Independently translatable modules and fiber optic equipment trays in fiber optic equipment

  • US 10,120,153 B2
  • Filed: 01/23/2017
  • Issued: 11/06/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/29/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A fiber optic apparatus, comprising:

  • a chassis configured to be disposed in an equipment rack, the chassis comprising opposite front and rear ends that are spaced apart from one another in a longitudinal direction, and comprising opposite first and second ends that are spaced apart from one another in a lateral direction that extends crosswise to the longitudinal direction;

    a guide system configured to be disposed within the chassis;

    at least one fiber optic equipment tray configured to slidably engage within the guide system, the at least one fiber optic equipment tray comprising a front end with at least one fiber optic routing element that comprises successive material sections extending frontward, upward, and rearward, respectively, to permit optical fibers to be routed to either left or right portions of the at least one fiber optic equipment tray toward the first and second ends of the chassis; and

    a plurality of fiber optic modules configured to be received by the at least one fiber optic equipment tray, wherein each fiber optic module of the plurality of fiber optic modules is independently movable in the longitudinal direction relative to the at least one fiber optic equipment tray, and wherein each fiber optic module of the plurality of fiber optic modules comprises a front end, a rear end, an interior, a plurality of first fiber optic adapters disposed through the front end, at least one second fiber optic adapter disposed through the rear end, and at least one optical fiber disposed within the interior and establishing at least one optical connection between the at least one second fiber optic adapter and at least one first fiber optic adapter of the plurality of first fiber optic adapters.

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