AFL and Dura-Line Launch the eABF™ Air-Blown Fiber Cabling Solution

  AFL and Dura-Line Launch the eABF™ Air-Blown Fiber Cabling Solution

New cabling and duct solution provides fiber-on-demand

Business Wire

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- January 16, 2013

AFL and Dura-Line have joined together to develop a high-performance air-blown
fiber optic cabling system - eABF™ (Enterprise Air-Blown Fiber). Engineered to
offer a reliable, easy-to-integrate optical fiber network communications
infrastructure, eABF has one of the highest fiber density solutions in the
air-blown fiber market. The eABF solution has several key elements that, when
combined yield a state-of-the-art and highly flexible, future-proof
communications pathway.

“The eABF approach to structured cabling technology has the potential to
change the industry by eliminating the initial high cost typically associated
with traditional air-blown fiber systems,” commented Stephen Martin, AFL
product manager. “By removing this initial installation cost barrier, network
designers will realize that the eABF solution can be their primary network
pathway infrastructure.”

The core of the eABF solution is the cable and duct. One of the unique
features of the cable is the patent-pending low-friction high-drag jacketing
system that enables the cable to move along the duct at a faster rate of
speed. In addition, the eABF cable is Telcordia GR-409 compliant and
flame-rated for OFNR and OFNP environments. As a result, the cable can be
deployed within the cable raceway and management system once exiting the
pathway without the need for additional costly furcation tubing. The cable
geometry makes it ideal for installation in the Dura-Line 8.5 mm x 6 mm
Enterprise FuturePath® system and is available in fiber counts up to 48
fibers. Fiber types include single-mode, OM2, OM3 and OM4 employing bend
insensitive fiber technology.

The eABF pathway system, developed by Dura-Line, is comprised of Enterprise
FuturePath duct products and includes Indoor/Outdoor HDPE, riser, plenum and
low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) options. All eABF ducts incorporate a
low-contact, ribbed inner surface and ultra-low friction Silicore^® lining
which creates a low drag, high velocity cable jetting channel within the duct.
Unlike other air-blown fiber systems in the market, the eABF cable-duct
combination also allows for installations, without the use of air, up to 1,000
feet. The eABF FuturePath duct comes in a variety of sizes and tube counts
ranging from two through 25.

“Distinct from traditional air-blown fiber solutions for the enterprise
market, eABF provides a solution that will maximize your investment, offering
tremendous material and labor cost savings when future network bandwidth
requirements need to be expanded or upgraded,” stated Stephen Martin, AFL
product manager.

Ideal for data centers, private networks, high-rise buildings, urban and
medical campuses, the eABF solution is NEC 770 compliant for both raceways and
ducts. A fully integrated solution, the eABF cabling solution comes complete
with AFL connectivity, closures, enclosures, patch cords and connectors,
fusion splicers and test equipment. The solution also includes design, Bill of
Materials and SOW support, contractor training and project management. When
the eABF solution is installed by a CLi contractor, the system is warrantied
for 25 years.

For more information on the eABF solutions, visit or

About AFL

AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility,
broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets
as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics,
medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product
portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories,
outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and
training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the
foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office,
EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional
products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical
and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe
and Asia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

About Dura-Line

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Dura-Line is the global leader of high
density polyethylene-based conduit, duct and pressure pipe solutions for
telecom, energy and infrastructure related markets. Dura-Line serves customers
in over 50 countries and is the exclusive provider for many of the world’s
leading telecom companies.For additional information, please visit


Stephen Martin, Product Manager
Corie Culp, Public Relations Manager
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