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1. WO2017139358 - CABLE SLACK STORAGE SYSTEM FOR TERMINAL

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What is claimed:

1. A slack storage system comprising:

a slack storage bracket having a front and a rear, the rear defining a mounting surface configured to mount at an installation site, the slack storage bracket including a slack storage structure extending forwardly of the mounting surface, the slack storage structure includes a wall framework having no less than a minimum fiber bend radius of a cable to be stored at the slack storage structure, the slack storage bracket also including a terminal mounting structure forward of the slack storage structure.

2. The slack storage system of claim 1, wherein the terminal mounting structure includes first and second sleeve arrangements that each define a channel between opposing walls, each sleeve arrangement also includes a protruding portion that extends into the respective channel.

3. The slack storage system of any of claims 1 and 2, further comprising a terminal configured to mount to the terminal mounting structure.

4. The slack storage system of claim 3, wherein the terminal includes laterally extending rails sized to fit within the channels defined by the sleeve arrangements, each rail defining an opening sized and shaped to receive the protruding portion of a respective one of the sleeve arrangements.

5. The slack storage system of claim 3, further comprising a terminal mounting bracket including laterally extending rails sized to fit within the channels defined by the sleeve arrangements, each rail defining an opening sized and shaped to receive the protruding portion of a respective one of the sleeve arrangements, the terminal mounting bracket also being configured to hold the terminal.

6. The slack storage system of claim 3, further comprising:

a terminal adapter configured to hold the terminal so that the terminal moves unitarily with the terminal adapter; and

a terminal mounting bracket including mounting structure configured to couple the terminal adapter to the terminal mounting bracket, the terminal mounting bracket

including laterally extending rails sized to fit within the channels defined by the sleeve arrangements, each rail defining an opening sized and shaped to receive the protruding portion of a respective one of the sleeve arrangements.

7. The slack storage system of any of claims 1-6, wherein the installation site comprises one of a pole, a pedestal, a hand-hole, or an aerial strand.

8. The slack storage system of any of claims 1-7, wherein the slack storage bracket includes an arcuate back portion to accommodate the installation site.

9. The slack storage system of any of claims 1-8, wherein the slack storage bracket defines elongated slots through which straps can loop to secure the slack storage bracket to the installation site.

10. The slack storage system of any of claims 1-9, wherein the slack storage bracket includes tabs extending outwardly from a perimeter of the slack storage structure.

11. The slack storage system of any of claims 1-10, wherein at least one of the opposing walls of each sleeve arrangement is flexible relative to the other of the opposing walls.

12. The slack storage system of any of claims 1-11, further comprising a slack management spool configured to hold excess cable slack, the slack management spool being configured to mount to the slack storage structure of the slack storage bracket.

13. The slack storage system of any of claims 1-12, wherein the terminal includes an indexing terminal.

14. The slack storage system of any of claims 1-13, wherein the terminal includes a multi-service terminal.

15. A packaging and deployment system comprising:

a cable having a first axial end and an opposite second axial end;

a disposable spool about which a majority of the cable is wound, the disposable spool being configured to payout the cable when the first axial end is pulled relative to the disposable spool;

a terminal mounting bracket coupled to the disposable spool, the terminal mounting bracket including rails each defining at least one opening;

a terminal adapter configured to couple to the terminal mounting bracket; and a terminal coupled to the second axial end of the cable, the terminal being mounted to the terminal adapter.

16. The packaging and deployment system of claim 15, wherein the terminal adapter is mounted directly to the disposable spool.

17. The packaging and deployment system of claim 15, wherein the terminal adapter is mounted directly to the terminal mounting bracket.

18. A packaging and deployment system comprising:

a cable having a first axial end and an opposite second axial end;

a disposable spool about which a majority of the cable is wound, the disposable spool being configured to payout the cable when the first axial end is pulled relative to the disposable spool;

a slack management spool attached to the disposable spool, the slack management spool including flexible flanges that cooperate to define a slot that is narrower than a width of the cable;

a terminal mounting bracket coupled to the disposable spool, the terminal mounting bracket including rails each defining at least one opening; and

a terminal coupled to the second axial end of the cable.

19. The packaging and deployment system of claim 18, wherein the terminal is mounted directly to the terminal mounting bracket.

20. The packaging and deployment system of claim 19, wherein the terminal mounting bracket is mounted to the slack management spool.

21. The packaging and deployment system of claim 19, wherein the terminal mounting bracket is mounted to the disposable spool.

22. A method of deploying a cable from a packaging and deployment system including a disposable spool and a slack management spool, the cable extending along a length from a first end to a second end, a majority of the length of the cable being wound around the disposable spool and a portion of the length of the cable being wound around the slack management spool prior to deployment, the method comprising:

paying out the majority of the length of the cable from the disposable spool by pulling on the first end of the cable until the disposable spool no longer holds any of the cable;

paying out at least some of the cable from the slack management spool; removing the disposable spool; and

mounting the slack management spool to a surface.

23. The method of claim 22, wherein the disposable spool is removed prior to paying out the at least some of the cable from the slack management spool.

24. The method of claim 22, wherein the disposable spool is removed after paying out the at least some of the cable from the slack management spool.

25. The method of claim 24, wherein paying out at least some of the cable from the slack management spool comprises:

disposing the disposable spool and the slack management spool coaxially on a rod; and

rotating the disposable spool and slack management spool in unison around the rod.

26. The method of claim 22, further comprising recoiling part of the cable onto the slack management spool to hold excess slack length of the cable.

27. The method of claim 22, wherein the slack management spool is configured to retain the cable against a spring force of strength members extending through the cable.

28. A slack storage system comprising:

a slack storage bracket including a mounting surface dimensioned as a bend radius limiter, the slack storage bracket also including first and second sleeved arrangements extending outwardly from opposite sides of the slack storage bracket, each of the first and second sleeved arrangement defining a channel facing the other of the first and second sleeved arrangements, each of the first and second sleeved arrangements including a protruding tab that extends into the channel; and

a slack management spool defining a central aperture sized to mount over the mounting surface of the slack storage bracket, the slack management spool including flexible flanges that cooperate to define a slot that is narrower than a width of the cable.

29. The slack storage system of claim 28, wherein the slack management spool includes teeth extending radially into the central aperture from an inner surface of the slack management spool that bounds the central aperture.

30. The slack storage system of claim 29, wherein the mounting surface of the slack storage bracket includes a catch arrangement defining a recess sized to receive one of the teeth of the slack management spool.

31. The slack storage system of any of claims 28-30, wherein the first and second sleeved arrangements of the slack storage bracket have ramped surfaces so that the channels of the first and second sleeved arrangements can receive a structure from only one end of the sleeved arrangements.

32. The slack storage system of claim 31, further comprising a multi-service terminal mounted to the first and second sleeved arrangements of the slack storage bracket, the multi-service terminal including a plurality of ruggedized ports.

33. The slack storage system of claim 32, wherein the multi-service terminal includes rails that each define at least one aperture for receiving the protruding tab of one of the first and second sleeved arrangements.

34. The slack storage system of claim 32, wherein the ruggedized ports of the multi-service terminal terminate first axial ends of a cable that is partially stored by the slack management spool.

35. The slack storage system of claim 32, further comprising a terminal mounting bracket to which the multi-service terminal is mounted, the terminal mounting bracket including rails that each define at least one aperture for receiving the protruding tab of one of the first and second sleeved arrangements.

36. The slack storage system of claim 35, wherein the terminal mounting bracket includes outwardly facing latch arms that snap-fit to an interior of the multi-service terminal.

37. The slack storage system of claim 35, wherein the terminal mounting bracket includes inwardly facing latch arms that snap-fit over an exterior of the multi-service terminal.