Single Fiber Splice Tray
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Ribbon Cable Splice Tray
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splicer—provided that the fibers being spliced via active-clad alignment
were manufactured to current quality standards.
Even with these improvements in fiber-manufacturing precision, and developments in fusion-splicer technology,
technicians nonetheless can face a number of challenges when fusion splicing fiber. Foord cited several examples: “Splicing
dissimilar fibers, or an older fiber to a
newer fiber.” In these cases, the core-alignment splicer’s capabilities are necessary to
ensure proper quality.
He also pointed out that fiber composition can be a challenging issue.
“Some fibers are made of different materials,” he noted. “Some are easier to melt
than others. In this case you’ll need to
apply more power to one fiber than to
the other fiber. Today’s fusion splicers
have many different controls that allow
technicians to handle these challenges.”
He said an always-wise piece of advice
is to use the splicer’s instruction manual as a guide.
Splicers on the market
Greenlee offers the 910FS core-alignment
fusion splicer and the 915FS active-clad-ding alignment fusion splicer. Of the
910FS it says, “The intuitive user interface keeps the learning curve short and
enables the technician to be productive
in a very short time. All standard fibers
are supported with prequalified splicing profiles that can be modified and
subsequently stored for more-demand-ing fiber applications.” A kit available
from Greenlee bundles the 910FS splicer,
cleaver, extra battery, and fiber strippers.
The 915FS “uses active cladding
alignment technology, which allows
the technician to reliably fuse fiber-op-
tic cables with low splice losses. Active
clad technology splicers provide a more
cost-effective splicing alternative to
core alignment, but still provides low
splice losses,” Greenlee said.
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave also
offers both core-alignment and ac-
tive-clad alignment splicers. The
Q102-CA core-alignment fusion splicer
is part of the Quantum splicer prod-
uct line. The splicer achieves a five-sec-
ond splice time and nine-second heating
time. The company stated that dual in-
dependent ovens and a smartphone-like
user interface are key features.
The T400S Active Clad Alignment
Fusion Splicer from Sumitomo “focuses
on creating one machine that accom-
plishes all FTTx splicing initiatives in
the field,” the company said when in-
troducing the splicer in the spring. The
company emphasized the T400S’s sim-
plified user interface. “Consistent and
quality low-loss splicing and the com-
patibility with the Lynx2 splice-on
connector make this splicer an eco-
nomical choice for reliable deploy-
ments,” it added.
AFL offers the Fujikura 62S active
core alignment fusion splicer, which in-
cludes a flip-open wind protector and
non-motorized tube heater. The com-
pany pointed out these and other char-
acteristics reduce the splicer’s complex-
ity without compromising total cycle
time. “Additionally, the number of steps
to process splices is minimized with
an autostart feature for both the splic-
ing and tube-heating process,” AFL said.
The splicer’s transit case doubles as a
built-in or mobile workstation.
The Fujikura 22S active cladding
alignment fusion splicer from AFL reduces errors from dust and other
contaminants thanks to its moveable V-grooves, the company said.
“Removable sheath clamps allow the
use of fiber holders, and the unit’s large
monitor provides a crystal-clear image,
even in bright sunlight,” AFL added. u