FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS PCT/US91/
03351 11/1991 WIPO 385/135 X
ADC Telecommunications, "Fiber Optic Signal Cross-Connect Systems", Fourth Edition, cover and pp. 23, 29, and 35 (Apr. 1992).
Primary Examiner—Brian Healy
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Jerry M. Presson; John E.
An optical fiber storage system is provided for use in an equipment rack containing at least one removable optical interface card. The storage system includes a holder for holding a length of optical fiber for connection to the optical interface card. The holder is mounted for movement between a closed position in which access to the optical fiber is prevented, and an open position allowing access to the optical fiber. An actuating device, which may comprise a portion of the optical interface card itself, is provided for causing the holder to move from the closed position to the open position upon withdrawal of the optical interface card.
20 Claims, 4 Drawing Sheets