Imagine a cluster of homes nestled in a cozy, coastal town. A
family sits down to watch its favorite streaming show, and the connection is
way too slow or doesn’t download at all. And it might have everything to do
with the salt in the air.
While living in beautiful places like this has its
advantages, a downside is the daily saltwater mist that permeates the air. Small
but mighty salt particles can wreak havoc on a neighborhood’s fiber
distribution hub (FDH) or multi-port service terminal (MST), eroding the
connections inside. And there goes movie night.
Several other environmental factors besides salt can damage a closure
and the connections inside: severe heat or cold, snow, sand, water and even
sunlight. Other man-made factors like grease or chemicals can be
detrimental as well. When fiber connections are damaged, replacing or repairing
them can get expensive.
That’s why solid engineering and rigorous testing are crucial
to maintaining the integrity of hardened connectivity – and keeping all of
those environmental or man-made factors out. CommScope is committed toachieving the telecommunications and safety standards set forth by local and
regional government bodies, and global standards set forth by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
Beyond the Norm
But as a team, CommScope goes beyond that. A global company
like ours needs to be agile in its approach to engineering and set its own high
standards. We leverage our global knowledge and decades of experience in the outside
plant into all of our product designs.
As the last phase of engineering, successful tests don’t
happen overnight. We spend weeks and months in engineering, and then we spend
several more weeks and months testing the products. We expose our outdoor closures,
rugged connectors and adaptors to freeze-thaw tests, thermal cycling and humidity
aging to ensure the quality of the product in any condition.
But we don’t stop there; products then go through vigorous
vibration testing and a full range of stress and mechanical tests. We submerge outdoor
closures in water; we heat them to see if they shrink or expand, bombard them
with chemicals and test whether they will withstand the worst environmental
Our goal as a company is to make products that last for
several decades. Longevity is in our DNA. That’s why testing is such an important
part of engineering to us. We want to be sure that our customers know we engineer
products to stand the test of time.