Fiber optic splice enclosure

  • US 20060193587A1
  • Filed: 02/25/2005
  • Published: 08/31/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/25/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A fiber optic splice enclosure for housing an interconnection contained in a splice tray between at least one optical fiber of a feeder cable and at least one optical fiber of a drop cable, the optical fiber of the feeder cable being at least partially contained in a spliced feeder cable buffer tube and the optical fiber of the drop cable being at least partially contained in a spliced drop cable buffer tube, wherein the feeder cable or the drop cable can include one or more express buffer tubes that extend uninterrupted through the enclosure, the fiber optic splice enclosure comprising:

  • a support frame arranged in the enclosure;

    a basket arranged on the support frame for storing slack of the spliced feeder cable buffer tube and the spliced drop cable buffer tube transitioning to the splice tray;

    an express buffer tube storage arrangement arranged on the support frame separate from the basket; and

    a splice tray mounting arrangement arranged near the basket for supporting the splice tray, the splice mounting arrangement being configured such that the splice tray is removable and wherein the basket is sized so as to be able to store sufficient slack of the spliced feeder cable buffer tube and the splice drop cable buffer tube while maintaining a predetermined tube bend radius such that the splice tray can be moved to a working position outside the enclosure.

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