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FieldShield D-ROP

Installation Manual 

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Table of Contents

Application  

3

Description  

3

Accessories  

3

Technical Specifications

  

4

Packaging  

5

Required Tools  

5

Installing into YOURx-Terminal  

6

Installing into YOURx-TAP  

8

Reducing Duct Length  

9

Connector Cleaning Procedure  

12

Drop Cable Options  

15

Standard Warranty  

16

Proprietary Notice  

17

Technical Support  

17

 


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Application

Building upon the restoration promise of FieldShield Pushable Fiber, 

FieldShield D-ROP is a preconnectorized drop cable delivered to market 

pre-placed in a 7mm microduct. The FlexConnector snaps into the FlexPort 

providing an air-tight, water-tight connection between the YOURx-TAP and 

YOURx-Terminal. Installed by the contractor as a single-pass deployment, 

FieldShield D-ROP also provides ease of restoration. In the event of a future 

fiber cut, a field technician easily identifies the cut area, and utilizes a simple 

coupler and a FieldShield Fiber Assembly to restore service.

Description

D-ROP cable presents the same footprint as a flat drop cable with the added advantage of being restorable. Just like 

traditional FieldShield microduct and fiber, fiber cuts are located, repaired and a new fiber assembly is pulled from point 

A to B with a pre-terminated LC assembly. In the event that an LC is not used, blunt fiber is pulled and completed with a 

fuse-on connector minimizing costs and time to restore the service outage. The FlexConnector is plugged directly into the 

FieldShield YOURx-Terminal or YOURx-TAP FlexPort, providing a completely protected pathway from the access point 

directly to the premise, business or antenna with the option for restoration after accidental fiber cut. D-ROP does not have 

the slack storage challenges that a flat drop presents because the duct slack can be peeled or removed leaving only the 

900um pre-terminated/tested fiber assembly.

Part Number

Description

FS-DUCT-OPENER

Microduct Opener, D-ROP

Accessories

 


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FieldShield D-ROP

Length

Up to 2000 foot spool (-0/+5%)

Outside Diameter

0.276” (7mm)

Inside Diameter

0.138” (3.5mm)

Wall Thickness

0.069” (1.75mm)

Ovality

≤ 5%

Material

HDPE

Installed Fiber

900 μm singlemode bend insensitive fiber

Connector Style

SC or LC

Operating Temperature

-40°F to 176°F (-40°C to 80°C)

Color

Orange or Black

Tone Wire

Copper

Markings

Part number, lot number, footage markers every two feet

Breakout Length

12 Inches

Min. Bend Radius

4.75” (120)

Technical Specifications

 


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Find No.

Tool

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001

Pliers

002

Deburring Tool

003

Wire Snips

004

Duct Opener

005

Rotary Cutter

Required Tools

Ship along connector parts twist 

tied to duct.

Do not remove zip tie 

and protective covering 

until duct has been direct 

buried. 

Packaging

 


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Figure 1

Figure 2

Step 1

:

 Bury Duct

Bury cable according to best practices 

for chosen drop method

(Figure 1)

NOTE: 

Do not remove protective cov-

ering until duct has been buried. 

Step 3

:

 Ream Port

Use appropriate tool 

(we recommend deburring tool)

to ream and chamfer edges of port

(Figure 3)

Step 2

:

 Remove Flex Port Tab

Use a pair of pliers to snap off tab of 

selected Flex Port

(Figure 2).

Figure 2

Installing into YOURx-Terminal

Figure 3

Figure 1

Step 1

:

 Feed Through Flex Port

Guide preconnectorized fiber 

(unassembled) into YOURx-Terminal 

through Flex Port

(Figure 1)

Step 2

:

 Seat FlexConnector

Once fiber is through,

seat FlexConnector into FlexPort

(Figure 2)

 

Preparing Terminal

 

Seating X-Connector

 


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Step 2

:

 Assemble Housing

Push outer housing until it clicks into 

place

(Figure 2)

Figure 2

Step 1

:

 Align Connector Housing

Align housing keyway with dot and 

push on outer housing

(Figure 1)

Figure 1

Step 1

:

 Seat Connector into FlexCartridge

Connect Fiber to selected port in the 

FlexCartridge

(Figure 1 & Figure 2)

Figure 1

Figure 2

 

Assemble Connector Housing

 

Connect Fiber to Flex Cartridge

 


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Figure 1

Figure 2

Step 1

:

 Feed through Port

Guide unassembled preconnectorized 

fiber into YOURx-TAP FlexPort. 

(Figure 1)

Step 3

:

 Assemble SC Connector

Once FlexConnector is seated into 

FlexPort, assemble SC Connector 

Housing.

(Figure 3)

Step 2

:

 Seat FlexConnector

Once fiber is through, seat Flex 

Connector into FlexPort.

(Figure 2)

Figure 3

When entering the YOURx-TAP 

DO NOT

 assemble SC Connector Outer Housing until fiber has 

been passed through the port. Fully connectorized fiber will not pass through port.

!

IMPORTANT

Installing into YOURx-TAP

 


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Figure 2

Figure 1

Step 1

:

 

Snip zip tie and remove the protective 

shipping corrugate  

(Figure 1)

Step 3

:

 

Use rotary cutter to score duct

(Figure 3)

Step 2

:

 

Working in 6 foot sections or less, 

determine desired length and mark 
duct 

(Figure 2).

Figure 3

Reducing Duct Length

Figure 5

Figure 4

Step 4

:

 

Bend duct at scoring to break free 

(Figure 4)

Step 6

:

 

Remove FLEX connector by pressing 

the attached removal tool into the base 

of the connector 

(Figure 6)

Step 5

:

 

Use wire cutters to cut strength 

members, taking care not to sever 

fiber 

(Figure 5).

Figure 6

 


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Figure 8

Step 8

:

 

Insert tool blade into duct 

(Figure 8)

Step 10

:

 

Ensure fiber is outside of mechanism

(Figure 10)

Step 9

:

 

Squeeze handle to engage traction 
gear. 

(Figure 9)

Figure 10

Figure 12

Figure 11

Step 11

:

 

Turn handle to split duct and allow 

fiber to fall out.

 (Cut support member if 

it interferes with opener’s path.) 

(Figure 11)

Step 12

:

 

To finalize the last 1/4 inch of the split, 

pull duct across blade by hand

(Figure 12).

Figure 7

Step 7

:

 

Remove fiber retainer rubber stop from 

the end of the duct 

(Figure 7)

 


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Step 13

:

 

Slide fiber retainer rubber stop along 

fiber and seat into new duct end

(Figure 13)

Figure 13

Figure 15

Figure 14

Step 14

:

 

Silde FLEX connector along fiber and 

seat onto new duct end 

(Figure 14)

Step 16

:

 

For longer splits (up to 10 feet) a hand 

drill on a low gear setting may be used 

in place of the hand crank

(Figure 16)

Step 15

:

 

The SC connector is now ready to 

pass through a FLEX port and have 

the outer housing assembled

(Figure 15).

Figure 16

 


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Whether factory terminated or field spliced, clean connectors are essential 

for proper system operation. Even the smallest dust particle can cause 

transmission problems, so for optimal network performance, inspect and if 

necessary, clean all connectors and adapters prior to mating.

I.B.Y.C…Inspect Before You Connect!

 

ALWAYS inspect the connector first thing with a clean fiber scope inspect 

the pair. Three types of contamination require different cleaning techniques. 

The use of Chemtronics end face and bulkhead cleaning products and 

techniques ensures a clean end face, no matter the type of contamination.

These are Clearfield recommended products/application. Use the product 

you feel will complete your cleaning procedures. Create a “best practice” for 

your company and follow those procedures.

**NOTE: It is NOT recommended to use IPA to clean the end-face.

Cleaning the end-face…but not just the end-face

• Place one wiping paper on QbE-2 FiberSafe™ Cleaning Platen. 

Figure 1

• Apply small amount of precision cleaner (about 1” in diameter) with Elec-

tro-Wash MX pen on to one end of the wipe. 

Figure 2

• Hold end face 90 degree. Adjust for APC connection by slightly tilting the 

container or end face. Angle is correct when no drag is left on the end face. 

Figure 3

• Draw end face from wet to dry part of the wipe 3 times. Use just enough 

pressure to ensure complete contact between end face and the wipe.  

DO NOT

 retrace previous step.

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3

Connector Cleaning Procedure

 


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CLEAN THE FERRULE

…Lightly moisten the fiber optic swab 

(2.5mm/38542F or 1.25mm/38040) by spotting a small amount (about 1”) 

of Electro-Wash PX or Electro-Wash MX pen onto the QBE-2. Hold the 

swab, 1 side down to the wetted area and hold for a count of 1-2-3-4-5. 

Figure 4

• Insert swab into side of ferrule, wet side to the ceramic ferrule and 

circle around 2-3 times and remove. Turn swab to dry side and repeat. 

Figure 5

Cleaning the mate through a bulkhead adapter AND the 

adapter itself!

• Lightly moisten the fiber optic swab(2.5mm/38542F or 1.25mm/38040) 

by spotting a small amount (about 1”) of Electro-Wash PX or Elec-

tro-Wash MX pen onto the QBE-2. Hold the tip of the swab onto the 

wetted area and hold for a count of 1-2-3-4-5.

• Insert the swab into the adapter to the connector, press lightly against 

the connector, twist 2-3 times, remove and discard.

• Dry with a second dry swab.

• Inspect (re-clean if necessary) and test for signal strength.

• Use additional swabs to clean inside the actual adapter. Moisten swab, 

like above, insert through hole and remove while twisting. 

Figure 6

Figure 4

Figure 5

Figure 6

 


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Cleaning an MPO/MTP Connector

Female Connector

• Place one wiping paper on QbE-2 FiberSafe™ Cleaning Platen and 

apply small amount of precision cleaner (about 1” in diameter) with Elec-

tro-Wash MX pen on to one end of the wipe. 

Figure 1

• Hold end face 90 degree. Adjust for APC connection by slightly tilting 

the container or end face. Angle is correct when no drag is left on the end 

face. 

Figure 2

Male Connector

• Lightly moisten the fiber optic swab (CC505F) like above, moistening 1 

side.

• Place swab, wet side down at one end of connector end-face and draw 

across in a diagonal sweep (ie: from fiber 1 up and across to fiber 12). 

Turn swab over to dry and draw back from fiber 12 to fiber 1. 

Figure 3

BEFORE cleaning any connector…be sure you know what type of con-

taminate you are cleaning…dry? Fluidic?...All the available products are 

good, it’s the process that you need to be aware of. Using a dry cleaning 

method to clean “dirt” can lead to scratching of the end-face. Learn the 

process of cleaning properly!

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3

 


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Product

Name

Cable

Jacket

UV

Temperature FieldShield

Connector

Jacket

Color

Can be

stapled

Best

Application

FieldShield

FLATdrop

Outdoor

Yes -40° to 176°F

No

Black

Yes

For use when fast installation 

and low up-front cost is most 

desired feature.

FieldShield

D-ROP

Outdoor

Yes -40° to 176°F

Yes

Black/

Orange

Yes

For use when a single pass 

and restorable solution at a 

competitive price is ideal.

FieldShield

FLEXdrop

Indoor

(Plenum

Rated)/

Outdoor

Yes -40° to 176°F

Yes

Black/

White

Yes

For use when a premium 

product that has maximum 

workability, flexibility and 

restorability is desired.

FieldShield

(Classic)

Outdoor 

in Duct

Yes in 

Duct -40° to 176°F

Yes

Black

Yes

For use when the distance 

from the access point to the 

SFU/MDU is longer than 

normal and a more rigid solu-

tion is required to maintain 

restorability for drops longer 

than 300 feet.

FieldShield

StrongFiber

Indoor/

Outdoor 

in Duct

Yes in 

Duct -40° to 176°F

Yes

Black

Yes in 

Duct

For use when a reusable 

pathway is needed and 

maximum slack storage is 

desirable.

Drop Cable Options

 


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Standard Warranty

Clearfield warrants to the original purchaser of the Product sold hereunder is free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and 

service, subject to exceptions stated herein. Product purchased is warranted as follows: Clearfield designed and branded Products are warranted for 

five (5) years: Products manufactured by Clearfield to customer prints and/or specifications are warranted for one (1) year; and any Product Clear

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field acquires from or through a third-party manufacturer or distributor and resells to Customer as the original customer will carry the manufacturer’s 

pass-through warranty, if any. In all cases, the warranty period commences on the date of shipment to the original purchaser.

Warranty Claim Procedure

If any Product purchased from Clearfield is found defective under the above warranty, the following basic procedure must be followed:

1. 

Customer must contact Clearfield and obtain a Return Materials Authorization

2. 

Following authorization, the Customer ships the product-freight collect-to Clearfield’s manufacturing facility

3. 

Clearfield shall repair or replace the defective Product at its sole option and discretion, and return the repaired or replacement Product to Cus

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tomer’s site, freight prepaid

Note: If the Product is not found to be defective at Clearfield, the product will be returned to the Customer and the customer billed for freight in both 

directions.

Limitations of Warranty

Correction of defects by repair or replacement, at the option of Clearfield Inc, shall constitute the exclusive sole remedy for a breach of this limited 

warranty. Clearfield shall not be liable under any circumstances for any special, consequential, incidental, punitive, or exemplary damages arising 

out of or in any way connected with the product or with agreement to sell product to buyer, including, but not limited to damages for lost profits, loss 

of use, or for any damages or sums paid by buyer to third parties. The foregoing limitation of liability shall apply whether the claim is based upon 

principles of contract, warranty, negligence or other tort, breach of statutory duty, principles of indemnity or contribution, the failure of any limited or 

exclusive remedy to achieve its essential purpose, or otherwise.

Clearfield will not be responsible for any labor or materials costs associated with installation or incorporation of Clearfield products at customer sites, 

including any costs of alteration, replacement or defective product, or any field repairs.

Other Limitations

1. 

Clearfield assumes no warranty liability regarding defects caused by:

2. 

Customer’s modification of Product, excepting installation activities described in Clearfield documentation

3. 

Customer re-packaging of Product for shipment to third parties or destinations other than those originally shipped to by Clearfield, or any de

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fects suffered during shipping where the Product has been re-packaged

4. 

Customer’s installation or maintenance, excepting activities described in and performed in accordance with Clearfield documentation

5.  Customer’s improper or negligent use or application of Product

6.  Other causes external to the Product, including but not limited to accidents, catastrophe, acts of God, government action, war, riot, strikes, civil 

commotion, sovereign conduct, or the acts or conduct of any person or persons not party to or associated with Clearfield

 


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Proprietary Notice

About FieldShield Product Line Application

Information contained in this document is copyrighted by Clearfield, Inc. and may not be duplicated in full or part by any person without prior written 

approval of Clearfield, Inc.

Its purpose is to provide the user with adequately detailed documentation to efficiently install the equipment supplied. Every effort has been made to 

keep the information contained in this document current and accurate as of the date of publication or revision. 

However, no guarantee is given or implied that the document is error free or that it is accurate with regard to any specification.

Technical Support

Clearfield, Inc. can be contacted for any issues that arise with the supplied product.

If you need to return the supplied product, you must contact the Clearfield, Inc. Customer Service Department to request a Returned Materials 

Authorization (RMA) number.

Clearfield, Inc.

7050 Winnetka Ave N

Minneapolis, MN 55428

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