Easy Adapter Handling on Fiber Optic Patch Panels with R&M Tool

Maybe your fingers are too big to put LC duplex adapters into the fiber optic assembly? Or maybe the adapters are just exceedingly small? Also crucial is the question of how long it may take to install or remove a fiber optic adapter.

High density is called for.

What is for sure is that the front plates of fiber optic patch panels are densely packed nowadays. The more densely, the better. The more ports and connectors sitting in the patch panel, the more efficiently a data center uses distribution cabinets and rack rows. The more fiber optic cables, switches, servers, and storage that can be housed in the valuable computer room.

High density is good for the cost/benefit equation. But it has certain drawbacks for the technicians.

Tricky hands-on work

When they have to assemble many small fiber optic adapters and insert them into the frames side by side and on top of each other, the handling can get a little tricky. The small adapter housings are difficult to grip with fingers. In the fiber optic patch panel or front plate, it is simply too crowded for manual installation.

In addition, the connector housings could also suffer if they are pushed into the frame at an angle or tilted with fingers.

A Swiss Tool for Fiber Optic Adapters.

R&M (Reichle & De-Massari) makes this technician’s job easier with a nifty little support tool. The Assembly and Disassembly Tool for Fiber Optic Adapters from R&M replaces the fiddly finger work and simplifies handling at the patch panel.

It is something like the famous multifunctional Swiss Tool. In this case, it can push fiber optic couplers into the front plate. And it can push them out. As you can see in our video.

The Assembly and Disassembly Tool for Fiber Optic Adapters from R&M consists of a precision-fit U-profile. Inside it is a movable, spring-loaded pin. Both are made of robust metal with a satin finish and precisely milled chamfers. A bullet-shaped handle is used to move the pin.

Two functions in one tool.

For installation, the adapter is inserted into the Assembly Tool and thus pushed into the panel from behind until it clicks into place. It couldn’t be easier or faster to install fiber optic adapters in a patch panel.

The second function is used to push LC duplex adapters out of the faceplate in three seconds. To do this, the pin is rotated to guide its small nose into a notch. This allows the entire pin to be pushed in. The tool is placed under the adapter and opens the clip in the panel that holds the adapter in place. The adapter can then be pushed out with a short push on the pin.

Conclusion: The smart Assembly and Disassembly Tool for Fiber Optic Adapters from R&M makes the installation of fiber optic distributors much easier and faster. Technicians no longer have to torture their fingers, just use the tool to install or push out the adapters.

Questions about installing high-density fiber distribution panels? Contact your local and technically experienced R&M expert here: https://www.rdm.com/contact/

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