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How Do You Use USB 3.Optical™ Cables?

How Do You Use USB 3.Optical™ Cables?

Whoever said a cluttered work space encourages a creative mind wasn’t talking about that spaghetti wire mess running behind your desk or devices stacked up next to each other. Compared to copper cables, Thunderbolt and USB 3.Optical™ Cables by Corning are up to 20 times longer, 50% thinner and 80% lighter, allowing you to transform your cluttered working environment into a clean, aesthetically pleasing area. 

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Machine Vision

One of the challenges faced with installation of machine vision systems is the long runs of cables required to connect multiple cameras at various locations on the production line to a host system. The host system actively monitors the production flow and operates the automated levers, gates, and air jets that are used to maneuver the products being monitored.

USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning can overcome this challenge by offering a very rugged, yet light cable that can be run over long lengths to interconnect the machine vision cameras with host systems. The host systems can analyze the high-resolution imagery and use control signaling on the wire to make intelligent decisions.

Digital Photography

If you had a dollar for every time you plugged and unplugged your camera cable to remove your SD Card, well, you know all too well what you'd have. Instead, you have time wasted, money lost, shots missed, disengaged clients, and worst of all a few more steps added for everything to go terribly wrong...bye-bye images. Streaming to a tethered computer would be ideal, but can you really set up a quality shot tied to a machine? It depends on the cable.

Retail Automation/Point of Sale

Today, retail establishments are using point of sale (POS) automation systems to deliver a high degree of personalized and prompt service to their customers. In a restaurant, for example, the POS can have multiple stations – including credit card terminals, receipt printers, display screens, hostess stations and server stations -- that must be connected at various locations. USB 3.Optical™ Cables by Corning is the perfect choice for this work flow. Offering speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second of data at distances up to 30 meters, they can also withstand bending, squeezing and tangling in a high-traffic work area without damage or loss of function.

Educational Technology

SMART Boards are the powerful, sophisticated replacement for the traditional overhead projector and they have proved popular with students of all ages in classrooms everywhere. This interactive board is Revolutionizing the way teachers run their classrooms, including how they handle simple record-keeping tasks, engage student interest, demonstrate complex information, assess learning and prepare students for an increasingly digital world. As the boards are mounted in the front of the classroom, they need to be cabled to a host of other accessories via USB cable runs –to a central computer in the classroom, a video projector, a printer, and occasionally, USB speakers. Able to span up to 30 m (100 ft), USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning offer maximum flexibility in placing the equipment for the most effective use of space.

Digital Signage

Brick and mortar stores are increasingly using innovative tools to compete with online shoppers and create engaging and interactive experiences in their shops. Interactive digital signage is one creative solution which can be used in many venues, including retail storefronts. The screen does the selling, even outside opening hours; your customers experience the best possible service, even when you're not around; and new products are showcased in the storefront window 24 hours a day with optimal information. For interactive signage to work, a server, which is typically located in a closet, feeds multiple panels located in high-traffic areas. USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning are an ideal interconnect cable for this application, as they are both robust able to reach longer lengths than your typical copper cables.