We offer tools for a large variety of different types of fiber processing:
This includes the stripping of fiber claddings, the cleaning and cleaving of fibers, and splicing or polishing, depending on the application. Microscopes and/or interferometers are used in the analysis of fiber end surfaces.
We have tools available for all stages of processing, both for field applications and applications in the laboratory. We cover the entire range of fiber diameters to 1.2 mm.
Taper Manufacturing Station (TMS) is the name of the unit used to taper optical fibers. It is also used in the manufacture of fiber bundles and couplers.
The TMS can be used to manufacture single direction and bi-directional tapers, melt and taper fiber bundles, and produce couplers. An integrated cleaver facilitates exact separation; the location and diameter of the break on the fiber(s) can be precisely selected via the available software.
In single direction tapers, the corresponding program independently calculates the linear taper ratio based on the fiber thickness and taper length. It is perfectly suited for taper ratios of <50%.
In bi-directional tapers, the left and right sliders both pull out simultaneously while the ring of fire moves along the fiber and melts it evenly. This produces an exponential taper with almost unlimited taper ratios.
The TMS is based on the patented method of Thermally Stabilized PlasmaTM, which is produced in a partial vacuum. This makes it possible to extend the heated fiber area by a factor of ten, leading to a more even taper profile and preventing modulations to said profile. This results in much fewer attenuation losses in the taper.
The partial vacuum minimizes the oxidation of the electrode tips and virtually prevents deposits on the glass surface. This has been proven by high-power testing of the taper. Thus, it is not necessary to etch the surface.