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Rosenberger OSI labels cabling products according to fire protection classification

Cabling specialist fulfills labeling obligation in line with the new safety and fire protection standards

Augsburg, June, 21 2017 – Rosenberger Optical Solutions & Infrastructure (Rosenberger OSI), manufacturer of innovative cabling solutions based on fiber optic technology, announces that the company fulfills the new requirements of the European Construction Products Regulation (CPR), taking effect as of July, 1st 2017.

From this date, all products  subject to labeling  including cabling products sold by the meter, but excluding pre-assembled cabling systems,  must be labeled appropriately.  The goal of the new EU CPR labeling initiative is to better protect people in buildings in case of fire and is valid in all member states of the European Union.

CPR requires all cables permanently installed in buildings to have been tested and labeled in respect of their fire behavior characteristics including safety and emissions. Data and communication as well as copper and fiber optic cables are affected by the regulation.

“In anticipation of the new regulation we   have been fulfilling its requirements for many years by harmonizing and completing our cabling products in line with the planned European and international safety, fire protection and health standards”, explains Thomas Schmidt, managing director of Rosenberger OSI.

Until now,  there have been different regulations at European and national level concerning the classification of cables which has resulted in different safety standards.  The new CPR regulation introduces new criteria for the classification as well as common Euro classes that apply to the entire European zone,  enabling a universal system for classification, evaluation and certification to be established.     

Buildings owners and expert planners will be responsible for  deciding  the appropriate CPR class of FO and CU data cables for the relevant installation environment in accordance with  their own risk management. As requirements differ Europe-wide, users will have to fulfill and test in line with specific local regulations.

Thomas Schmidt added: “As a manufacturer, Rosenberger OSI is already using the required and CPR approved cables and is also proving the traceability of the cable charges. In addition, we are not only labeling our products but the CPR class is also specified on every meter of the cable label.”

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Rosenberger OSI awarded with German Data Center Award 2017 for the development of fiber optic cables with Lotus effect

Awarded research concept prevents adhesion of particles on fiber end surfaces

Augsburg, April 25 2017 – Rosenberger Optical Solutions & Infrastructure (Rosenberger OSI), manufacturer of innovative cabling infrastructure solutions based on fiber optics has been awarded with the 2nd place of the German Data Center Award (DRZP) 2017 in the category “ideas & research around datacenters”.This has been announced on April 25 in Darmstadt, Germany, during the “future thinking” event. A novel fiber optic cable with Lotus effect has been awarded preventing adhesion of any contaminations on the fiber end surface. The product is currently in prototyping status.
„A big part of the interferences with fiber optic cables is due to the contamination of the connectors. Our goal has been to develop a connector which eliminates the adhesion of particles on its surface.
The elimination of staining increases the reliability of the optical fiber links which results in more stable networks and the reduction of unexpected downtimes”, explains Paul Maier, product manager at Rosenberger OSI.
 
Lotus effect prevents adhesion of contamination
Rosenberger OSI has successfully developed fiber optic cables with fiber end surfaces preventing contamination characterized by hydrophobic and oleophobic features and made possible by applying a coating under low-pressure plasma conditions. This generates an antistatic effect that generally prevents the adhesion of particles on the surface (Lotus effect).

„We are providing a radically new approach solving one of the neuralgic problems of the contamination of fiber optic couplers with the development of a specific process for coating of glass / ceramic surfaces which can be smoothly implemented in the production process,” explains Maier. The surface of the new fiber optic connector is characterized by dirt-, humidity- and fat repellant features.

Elimination of time- and cost intensive downtimes
The control of the contamination problem significantly increases the reliability and availability of fiber optic networks and eliminates time- and cost intensive downtimes. Furthermore, the cleaning of the connector surface during the installation of cables is redundant which results in time and cost savings for the user.

Maximized reliability
„We are very excited having received the award for our product idea: the Lotus effect reduces the installation time and thus the installation cost to a necessary minimum as the cleaning of the connectors is obsolete. In addition, a maximization of reliability is guaranteed because the adhesion of dirt or particles in the optical path is generally prevented,” concludes the managing director of Rosenberger OSI, Thomas Schmidt.
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Rosenberger OSI qualified as one of the first European MXC® suppliers

New Big Data-product combines up to 64 fibers in one connector


Augsburg, 15. March 2017 – Rosenberger Optical Solutions & Infrastructure (Rosenberger OSI), manufacturer of innovative cabling infrastructure solutions based on fiber optic technology, announces the start of production of the new big data connector MXC® in Augsburg. The MXC®, a brand of US Conec Ltd., is a connector with fibers and lenses, amongst others for 400GBE-SR16 applications. The connector facilitates operations of 32 fibers (2 rows with 16 fibers each). In total, up to 64 fibers are possible in one connector (4 rows with 16 fibers each). The so called Card-Edge- and Mid-/Backplane-versions of the MXC® are used in high-performance IT products. “Rosenberger OSI has been trained as one of the first European manufacturing partners for the MXC® connector and has successfully completed the demanding certification process,” explains Thomas Schmidt, managing director of Rosenberger OSI.

Due to its extraordinary high amount of fibers, the MXC® is known as “Big Data Connector” as, based on its layout, it can process enormous volumes of data. With its High-Density Interconnect Technology it is the ideal connector for the connection of Optical Engines on PCB Boards. “Big IT-Hardware manufacturers are using this connector at the moment in diverse projects and see a significant development for this market in the future. We intend to start the serial production for these High-End-products and deliver them as soon as possible to our customers”, says the managing director. The connector system is for example used in network applications of data centers.

Up to 64 fibers
The MXC® connector combines the well-known advantages of the MTP® with the lense technology and is currently standardized with the maximum amount of 64 fibers per ferrule. An essential feature of the MXC® connector systems is the hermaphroditic PRIZM® MT ferrule (also known as “lense-MT-ferrule”) that allows a very high connection density. The PRIZM® MT technology enables a brand new design of the ferrule tip with a recessed area of up to 64 micro lenses, 4 rows with up to 16 lenses per row.

Cooperation with US Conec Ltd. and MXC® Award
The cooperation of Rosenberger OSI with the technologically leading connector development and manufacturing company US Conec Ltd. has a long tradition. Based on the successful collaboration, Rosenberger OSI has been selected as one of the first European partners to push the manufacturing of the “Big Data” connector MXC®. The process engineers of the cabling expert have been trained by US Conec in Hickory and have transferred the technology to Germany. Rosenberger OSI recently successfully completed the qualification and received the MXC® Award. Therewith the company is prepared for all MXC® and PRIZM® MT requirements.

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Rosenberger OSI labels cabling products according to fire protection classification
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