Return Loss & Insertion Loss Testing

Tech Optics offers a range of return loss and insertion loss test equipment in single channel, multichannel and bi-directional configurations. Contact us to discuss your application with our knowledgeable technical staff.

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    OP940  Insertion and Return Loss Meter

    OP940 Insertion and Return Loss Meter

    The OP940 system is an insertion loss (IL) and return loss (RL) meter that features a colour LCD screen, an optical reflectance scan mode, programmable pass/fail for editable test criteria and on screen context help. Additionally, the OP940 can measure return loss (RL) at two positions simultaneously through the front panel and it offers expandable functionality. As with our other IL/RL systems, the OP940 measures RL quickly and accurately without the need for mandrel wrapping or the use of index matching gel, and is available in Single Mode, Multimode, and FTTX variants.

    • Fully automated, concurrent IL and RL displayed simultaneously
    • Front panel optical reflectance trace
    • Manually adjust RL reference position and value
    • Measures RL at multiple connection points through the front panel
    • Programmable pass/fail for multiple test criteria
    • Various detector options for measuring simplex to multi-fibre connectors
    • On screen help
    • Configurable timer settings, such as dwell times
    • User accessible source connector
    • Colour display
    • Intuitive operation
    • Can be controlled remotely via USB
    • Integrated temperature monitoring
    • Convenient benchtop size
    • Wide dynamic range for RL measurements:
      • SM, FTTX: 10dB to 80dB
      • MM: 10dB to 58dB

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  2. OP725-OP940 Bidirectional IL/RL Test System

    The OP725 is an optical switch for single mode or multimode applications available in a slim-line, half-rack enclosure. This optical switch is USB powered and incorporates the latest technology in high-speed switching. With high repeatability and low loss, the OP725 is ideally suited for bidirectional testing.

    Paired with our OP940 Insertion & Return Loss Meter, operators can make quick work of measuring both ends of cables in a truly bidirectional manner.

    The OP725 can be connected to the OP940 via USB to allow control of bidirectional switching via the OP940’s front panel controls or in OPL-PRO software.

    It can also be used in more complex, multi-instrument configurations with other OptoTest instruments

    (for example, an OP710) and OPL-MAX / OPL-LOG software.

    • Fully automated, concurrent dual wavelength IL and RL measurements with no mandrel wrapping
    • Bidirectional operation; measuring total insertion loss and individual return loss
    • External power meter for uni-directional operation
    • On-board, InGaAs optical power meter features measurement range reaching -65dBm
    • Available in multimode and single mode
    • Quad-wavelength (FTTX) single mode model also available upon request
    • Controlled launch condition (underfill, fully filled, overfill) available for multimode fiber
    • Wide dynamic range on return loss measurements: 10dB to 80dB for single mode 10dB to 58dB for multimode
    • Can be controlled remotely via USB using OPL series software or OptoTest DLLs
    • Integrated temperature monitoring
    • Convenient benchtop size (19-inch rackmount frame available upon request)

     


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  3. OP940-SW Multichannel Insertion and Return Loss Meter

    The OP940-SW is a multichannel insertion loss (IL) and return loss (RL) meter designed for testing ribbon cables and multi-pin termini. It features a colour LCD screen, an optical reflectance scan mode, programmable pass/fail for editable test criteria and on screen context help. Additionally, the OP940 can measure return loss (RL) at two positions simultaneously through the front panel and it offers expandable functionality. As with our other IL/RL systems, the OP940 measures RL quickly and accurately without the need for mandrel wrapping or the use of index matching gel, and is available in Single Mode, Multimode, and FTTX variants.

     

    By incorporating a high-quality MEMS optical switch, the OP940-SW is able to quickly and accurately test multichannel cables. It can be built with 4 and up to 24 channels and all source connectors are easily accessible to minimize downtime on high volume production lines in case of optical end-face damage.

     

    • Measures Multi-fibre and Ribbon Cables in Seconds
    • Produces All-In-One Cable Datasheet
    • Front Panel Optical Reflectance Trace for each Channel
    • Set Return Loss Reference Position and Value
    • Measures Return Loss at Multiple Connection Points through the Front Panel
    • Programmable Pass/Fail
    • Expandable Functionality
    • On Screen Help
    • Configurable Timer Settings, such as Dwell Times
    • User Accessible Source Connectors
    • Easy to Use
    • Single Mode, Multimode, FTTX

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  4. Multiple Application Platform, Two-Slot LightDirect Chassis

    The compact, 2U, two-slot MAP-220C LightDirect Chassis mainframe is designed for general fiber-optic lab use and smaller optical manufacturer test-station deployments. The MAP-220C is as efficient and cost-effective as fixed-format versions yet maintains the flexibility and modularity so you can build the application you want, when you want.

    As part of the larger MAP-200 family, the MAP-220C hosts a specific subset of the broader MAP-200 module array focused on light sources, power meters, switches, and attenuators. These basic foundational modules serve as the key building blocks for most test applications. MAP-220C LightDirect Chassis users can leverage these modules in a compact, benchtop format with a simple, intuitive graphical touch screen.

    For larger, more complex deployments, JDSU recommends the MAP-230B (three-slot) and MAP-280 (eight-slot) chassis systems. These chassis support all released MAP-200 modules.

    All MAP-200 modules and chassis are completely interoperable with remote interface (GPIB or LXI).

    Key Features and Benefits

    • Compact, two-slot benchtop configuration
    • Easily converts to rack-mount configurations in 2 RU high, one-half of a 19-in side-by-side rack format
    • LXI-compliant interface with optional GPIB
    • Local capacitive touch screen
    • Field replaceable controller/power-supply module.

    Applications

    • General purpose fiber-optic lab use
    • Manufacturing test automation
    • Light source and optical power meter deployment
    • Optical switch and attenuator deployment

    Compliance

    • General purpose fiber-optic lab use
    • Manufacturing test automation
    • Light source and optical power meter deployment
    • Optical switch and attenuator deployment

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  5. MAP IL/RL meter

    The mORL-A1 is a powerful, compact Insertion Loss and Optical Return Loss meter for use with the VIAVI advanced MAP-200 platform. One single-slot module contains up to four sources (1310, 1490, 1550, 1625 nm), integrated power meter and an optional 2x2 optical switch for automated bidirectional testing.

    • Mandrel-free optical return loss measurements on fibre-optic patchcords as short as 70 cm with 80 dB dynamic range
    • Fast, compact solution with 1310, 1490, 1550 and 1625 nm laser and automated bidirectional option in a single slot
    • Measures ORL on terminated bulkheads
    • Ultra high IL measurement accuracy with display resolution of ±0.001 dB
    • Flexible turn-key software platform for manufacturing testing
    • Quick measure mode for R&D users 
    • 12- and 24-fibre MT-ready with optical switch and integrating sphere option
    • Designed for field maintenance

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  6. MTS-2000

    The MTS-2000 is a handheld modular test set for the installation, tune-up and maintenance of optical fibres across enterprise, metro and FTTx/access point-to-point or point-to-multipoint networks (PONs).

    Benefits

    • Hands-free testing. Hands-free case optimising productivity whether the task is “up poles or down holes” and ensuring all the essential fibre test tools are close at hand comes standard and makes daily work for technicians easier.
    • Built for simplicity. Simple interface and one-touch button operation ensures straightforward use of the instrument. Results are displayed on a large high-resolution colour touchscreen.
    • Widest range of applications. The modular form factor enables to outfit the test set with the exact capabilities needed in the field. Combining such a large array of applications into one handheld test set maximizes return on investment and drives common test methods and procedures.

    Features:

    • Large 5-inch touch screen display
    • Test applications include OTDR, automatic IL/ORL, CWDM analyzer, selective PON power meter and connector inspection with IEC pass/fail analysis
    • Built-in optical power meter, VFL and optical talkset options
    • New generation lithium polymer (LiPo) battery for up to 8 hours operation
    • Flexible connectivity with ethernet, USB, bluetooth and wi-fi capabilities
    • Special hands-free bag as standard
    • Cross-compatibility with MTS-4000 multiple services test platform

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  7. MTS-4000

    The MTS-4000 is a small, compact and handheld test platform designed for all phases of the network lifecycle, from the installation to the maintenance of Access/FTTx networks and triple-play services. Modular in design, the MTS-4000 offers field service technicians the highest performance and superior levels of scalability and upgradeability

    Highlights

    • Large 7-inch indoor/outdoor color display
    • Cost-effective, compact and handheld platform
    • Multi-layer network solution from physical to services layer
    • Highly scalable with up to 2 field-replaceable modules
    • Connection checker with VFL, power meter and video inspection scope options
    • Flexible connectivity for fast data transfer: 2xUSB 2.0, up to 1 Gb/s Ethernet

    Features:

    • Lightweight platform: only 1.4kg/3 lbs
    • Intuitive graphical user interface with touchscreen option
    • Extended battery life using smart Lithium ion cell
    • Scripting capability for automation, simplification and automatic data reporting
    • Easy Internet access via installed web browser
    • Remote control access allowing remote assistance from any expert user
    • Integration of basic applications such as HTML and PDF reader
    • Comprehensive suite of PC software tools for post-processing of test results with FiberTrace (OFS-100) and FiberCable (OFS-200)

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  8. MTS-6000

    The MTS-6000 is a compact and lightweight test platform designed for the installation and maintenance of fiber networks. It offers field service technicians the highest levels of performance and upgradeability on the market. Modular in design, the MTS-6000 offers an extensive portfolio of test functionality, with over 40 different fiber modules supporting a wide range of applications, and is a single source for future fiber and photonic testing needs.

    Highlights

    • Compact and lightweight for the field.
    • Future proof with over 40 application modules already supported.
    • Choose from IL/ORL, OTDR, PMD, CD, or WDM plug-in modules.
    • Application modules compatible with MTS-8000.
    • Backwards compatibility with existing MTS-5000 family OTDR modules.
    • Simple for the novice, fully featured for the expert.

    Features:

    • Lightweight platform: only 2.4kg/5.3 lbs.
    • Large 8.4 inch transreflective TFT color display improves viewing under any conditions.
    • Intuitive graphical user interface with touchscreen option.
    • Extended battery life using smart Lithium ion cell.
    • Connection Check with VFL, power meter, Loss Test Set/ ORL meter and video inspection scope options. Built-in optical talkset option for communicating along the fibre.
    • Unique automatic bi-directional analysis function available to save up to 50% test time for OTDR, IL, and ORL measurements.
    • Fast data transfer via USB, Ethernet port and 1Gb extended memory option.
    • Comprehensive suite of PC software tools for post-processing of test results with FiberTrace (OFS-100) and FiberCable (OFS-200).

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  9. MTS-6000A with EVO AV high-resolution multimode OTDR module

    The Viavi Solutions® Hi-Res multimode OTDR solution characterizes and locates faults on very short multimode fiber runs deployed in aircraft, spacecraft, submarines, and ships. It is the industry’s most compact, lightweight, and portable unit, enabling testing in areas where access to fiber
    is difficult or limited. The solution also characterizes fibers during the manufacturing process.

    The RDZ-SLM software application’s streamlined user interface takes the complexity out of OTDR testing. Technicians at any skill level can easily and quickly perform error-free tests. The enhanced OTDR test mode includes the following important features:

    • SmartLink provides a simple, icon-based map view of a fiber link and its passive elements (connectors, splices, and bends) — it immediately diagnoses potential problems when pass/fail thresholds are set up
    • The OTDR trace overlay function compares maintenance results to a reference trace — it clearly
      shows differences for locating potential issues
    • SmartConfigs are generic and user-defined setup configurations — they help eliminate OTDR
      setup errors and keep results consistent across all users

    Key Benefits

    • Compact, lightweight, and field portable
    • Smarter and faster field testing
    • Precise event characterization

    Key Features

    • Industry-leading dead-zone performance
    • Streamlined and error-free setup
    • Connector end-face inspection and automated pass/fail analysis
    • FastReport onboard PDF report generation
    • TIA/IEC pass/fail thresholds for Tier-2 certification
    • Battery operated

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  10. MTS-8000

    The MTS-8000 is a field-scalable optical test platform for both installation and maintenance. Based on the rich MTS heritage, the MTS-8000 is the industry's most innovative and cost-effective test solution for metro networks. A single Transport Module provides an integrated solution for Ethernet, SONET, SDH, PDH, and T-carrier networks. Optical Modules allow thorough testing of short-haul, long-haul, FTTx, CWDM, DWDM and ROADM networks.

    Highlights

    • Practically unlimited field modularity means that you can match any requirement for test function, size, weight, or price.
    • Compact design starting at 7.6 lb (3.4 kg) exceeds Telcordia requirements for durability and transport.
    • Multiple test functions are available directly on the base unit to improve productivity and free application module space.
    • Connector check functions with power meter, VFL, and video microscope options are available.
    • Existing MTS-5000 optical modules are compatible with the MTS-8000.

    Features:

    • Configure with numerous application modules and a variety of storage media, including USB memory stick, and read/write CD-ROM.
    • All application modules are field-installable so that existing MTS-5000 users can simply field install the optical plug-in by adding an extender.
    • A Large color transreflective display is offered as standard for improved visibility for use in direct sunlight. A touchscreen option is available.
    • Extended battery life with up to 2 Lithium ion cells.
    • Base unit can house Visual Fault Locator (635 nm), Power Meter (800 to 1650 nm),Loss Test Set/ORL meter, as well as Optical Talkset (45 dB) options
    • Optical Talkset allows both communication and file transfer.
    • Comprehensive suite of PC software tools for post-processing of test results via FiberTrace (OFS-100) and FiberCable (OFS-200).

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