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.
VIAVIs microscopes for fiber end control are called FiberChek. The devices are easy to operate and, thanks to the good/bad evaluation, lead to reliable results even for inexperienced users. This makes it possible to certify the fiber end surface quality according to customer specifications as well as according to acceptance criteria of the industry standard IEC-61300-3-35.The FiberChek Sidewinder is a connector microscope for testing multi-fiber connectors. It measures every single fiber fully automatically.
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.