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Links To Fiber Optic Technical Materials

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Links to Fiber Optic Technical Materials

The highly technical nature of fiber optics means most vendors and other organizations have developed technical materials like white papers, tutorials and videos to explain and support the use of their products and services or train their customers. Material of this type is recommended for use as general reference material as well as for understanding various companies' products. In markets as diverse in applications as fiber optics, material from various points of view can provide a broader perspective of the market and tehcnology.
The companies and organizations listed below have created a special web page for the FOA Online Fiber Optic Reference, showing their materials available for viewing or downloading. The FOA thanks them for their assistance in making the FOA Online Fiber Optic Reference more complete.
Readers should note that  listings on this page do not infer any implied endorsements on either the FOA or the vendor's parts.

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Manufacturers and Distributors

Vendor Products & Services Link Information

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ADC ADC helps the world communicate, supplying network equipment, software solutions, and integration services for broadband, multiservice networks that deliver data, video, and voice communications over telephone, cable television, Internet, broadcast, wireless, and enterprise networks. Our mission is to enable communications service providers worldwide to serve their residential and business customers more efficiently. ADC Technical Publications  
ADC Product Literature
ADC Next Gen Library
AFS Advanced Fiber Solutions manufactures fiber optic test equipment in the USA, including power meters, test sources, optical loss test kits and supplies OTDRs and installation tool kits for installers. See our website for a insertion loss simulator  and OTDR ap notes.
AFL AFL Telecommunications manufactures a full line of fiber optic connectivity and test products. From their home page, explore the "Solutions" and "Products" and "Resource Center" sections for many useful documents and web pages.
Resource Center  
American Polywater American Polywater is the World's Leading Manufacturer of Cable Pulling Lubes, Cleaners, and MRO & Construction Chemicals. Their website contains lots of useful information for fiber optic contractors and installers on cable installation.Check out their website, especially “Videos,” “Engineer’s Corner” and  “Calculators.”

Video on Fiber Optic Cable Pulling  
AMP Netconnect
TE Connectivity (formerly the AMP NETCONNECT business unit of Tyco Electronics), develops, manufactures, and supplies a comprehensive range of communications infrastructure systems and products for customer-owned networks in government, education, healthcare, finance, manufacturing, education, residential, power, technology and other markets. Having established itself as the preeminent provider of commercial premises structured cabling systems for optical fiber and twisted-pair copper technologies, Tyco Electronics has broadened its AMP NETCONNECT product portfolio to include a complete line of infrastructure management solutions, data center solutions, 10 Gigabit solutions secure network solutions and even upper-level asset management solutions. The full spectrum of industry-leading products combines with superior customer service, making the AMP NETCONNECT business unit a single-source system provider to meet the wide range of communications infrastructure needs for local and global customers with local support and global capabilities.
BDI Datalynk BDI DataLynk low cost, Basic and Advanced Fiber Optic Training Courses provides real world, hands on student activities.  We believe a student should install, terminate, and test an actual fiber optics network during any fiber optic course.  We put the Power of Light within your finger tips.
TheBDI DataLynk web site includes white papers on real-world installations and applications notes on the proper design and installation of fiber optic networks.
Corning Corning is one of the world leaders in fiber optic technology. To keep pace with the world’s insatiable demand for bandwidth, Corning’s ground-breaking telecommunications innovations provide customers with high-quality solutions that bring infinite bandwidth capabilities right to your doorstep. Their website contains many technical papers and application notes on fiber optics. Corning Telecom Home Page  
Corning Optical Fiber  
Corning Cable Systems  
draka Draks's goal is to deliver solutions, innovations and levels of reliability that meet or exceed your expectations and ensure that Draka Comteq is your ideal cable & network solution partner. We have gathered white papers on industry matters and technical documentation on specific Draka Comteq products for your benefit. We have also added customer case studies, to explain some of our projects in detail. Draka-Worldwide Home Page  
Fiber Optic Tools Fiber Optics Tools is a full line distributor of high quality, low cost fiber optics tools and test equipment. Our Fiber Optics Tools web site is different than most because we do not recommend tools and equipment that we do not use
The Fiber Optics Tools web site includes white papers on real-world installations and applications notes on the proper design and installation of fiber optic networks.
ILX Lightwave ILX Lightwave is a manufacturer of  fiber optic and laser diode instrumentation. Their website includes many application notes and white papers relevant to fiber optic testing, inlcuding measurement accuracy and component evaluation.
ITW Chemtronics  ITW Chemtronics is the acknowledged industry leader in solutions for the electronics, telecommunications and critical environments markets. Our full line of products are engineered to meet all your Cleaning, Protecting and Repairing needs. You can find numerous cleaning products and applications information for fiber optics as well as MSDS for all products. Application Notes  
White Papers  
JDSU covers the fiber optic industry with components and test equipment. Their books on fiber optic testing are superb - and you can download a free electronic copy. Also browse their technical library.
Fiber Optic Testing Books  
Technical Library  
OFS OFS is one of the most innovative companies in the world of fiber optics. Our scientists and engineers imagine and create the products and solutions that often become the standards in the industry, and publish their results in product brochures, technical presentations, presentations, and other documents.
The most important publications have been posted in this website. They discuss a wide variety of topics ranging from our suggested solutions to technical problems to breakthroughs in numerous products. Some of these papers are written for a general audience. Others are directed to a technical audience and contain in-depth discussions of advance topics in optical technology.
OFS Knowledge Base  
VDV Works VDV Works is a supplier of technical curriculum for cabling and fiber optics to educational institutions and a consultant in fiber optic technology and marketing. VDV Works also is the originator of Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics and Uncle Ted's Guide To Communications Cabling.

Fiber Optic Lighting
BL Lighting Since 1986, BL Innovative has been integrally involved in the manufacture and design of fiber optic systems in Europe, East Asia and the Americas. BL Innovative offers years of experience working with optical fiber for lighting.
TriNorth Lighting Tri North Lighting is a direct distributor for many major lighting manufacturers around the world that specializes in fiber optic lighting, led light and rope lights. They have illustrations of how fiber can be used for lighting and technical information on design and application.
UFO Universal Fiber Optics are one of only a few manufacturers of raw fiber for fiber optic lighting and a major world manufacturer of complete systems and components. We have been providing fiber optic lighting solutions for 20 years and have a wide range of experience in all aspects of the technology.

Publications & Publishers

Publication Description Link
Broadband Properties Magaine Broadband Properties magazine covers broadband to the home/MDU. This link takes you to their webinar archives. BBP Webinars
CIM Cabling Installation and Maintenance is a web and print magazine covering structured/premises cabling including fiber optics.  
com news Communications News has been serving the IT industry since 1964. Their editorial covers the full range of information technology  applications from infrastructure to applications. Use their search function to find articles of interest.

Listing of Industry Associations and Organizations
Electrical Contractor Magazine ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR is the market-leading publication in the electrical industry. Our charter directs us to reach every possible electrical contractor with the most relevant information about the National Electrical Code (NEC), power and integrated building systems, and much more. Read current articles online or use the search function to find articles on fiber optics and cabling. FOA President Jim Hayes is a montly contributor and has many articles in the EC archives.
fibresystems FibreSystems is an international news service covering the fiber optic industry including technology, manufacturers, telcom providers, users and other topics of interest to the fiber optic community.  
HOTS " Heard on the Street" is a monthly online newsletter from Frank Bisbee of Communications Planning Corporation  that covers the telecommunications and cabling businesses. Each month includes news from manufacturers, trade associations and professional societies like the FOA. You can read the current issue and back issues online.
IGI The Information Gatekeepers Group, headquartered in Brighton, Massachusetts, USA, is an internationally recognized publisher, trade show organizer, consultancy and information service provider in the fields of fiber optics, optical networks, WDM, ADSL, ATM, Internet, high-speed Local Area Networks (LANs), wireless, and the emerging telecom markets, such as China, Brazil, India, South America, Mexico, Asia-Pacific and Russia. IGI publishes over 35 newsletters in the telecommunications field and over 20 market studies a year. Supporting the IGI Group outside the United States are 10 offices and/or agents in key telecommunications markets that perform both sales and data collection functions.
Lightwave mag Lightwave is an online magazine covering the fiber optic industry including technology, manufacturers, telcom providers, users and other topics of interest to the fiber optic community.  
OSP OSP™ Magazine readership includes telecommunications engineers, designers, planners, OSP™ managers and other communications deployment professionals. Over 22,000 communications professionals read our magazine every month; our circulation is both national and international.
Slayton Solutions Textbooks on networking security systems written by FOA instructor and industry expert Dave Engebretson. The Technicians Guide to Networking Security Systems is a 275 page illustrated manual which explains all of the basics of IP networking for CCTV, access control, and other physical security devices.  The Technicians Guide to Networking For Security Systems: Enterprise Solutions is  an advanced manual which provides security technicians with sophisticated network troubleshooting and setup procedures, along with a practical knowledge of network security and enterprise-level switches.
TED magazine TED is the magazine for "The Electrical Distributor." The electrical distributor also distributes lots of communications components, including fiber optics and communications cabling.FOA President Jim Hayes is a frequent contributor and has many articles in the TED archives. Search for fiber and other communications topics using their search function.
telephony Telephony is a online and print publication covering the telecommunications business worldwide.

Trade Associations and Professional Societies

Association Looking for a particular industry association or organization? Comm News has a particularly good listing of relevant groups. Listings
ANSI is the organization that coordinates all standards groups in the US and provides connections to worldwide standards organizations.
FTTH Council The Fiber-to-the-Home Council is a non-profit organization established to help its members with planning, marketing, implementing and managing FTTH solutions. Council membership includes municipalities, utilities, developers, and traditional and non-traditional service providers, creating a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber-to-the-home. Click on the link to see the online resources available.
POFTO Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO) is involved in the active promotion of plastic optical fiber in the marketplace; providing educational services and programs regarding plastic optical fiber; submitting, as appropriate, proposals to national and international standards bodies. POFTO articles are listed on the IGI links page.
FOLS The Fiber Optic Tech Consortium (formerly the Fiber Optic LAN Section (FOLS)) of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is a consortium of leading fiber optic cable, component and electronics manufacturers dedicated to educating users, network designers and installers  to the advantages of the use of fiber optic technology in customer-owned netwroks. The link takes you to the FOLS resources page.
TIA The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is the leading trade association representing the global information and communications technology (ICT) industries through standards development, government affairs, business opportunities, market intelligence, certification and world-wide environmental regulatory compliance. With support from its 600 members, TIA enhances the business environment for companies involved in telecommunications, broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite, unified communications, emergency communications and the greening of technology. TIA is accredited by ANSI.

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