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SENKO Advanced Components increases mass fiber inspection efficiency with new device at ANGACOM 2019


GERMANY, 28 May 2019 – SENKO Advanced Components, a leader in innovative fiber optic connectivity solutions, is set to launch its latest fiber optic inspection device at ANGACOM 2019, Cologne, 4 – 6 June 2019. Providing speedy and efficient analysis of fiber during endface inspection, the new Smart Probe 2 allows data centers and telecoms providers to save maintenance time and help prevent network failures.

The majority of network failures are caused by connectivity issues that can be prevented. It is now becoming a common practice for telcos and data centers to inspect, document and clean each fiber optic endface in a new installation to reduce connectivity disturbances.

Aiming to increase speed and efficiency of these inspections, SENKO developed the new Smart Probe 2, a fiber optic inspection device featuring wi-fi that connects to both Android and Apple devices. Designed with the hard-pressed installer in mind, the Smart Probe 2 easily records and archives results to aid the analysis and traceability of fiber connectivity issues. The wireless device comes with the unique VUE3 app featuring pass/fail analytical software and a flexible data archiving tool that enables the operator to upload results of fiber inspections in as much detail as required.

“Network operators, as well as data centers, spend a lot of time re-inspecting fiber connectivity after installation” said Dave Aspray, European Sales Manager at SENKO. “Our customer feedback tells us that documenting evidence of fiber after inspection is essential for traceability. We developed the Smart Probe 2 to automatically upload fiber inspection results for increased visibility during inspection and for reliable documentation. Whilst producing detailed and thorough results, the Smart probe 2 also reduces the time and costs required to inspect fiber. The Smart Probe 2 is therefore the most cost and time-effective tool for carrying out high volume inspections easily and efficiently.”

The Smart Probe 2 also includes a built-in capture button, a 5-hour battery life and an LED light to illuminate the adapter being inspected providing high-visibility in both high-density data centers and poorly lit telecom cabinets. The Smart Probe 2 is an upgrade to the first SENKO Smart Probe which received the Lightwave Honorable Mention for technical merit in 2014.

The Smart Probe 2 accompanying VUE3 app is an automated IEC 61300-3-35 End-Face Inspection app, which provides end users with a comprehensive and effective field portable solution for the inspection of optical interfaces. The SENKO VUE3 app provides the capability to inspect and analyze the end face of fiber optic connectors for contamination and other defects. The app provides an easy user-interface for greater visibility during inspection in order to identify the improvements needed.

Unique to the Smart Probe 2 are the auto increment and auto archiving functions. With a few keystrokes the operator can set up the accompanying VUE3 app to automatically number each inspection and gather the inspection results under a group heading. The installer can then review this consolidated report later and make edits before uploading, allowing them to have more control of the report for improved visibility and traceability.

Aspray added: “Our products and solutions have been widely deployed by international customers in the fiber optics industry for over 25 years. At ANGACOM 2019, we are looking forward to introducing the Smart Probe 2 which will provide operators with the ability to inspect fiber with greater efficiency than before.”

SENKO offers a wide range of inspection tips for the Smart Probe 2. For inspection of 2.5mm connector ferrules (i.e. SC) and 1.25mm ferrules (i.e. LC), the tips are included with the probe. Separately tips are available for in –adapter inspection of SC, LC, E2000 and most other connector types. Tips are available in UPC and APC versions and there are long range tips for high density applications. With the correct tip the device can be used for MPO inspection, although analysis is not currently available. For the FTTA market an ODC tip is under development and expected to launch by the autumn.

The SENKO Advanced Components Smart Probe 2 can be found on display at ANGACOM 2019 alongside its full range of inspection and maintenance solutions including cleaning tools and inspection tips to complete the fiber inspection process at stand B51.

To find out more about the Smart Probe 2 and arrange a briefing with SENKO at ANGACOM, please email For more information on SENKO or the solutions on display please visit



SENKO Advanced Components develops, manufactures, markets and distributes hundreds of fiber optic products, providing solutions across the spectrum of fiber optic applications from FTTx, telecom and Datacom applications to broadcast and medical. They aim to be recognized as the global leader for interconnect solutions by providing our customers with the highest quality optical connectivity.

SENKO Advanced Components aims to work collaboratively with customers to solve their problems using extensive design and engineering capabilities. They are continuously developing products to address new market applications as they arise and to provide global design, test and high quality manufacturing capabilities to serve customer’s needs. The large team of design and manufacturing engineers are supported by test facilities in the US and China. These facilities ensure that products meet and exceed Telcordia and IEC standards. The technical team also benefit significantly from participation in working groups and forums in various industry standards bodies such as IEEE, IEC, INEMI as well fiber optic manufacturer associations like COBO, OSFP and QSFP-DD.

With highly reactive operations staff and warehouses in the UK, the US and China, SENKO is able to ship many items on demand. Non–stock items are generally delivered within 2-3 weeks.


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