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What’s With The Violet Fiber-Optic Color?

Recently I have been noticing Fiber patch cables made with a bright violet purple color. After talking with a few of or fiber manufactures about this,  I was told it is a way to more easily tell between OM3 and OM4 fiber optic cable. I know we have been selling both OM3 and OM4 for a while but for now both come with the same aqua colored jacket. It is really hard to tell at a glance which one is which. As I get older it gets harder yet. To help avoid confusion, fiber optic manufactures are starting to standardize on a color called 'Erika Violet" to greatly simplify identifying OM4 fiber. Chick here on a blog post courtesy of Belden that further explains how this came about: