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Cable Technology Feature Article

November 06, 2009

Optical Cable Corporation Acquires Applied Optical Systems

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor

Optical Cable Corporation reportedly has acquired Applied Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS), a designer, developer and manufacturer of specialty fiber optic connectors and connectivity solutions for military and harsh environment applications.
The acquisition was completed on Oct. 31, 2009, and Applied Optical Systems is now a wholly owned subsidiary of OCC.
Applied Optical Systems’ product offering includes specialty fiber optic connectors and connectivity solutions for military, mining, oil and gas, industrial, broadcast and other harsh environment applications.
AOS is located near Dallas and employs a staff of about 40, including engineering, manufacturing and office personnel. AOS’s net sales were approximately $7 million (unaudited) for the twelve months ended September 30, 2009.
“The acquisition of Applied Optical Systems is another important step forward in OCC’s efforts to provide our customers with more complete cabling and connectivity solutions,” said Neil Wilkin, President and CEO of Optical Cable Corporation, in a statement. Wilkin said that the acquisition of Applied Optical Systems builds on OCC’s strong existing presence in the military and harsh environment markets.
Optical Cable Corporation is a manufacturer of a broad range of fiber optic and copper data communications cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for the enterprise market, offering an integrated suite of high-quality, warranted products which operate as a system solution or seamlessly integrate with other providers’ offerings.
Back in September Optical Cable Corporation had announced a new Zone Distribution Enclosure designed to offer a cost-effective, space-saving solution for fiber optic cross connects.
The ZDMB6B small fiber optic enclosure is ideal for telecommunication rooms, enclosures and cabinets where space is at a premium. Suited for indoor wall-mount applications, the enclosure accepts all OCC fiber optic adapter plates and provides splicing options for up to 12 fibers.

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri