More than 35 years ago OFS pioneered the development of multimode step-index fibers for laser initiation of explosives. This was the first HCS® (Hard Clad Silica) fiber. Years of innovation and development, vertical integration and customer focus have produced a range of products together with the technology to allow fast and easy deployment of field connectorized optical fiber links in harsh industrial environments.

Fiber optics can protect industrial networks providing optical isolation and enhance the performance of other more traditional materials like copper allowing longer links, higher working temperatures and avoiding electromagnetic interferences.

OFS provides rugged, durable and reliable optical fiber systems for digital manufacturing, automation, energy monitoring and protection, smart cities and the increasing adoption of Industrial Ethernet

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  • Automation and Control:

               

  • Factory Automation:
    For Ethernet on the factory floor, the OFS GiHCS® Industrial Cabling Solution enables optimized production, integration of production data, and enhanced SFP- and GBIC-based Ethernet switch and routing device accessibility and operation. These rugged, reliable multimode step-index fiber optic cables also provide an effective solution for common industry problems such as electrical noise, temperature fluctuation, high vibration, chemical exposure, and cable flexing.

OFS ruggedized industrial cables are compatible with our easy-to-use crimp and cleave LC (SFP transceivers) and SC (GBIC transceivers) connector technology.

GiHCS, LSZH/OFNR Riser Rated Industrial Cables are built for fast (100 Mb/s) and gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mb/s) speeds and operate in a temperature range of –20 to 80 °C. They have high tensile strength, are available for indoor or outdoor use, are RoHS and REACH compliant, and are resistant to abrasion, vibration, and chemicals.
The Crimp & Cleave LC and SC connector kits allow for quick, easy terminations, with no power, epoxy, gels, or polishing required; you do not have to be a fiber optic expert to install one of these. Just crimp, cleave, and leave.

  • Machine Interconnect:
    Implementation of Smart Factory initiatives and the growing IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) are making OFS HCS optical fiber the choice for:

    • Future higher capacity system upgrades
    • Immunity to EMI interferences
    • Superior performance under high temperatures
    • Longer than copper or POF link distances
  • Robotics and Drag Chain:
    OFS Fibers and cables are used in robots and their control systems, meeting the long term demands for torsion, flexing, strength and bend radius.
    Drag chains are guides designed for surrounding and guiding cables as well as pneumatic or hydraulic hoses which are connected to a moving machinery
  • Renewable Energy:
    • Windpower Controls:
      Wind turbine designers face many challenges in ensuring optimal system reliability and successful cable installation — electrical noise, widely fluctuating temperatures, high vibration, exposure to industrial oils, the need for rapid restoration of damaged cabling, and the ability to perform simpler modifications. OFS has engineered industrial fiber optic products to help mitigate these challenges.

      Offering the durability needed for these critical applications, our versatile GiHCS® Industrial Cabling Solution provides seamless data integration within the control system and helps provide real-time operational data.

      OFS Crimp & Cleave LC and SC connectors allow for plug-in interoperability with common SFP (LC) and GBIC (SC) transceivers, as well as reliable transmission of Ethernet data.

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      Wind turbine designers face many challenges in ensuring optimal system reliability and successful cable installation — electrical noise, widely fluctuating temperatures, high vibration, exposure to industrial oils, the need for rapid restoration of damaged cabling, and the ability to perform simpler modifications. OFS has engineered industrial fiber optic products to help mitigate these challenges.Offering the durability needed for these critical applications, our versatile GiHCS® Industrial Cabling Solution provides seamless data integration within the control system and helps provide real-time operational data.OFS Crimp & Cleave LC and SC connectors allow for plug-in interoperability with common SFP (LC) and GBIC (SC) transceivers, as well as reliable transmission of Ethernet data.

  • Solar Controls:
    Our GiHCS® Industrial Cabling Solution, with Crimp & Cleave LC, SC, and SC-RJ connector products, allows for quick, simple installation and repair of solar networks. The GiHCS system also allows for wide operating temperatures in exposed installations, is suitable for harsh environments, and features all dielectric, lightning-resistant designs.  Our easy-to-learn, easy-to-use crimp and cleave LC and SC connectors are compatible with SFP (LC) and GBIC (SC) transceivers.

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The engineers at OFS understand the needs of both photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal farms, and we recognize the importance of reliable tracking of the sun in order to optimize the conversion of solar energy into electricity. Ruggedized fiber optic connections and easy-to-use field connectorization are crucial for the dielectric data links required in these applications.Our GiHCS® Industrial Cabling Solution, with Crimp & Cleave LCSC, and SC-RJ connector products, allows for quick, simple installation and repair of solar networks. The GiHCS system also allows for wide operating temperatures in exposed installations, is suitable for harsh environments, and features all dielectric, lightning-resistant designs. Our easy-to-learn, easy-to-use crimp and cleave LC and SC connectors are compatible with SFP (LC) and GBIC (SC) transceivers.

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  • Electrical Current (Energy)
    • HVDC – Thyristor Triggering Controls:
      We at OFS believe that with great power comes great responsibility. Transmission schemes of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) are more efficient and have a greater capability than AC systems. If not properly harnessed, elevated amounts of charged energy can be dangerous. The proper protection of your conductive materials also ensures electronic noise will not scramble networks and IT systems. Imagine the ability to enjoy high NA optical fiber that captures more input power with very low bend-induced attenuation, and high coupling efficiency.OFS offers a full slate of solutions for your HVDC needs. HCS® (Hard-Clad Silica) is a problem-solving, polymer coated optical fiber system invented in the early years of the optical fiber industry. The revolutionary GiHCS® (Graded-Index, Hard-Clad Silica) optical fiber solution from OFS provides the end-user more bandwidth capability along with the added benefit of easy-to-use HCS optical fibers. OFS has developed and proven the robustness and simplicity of using optical fibers in a wide variety of non-traditional applications.

      Part of the HCS fiber family, these fibers are compatible with crimp and cleave termination as well as traditional epoxy/polish connector systems.

    • Current and Voltage Measurement:
      The most common way to measure high voltage currents has traditionally been using bulky and heavy current transformers (CTs). These CTs, besides their size and weight, have a number of additional shortcomings as magnetic saturation and limited bandwidth cause them to often not give a true image of the primary current.
      For some time now, fiber optic based devices that exploit the Faraday Effect, or use other principles, have great potential as an attractive new technology for current measurement. OFS industrial
      HCS® fibers are part of these systems that require them to perform in harsh environments, including extreme temperature ranges
    • Arc Flash Protection:
      New guidelines and standards put forward by international trade and safety bodies such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the
      US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have helped raise awareness about the dangers
      Arc flash events.
      OFS industrial HCS® fibers are used in Arc Flash Detection Systems to detect and trip for an arc flash event in the shortest time possible, exceeding required mechanical properties and long term durability
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  • Power Utilities
    • Electricity – Transmission and Distribution Network:
      For traditional transmission and distribution network needs, OFS offers its FTTx Solutions for Utility Energy:

      • PowerGuide® AccuTube® ADSS Cable with AccuRibbon® Optical Ribbon for extra-high-fiber-count applications (up to 864)
      • PowerGuide ShortSpan DT Cable the world’s first gel-free, completely dry ADSS cable
      • PowerGuide ADSS Cable
      • PowerGuide TR (Tracking Resistant) ADSS Cable for EHV applications (typically ≥ 115 kV)
      • ADSS Cable Pole line attachment hardware and accessories:
        • dead-end assembly
        • tangent and suspension supports
        • downlead clamps
        • cable storage devices
        • vibration dampers
        • Corona coils
      • Electricity – Substation Networks (Mark Boxer)
        Optical fiber and bandwidth reliability are critical for successful substation management. OFS FTTx Solutions for Utility Energy offers various options for distributing fiber in traditional transmission and distribution networks. Substation solutions include:

Substation Automation
In order to overcome communications obstacles, optical fiber products are used in communication with protection, monitoring, and control devices. Optical fibers’ intrinsic EMI/ RFI immunity makes it ideal for harsh electrical environments. Additional benefits of optical fiber include its easy field connector termination, via the
OFS Crimp and Cleave Termination system, easy testing with visible light, damage resistant cable, and electrical isolation

OFS products are used in electrical substation automation applications. The GiHCS® Industrial Cabling Solution  with Crimp & Cleave LC and SC connectors and termination kits provide other distinct advantages in substation automation, enables Ethernet speeds, can offer lightning protection in an all-dielectric design. These fibers are also much lighter than traditional copper cables and enable more secure data connections for electrical substation automation and control.

Competitively priced and designed for minimal environmental impact, this cabling solution allows for reliable connectivity, high bandwidth, and optimal performance in power generation, transmission, and distribution automation processes.

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