needed, from outside on a boom lift to inside an aircraft or the crawlspace of a building.

All OptoTest handheld instruments incorporate a high contrast multi-function backlit display that can be read in bright sunlight or in the dark, and a simple user interface with multi-function keys. Their compact polycarbonate housings incorporate bumpers and dust caps, and meet MIL PRF 28800F Class 2 general requirements for durability and environmental protection while keeping overall weight to under 1 pound.

Advanced features built into the OP310, OP360, and OP380 meters and testers include an autotest mode that displays measurements for up to three wavelengths simultaneously, a multi-fiber ID that identifies up to 12 different test tones from multiple sources, and a large internal memory that records a timestamp and user-specified cable name.

OP350 sources can be ordered with a mix of LED and laser sources, or with LED or laser sources only. Available wavelengths are 470nm to 1300nm for LED sources, and from 1310nm to 1625nm for laser sources. Ultra-stable LED sources and zero warm-up time laser sources are also available for long-term monitoring and other demanding applications.

Interchangeable connectors on all models make OptoTest’s handheld instruments adaptable to virtually any cable type encountered in the field. All OptoTest handheld instruments also feature flexible power options including AA-type alkaline batteries, rechargeable NiMH batteries, or external micro USB power.

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OP310 Handheld Optical Power Meter
OP350 Handheld Light Source
OP350 Handheld Optical Light Source
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OP360 Handheld Bidirectional ILRL Tester
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OP380 Handheld Insertion Loss Tester

OptoTest is now part of Santec Corporation

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To Our Valued Customers and Partners,

84b518b8 282d 6137 4830 193a703f53d2We are excited to announce that OptoTest has been acquired by Santec Corporation, a Japanese company with 42-years of experience in micro-optics, advanced optical devices, tunable lasers, and optical test & measurement. OptoTest will become a fully owned subsidiary of Santec Corporation and will continue to operate under its existing brand for the foreseeable future.

We doubt you will notice any changes in the short term. Your sales and support contacts will remain the same. The OptoTest team back at the factory will also remain the same.

Collectively, Santec and OptoTest complement each other with a diversified range of expertise to provide reliable and accurate products while maintaining exceptional customer support.

All of us at OptoTest want to thank you for your continued business and support. If you have any questions, please contact us at any time.

The Leadership Team, OptoTest

White Paper: Causes of Return Loss at Mated Single Mode Fiber Optic Connections

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Return loss in fiber optic connections can significantly degrade system performance. Connections will exhibit return loss even if they are perfectly clean and possess ideal geometries. This paper explains how the complexities of different physical connections contribute to return loss, such as:

  • Contributions from small refractive index differences between fibers
  • Damage caused by endface polishing
  • Fiber deformation due to the connector spring force

This paper also explains how an angle polished on the fiber and connector helps to significantly reduce the return loss by directing reflected light at the endface of the connector out of the fiber core, hence reducing the light traveling back towards the source.
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US Conec Fiber Optic Tools Now Available in OptoTest’s Online Store

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OptoTest is pleased to announce the availability of US Conec’s MTP® fiber optic tools and consumables in our online store.

US Conec has long been a trusted OptoTest partner, and their tools are used in-house every day for manufacturing our industry leading test and measurement instruments. Their proven quality, reliability, and ease of use are why we refer US Conec tools to our customers.

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OptoTest Breaks New Ground for IEC 61300-3-28 Transient Loss Testing with Improved OP740 Multichannel High-Speed Optical Power Meters

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OptoTest has announced improvements to its OP740 multichannel high-speed optical power meters, which are now capable of simultaneous data acquisition as fast as 125,000 samples per second with an 8 µs sampling period.

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OptoTest Announces New OP960 Insertion Loss and Return Loss Meters, Now Faster and More Reliable Than Ever

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OptoTest has announced the launch of their new flagship OP960 Insertion Loss (IL) and Return Loss (RL) meters, the fastest in the industry, which were revealed during last week’s Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) virtual event.

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Custom Made-to-Order OP720-Matrix MEMS 3D Optical Matrix Switches

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OptoTest has announced the availability of custom, made-to-order OP720-Matrix MEMS 3D Optical Switches for fiber optic manufacturers, test laboratories, and network designers looking to increase the expandability and flexibility of new and existing test systems.

3D Tilting MEMS Mirror Matrix Technology incorporated in the OP720-Matrix switch maintains bidirectional connectivity of active channels while others are being connected and routed, providing high-speed, reliability, and long life, with no large moving parts that can wear out over time.

An OP720-Matrix switch can be ordered with up to 96 x 96 channels when configured for Any Input to Any Output, and up to 48 ports when configured for Any Port to Any Port.

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OptoTest Announces Cutting Edge Fusion Splice Solutions Through New Collaboration with AFL

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OptoTest has announced a new collaboration with industry leader AFL to offer the latest in field ready fusion splicing technology from Fujikura for simplex and ribbon optical fibers. Incorporating advanced features and designed for simple maintenance and service, while maintaining high precision and low splice loss, Fujikura fusion splicers are ideal for production and R&D labs.

Fujikura’s 41S Active Cladding Alignment Fusion Splicer, 90R Mass Fusion Splicer, and 90S+ Core Alignment Fusion Splicer are now available for purchase through OptoTest. All Fujikura splicers offer fast splicing times, extremely low loss, and high repeatability in a rugged, compact, and portable package with easy-to-use touchscreen controls.

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OPL-CLX New Features & Bug Fixes – Version 1.1.2

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The OPL-CLX is now even faster and easier to use. Here is a list of new features and enhancements added to increase the ability to customize and optimize production workflows while maintaining the speed and accuracy expected.

New Features & Bug Fixes Version 1.1.2

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