In optical measurement technology, different measurement devices are used to test optical fibers. In addition to analyzers and power measurement devices, optical sources that can be readout with the help of monitors are also used.
These micropscopes were designed for application in the field to be able to reliably assess fiber-optic connectors.
The handheld FM-C microscope has a rubber-laminated surface for a safe grip during application in the field. The integrated, coaxial LED illumination has a lifetime of 100,000 hours: this guarantees that even the smallest details become visible.
This microscope is available with different levels of magnification between 100 times and 400 times. Connectors are plugged into an interchangeable adapter. Both universal adapters for 1.25-mm and 2.5-mm ferrules (PC and APC) and adapters for all common connector norms are available.
The professional handheld microscope OFS300 from AFL is one of the most commonly used handheld connector microscopes in the world. With a magnification of 200 times, high-quality optics, and an integrated laser protection filter, this model makes it possible to analyze not only the fiber but the surrounding ferrule surface as well. The OFS300 can also be mounted to a photo tripod or a table tripod. By regularly inspecting connectors, the maintenance costs of the fiber optic networks can be reduced.
The VS300 is the only handheld fiber optic connector microscope that is 100% eye safe. Eye safety is very important when dealing with fibers carrying a live signal to safely prevent accidents and avoid permanent eye damage in the user. Laser protection is essential in wide area networks at high optical power and a very important issue. Eye safety is achieved because a direct path is not established from the laser to the eye. An internal digital image of the connector surface enlarged at 400 times the magnification is sent to the eye through the ocular lens; the optical path is, therefore, indirect and does not present a risk to the eye. PC and APC connectors and MTP connector systems can be imaged.
The FiberChek Sidewinder fully-automatically inspect each individual fiber of MPO and other multi-fiber connectors. For a pass/fail analysis of an MPO connector with twelve fibers, this unit requires less than twelve seconds.
The Sidewinder delivers all data for certification according to IEC-61300-3-35 or specific customer requirements. The integrated touchscreen, the on-board memory, and a rechargeable battery with a long runtime make this device completely autonomous. Via its USB and WLAN interfaces, this unit can be connected to mobile devices or a PC without a problem.