Industrial networks must contend with harsh physical and environmental conditions not found in office and other enterprise applications. From real-time sensors on the factory floor to office monitoring and control, a properly designed network must deliver productivity, efficiency, and reliability – day after day. OCC’s fiber optic cables and connectivity components withstand the harshest environments, allowing systems to continue to run and data to transfer where other systems can fail. Ultimately, OCC makes your company safer and more productive – both inside or outside the plant environment.

OCC’s experience engineering and manufacturing fiber optic cables, connectors and enclosures designed for the harshest of environments, including military tactical deployment, means our products deliver exceptional performance in the industrial environment. We work with customers that have specific industrial needs to offer solutions that provide the best mechanical, industrial, chemical and environmental performance.

Successful deployment of products include:

  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Electronics Manufacturing
  • Food & Beverage Processing Facilities
  • Chemical Plants
  • Metal Production and Fabrication Warehouses
  • Nuclear Facilities
  • Oil/Gas Drilling, Exploration, Pipeline, Production and Refining Facilities
  • Industrial Surveillance & Alarm Systems
  • Textile Mills
  • Water Treatment Plants

Industrial Ethernet Growth

Thriving in Tough Environments
Industrial Networks must contend with environmental conditions not found in the office areas.

With over 25 years experience supplying military tactical and tight-buffered indoor/outdoor fiber optic cables, Optical Cable Corporation understands the requirements for tight-buffered fiber optic cables to be able to withstand the most severe conditions found in industrial areas.

  • Chemical Exposure
  • Crush
  • Dust/Debris
  • Electrical Fast Transients (EFT)
  • Electromagnetic Interference and Radio Frequency Interference (EMI/RFI)
  • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
  • Fire/Flame Exposure
  • Flexing
  • Impact
  • Moisture/Humidity/Water
  • Physical Abuse
  • Radiation
  • Temperature Extremes
  • Tension
  • UV Exposure
  • Vibration

Core-LockedUnlike conventional cable jackets, the special Core-Locked™ jacket featured on many of our fiber optic cables, is extruded under high pressure directly over the cable’s core, resulting in the internal surface of the cable jacket having helical cusped ridges that interlock with the subcables. Wire mesh grips can be used directly over the jacket because the cable core cannot slip and move axially within the cable jacket during installation. This eliminates jacket damage that may occur with other cables. The Core-Locked™ jacket contains 25% more material than conventional jackets. This helps keep the cable cross-section circular for better crush and impact protection and improved tear resistance during installation. A ripcord is included for easy outer jacket removal.

The Ultimate in Cable Component Protection

  • Permits pulling with direct attachment of wire mesh grip
  • Prevents cable from flattening and jacket from wrinkling in tight bends
  • Improves crush and tear resistance
  • Flame-retardant for use within buildings
  • UV-inhibited, fungus and water resistant for use outdoors (duct, aerial lashed, etc), aerial-lashed

Built Factory Tough

B-Series Breakout Cables
The Ultimate in Cable Protection - B-Series Breakout Cables
Optical Cable Corporation’s B-Series Breakout Cables provide the ultimate cable toughness at considerable savings. See pages IC 12 and IC 15 for complete details.

Armored Cables
Interlocked Armored Cables Also Available

Special metal jackets protect fiber optic cables against mechanical and environmental damage (i.e. cut-through, dirt, etc.). Fluoropolymer jacketed plenum Interlocked armor available — offers excellent chemical resistance.

The Ultimate in Fiber Protection


Our Ultra-Fox™ cable features 100 kpsi proof-tested fiber, a primary coating of UV-cured acrylate material to a diameter of 250 μm, and a secondary buffer to 900 μm. The composite primary coating and secondary buffer may be mechanically removed to the 125 μm glass diameter in one step. This is typically done for direct termination with connectors. The versatile buffer system permits mechanical stripping in short lengths (about 1 cm) to remove the secondary buffer and leave the 250 μm primary coating intact. This 250 μm buffered fiber is, therefore, available for splicing to similar buffered fibers from loose-tube cables. The 250 μm coating may then be further mechanically stripped to the 125 μm glass diameter.

Ultra-Fox Plus
Ultra-Fox™ Plus

Our Ultra-Fox™ Plus cables feature 100 kpsi proof-tested fiber, a primary buffer of UV-cured acrylate material to a diameter of 500 μm and a secondary hard elastomeric buffer to 900 μm diameter. This provides the ultimate environmental and mechanical protection and is identical to the buffering on our military tactical cables. This buffering system can be easily mechanically stripped directly to the glass for termination with connectors or for splicing.

Fiber Optic Applications for Industrial Systems


  • Industrial Ethernet factory automation using fiber
  • "Tray Rated" flame retardant cables are tested to CSA C22.2 No. 230 (tray cables)
  • Flame retardant Zero Halogen cables available
  • For use in intrinsically safe areas, zone transitions
  • Chemical resistant outer jacketed cables available for indoor/outdoor, double jacketing also available
  • Corrugated Steel Tape armor and interlocked armor cables available
  • Figure-Eight Messenger Cables and Round Messenger (ADSS) Cables are available
  • G-Series Subgrouping Cables are available with individual printing and labeling of the subunits for easy identification of various network segments or enterprise systems (i.e. LAN, security, and plant networks)
  • Det Norske Veritas (DNV) certified and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) approved cables available
  • Small outside diameter cable for pulling through occupied conduit or tray


  • Temperature and Stress Monitoring
  • HMI Networks
  • Leak Production Monitor
  • Jetty and Loading Monitor
  • Tank Farm Management
  • LNG Storage Tank
  • CCTV
  • Card Key Access
  • Motor Control Units
  • DCS Systems
  • Process Monitoring & Control
  • Machinery Vibration Monitoring
  • Perimeter Intrusion Detection
  • FPSO Linkage Cables
  • Ethernet Cameras
  • Video Over IP
  • KVM Switching and Extending
  • Electronic Door Locks/Turnstiles
  • Hazardous Environment Connectivity
  • Linking Optical Communication Modules/Optical Link Couplers
  • IT Data Center
  • Chemical Analyzers
  • Power Usage Monitoring
  • Gas Flare Monitoring
  • Pipeline Security
  • Photo I.D. Badging
  • PLC's
  • OSHA/EPA Monitoring


  • UL Listings
  • Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • MSHA
  • IMSA
  • ISO 9001:2000

Typical Industries Served

The extensive tactical use of fiber optic cables in the military has provided the technological and economical platform for practical deployment in many other industries.

  • Airplane Manufacturing
  • Airports (Public, Private, Freight)
  • Aluminum Refineries
  • Automotive
  • Bridges
  • Bus Terminals
  • Chemical Plants
  • Containerized Freight Handling Facilities
  • Distribution Pipelines
  • Electronics Manufacturing
  • Food & Beverage
  • Furniture Manufacturing
  • Glass Manufacturing
  • Metals Production, Fabrication
  • Military Sensitive Manufacturing
  • Nuclear Facilities
  • Oil/Gas Drilling

  • Oil/Gas Exploration
  • Oil/Gas Pipelines
  • Oil/Gas Production
  • Oil/Gas Refining
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Pulp & Paper Mills
  • Railroads
  • Industrial Surveillance & Alarms
  • Small Manufacturing Facilities
  • Steel Mills
  • Stone Fabrication
  • Stone Quarries
  • Textile Mills
  • Tire Manufacturing
  • Utility Substations
  • Water Reservoirs
  • Water Treatment Plants

Outer Cable Jacket Materials for Tight-Buffered Cables

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