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Global Invacom Ltd, Winterdale Manor, Southminster Road,
Althorne, Essex CM3 6BX, United Kingdom
Fibre Optic Installation Materials
+44-1621-743 440
+44-1621-743 676
TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine
— 12-01/2012
come with a lintless top part
and are a very handy clean-
ing aid during the installation
process. Our editorial team
tried out those swabs and
was able to achieve spotless
connections and optimum
signal transmission condi-
tions in next to no time.
Cable feeding aids
When I saw GlobalInva-
com’s cable pipes and vari-
ous cable feeding aids for the
first time my initial thought
was that I had gone to sev-
enth heaven. When we first
installed a fibre optic sys-
tem in our test lab some four
years ago that was a rather
troubling affair and required
considerable time and effort.
I can more than vaguely re-
member that we used all
sorts of DIY tools and equip-
ment in order to squeeze ca-
bles and plugs into narrow
pipes and ducts.
Thanks to GlobalInvacom
those troubles have be-
come a thing of the past, if
the company’s wonderful
tools are used. We’re talk-
ing about a set of six plastic
sticks that come in three dif-
ferent diameters. Depending
on the depth and diameter of
the wall outlet two or more
sticks can be combined, with
the optical plug being at-
tached to one end. Thanks
to its robust metal end piece
plugs can easily be screwed
onto the stick(s) and, in ad-
dition, are perfectly protect-
ed from dust and dirt. The
plastic used for the sticks is
flexible enough not to break
of trouble. Hidden behind a
small protective hood is a
connection for a fibre op-
tic cable. At the touch of a
button on the top side of the
1.5V battery-powered device
it emits a clearly visible light
beam in the 650 nm range
that can travel a distance
of up to 10 km. Now all you
have to do is check all cables
and, in particular, all con-
nection pieces for this red
light beam until you identify
the problem. If no outside
damage is visible the fibre
optic cable can be removed
from any connecting plug
and checked for the light. If
it’s not there, the previously
checked cable must be the
culprit. When tested for ac-
curacy and usefulness in our
test lab we found that the
red light is easily identifiable
even in direct sunlight. In
dark cable ducts and on the
attic it is bright enough not
to be missed anyway.
We at TELE-satellite had a
great time testing the new
installation materials from
GlobalInvacom. We believe
they are one more step in
the right direction and will
further boost optical tech-
nology for DTH satellite re-
ception. With the recently
launched installation and
cleaning tools GlobalInva-
com now offers a complete
package for professional in-
stallers and ambitious pri-
vate users alike.
The GI FibreMDU Visible Light Source is designed to assist the installer
during installation in finding faults within the optical cable, after fitting
connectors. It does this by beaming a low powered red laser light through
the fibre cable to show where there may be leakage or damaged areas.
apart too easily, while at the
same time offering sufficient
strength to push away small
obstacles when feeding a ca-
ble through pipes or cable
ducts. Two adapter plugs for
connecting the fibre optic ca-
ble to the plastic stick round
off the cable feeding aids on
offer from GlobalInvacom.
Fibre Fault
Picture this: All the cabling
is done, the installation of an
optical distribution system
is completed, and it turns
out a flawed connection or
damaged cable prevents you
from bringing all your efforts
to fruition. If you find your-
self in such a situation and
have to find the proverbial
needle in a haystack, you
can either go mad or use
professional equipment.
GlobalInvacom offers just
that with its Fibre Fault Lo-
cator. What looks like an
oversize pen at first glance
turns out to be a godsend
that swiftly can take you out