What Is OM5 Fiber?
OM5 fiber was created to support short wavelength division multiplexing (SWDM), one of the many new technologies developed for transmitting 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s. In October of 2016, OM5 fiber was announced as the official designation for cabling containing WBMMF (Wide Band Multimode Fiber) by ISO/IEC 11801. Today, OM5 is often used as an improved option for data centers requiring greater link distances and higher speeds.
In February of 2017, a subcommittee within the Telecommunications Industry Association’s (TIA) TR-42 committee (which develops cabling standards primarily used in North America) decided that the jacket color used to visually identify OM5 cable is lime green.
The wire and cable industry has many regulations and standards to ensure safety for consumer and industrial use.
Wire and cable colors make it easy to install the correct option, ensuring performance and purpose in a variety of applications such as automotive, electrical, utilities, consumer products and more. Standardized coloring for wire and cables eliminates confusion or danger of electrical shock for anyone maintaining critical components.
Many cable manufacturers thought it would be easy to produce the lime green coloring for the OM5. Instead, what they discovered was that not every color provider would be able to produce this color consistently and with the high quality needed.
Because Chroma Color Corporation, previously Breen Color is very well known in the wire and cable industry for their capabilities to meet tough regulations and standards for their customers, many manufacturers turned to them to produce the lime green color for the OM5 cable.
The company took on the challenge because their team was confident that their lab experts would produce the right formulation. Today, the company is producing the exact lime green color repeatedly, at the high-quality standards demanded by regulators for their customers. Chroma Color Corporation is currently one of the only suppliers of OM5 cable manufacturers that can meet this lime green standard.
To learn more, visit Chroma Color Corporation’s new website. It includes a comprehensive overview of the company’s technical and manufacturing capabilities, products, services and more. https://chromacolors.com
About Chroma Color Corporation
Chroma Color Corporation is a leading specialty color and additive concentrate supplier in the plastics marketplace. The business, with sales of greater than $150 million, currently has extensive technical and manufacturing color masterbatch capabilities throughout the United States. Arsenal Capital Partners has been strategic investor in the company since late 2017. https://chromacolors.com