Today, fibre-optics based on polymer optical fibres - POF- are increasingly being used, not only because they are immune to electromagnetic interference but because they are also able to meet the demands of automated applications for greater data volumes. However, these fibres are subject to a natural aging process, which successively increases fibre attenuation. That in turn increases the need for exact diagnostics of the transmission path.
By continuously checking the attenuation of fibre-optic transmission paths, Weidmüller claims to make it possible to precisely plan when to replace robot cable sets. The PROFINET POF repeater complies with AIDA specifications (Automation Initiative of the German Automotive Industry). In conjunction with the multifunctional tool »HTX-IE POF«, which is designed to ensure rapid and repeatable preparation and termination procedures for SC-RJ type connectors, the manufacturer offers a package of components for transmission solutions based on POF cabling.