DSM Functional Materials, a global science-based company, has signed a multi-year agreement with Prysmian Group for the application of DSM's DeSolite Supercoatings in Prysmian Group's range of optical fiber products.
The agreement enables the companies to combine DeSolite Supercoatings, an advanced optical fiber coating technology, with BendBright-XS fiber technology to produce high-performance fiber and cable products.
The BendBright-XS bend-insensitive fiber technology from Prysmian Group is available in regular 250-µ and miniaturized 200-µ sizes. This technology is manufactured using DSM's DeSolite Supercoatings, which helps enhance optical fiber's installation in today's challenging indoor and outdoor environments by allowing increased stress tolerance and providing the highest levels of field robustness.
In 2009, Prysmian Group launched a new high-performance, higher-density fiber optic cable that features 200-µ BendBright-XS optical fibers and DeSolite Supercoatings technology. This miniaturized cable design enables a 50% increase in fiber count inside the same sized duct, thus reducing overall maintenance, increasing ease of installation and enabling broadband service providers to minimize capital and operational expenses associated with fiber optic deployment.
Alain Bertaina, Prysmian Group’s Optical Fiber Product Line Manager, commented that when DeSolite Supercoating formulations are combined with their advanced PCVD process technology, the coating helps in securing the improved bending features of BendBright-XS optical fibers.
Both the companies continue to work together to provide novel solutions that speed up optical fiber deployment by improving ease of installation and decreasing fiber deployment costs.