Patent Number: 7,787,737

Title: Fiber optic dust cap assembly and method

Abstract: A fiber optic dust cap assembly for protecting fiber optic components is provided. The protected fiber optic components may include fiber optic adapters and fiber optic connectors. The fiber optic dust cap assembly includes a plurality of dust caps each coupled to a lanyard. Each of the plurality of dust caps is configured for insertion into a fiber optic component. The lanyard is configured to facilitate management of the dust caps. The lanyard is also configured to facilitate removal of the dust caps from the fiber optic components. Each of the dust caps among the plurality of dust caps may be removed by pulling on the lanyard. The lanyard may also facilitate removal of each of the plurality of dust caps in one pulling action. Additionally, by the plurality of dust caps being connected to the lanyard, the plurality of dust caps coupled to the lanyard remain together after removal.

Inventors: Cooke; Terry Lee (Hickory, NC), Dean, Jr.; David Lee (Hickory, NC), Klavuhn; Tory Allen (Newton, NC), Mabry, III; Clyde Benton (Hickory, NC)

Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC

International Classification: G02B 6/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018