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1. (WO1998053354) CONNECTING OPTICAL FIBRES
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CLAIMS :

1. An assembly for use in connecting optical fibres comprising a plurality of housings for housing optical fibre connections each housing being pivotally mounted with respect to an associated rigid routing member having passage means for routing fibres to the housing via respective flexible conduit means which extend between the routing member and the housing, adjacent routing members being push-fittable together such that the housings are in an aligned bank when in stowed positions, each housing being pivotable for providing access thereto from its stowed position out of alignment with the other housings.

2. An assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein each housing is pivotally mounted about a pivot extending between the rigid routing member associated therewith and a rigid routing member adjacent to that associated rigid routing member.

3. An assembly as claimed in claim 2, wherein said pivot comprises a boss provided on said associated rigid routing member which is push-fittable to said adjacent rigid routing member.

4. An assembly as claimed in claim 2 or 3 , wherein each housing has means defining a closed slot for receiving said pivot whereby said housing is able to pivot and slide relative to said rigid routing member associated therewith.

5. An assembly as claimed in claim 4, wherein said slot is openable to enable said housing to be removed from said assembly.

6. An assembly as claimed in claim 5, wherein said slot is defined by adjacent portions of said housing which are moveable relative to each other from a first condition in which said slot is closed to a second condition in which said slot is open.

7. An assembly as claimed in claim 6, wherein said adjacent portions comprise a first portion hinged to a second portion.

8. An assembly as claimed in claim 7, wherein said second portion of said housing comprises means for locating optical fibre connections and for storing excess lengths of fibre.

9. An assembly as claimed in claim 8, wherein said second portion comprises an insert providing said means for locating optical fibre connections.

10. An assembly as claimed in claim 9, wherein said insert is one of a plurality of differently configured inserts each of which is selectively fittable to said housing.

11. An assembly as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 10, comprising a further housing for housing at least one optical device having input and output tails, and means for guiding said tails from said further housing to said first-mentioned housings including guide members defining optical fibre tracks push-fitted to said rigid routing members for guiding said tails to selected passage means of said rigid routing members.

12. An assembly for use in connecting optical fibres comprising a plurality of housings for housing optical fibre connections, said housings being arranged in an aligned bank with each housing having a slot through which a pivot extends whereby said housing is able to pivot and slide with respect to said pivot to move out of alignment with the other housings for providing access thereto.

13. An assembly as claimed in claim 12, wherein said slot is openable to enable said housing to be removed from said assembly by movement transverse said pivot.

14. A housing for accommodating optical fibre connections and excess lengths of fibre and comprising means for guiding fibre within the tray to a zone in which said connections are accommodated, said housing having an insert in said zone providing means for locating said optical fibre connections.

15. A housing as claimed in claim 14, wherein said insert is one of a plurality of differently configured inserts fittable in said zone.

16. A housing as claimed in claim 14 or 15, wherein said insert includes apertures adjacent said connection locating means and means for guiding optical fibres over said apertures.

17. An assembly for use in connecting optical fibres substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings.

18. A housing for accommodating optical fibre connections substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to Figures 6-9 and 11 of the accompanying drawings.