BTXs Belden Brilliance offers rock solid reliability
Described by the manufacturer as providing ‘exceptional performance and reliability’, new Belden Brilliance high definition BNC connectors are designed for use with Belden Brilliance precision video coaxial cables for professional integrators.
BTX reports that customers are able to choose from three connector platforms to meet their application needs. These comprise; three-piece crimp connectors, one-piece compression connectors, and one-piece locking compression connectors.
The design of Belden's one-piece BNC compression connector is said to eliminate the pin, collar, and connector as separate components, which according to the manufacturer results in a faster, easier installation. In addition, the weather resistant device provides a holding strength reportedly exceeding 45kg due to internal 360-degree compression rings. A non-blind entry claims to ensure that the centre conductor is properly inserted into the centre pin, whilst improved insulation materials (PTFE) reportedly help to deliver an ‘optimum return-loss performance’.
Mark Chernoff, director of marketing for BTX commented on the new product: ‘Belden's BNC connectors provide easy and fast installation, optional one-piece designs, and a locking feature for increased reliability. Because failed connections are minimised, integrators spend less time in the field, and installation costs decrease dramatically’, he enthused.
The Belden Brilliance BNC connectors provide 75-ohm performance and reportedly boast a -20dB + return loss performance through 4.5GHz. The locking one-piece BNC compression connector features an optional patented screw-on locking collar that securely aligns the connector and locks the bayonet nut in place. BTX reports that by reducing potential movement between the connector and cable, the locking connector delivers the line's best return-loss performance, claiming to exceed -40dB at 4GHz.
BTX offers a limited lifetime connector warranty when the three-piece BNC crimp connector is partnered with Belden Brilliance cable.
BTX has also announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with AFL. The partnership will mean that BTX will promote and sell a wide variety of AFL's fusion splicing kits and related equipment, including connectors and test equipment.
BTX will offer its customers AFL fusion splicing kits, which the manufacturer claims support high quality installations and reduce time spent in the field. These include the FSM-11S, featuring SpliceMate, the FSM-18S, and the FSM-60S.
BTX will also offer AFL's Fast connectors and FuseConnect splice-on connectors. The CT-30A cleaver is also provided by BTX, designed for use with all AFL fusion splicers, which according to the manufacturer, feature a large base for a stable platform and provides ‘excellent visibility’ when placing the fibre, as well as providing three scrap collection options.
The manufacturer will also distribute AFL’s C860 Quad OTDR and Certification Test Set, which is a single and multimode fiber optic certification OTDR (Tier 2) and loss (Tier 1) test set that is said to reduce certification and OTDR costs by up to 50 percent. AFL’s C880 Certification Optical Loss Test Set will also be distributed under the new partnership, which features a new AFL Touch and Test visual user interface.
Additional products distributed under the agreement include the ‘lightweight’ M200 OTDR for testing single or multimode fiber networks, the SMLP 5-5 Loss Test Kit, which stores files and organises data for uploading to a PC, and the ‘versatile’ OFS 300 Optical Microscope. The HiLite Visual Fault Locator and the One-Click Cleaner will also be supplied.