AFL has introduced a new line of fiber re-coating products from Nyfors Teknologi AB (Sweden) to the North American market. Nyfor’s recoaters are ideal for restoring the protective coating on optical fibers, says AFL. The new products include the ReCoater 2, AutoCoater 2, MiniCoater 2 and ReCoater 2 XL.
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For high-strength applications, the ReCoater 2 allows the operator to choose different fiber and fiber coating diameters. Fibers can be recoated at exactly the same diameter as well as smaller or larger diameters than the original fiber. This product can also be upgraded to the AutoCoater 2 by adding the AutoCoater 2 Dispensing Robot. With the addition of the Dispensing Robot, which contains a remote reservoir tank, injection pump, supply lines, and injection needle, the AutoCoater 2 performs fully automatic skill-independent recoating operations. The remote reservoir allows users to quickly change recoating compounds without the need to purge and clean the tank.
The MiniCoater 2 is best suited for small-scale productions where fiber types and dimensions need to be changed frequently. The product is cordless and battery operated for easy transportation, and like the ReCoater 2 and AutoCoater 2, the MiniCoater 2 can recoat fibers to a uniform, undersized, or oversized diameter. Lastly, the ReCoater 2 XL is designed to process long sections of stripped fiber, accepting molds of up to 110 mm length.
All of the recoating products enable short curing times by using a UV LED array positioned along the length of the mold. Additionally, all Nyfors recoaters, except the MiniCoater 2, feature an ergonomic, benchtop design for comfortable operation.
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