TiniFiber vs Competitor Field Trial: Blowing fiber into a pre-installed duct

November 2021

Field trial conducted to determine the effectiveness of TiniFiber micro armored fiber optic cable in a fiber blowing installation.

Parameters:
TiniFiber was invited to demonstrate and participate in a live blown fiber installation project for Windstream Communications, a high-speed broadband Internet services to residential customers and small, medium and large businesses, and government agencies in Denton, North Carolina. The purpose of the trial was to validate that TiniFiber could be air blown through a 6mm Dura-Line Micro Duct. Windstream utilized two different types of fiber blowing apparatus. The first was a Plummet UltimaZ Model E25. The second was a Jameson Nanoflow Max. The test installations took place on a bright sunny day with a temperature of 83℉.

Blowing fiber into a pre-installed duct

On location with Windstream Communication at test site.

Results:
1. The first demonstration was with TiniFiber part # TF1SW-0S2-PE. It was blown a distance of 250 feet with two 90-degree radius bends. The successful installation utilized four technicians for a total of four minutes, end to end. The same test was also conducted with another manufacturer’s fiber optic cable of the same size and was tested using the same parameters. The other manufacturer’s cable was installed in nearly ten minutes.

2. The second demonstration was to perform the same test above, but with a TiniFiber part #TF12SW-0S2-PE at a distance of 200 feet end to end. The other manufacturer’s cable required nearly ten minutes to install.

Summary:
TiniFiber was successfully blown in both installation tests. TiniFiber had zero slippage on both machines due to its micro-armored, stainless steel US patented design. Slippage occurred with the other manufacturers non-armored fiber optic cable. The slippage resulted in several installation (work) stoppages due to the slippage.

In conclusion, it was evident to Windstream during the test installations that TiniFiber was easier to blow with less slippage; creating tangible efficiencies through ease of installation and installer labor time savings.

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