Handheld fusion splicer incorporates touch-screen, Internet troubleshooting

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave has unveiled its Quantum Type-QH201e-VS handheld fusion splicer.

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Sumitomo Electric Lightwave has unveiled its Quantum Type-QH201e-VS handheld fusion splicer, the fourth model in the company's Quantum Splicer product line. The new Quantum Handheld splicer replaces the company's previous TomCatType-25eU/S/M model, adding automated features for user-friendly and high performance fiber splicing for FTTX, data center, and other communication network connectivity applications.

The new Quantum Type-QH201e-VS handheld's advanced fusion splicing technology incorporates a fully navigational touch screen interface for maximum user friendliness (a traditional keypad also included). Further, the new unit's Internet interface ensures 24-7 remote diagnostic and maintenance support capabilities from Sumitomo Electric Lightwave's On-Time Service Center technicians. An included SD port allows for virtually unlimited data storage for software, training, video, and audio uploads/downloads.

“Our goal is to innovate continuously to offer customers the most advanced and reliable fusion splicer technology backed by the most expert and responsive support and service,” comments Dwayne Holst, product manager at Sumitomo Electric Lightwave. “As the only company to offer Internet-capable 24-7 remote maintenance and service, this exemplifies our commitment to unprecedented customer support.”

Sumitomo claims that, in general, its Quantum Handheld V-Groove splicers boast the industry’s smallest footprint (110W x 140D x 76H mm) for maximum portability, as well as the fastest 12-second typical splice time among handheld splicers for improved efficiency in space-constrained work areas, typical with FTTX and data center deployments. The company notes that the small footprint of the Quantum Handheld does not compromise the splicer's rugged design, which complies with the most stringent shock, waterproof, and dust resistance requirements.

Other features of this RoHS-compliant splicer include an easy-to-use fiber holder system, extended life electrodes, built-in help and maintenance videos, and compatibility with Sumitomo's Lynx2 CustomFit Splice-On connectors. The new Quantum Type-QH201e-VS splicer will be unveiled at OFC 2014 (March 11-13), booth #3845, in San Francisco, CA.

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