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Fusion Splicers

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Corning Fusion Splicer M90e-0SM-T- H

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Corning Fusion Splicer OSR-0SM-T-H

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Corning Local-injection detection alignment Feature- The Only Kind In The Industry

The Corning M 90 E Fusion Splicer has local-injection detection (LID) alignment is similar to PAS in that it fuses fibers core-to-core and has the ability to splice two fibers with dissimilar characteristics. This technology also aligns the X, Y, and Z axes for a precise splice. In LID alignment, the machine injects light into the core of one fiber and detects the amount of light in the other fiber.Corning Cable Systems' Series M90E and is an example of a fusion splicer that uses LID alignment. The unit injects a 1,300-nm light signal directly into the core of the fiber, moves the fibers in three axes for alignment purposes, and then monitors that light signal during fusion. An Automatic Fuse Time Control (AFC) feature in the Corning M90 lets you monitor the LID levels in real-time. By actively monitoring the LID levels during fusion, you can compensate for varying environmental changes and splice wear.

Corning Fusion Splicer ordering information- Please call us at (866) FIBER 21 or (866) 342-3721 for Assistance- or get a quote from our online support team

M90e-0SM-T-H Corning OptiSplice® M90e Fusion Splicer with FBC-006 cleaver, carrying case with wheels, fast heat-shrink oven, splice tray holder, AC power supply w/US cord, Li-Ion battery with external charger, 1-year limited warranty, operator’s manual on CD, USB worklight, maintenance tool kit

M90e-XSM-T-H Corning OptiSplice M90e Fusion Splicer with carrying case with wheels, fast heat-shrink oven, splice tray holder, AC power supply with US cord, Li-Ion battery with external charger, 1-year limited warranty, operator’s manual on CD, USB worklight, maintenance tool kit

M90e-0SM-T-C  Corning OptiSplice M90e Fusion Splicer with FBC-006 cleaver, carrying case with wheels, Crimp & Go® Splice Protection Crimping Device, splice tray holder, AC power supply with US cord, Li-Ion battery with external charger, 1-year limited warranty, operator’s manual on CD, USB worklight, maintenance tool kit

M90e-0SM-T-P Corning OptiSplice M90e Fusion Splicer with FBC-006 cleaver, carrying case with wheels, Splice Pak™ Splice Crimp Device with fiber guides, splice tray holder, AC power supply with US cord, Li-Ion battery with external charger, 1-year limited warranty, operator’s manual on CD, USB worklight, maintenance tool kit

M90e-XSM-T-P Corning OptiSplice M90e Fusion Splicer with carrying case with wheels, Splice Pak Splice Crimp Device with fiber guides, splice tray holder, AC power supply with US cord, Li-Ion battery with external charger, 1-year limited warranty, operator’s manual on CD, USB worklight, maintenance tool kit

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ATS carries the complete line of fusion splicers from AFL Fujikura and Corning Fusion Splicers including the and other manufacturers including the new line from Wilcom which offer the most extensive and complete line of fusion splicers and related equipment for field fusion splicing and factory/laboratory use. Our Fujikura fusion splicers are the most widely used in the world, and known for their performance, productivity and reliability. And all our fusion splicer splicing equipment is backed by our Technical Support team. Designed to meet the needs of today's high fiber density networks, the FSM-40R24 has the capability to splice ribbons as large as 24 fibers as well as single fibers. Ultra compact and lightweight, this unit features a built-in AC adapter and a dual axes optical path system to provide fully automatic, low splice loss performance in less than 50 seconds for SM, MM, DS, and NZDS fiber types. Individual splice loss is estimated for each splice, and 36 pre-programmed splicing modes and five pre-programmed heater modes allow for specialized splicing and various splice protector sleeve types.

Corning M 90E Features and Benefits

  • Corning Cable Systems OptiSplice®  M90e Fusion Splicer is the next generation of the proven M90 Fusion Splicer-Ideal for long-haul, CATV, telco and LAN applica- tions, it can accurately splice current, legacy, dissimilar and specialty fiber types.Touch screen with graphical user interface
  • Easy menu navigation Corning Fusion Splicer and is the ideal machine for networks where low-loss performance and high-end accuracy


  • Built-in interactive training videos  

  • Equipped with both LID System and CDS System 3-axis core-alignment technologies 
  • Fastest total splice cycle time in the industry
  • Two USB ports
  •  Integrated GPS system
  • Simplifies training and reduces maintenance costs
  • LID System technology provides the accuracy of a power through
    splice loss measurement; CDS System technology provides speed and versatility
  • 13 sec splice (CDS mode)
    + 20 sec heat-shrink oven
    = 33 sec typical Easy data output software upgradesAutomatically  adjusts for altitude changes and allows storing of splice location coordinates

Ideal for long-haul, CATV, telco and LAN applications, it can accurately splice current, legacy, dissimilar and specialty fiber types.

The OptiSplice M90e Fusion Splicer offers the power thru core-alignment accuracy of Corning Cable Systems LID-SYSTEM™ Unit, along with the speed and versatility of a video camera based core-alignment technology known as the core detection system (CDS).   The LID-SYSTEM Unit is the most advanced technology available for splicing 250 micron single-mode fibers, providing a splice loss measurement after the splice is completed. The CDS system works on both 250 and 900 micron fibers and offers the fastest total splice cycle time on the market for a core-alignment  fusionsplicer. The ultra-fast heat-shrink oven requires only 20 sec heating time on industry standard 60 mm heat-shrinks.

With graphical user interface for easy menu navigation, the OptiSplice®  M90e provides the most advanced  set of features available including a high-contrast 5.7-in color touch screen with an ambient light  sensor for automatic adjustment to different lighting conditions (even direct sunlight) and includes on- board, interactive training videos with operational and maintenance  sections. The Auto-Start feature begins  the splice process when the fiber flaps close. Utilizing automatic fusion time to optimize each splice, the unit offers real splice loss measurement and automatic fiber-type detection with the LID-SYSTEM™ Unit and splice loss estimation with the  CDS.

LID-SYSTEM™  Unit Technology
The accuracy of the LID-SYSTEM Unit and its power through splice loss measurement method eliminates the time consuming task of evaluating splices with an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR). The single- mode LID-SYSTEM Unit first optimizes core alignment  in each of the X, Y and Z axes. When the fusion process begins, the OptiSplice® M90e Fusion Splicer’s unique auto fusion time control monitors the power level through the splice and completes the fusion process when splice loss is at a minimum – ensuring the best splice possible. Finally, the LID-SYSTEM Unit measures splice loss by comparing power levels before and after the fusion process.

Core Detection System (CDS)

The OptiSplice M90e Fusion Splicer is equipped with   a secondary method for core alignment (CDS) based on cameras. This technology, although not as accurate as the LID-SYSTEM, allows for fast core alignment
(13 sec) even on 900 µm single-mode fibers. A brief arc causes the fiber to light up. The fiber core glows at adifferent intensity than the cladding due to the different doping of the fiber. Image information is stored by the cameras in both the X and Y camera views.

The microprocessor of the fusion splicer analyzes the images and establishes the fiber geometry. This determines the three-dimensional position of the core in both fiber ends. The core-to-core alignment of both fibers is then conducted on the basis of this information, and a splice loss estimate is displayed after the fusion splice is completed. The M90e is also capable of auto- matically choosing the best alignment method for the application at hand.

Precise and Durable Electrodes (P&D)

Precise and durable electrodes are absolutely mainte- nance-free, worry-free and can reduce the average splice loss up to 50 percent. Permanently attached arc-stabi- lizers guarantee both high-precision and long-life dura- bility. An electrode cleaning arc is applied by the fusion splicer automatically and is sufficient to ensure contin- ued low-loss splicing for approximately 7,000 arcs.

Specifications |

Dimensions (L x W x H) mm (in) 240 x 200 x 110 (9.4 x 7.8 x 4.3)

Weight kg (lb) With battery:           2.7 (5.9)
Without battery:      2.2 (4.8

Principle Operation Secondary Operation Fiber Coatings -Single-mode and multimode optical fibers with cladding diameter of 125 µm and coating diameters of 250 µm to 900 µm

Fiber Types- Standard single-mode, specialty single-mode (ClearCurve®, NZDS, DS, LS, Er), multimode (50 µm and 62.5 µm); 39 factory-optimized programs for various  fiber types including attenuation splice programs (1310 nm and 1550 adjustable in 0.1 dB increments from 0.1 to 10 dB), storage for up to 150  custom,
user-defined programs

Typical Splice Loss* Standard single-mode < 0.02 dB (similar fibers), < 0.05 dB (dissimilar fibers) NZDS < 0.03 dB (similar fibers), < 0.06 dB (dissimilar fibers)
Multimode < 0.01 dB

Splice Analysis Splice loss measurement (LID-SYSTEM), splice loss estimation (CDS/Video); automatic tensile test with adjustable force between 0.1 N and 4.5 N

Estimator Accuracy Typically ± 0.02 dB for standard single-mode splices when using the
LID-SYSTEM Unit Technology mode, typically ± 0.03 dB when using CDS mode

Monitor Color QVGA LCD Touch Screen with sensor for automatic adjustment for ambient lighting, 120x magnification, 5.7-in diagonal screen

 Splice Protection Interface Ports Heat-shrink, Splice Pak™ Splice Protector or Crimp & Go® Crimping Device

Heat-Shrink Oven 20 sec on 60 mm heat-shrinks (fastest in the industry); energy efficient design increases battery life of the fusion splicer; 15 sec on 40 mm heat-shrinks

Precise and Durable Electrodes Maintenance-free to the operator (lasts approximately 7,000 splices)

Splice Loss Storage Splice data memory for 10,000 data sets, including GPS data

Interface Ports VGA monitor output, 2 USB ports, GPS antenna port, external LID transmitter
(pigtail adapter), 3.5 mm socket, MMC Memory Card Slot (Located under the battery)

Temperatures Storage:           -40° to +80°C Operation:        -15° to +50°C

Relative Humidity < 95%, non-condensing

Altitude Compensation -2000 m up to +4,500 m above sea level manually, or automatically by built-in GPS system

Power External 12 VDC/80 W desktop power supply, input voltage 100 V AC to 240 V AC, 47 Hz to 63 Hz. Internal 7.2 Ah lithium Li-Ion battery, exchangeable without tools, for approximately eight hours continuous working time (if fully charged) with typically 200 splice operations without shrink oven and typically 130 splice operations with fast heat- shrink oven working

 


 

 

 

 

AFL FSM 11 Fusion Splicer -The World's Smallest Fusion Splicer

The SpliceMate (FSM-11) is the world’s smallest and most portable fusion splicer, designed to meet the challenges posed by today’s fiber networks. Fitting in the palm of your hand, the SpliceMate is smart and reliable enough to be used with confidence by inexperienced operators.SpliceMate’s advanced intelligence features include dual-camera fiber inspection to insure the splice is right, and auto arc calibration...an industry first. It’s easy to operate and quickly makes low loss splices with all common types of optical fibers up to 4-fiber ribbons. The SpliceMate is available with a variety of powering options including a battery pack and adapters to work with AC or DC power sources.

The SpliceMate D900 has a unique design that significantly improves installation and repair operations for any 900µm application. Ideally suited for tactical fiber optic cable assemblies' (TFOCA) repair needs, the D900 is the industry-standard for simultaneously splicing two 900µm optical fibers. Its user-friendly graphical interface and automated features make it suitable for those with limited splicing experience.

Features:Part Number

Highly portable
Dual camera inspection
3.5” dual direction monitor
Single or 4-fiber versions available
40 second tube heater
Auto arc calibration
30 mph wind protector

The SpliceMate (FSM-11) is the world’s smallest and most portable fusion splicer, designed to meet the challenges posed by today’s fiber networks. Fitting in the palm of your hand, the SpliceMate is smart and reliable enough to be used with confidence by inexperienced operators.

Setting the standard is the Fujikura 60 and 18 series of core alignment and fixed V-groove fusion splicers.

The FSM-60S Fusion Splicer offers construction able to resist shock, dust or moisture and it has a removable sheath clamp for FuseConnect or other fiber holders. The FSM-60S also has automatic arc calibration and fiber indentification, an automatic tube heater, can withstand a 30" drop and keep on splicing plus the case showed below actually doubles as a workstation!

The FuseConnect Fusion Spliced Field-Terminated SC Connector gives factory quality termination with four components and no need for polishing, crimping or adhesives.

 

17S Fusion Splicer - Part No. SO13612

The FSM-17S establishes a new standard for single fiber "fixed v-groove" type fusion splicers with a host of improvements including a 35 second tube heater, dual position monitor, and a longer battery life. The real time arc calibration feature makes field maintenance easier than ever. Also available now is a version of the FSM-17S utilizing a fiber holder system, making the splicing process extremely simple for inexperienced technicians. Both models quickly attach to the newly redesigned ASW-02 workstation making, field portability a breeze. With the introduction of the FSM-17S, AFL Fujikura Ltd. offers the most sophisticated and capable mini fusion splicer ever. The technology embodied in the FSM-17S provides unprecedented utility in harsh outdoor splicing environments. Both temperature and pressure compensation are provided in order to assure proper arc conditions in extreme environments. In addition, the wind protector assures a stable arc in cross winds in excess of 30mph. Ease of splicing is assured by the ergonomic design. A 5" color anti-reflective LCD monitor with an unmatched 110X fiber magnification ensures excellent visibility during splicing operations..

Features:

* 35 second tube heater
* Dual direction monitor position
* Long life battery (up to 160 splices/shrinks per charge)
* Automatic arc calibration

 

AFL 17 R Fusion Splicer

The FSM-17R establishes a new standard for up to 4-fiber “fixed v-groove” ribbon splicing. The unit includes a host of valuable features including fast performance, dual position monitor, and extremely long battery life. The real-time arc calibration feature makes field maintenance easier than ever. The FSM-17R is well-suited for FTTx applications, and quickly attaches to the ASW-02 workstation, making field portability a breeze in the most challenging of aerial or terrestrial splicing environments.

40 second tube heater
Dual direction monitor position
Long life battery (up to 140 splices/shrinks per charge)
Automatic arc calibration

AFl 17 S Fusion Splicer

The FSM-17S establishes a new standard for single fiber “fixed v-groove” type fusion splicers with a host of improvements including a 35 second tube heater, dual position monitor, and a longer battery life. The real time arc calibration feature makes field maintenance easier than ever. Also available now is a version of the FSM-17S utilizing a fiber holder system, making the splicing process extremely simple for inexperienced technicians. The FSM-17S is well suited for FTTX applications and both models quickly attach to the newly redesigned ASW-02 workstation making, field portability a breeze.

FUSION SPLICER KIT FOR 17S Fusion Splicer:Part No: S013616 : AFL FSM-17S Mini Fusion Splicer with built in heater. Comes with a CT-20-12 cleaver, FP-03 40mm/60mm Protection Sleeves 50 and a rugged carrying case.

With the introduction of the FSM-17S, AFL Fujikura Ltd. offers the most sophisticated and capable mini fusion splicer ever. The technology embodied in the FSM-17S provides unprecedented utility in harsh outdoor splicing environments. Both temperature and pressure compensation are provided in order to assure proper arc conditions in extreme environments. In addition, the wind protector assures a stable arc in cross winds in excess of 30mph. Ease of splicing is assured by the ergonomic design. A 5" color anti-reflective LCD monitor with an unmatched 110X fiber magnification ensures excellent visibility during splicing operations.

AFL 17 S Fusion Splicer Features:

35 second tube heater
Dual direction monitor position
Long life battery (up to 160 splices/shrinks per charge)
Automatic arc calibration
Available in either sheath clamp or fiber
holder models

The AFL FSM 45 F Fusion Splicer

Today’s research and factory splicing applications require a tremendous amount of flexibility. Fujikura’s FSM-45F splicer is designed with both of these applications in mind.The FSM-45F splicer is designed to handle dissimilar fiber combinations with ease and splices various types of fibers ranging from < 80µm to 400µm clad diameter fibers. The FSM-45F splicer features Fujikura’s patented Sweep™ arc technology to minimize splice loss between different combinations.Since the transition from research to production is so critical, this splicer has been designed to be compatible with AFL Telecommunications’ SpliceMaster and SpliceLab software packages, and a full set of LabVIEW® drivers, enabling a wide variety of additional functions, including splicing based upon test meter feedback (attenuation, polarization, etc.). Communication is through a USB interface.

AFL FSM 45 F Fusion Splicer Features:

Capable of splicing fibers from < 80µm to 400µm clad diameter
Short cleave length capability
Single clamp for 80-400 um
Ultra high strength splicing capability
Consistent splicing results with a wide variety of fiber types
150+ LabVIEW drivers
Compatibility with SpliceLab™ splicing management software provides great flexibility to control splicing parameters for laboratory-type splicing
Compability with SpliceMaster® splicing management software enables smooth transition from development to production
USB PC interface

50R12 Mass Fusion Splicer-Approved Verizon Fusion Splicer
AFL  fusion splicers
The FSM-50R12 is an approved Verizon fusion splicer for the FTTH projects currently underway and American Tech Supply will GURANTEE the best delivery and pricing for the AFL 50R12 Fusion Splicer. Please call for stock availability- we can take a purchase order and offer you a unit right off the assembly line if one is 50R12 is not in stock. The FSM-50R12 fusion splicer offers numerous improvements to increase productivity and provide additional flexibility. A new "auto load" feature provides for fast and easy placement of the fiber holders into the splicer. The FSM-50R12 also benefits from a greatly improved tube heater which shrinks a 12 fiber splice protection sleeve in approximately 45 seconds. Other enhancements include larger capacity batteries, dual direction monitor, and real time arc calibration. The FSM-50R12 quickly attaches to our newly redesigned ASW-02 workstation, making field portability a breeze.

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    Features:

    • 45 second tube heater
    • Dual direction monitor position
    • Long life batteries (up to 140 splices/shrinks per charge)
    • Automatic arc calibration
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ATS carries the complete line of AFL Telecommunications fusion splicers which offer the most extensive and complete line of fusion splicers and related equipment for field fusion splicing and factory/laboratory use. Our Fujikura fusion splicers are the most widely used in the world, and known for their performance, productivity and reliability. And all our fusion splicer splicing equipment is backed by our Technical Support team. Designed to meet the needs of today's high fiber density networks, the FSM-40R24 has the capability to splice ribbons as large as 24 fibers as well as single fibers. Ultra compact and lightweight, this unit features a built-in AC adapter and a dual axes optical path system to provide fully automatic, low splice loss performance in less than 50 seconds for SM, MM, DS, and NZDS fiber types. Individual splice loss is estimated for each splice, and 36 pre-programmed splicing modes and five pre-programmed heater modes allow for specialized splicing and various splice protector sleeve types. Memory also permits 30 user defined splice mode settings and 10 splice protection sleeve heater settings, as well as storage of downloadable splice data for 80 24-fiber splices or 320 single fiber splices. The large, color LCD screen displays all 24 fibers simultaneously in alternate axe. To keep up with the development of DWDM optical communication devices, we developed the FSM-40PM for splicing of PM fibers. The FSM-40PM splices dissimilar fiber combinations, especially Erbium-doped fiber to single-mode fiber using patented sweep arc functions in addition to excellent PM capabilities. Designed for accuracy and increased productivity, the 40PM offers fully automatic splicing modes for PANDA and 3M Tiger ™ fibers.

AFL Telecommunications offers the most extensive and complete line of fusion splicers and related equipment for field splicing and factory/laboratory use. Our Fujikura splicers are the most widely used in the world, and known for their performance, productivity and reliability. And all our splicers are backed by our Technical Support Team.

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As the name implies, fusion splicers (see table, page 66) are instruments that make a fusion splice; that is, at the junction where two or more optical fibers are brought together, the fibers are melted together to form a single strand. Optical-fiber cables are joined in this way for any number of reasons: to shorten long cable runs, to economize in crowded conduits, and to meet fire code restrictions, to name a few. Fusion splicing generally uses an electric arc to soften the ends of the two glass fibers, at high temperature, while they are in contact with each other and are being pushed slightly together. When a fusion splice is properly made, the joint is virtually indistinguishable from an uncut fiber.

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Using fixed V-groove alignment, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave's Type-65 fusion splicer can be used for all types of ribbon and single splicing. The fiber viewing system lets you focus on up to 12 fibers at a time with accuracy.

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Sounds easy? There used to be several intangibles that you had to take into account when splicing two optical fibers together. During the primitive stages of modern fusion splicer development no more than eight years ago, a length of stripped fiber would curl a bit along its length when you placed it in a splicing V-groove. This inconvenience was called "fiber curl." Fiber curl adversely affected mass-fusion splice yield because it contributed to splicer offset. Offset causes core misalignment that results in higher splice losses. Offset can also be caused by contaminants such as dirt in the splicer V-grooves and particles or buffer remains on the bare glass.

You and your fusion splicer had to contend with the sun and wind since this is an outside plant (OSP) activity. At times, when using a V-groove to passively align the two fibers, you had to cope with various types of geometrical aberrations in the fibers themselves. Large diameter fibers rise up from the V-groove, while small fibers sink down. Cladding noncircularity, or "ovality" as it was sometimes called, also made it hard for you to align the fiber cores. The joint's loss will depend on the angular orientation of the oval fiber in the groove. Any noncircular fiber or offset diameter will affect the reliability of your splice.

Technical innovations have helped to erase these primitive concerns. Automation, compatible software, and one-step procedures have taken away the element of chance and the capacity for human error. Today's fusion splicers either use fixed V-groove or core alignment systems. "High-end" single-fiber splicers use the core alignment technology, while mass fusion splicers and "mini" (portable) splicers use fixed V-groove.

Fixed V-groove

The fixed V-groove splicer is an economical choice that depends upon quality fiber for high-quality results. When a fixed V-groove splicer is used to estimate splice loss, it operates by assuming that the cladding of the fibers-not the cores-is aligned. Manufacturers have improved fiber quality in recent years so this is not an issue anymore. George O'Mara, production manager, Sumitomo Electric Lighwave (www.sel-rtp.com), told how "fiber curl" is no longer a problem, even with ribbon fiber. "We are in a fortunate position to have some new technology to manage with the V-groove and to look at our ribbon closely to make sure it is what we need to do the splicing." Sumitomo's Type-65 Micro-Mass fusion splicer uses this fixed V-groove alignment system and features a 5.6-inch display to give you a clear fiber image even in direct sunlight.

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AFL Fujikura Ltd.'s FSM-40S offering is ergonomic for difficult aerial taut-sheath projects and a 5-inch LCD monitor maintains visibility in the bright sunlight.

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The fiber viewing system provides simultaneous focusing of up to 12 fibers at a time and maintains equal resolution across all fibers for improved accuracy of splice loss estimations. Also, the high-speed, high-resolution image processing system automatically evaluates the fibers in two planes (X and Y axis) for cleave end-face quality, cleave length irregularity, and fiber offset to screen out most likely causes in high-loss splices. With battery operation, wind protection, and a compact size, the Type-65 is designed for aerial and taut-sheath applications. This wind protective design lets you splice in winds of up to 30 mph.

Fitel Technologies' (www.fiteltech.com) S199S is an example of how you can splice in the field for longer periods of time without worrying about running out of power. On average, it takes a longer amount of time to splice using fixed V-groove technology as opposed to core-to-core alignment. The S199S has a battery capacity indicator that gives you an indication of how much longer you can operate in the field before you have to recharge. "A slide-in battery in the S199S as well as in Fitel's core-aligning S176 makes the fusion splicers more portable," says Darren Newman, service engineer at Fitel's technical center. Either an AC/DC converter or battery can be slotted in the main body of the S199S without wiring.

Corning Cable Systems' (www.corn ing.cablesystems.com) MiniMASS Series 5000 fixed V-groove fusion splicer offers an uninterruptible power supply. You can either operate on AC, DC, or battery power with the MiniMASS Series 5000. Once either source of power runs out, the other will automatically take its place. "If you are in the process of splicing and the AC power goes, it will not stop the process," explains Jeff Fullwood, product line specialist for splice equipment. "This makes sure there is no 'hiccup' in your performance." Also, a "snap-in" magnetic handler feature is designed for consistent placement into the V-groove. These handlers are made of a high-density polymer material. At the bottom side of the handler, there is a small metal plate. When you place the handler in the stage of the splicer, a magnet pulls the handler and the fiber into the groove. This feature lets you place the fibers to be spliced into the unit without having to physically touch the fibers and risk contamination.

Profile alignment system

A fusion splicer using a profile alignment system images fibers and measures the important geometrical parameters of each cable. By viewing the fibers from two perpendicular directions, the images are computer-processed and analyzed to determine cladding offset, core deformation, variation in fiber outer diameters, and other relevant parameters. These measurements are used in an algorithm to estimate a splice loss.

AFL Fujikura Ltd. (www.aflfiber.com) offers an FSM-40S fusion splicer that uses PAS core alignment technology. This type of splicer is designed to optimize the alignment of the fiber before splicing to get the lowest possible splice loss. The FSM-40S features a selectable image display that includes single- and dual-axis fiber viewing on a 5-inch LCD monitor. Instead of evaluating the fiber in two planes (X and Y axis), such as with fixed V-groove technology, PAS measures alignment on three planes (X, Y, and Z axis).

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Corning Cable Systems' X77 lets you compensate for environmental changes and make operation adjustments in real-time.

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This automated method of fusion splicing requires several moving parts to measure alignment on three planes, and generates a tremendous amount of heat. For this reason, the FSM-40S features automatic temperature and humidity compensation. It can withstand extreme environments and means you can create an accurate core-to-core splice in any OSP project.

"An internal pressure and temperature gauge continuously monitors the atmospheric surroundings around the splicer," explains Vitas Laniauskas, product specialist (OFSP), AFL Fujikura Ltd. "In certain situations, the gauge will alert the operator, or will make changes, or 'keep tabs' on changes when an arc calibration takes place." A feature that compensates for environmental conditions makes the FSM-40S a solution for aerial taut-sheath applications. Aerial taut-sheath splicing involves cross winds, and at times, harsh outdoor conditions. Also, the small footprint of the FSM-40S makes the unit portable, and it "won't get in your way" during aerial taut-sheath splicing, according to Laniauskas. This is useful since you work with a limited workspace for this application.

In addition to having a smaller footprint, core-to-core fusion splicers such as the FSM-40S have multiple pre-programmed modes for specialized splicing. Core-to-core fusion splicers are designed to fuse singlemode, multimode, non-zero dispersion-shifted (NZ-DS), dispersion-shifted (DS), cutoff-shifted (CS), and erbium-doped fiber. These different types of fiber will have different dimensions, as well as other individual characteristics such as fiber quality or age.

Local-injection detection alignment

Local-injection detection (LID) alignment is similar to PAS in that it fuses fibers core-to-core and has the ability to splice two fibers with dissimilar characteristics. This technology also aligns the X, Y, and Z axes for a precise splice. In LID alignment, the machine injects light into the core of one fiber and detects the amount of light in the other fiber.

Corning Cable Systems' M90 E Fusion Splicer is an example of a fusion splicer that uses LID alignment. The unit injects a 1,300-nm light signal directly into the core of the fiber, moves the fibers in three axes for alignment purposes, and then monitors that light signal during fusion. An Automatic Fuse Time Control (AFC) feature in the Corning M 90E lets you monitor the LID levels in real-time. By actively monitoring the LID levels during fusion, you can compensate for varying environmental changes and splice wear.

Aurora Instruments (www.aurora-instruments.com) offers a Source port option for its FW312 fusion splicer that lets you work with bare or dark-color-coated fibers. This Source port directs the source current away from the standard LID injector to the source port. The feature allows automatic LID-optimized splicing of fibers with any coating or jacket, regardless of thickness or color.

Corning M90E PAS/LID combination

The Corning M 90 E Fusion Splicer has local-injection detection (LID) alignment is similar to PAS in that it fuses fibers core-to-core and has the ability to splice two fibers with dissimilar characteristics. This technology also aligns the X, Y, and Z axes for a precise splice. In LID alignment, the machine injects light into the core of one fiber and detects the amount of light in the other fiber.Corning Cable Systems' Series M90E and is an example of a fusion splicer that uses LID alignment. The unit injects a 1,300-nm light signal directly into the core of the fiber, moves the fibers in three axes for alignment purposes, and then monitors that light signal during fusion. An Automatic Fuse Time Control (AFC) feature in the Corning M90 lets you monitor the LID levels in real-time. By actively monitoring the LID levels during fusion, you can compensate for varying environmental changes and splice wear.

Looking to the future

Fusion splicer manufacturers are moving towards units with a smaller footprint, more programmable features, automation, versatility, and ruggedness. Improvements in fiber manufacturing are reducing quality concerns, and technology finds new ways to help you.

Ryan Cliche is Assistant Editor for Cabling Installation & Maintenance.

 

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