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How Does American Products Ensure Quality?

American Products has always been known for producing quality enclosures for the telecom industry, dusty manufacturing facilities and more.

But did you know that in 2018, the company initiated a five-year undertaking to add a number of quality systems to enhance product quality even further?

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You Won Your RDOF Bid. Now What?

In late 2020, we posted an article discussing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), and what it entails for the communications and networking industry. Months later, Phase 1 of the project is well underway. A total of 180 corporations won bids to bring internet connection to 5,220,833 locations across 49 states and one territory. That means 99% of the eligible locations will be covered by internet access over the next 10 years! After the initial auction, winning bidders submitted their post-auction applications for support. As that’s done and your plans are approved, it’s time to start working! What should you do next, now that you’ve won your RDOF bid?  (more…)

Why Should You Choose a Below-Grade Enclosure?

Are you updating your current network to provide better access? Is it time to update, upgrade and/or replace old equipment? Or, after being awarded Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) monies, are you now gathering the equipment you need to service customers in rural areas? Regardless the reason you’re investing in a new telecommunications or networking enclosure, one choice you’re probably considering is which type of structure is best for your needs. Should you go with the traditional above-ground style, or is a below-grade enclosure better?

For this article, we’re going to focus on below-grade telecom enclosures and the benefits associated with them. If you’re interested in learning about above-grade enclosures, click here.

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RDOF Is Here, Rural Broadband Is on the Way, and American Products Is Here to Help

What is RDOF, you ask? Although it’s certainly not an abbreviation for Rudolph – you know, the reindeer – it could mean that Christmas is coming early for some rural areas that have little or no internet service. RDOF is short for “Rural Digital Opportunity Fund,” which is a $20.4 billion fund that is being auctioned off beginning October 29, 2020. The goal of the fund is to build broadband networks that will target approximately six million underserved homes and businesses in rural areas. View the Auction 904 Final Eligible Areas map to view the areas eligible for the RDOF Phase I auction, which is known as RDOF Auction 904. Approximately 386 qualified bidders will bid for the rights to service these areas and the funding to help build their networks. Phase 1 of the RDOF Auction 904 begins tomorrow and will award $16 billion over a 10-year period. Phase 2 will award $4.4 billion.

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Grounding and Bonding in the Telecommunications Industry

When it comes to grounding and bonding, opinions and perspectives number like stars in the sky. To understand these topics properly in the context of U.S. electrical systems and telecommunications cabling, it is important to separate fact from fiction and be familiar with associated codes, standards, and industry guidelines. (more…)

What Is ETL Certification?

You might have noticed that the AP MINIFORT™, AP LIBERTY™ and AP FREEDOM™ enclosure lines manufactured by American Products bear the ETL Certification Mark. What does this symbol convey, and why is it important?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conveys a designation of Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), providing evaluation, testing, and certification of electrically operated products. NRTL organizations independently test products to applicable product safety specifications, such as those from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and other standards writing bodies. (more…)

Why Is It Important to Protect Telecom Equipment from Electrical Surges?

American Products can provide a fully integrated turn-key solution to meet specific design requirements. We have a very experienced engineering team and skilled technicians, backed by a Six Sigma-trained quality management group. This provides our customers with a faster time to deployment, cost savings, and consistently reliable product. Why is it Important to Protect Telecom Equipment Against Electrical Surges?

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Why Is Integrating Products in the Factory Superior to Field Integration?

American Products can provide a fully integrated turn-key solution to meet specific design requirements. We have a very experienced engineering team and skilled technicians, backed by a Six Sigma-trained quality management group. This provides our customers with a faster time to deployment, cost savings, and consistently reliable product. Why is integrating products in the factory superior to field integration?

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Liberty Series PON Enclosures

The Liberty Series PON Enclosures

Liberty Series PON Enclosures

Below Grade Fiber Distribution Hub

Nautilus is a patent-pending Below Grade Fiber Distribution Hub. The enclosure is the industry’s first below-grade single handle latching fiber distribution hub. With the Nautilus, you won’t have to worry about curious people or the typical above ground environment hazards like snow lows and lawn mowers that service the road way easements and can damage a or knock down your fiber cabinets.
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We’ve designed the Nautilus to protect OSP fiber and provide connectivity for as many as 288 fiber counts. The enclosure even includes a mounting frame, so you can have easy access with lift-assist. Although our engineers designed the Nautilus for you to mount below grade in a vault. If you need to house PON, Feeder/Distribution, or any type of FTTx technology, the Nautilus is a reliable option. (more…)

What to Consider with an Electronic Enclosure Design

While the power of electronic hardware comes from its internal components, the product is typically recognized by its enclosure, the outer shell that encloses fiber-optic products, making them more appealing and user-friendly for the work environment. As a savvy telecommunications company in the age of DIY, you might consider creating your own custom electronic enclosure design with the help of American Products instead of purchasing a standardized enclosure. Although the experts at American Products will ensure that your custom solution is fully functional and engineered to meet your precise standards, in this post, we have outlined a few of the considerations to keep in mind when designing your own custom metal enclosure.

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