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09-Oct-2012 Print page

RFS North America Enhances Assembly Capabilities Nationwide to Support Continued Growth in HYBRIFLEX Production

Meriden, CT (United States), October 9, 2012 – Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), the global wireless and broadcast infrastructure specialist, today announced that it has increased its assembly capabilities at its production facilities in Wallingford, Connecticut, and Warsaw, Indiana to better serve its North American customers. The move comes in response to a dramatic uptick in production of HYBRIFLEX, RFS’ revolutionary hybrid feeder cabling solution.

RFS’ ramp-up of assembly capabilities stems from a significant increase in orders of HYBRIFLEX, rising from 300 reels in 2011 to more than 20,000 reels anticipated by the end of 2012. “Increasing production at our Wallingford facility and adding additional capabilities with our partner KGP in Indiana reflects our commitment to meeting customer needs and continuing our expansion in 2013,” says RFS customer solutions & sales operations director, David Kiesling. RFS is currently considering adding a third production facility to further accelerate delivery of products to North American customers.

Deployments of HYBRIFLEX by RFS customers have grown significantly since it was first announced in 2010. In 2012, RFS will have manufactured nearly 4 million feet of HYBRIFLEX in North America, and to date has completed more than 200,000 fiber terminations. RFS has recently added additional production shifts to its Wallingford facility to expertly assemble the advanced components of HYBRIFLEX, which utilize multiple fiber connections, copper gauges, and multi- and single-mode configurations.

HYBRIFLEX combines optical fiber and DC power in a single corrugated cable. Its compact and durable design makes it faster, easier and more cost effective to install than bringing both traditional optical fiber and DC power to the antenna. HYBRIFLEX is ideal for connecting power-saving Remote Radio Heads (RRHs), especially where space is constrained. It can be also used for in-building Distributed Antenna Systems (DASs), for microwave backhaul networks and as bundled cables in harsh environments.

To simplify installation and reduce training requirements, HYBRIFLEX uses standard accessories and the same installation methods as other RFS radio frequency (RF) cables. Every RFS HYBRIFLEX installation is accompanied by RFS’ extensive expertise to ensure proper handling of the HYBRIFLEX optic fiber, which offers outstanding scalability to meet customers’ specific requirements for fiber, power and length.

Quickly increasing production of HYBRIFLEX cables to meet customer requirements is one of the key functions of RFS’ manufacturing facilities. The diversity of its client base, ranging from large OEMs and operators to one-off custom orders requires flexibility and the necessary manpower to immediately ramp up production capacity. At its Wallingford and Warsaw, IN operations, both locations follow strict quality control guidelines and product line processes to deliver the durability and uniform construction customers have come to expect from RFS. “By adhering to rigorous production standards and responding to market conditions, RFS is constantly making improvements to our internal processes for our customers across the country,” says Joel Zimmerman, director of industrialization for RFS North America. “In addition to the Wallingford facility, we have formed a partnership with KGP in Indiana and are researching other potential locations to give our customers the most resources possible for fulfilling their orders and specification requirements.”

Whenever possible, RFS provides customers with locally-manufactured products. All of the HYBRIFLEX cables produced at RFS’ Wallingford and Warsaw facilities will be shipped to North American customers.

Trademarks: RFS® is a registered trademark of Radio Frequency Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About RFS

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) is a global designer and manufacturer of cable, antenna and tower systems, as well as active and passive RF conditioning modules, providing total-package solutions for outdoor and indoor wireless infrastructure. RFS serves OEMs, distributors, system integrators, operators and installers. Its customers currently include the four largest wireless carriers, the majority of tier 2 and 3 wireless carriers in North America and many of the top wireless and microwave OEMS worldwide.

For more than 70 years, RFS has provided its customers world-class service that today is backed by a global presence of nine manufacturing facilities worldwide and sales and technical support centers in 23 countries.  RFS offers advanced engineering capabilities, superior field support, and expert technical assistance and training to provide scalable, flexible, future-proof and lightweight end-to-end solutions optimized across the entire RF chain. As an ISO-compliant organization, RFS solutions offer proven longevity, premium performance and unrivalled quality.

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