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Simplified Solutions for Every Fibre Deployment: Clearfield


Clearfield, Inc. manufactures and distributes passive connectivity products. Its fibre management and enclosure platform consolidates, distributes, and protects fibre through inside plant facilities, to outside plant facilities, to the home, and to the drop-off points in between. Clearfield's products service the wireless, cable, and telephone service providers, municipal-owned utilities, and non-traditional providers.Clearfield was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Clearfield’s history began in the late 1980s with the merging of Americable and Computer System Products. Moving forward under the business name Americable, in 2003 the company was purchased by APA Enterprises. In 2007, APA Enterprises changed course after several consecutive years of profit losses. In June 2007, Cheri Beranek took the new role of CEO. Under the new leadership, APA Enterprises redefined itself with a new vision by rebranding the Company as Clearfield at the start of 2008.

Clearfield, Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes fibre optic management products, helping service providers reduce the high costs associated with deploying, managing, protecting and scaling a fibre optic network to deliver the mobile, residential and business services customers want. Based on the patented Clearview® Cassette, its unique single-architected, modular fibre management platform is designed to lower the cost of broadband deployment and maintenance while enabling customers to scale their operations as their subscriber revenues increase.


Delivering the most scalable fibre management platform in the industry, Clearfield ensures your investment in capital equipment grows alongside your take rates. With Clearfield, deployments are quicker, required inventories are reduced and technical training is virtually eliminated.The key to this promise: Clearview® Blue, Clearview Black and the Clearview xPAK — the central building blocks of every element of the FieldSmart® product portfolio.

Clearview Classic is a system of six parts that nest together in the cassette’s main housing to support a wide range of applications. Parts can be added or removed as needed to support the environment in which it’s deployed. Within the cassette, all fibres from the sub-assembly are slack stored, bend radius protected and secured against accidental physical damage from handling.


FieldSmart® is the only fibre management platform to be designed around a single architecture – the Clearview® Cassette, Clearview Blue and the small count Clearview xPAK – for the inside plant, outside plant and access network. FieldSmart supports a wide range of panel and cabinet configurations, densities, connectors and adapter options.

For the inside plant, the FieldSmart Fiber Crossover Distribution System (FxDS) provides a system of modular and scalable building blocks to configure a frame system that delivers industry-leading scalability and fibre protection without jeopardizing density or increasing cost. Or turn to the FieldSmart Fiber Crossover High Density (FxHD) inside plant frame solution, utilizing the Clearview Blue and Blue Building Blocks, to align desired cable counts and scale to the highest density in the industry. The FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) and Hub Collapse Cabinet (HCC) sets the bar for fiber access, protection and density among outside plant cabinets for PON, cross-connect or hub collapse environments.


YOURxTM is the only fibre delivery platform to be designed around a single architecture—the YOURx FlexPort – which eliminates the need for expensive proprietary connectors when deploying fibre in the distribution and drop portions of the network.Unique to every YOURx enclosure, the YOURx FlexPort is a sealed port that provides a completely protected pathway with an air and water tight connection for a wide range of fibre drop options including micro duct, cable in conduit, flat drop cables and FieldShield® drop cables. The 10mm or 14mm opening of the YOURx FlexPort accepts micro duct, bundled cable, or using a YOURx FlexConnector snapped on, also accepts single fiber FieldShield drop cables.


Clearfield’s CraftSmart® product line provides physical fibre protection for products completing and delivering a turn-key passive solution from the central office/head-end to the customer premise. The CraftSmart Fiber Protection Pedestals (FPP) and Fiber Protection Vaults (FPV) provide the most cost-effective thermoplastic enclosures in the industry meeting and exceeding the industry standards for strength, reliability, and environmental concerns.

CraftSmart FPP’s are designed to Telcordia’s GR-13 CORE, are lightweight, non-corrosive, and rugged. FPP’s come with a self-locking cover, factory installed battery, and can house the FieldSmart® Small Count Delivery (SCD) Case for last mile drop applications. Bases are direct buried with its high-rib construction providing an earth locking feature when properly installed and can be ordered as stake-mount for extra stability.


Custom-built for the unique light requirements and interoperability needs of PON splitting, fiber exhaust scenarios and coarse and dense division multiplexing, Clearfield delivers unparalleled fiber performance with its WaveSmart® Optical Components.

Key to the success of a fiber deployment is the performance and precision of the optical components deployed in the inside and outside plant environment. Clearfield leads the way with WaveSmart Optical Component technologies for PON splitting, C/W division multiplexing and optical circulators. These products are custom built to your unique split ratios, light requirements and interoperability needs.

Meet the innovative CEO, Cheri Beranek

A founding member of Clearfield, Inc., Cheri Beranek is considered a communications visionary. Her extensive leadership experience and unique management style combined deliver outstanding corporate performance.Under her direction, Clearfield has recorded 10 consecutive years of profitability and posted historic gains in both the market capitalization and shareholder equity. Today, Clearfield is a multinational business with more than 250 employees and over 700 customers.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Beranek held a variety of executive-level positions with emerging high-growth technology companies, including Americable, Transition Networks, Tricord Systems, and Digi International. She also has extensive non-profit experience including: the City of Fargo, the Metropolitan Planning Commission of Fargo/Moorhead, and North Dakota State University.

“We make every decision by listening to our clients, recognizing our skills and talents, understanding our client’s needs, collaborating with each other to deliver the best solution.—And then celebrating our success.”