Custom fibre optic cable assemblies for demanding applications

When you need optical fibre-based cable assemblies for demanding applications, our custom service centre can provide the solution.

The best solution for your application The best solution for your application

With a purpose built fibre assembly facility, an intimate knowledge of fibre coatings, and access to a wide range of specialist optical fibre cables and connectors for all applications, Acal BFi can work with you to select the right fibre for your system - whether operating in single-mode or multi-mode. We also define the correct cable and connection system to meet the specific environmental operating conditions of your system, then manufacture a bespoke solution at our purpose built facility in the UK.

Your fibre optic partner

Working with Acal BFi brings many benefits to your project. From our UK based custom service centre, our experienced technicians can assist with your project from concept to final production, ensuring it is delivered to specification, on time, and on budget. We also offer a range of logistics services designed to aid production efficiency and save you time and money such as stocking of manufactured goods, packing, labeling and delivery services.

The benefits of our unique custom fibre manufacturing service include:

  • Improved system performance - optical fibre cable assembly is optimised both mechanically and optically to your system needs.
  • Wide range of fibre types - to suit data and telecom, industrial, high bandwidth, medical, aerospace, defence, transport and applications in harsh environments.
  • Wide range of connector systems available - from crimp-and-cleave, through industry standard connection systems such as Amphenol, to fibre metalisation and ferrules.
  • Shorter development cycles - first article samples are generally available within 4-6 weeks.
  • Total cost of ownership reduced - cable is supplied complete, tested and ready to install.
  • State-of-the art logistics - including just-in-time, Kanban, ship-to-line, and buffer-stocking to agreed levels support your inventory and cash-flow.
  • Delivery anywhere in the world - supporting delivery of cable assemblies directly to the required point of use.
  • Reliability - all designs are manufactured in to exacting standards in our own or our partners production facilities under ISO9001 quality control up to military standards.

Ruggedised fibre assemblies for harsh environments

We specialise in fibre and connector cable assemblies for harsh environments, and can incorporate a range of technologies such as multi-mode, single-mode, expanded beam technology and physical contact/butt joint technology to produce anything from a standard ruggedised cable to a hybrid, ruggedised solution incorporating fibre, copper and coax which is able to carry data, signal and power in one cable.

Typical ruggedised/harsh environment assembly exploded diagram

Typical ruggedised hybrid fibre/copper/coax assembly manufactured at our UK fibre assembly facility.

  • Typical ruggedised/harsh environment assembly list:
  • 1. Receptacle - box/panel mount complete with fibre termini
  • 2. Plug shell complete with fibre termini
  • 3. Protection cap complete with lanyard
  • 4. Backshell and adhesive lined heat shrink boot shape
  • 5. Tactical cable (Mil/SWA/industrial) and conduit as required
  • 6. ZIP cord to commercial connector (LC, SC, ST, FC/PC, SMA, MTRJ)
  • Plating Materials:
  • Nickel Aluminium Bronze - high salt spray resistance
  • Black Zinc Anodised
  • Black Zinc Nickel
  • Stainless Steel
  • ARCAP for corrosion resistance
  • Electroless Nickel
  • Olive Drab Cadmium
  • Olive Drab Zinc Cobalt

Whatever the application, we have a solution

Our team of dedicated fibre specialist has considerable experience across a wide range of industry sectors, and we are able to solve your design challenges in any application. Whatever your industry or application, we can provide a custom fibre optic cable and connector assembly to meet your needs. We have provided solutions for applications in:

  • Military
  • Security
  • CATV
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Communications
  • Outside broadcast
  • Mining
  • Datacentres
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport (including road and rail)
  • Aerospace
  • Offshore systems
  • Marine
  • Geographical survey
  • Medical
  • Industrial
  • Oil, gas and energy
  • Sensing

Strategic partners at the forefront of fibre optic technology

We have long established relationships with the world’s leading fibre technology specialists and are a stocking assembly distributor for Amphenol connectors with a 50 year history. Other specialist suppliers include companies such as OFS who design and manufacture fiber optic cable, connectivity, FTTX and specialty optical fiber solutions for harsh and challenging environments.

Wide choice of fibre optic cable types

Our experience and supplier contacts means we can offer you a wide choice of fibre cables, including:

Wide choice of fibre optic cable types
  • ST,LC, LC Duplex, SC, SC Duplex
  • SMA and MTRJ connectors, adaptors, pigtails, patch leads
  • OFS GiHCS® industrial fibre cable
  • HCS® optical fibre and cable
  • Erbium-doped fibre
  • Polarisation-maintaining fibre
  • PYROCOAT® polyimide fibre
  • Carbon-coated fibre
  • HCXtreme™ fibre
  • Geosil™ fibre

Test and repair service

From our UK custom service centre we offer test and repair with a same day assessment and 24 hour repair service. Our experienced technicians will quickly identify the problem and carry out repairs, then test the fibre to ensure cable and connector integrity and compliance.

Our facility is equipped with the latest technology including laser inspection and OTDR fault finding, and we have polishing equipment with imaging for detailed inspection before final testing.

We offer both in-house and on-site test and repair services dependant on the circumstances, and have carried out repairs as far away as China and on a remote oil rig in Norway.

Working with Acal BFi gives you complete peace of mind, along with access to leading technology and manufacture, putting your project in safe hands.

If you have a project that requires a custom fibre solution, contact our sales team today for a no obligation consultation.

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