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For Immediate Release - August 12, 2009

Siemon's New XLR8™ Fiber Optic Connector and Tool Kit Cuts Field Termination Time in Half

Innovative XLR8™ tool combines both splice activation and mechanical crimp into a single, optimized step for fast, reliable, high performance fiber terminations

Siemon is proud to introduce its new XLR8™ mechanical splice connector and termination system for fiber optic cabling. The XLR8 system incorporates an exclusive dual-process activation tool which dramatically reduces termination time per connector. The combination of the XLR8 tool and Siemon's new pre-polished XLR8 mechanical splice LC and SC connectors drives the deployment of high-performance fiber links with unsurpassed termination speed and quality.

To maximize termination speed and connector performance, Siemon's XLR8 system was designed from the ground up to reduce the termination process to a single optimized and intuitive step. The process combines splicing and crimping into a single step as opposed to more common multi-step products. The simplified XLR8 design cuts termination times in half compared to competing systems, enabling faster and more efficient delivery of fiber cabling links. The reduction in steps also limits excess operator handling of connections during termination that can negatively impact splice integrity and link performance.

To further enhance connector performance, the entire XLR8 termination process is completed with the connector dust-cap in place, protecting the fiber's critical end-face polish from contamination or damage. No other fiber termination method currently available offers this simple, yet highly effective feature. The connector's pre-polished end-face remains untouched and clean from the factory to the time of insertion into the adapter. This optimizes both reliability and mated performance.

The XLR8 tool is universal - capable of terminating either SC or LC interfaces with no time-consuming tooling changeovers required. Ergonomically optimized for use in handheld or table-top orientation, it ensures full splice and crimp engagement using a locking mechanism that secures the connector in place until the tool is fully cycled. The tool is available in a complete kit that contains all accessories required for high performance terminations, including a user-friendly fiber cleaver designed to provide clean, precision cleaves on an array of fiber types.

XLR8 LC and SC connectors support the multimode and singlemode versions of Siemon's 10 Gb/s XGLO® and Gigabit-ready LightSystem® solutions and exceed TIA standards for optical performance and fiber retention strength. For more information on Siemon's innovative XLR8 fiber optic mechanical splice connector system, including termination video and specification sheets, visit


About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specializing in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance IT infrastructure solutions and services for Data Centers, LANs and Intelligent Buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suites of copper and optical fiber cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data center power and cooling systems and Intelligent Infrastructure Management solutions. With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of Industry Standards, underlining the company's long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Through an ongoing commitment to waste and energy reduction, Siemon's environmental sustainability benchmarks are unparalleled in the industry, including 179% global carbon negativity and zero-landfill status
Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. We provide custom network infrastructure solutions to: OEM's, Leading Manufacturers, Value-Added Resellers and System Integrators.
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