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New Easy Cleaver from 3M Enables Simple Fiber Installation at Lower Cost

Fiber installation is faster and more cost effective with the new 3M™ Easy Cleaver, which complements 3M’s existing fiber connectivity portfolio of simple-to-install field-mounted connectors and mechanical splices. With significantly less upfront capital expense and no specialized training required, the new tool helps enable service providers and contractors to meet the increasing subscriber demand for fiber even faster. The Easy Cleaver will be available to view at the Fiber to the Home Council 2014 Conference, June 23-24, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., booth #615.

The new Easy Cleaver from 3M provides approximately 120 precise flat cleaves with an innovative fibe ...

The new Easy Cleaver from 3M provides approximately 120 precise flat cleaves with an innovative fiber clamping design and a diamond wire cleaving mechanism instead of a blade. The innovation design significantly reduces upfront capital expense and required specialized training. Photo courtesy of 3M.

Each Easy Cleaver provides approximately 120 precise flat cleaves with an innovative fiber clamping design and a diamond wire cleaving mechanism instead of a blade. Therefore, the Easy Cleaver requires no maintenance or blade rotation. The tool is included with select packages of 3M™ No Polish Connectors, 3M™ Crimplok™ + Connectors and 3M™ Fibrlok™ II Splices.

“We believe the Easy Cleaver will revolutionize installation of fiber to the home,” said Cheryl Liu, product marketing manager, 3M Communication Markets Division. “With the ever-increasing demand for rapid fiber deployment, we saw the need for an easy-to-use, inexpensive fiber cleaver that could be deployed quickly. This new tool allows telecommunications services providers to put more cleavers in the hands of installers with no specialized training required, thereby increasing overall installation speed and breadth.”

Lightweight and durable, the Easy Cleaver is suitable for both indoor and outdoor fiber installation. The tool is compatible with buffered, jacketed and drop cables and includes strip and cleave length markings appropriate for 3M connector and splice installations. After completing approximately 120 cleaves as indicated by the life cycle counter, the tool should be disposed of per company practice.

For more than 50 years, products from 3M have formed the backbone of the telecommunications industry. Global customers have come to rely on 3M quality to connect and protect their infrastructure. As a network of networks, the 3M Communication Markets Division connects smart grids to smart phones, wind farms to server farms, greenfield to brownfield and wireline to wireless. Today, 3M is taking fiber further, moving mobility forward and maximizing networks – from xDSL and FTTN to the enterprise. Find out more.

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3m.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

3M, Crimplok and Fibrlok are trademarks of 3M company.

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