We offer tools for a large variety of different types of fibre processing:
This includes the stripping of fibre claddings, the cleaning and cleaving of fibres, and splicing or polishing, depending on the application. Microscopes and/or interferometers are used in the analysis of fibre 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 fibre diameters to 1.2 mm.
Three-axis core-aligning splicers used in the laboratory and production are suited for fibres with a diameter of up to 1200 µm as well as for polarization-maintaining (PM) fibres.
Fibre-optical splices of the highest quality are carried out using special laboratory machines. Our partner, Furukawa Fitel, offers splicers for use in the laboratory. Splices produced with these devices have a particularly low attenuation, which is important for medical applications, high-power lasers, and fibre lasers alike.
In addition to their standard programs, these core-aligning devices have a number of functions that make it possible to splice a variety of different fibres. Seventy programs are available for different fibre types and combinations, and more are constantly being added.
In addition to the fully-automated programs, both semi-automatic and manual modes are available. This allows non-standard fibres to be connected. The splicers are easy to handle. They can be loaded without having to exchange the V-grooves.
With the help of an integrated rotary unit, fibres that are not rotation symmetric can be reproducibly spliced, such as in polarization-maintaining fibres (PMFs). Programs for PANDA, BOW TIE, TIGER, and those with an elliptical core have also been programmed.
Two types of devices are available:
All FITEL splicers can be operated via PC. SmartFuse software, which has many different features, is required for this purpose. It can be used, for example, to export splicing images and splicing data. New programs can also be downloaded onto the splicer and existing programs modified using this software.
If an extra measuring unit is connected to the PC, the SmartFuse actively optimizes splicing losses or the extinction rate during the splicing process.
The Ring of Fire®, which is integrated into the FITEL S184, produces plasma to connect two optical fibres using three electrodes. This technology was developed by 3SAE; it allows the splicing of large-core fibres with a diameter of up to 1.2 mm. As a comparison, the standard method only allows the splicing of 500 µm fibres. Thus, the proven and stable fusion technology is now also available for thicker fibres.