HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C., March 1, 2010 – M2 Optics Inc. has released the ruggedized FiberLab 800HE testing platform for applications involving rough handling and harsh conditions, such as field and laboratory testing, manufacturing environments and military systems. The company is also making the platform available for customization with preconfigured flaws in the fiber to support CATV and telecom test equipment training. Training configurations include fiber with fusion splices, mechanical splices, and/or connectors at customer-specified locations along the fiber. These "defects" provide students an opportunity to practice their skills with equipment such as optical time delay reflectometers. A protective enclosure contains the fiber and holds panel-mounted optical connectors to prevent damage, to facilitate handling and to minimize the space required for fiber-based tests. It includes a latchable protective cover, carry handle, and additional storage space for patch cords and other fiber optic accessories. Customers can specify any fiber type and name by manufacturer, any length up to 25 km, and a connector type with any angle polish.