Plastic Optical Fiber in Industrial Robotics
Plastic optical fiber is the medium of choice for data links in manufacturing equipment, such as robotic arms used in assembly lines and manufacturing facilities. Uptime is of utmost importance in these environments, and POF networking both reliability and versatility to ensure this.
High-Quality Data Links
Industrial-grade POF cables and transceivers deliver the highest quality data links at the lowest cost, with speeds reaching 100 Mbps and up to 1 Gbps over run lengths up to 200 meters. Cable assemblies built with latching-style connectors produce a distinct click when inserted correctly, ensuring a solid optical connection.
Plastic optical fiber transceivers operate at visible light wavelengths, typically 650nm (red) and 530nm (green), instead of invisible infrared (1300nm) light like glass optical fiber does. This makes troubleshooting safe and quick for technicians, allowing them to identify defective patch cords and cables at a glance.
POF has been tested and proven to withstand millions of flex and bend cycles over its lifetime, making handling and installation simple and straightforward, and lending it to use in travelling cable chains. Long component lives mean less downtime for a production line, keeping maintenance costs low and productivity high.