AFL announced that it is enhancing fiber preparation and protection capabilities for fusion splicing with the addition of parent company Fujikura’s new lineup of specialty fusion splicing accessories.
New Fujikura fusion splicing accessories now available from AFL include the FSR-115, FSR-116 and FSR-117 optical fiber recoaters, and the CT-114, CT-115 and CT-116 fiber cleavers.
Engineered with capability and performance in mind, the manufacturer says these high-performance tools help improve fiber-optic reliability and reproducibility, resulting in a higher degree of confidence for those who utilize them.
Per an AFL press release, the FSR series of optical fiber recoaters is designed for applications with flexible packaging requirements, high strength and high reliability splices, softer coatings for gyroscope splices and low-index coatings for power delivery.
With these products' enhanced pumping mechanism and new glass mold design, pump time and recoat length accuracy are improved. Additionally, a radio-frequency identification (RFID) mold recognition feature enables the FSR to automatically limit selectable recoat modes in the user interface, thus accelerating application changeover and serving as a production control measure. User-exchangeable inserts further facilitate ease of changeover by enabling precise concentricity in any application.
Meanwhile, designed with automation and ease-of-use in mind, Fujikura's new high-quality, large diameter fiber (LDF) cleavers are built to achieve low cleave angles with pristine end-faces for a vast array of fiber types. Each unit in the new LDF cleaver product line is capable of more 200,000 cleaves per blade for 250 μm fiber, an incredibly long blade life.
Further, the automatic fiber clamping, backstop adjustment and blade position change capabilities of the CT-115 and CT-116 result in high performance and highly repeatable cleave angles with little hassle even with complicated fiber types. Its industry-leading RFID fiber holder identification feature allows users to easily pair a fiber holder to a cleave mode based on the unique RFID tag of each fiber holder. This process can be used as either a process control measure, or to aid in cleave optimization
Lucas Mays, product line manager for fusion splicers and accessories at AFL, commented:
“These new product lines from Fujikura are an exciting leap in the evolution for these high-end accessories. Regardless of the application or need, these products have been created to service the complex needs of those utilizing specialty optical fibers. Fujikura innovation does not disappoint. These products provide value in response to direct requests from our customers and showcase the quality solutions Fujikura develops to exceed those expectations."