Fiber Optic Center now offering AFL's Splicer V-Groove cleaning kit
The AFL Splicer V-Groove Cleaning Kit integrates eight components into an affordable, effective inspection and cleaning solution for any fusion splicer.
Fiber Optic Center, Inc. (FOC - New Bedford, MA), an international distributor fiber-optic components, has announced the addition of AFL's Splicer V-Groove Cleaning Kit to its website.
The AFL Splicer V-Groove Cleaning Kit integrates eight components into an affordable, effective inspection and cleaning solution for any fusion splicer. Small and lightweight, it fits easily into its included transit case. The kit includes: a scrubber Brush with stiff tapered nylon bristles and a sweeper brush with soft nylon bristles; an eye loupe with 3X to 12X magnification; an LED pen light with 'momentary' or 'constant-on' switch settings; a nonflammable, environmentally-safe cleaning fluid; lint-free cotton swabs; an instruction sheet with illustrations; and a canvas carrying case.
FOC's director of strategic marketing, Kathleen Skelton, comments, "A frequent topic at FOC, both in the online AskFOC tool and on location with customers, is the challenge with contamination. Contamination in the v-groove of the splicer is still a primary source of trouble for the splicing technician. This is especially problematic when splicing with a fixed v-groove fusion splicer. Environmental contamination, such as dust, dirt, and fiber coating debris, as well as the silica deposits generated during the fusion process, eventually find their way to the surface of the v-groove. This contamination will offset the fibers and degrade performance. To help control this problem, a disciplined cleaning regimen and specific tooling is required to ensure the splice is right the first time."
At the upcoming SPIE Photonics West (Feb. 13-18), FOC will be displaying AFL's Splicer V-Groove Cleaning Kit at FOC's booth, #5048. In addition, FOC will be displaying the kity, as well as offering technical discussions and demonstrations, at OFC in Anaheim (March 20-24) FOC's booth #2308, just inside the main entrance of the event. For more information, visit www.focenter.com.