Fusion splicer from Aurora Optics offers splice loss estimation

May 12, 2011
The MiniMod fusion splicer features full three-axis automatic alignment, automatic fiber placement, sub-pixel image processing, arc fusion control, and splice loss estimation.

The MiniMod fusion splicer features full three-axis automatic alignment, automatic fiber placement, sub-pixel image processing, arc fusion control, and splice loss estimation. The splicer survives ambient temperatures from -10° to +55°C, relative humidity from 0–95%, and altitude to 5000 m. Its three-axis fiber alignment delivers typical low insertion loss of 0.02 dB on single-mode fiber, and makes low-loss splices on all standard, polyimide-coated single-mode and multimode fibers from 8.5 to 172 μm.
Aurora Optics
Broad Axe, PA

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MINIATURE MODULAR FUSION SPLICER

February 2011

Aurora Optics has created the world’s smallest fully-automatic fusion splicer. Nicknamed the MiniMod, the new fusion splicer is as small as a digital camera, making it usable in the most difficult and hard-to-reach situations.

The MiniMod fusion splicer is operated from a remote control unit, connected by an umbilical cable. This enables the splicer to off-load functions that do not have to be at the fiber location, such as display monitor, control keypad, microprocessor, and power supply. Only the functions that affect the fibers directly – imaging system, precision fiber positioners, and high voltage fusion arc – are kept in the splicer itself. The result is a device only 23 cubic inches in volume and weighing only one pound, perfect for use even hand-held.

Yet in this tiny package the splicer retains all the most sophisticated fiber alignment and fusion technologies: full three-axis automatic alignment, automatic fiber placement, sub-pixel image processing, sophisticated arc fusion control, and splice loss estimation. No other miniature fusion splicer offers three-axis alignment. The MiniMod works in any orientation, even upside-down, and survives rough handling per MIL-PRF-28800, including ambient temperatures from -10 to +55 C, relative humidity from 0 – 95 %, and altitude to 5000 meters.

The MiniMod’s fully-automatic three-axis fiber alignment delivers consistent low losses, typically 0.02 dB on single mode fiber, compared to the erratic losses often seen in low-end fixed V-groove fusion splicers.

No other fully-automatic fusion splicer comes close to the MiniMod’s ergonomic elegance. Competitive fully-automatic fusion splicers are typically fifteen times larger in volume and ten times heavier.

Using handy fiber holders capable of proof-testing spliced fibers to 500 grams-force, the MiniMod makes low-loss splices on all standard single mode and multi-mode fibers from 8.5/125 µm up to 100/140/172 µm polyimide-coated, typically in just 15 seconds.

Aurora Optics has been creating innovative fiber optic solutions to the most difficult problems since 1986, and always Made in America.

For further information contact Aurora Optics, Inc., tel. 215-646-0690, email [email protected], visit www.aurora-optics.com

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