Profile: Sumitomo's Q502S AI-programmed active clad alignment fusion splicer

Nov. 18, 2021
Significantly, the Q502S is powered by the trademarked NanoTune AI technology, which the manufacturer says "greatly improves splicing efficiency and accuracy regardless of operational condition and user skill."

In June, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. announced the release of what it stakes as the world's first AI [artificial intelligence]-programmed fusion splicer, the Q502S.

Incorporating new features and technologies, the manufacturer says its Q502S fusion splicer offers improved performance, reliability, and user experience, while maintaining Sumitomo Electric’s hallmark features, including a world-recognized light and compact frame, quick splicing capability, and environmental durability.

Sumitomo Electric contends that the Q502S improves workability and reduces installation/construction time in the fiber-optic field environment. Significantly, the Q502S is powered by the trademarked NanoTune AI technology, which the company "greatly improves splicing efficiency and accuracy regardless of operational condition and user skill."

Key features define ultra efficient splicer operation

"Hot core analyzing" capability means the Q502S provides accurate estimated loss by analyzing the fiber image through high-quality microscopes during splicing.

As further described by Sumitomo Electric, for detection of MMF and SMF fiber types "as a world first, the Q502S introduces a fiber type detection function – allowing the [splicer] to distinguish between MMF and SMF fiber types and ensure use of the correct splice program."

With its multi-touch screen and familiar user interface, the Q502S’s light and compact body bears a large touchscreen for ease of use.

Meanwhile, the Q502S’s carrying case includes an ergonomic working tray. The splicer can be used on the tray as soon as the case is opened, enabling users to start jobs immediately.

SumiCloud integration adds WLAN connectivity

Importantly, the unit's trademarked SumiCloud technology integration adds wireless LAN connectivity to the Q502S.

Offering a suite of cloud-based productivity services via a smartphone app, SumiCloud includes a Preventive Maintenance function, Over The Air firmware updates, and the capability to create and send work reports to the cloud.

A web browser based management interface allows managers to review splicer reports and performance, and remotely lock units in case of theft.

A company statement concludes, "With the increase in remote work and telemedicine, as well as online learning, establishment of high-speed, large-capacity, low-delay communication networks is increasingly demanded. The Sumitomo Electric Group contributes to advanced communication networks by developing and providing new products and technologies that meet customer needs with even higher functionality, expandability, and workability."

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