Updated: December 28th, 2019

Ensure optimal performance in demanding environments with these tips on how to specify industrial fiber optic cable from Kyle Mrkva of Belden.


Belden Active Optical CablesFiber optic cabling is applicable in any industrial environment where high-speed, high-bandwidth data solutions are needed. It can be used for campus and in-building data backbones to anchor an operation’s Ethernet, and also for point-to-point digital signal transmission. This cabling utilizes ruggedized jackets, often polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or chlorinated polyethylene (CPE), to ensure optimal performance in the face of extreme temperatures; exposure to UV/sunlight, oil, and solvents; and crushing impact.

The Benefits of Fiber Optic Cable

Fiber optic cabling is superior in terms of its high bandwidth, low attenuation, and complete electrical noise immunity, allowing more information to be carried across the network without interruption. Fiber optic cables are also smaller and lighter than copper cables, extremely durable and intrinsically safe, with no risk of spark hazards.

Alternatives to Fiber Optic Cabling

Typical alternatives for connecting data networks with fiber optic cables include copper Ethernet or automation cables. While copper cabling is suitable for the majority