kSARIA introduces on-demand delivery of custom optical fiber assemblies and connectorization

March 3, 2003--kSARIA (Wilmington, MA) announced that it is applying its patented manufacturing automation technology and design to become the first fully automated on-demand manufacturer of custom fiber pigtails, fiber assemblies, and connectorization.

kSARIA (Wilmington, MA) announced that it is applying its patented manufacturing automation technology and design to become the first fully automated on-demand manufacturer of custom fiber pigtails, fiber assemblies, and connectorization.

kSARIA's unique automation capability for optical fiber assemblies and connectorization offers optical component manufacturers ultimate manufacturing flexibility. Customers are able to order any quantity of custom designs at low prices and ultra-fast, 48-hour turn-around while receiving the high and consistent quality benefits that automation delivers.

"Demand is weak in the photonics industry," says Sebastian Sicari, president and chief executive officer at kSaria. "In this environment, the ability to cost-effectively purchase highly customized components in low volumes is paramount. We offer our customers the opportunity to order fiber pigtails 'on demand' � any recipe in any volume."

kSARIA's automated on-demand fiber assembly capability is not constrained by either mix or volume. This capability provides a wealth of advantages over traditional manual assembly and offshore manufacturing. Optical component manufacturers that tap into kSARIA's end-to-end automation capacity can receive production orders within 24 to 48 hours, enabling them to react quickly to market fluctuations.

"Component packaging and pigtailing are long-standing problems for fiber-optics companies, says Richard Mack, vice president and general manager of (Providence, RI). "Over the years, efforts to increase automation and reduce manual processing have been frustrated not only by tight tolerances and other technical complexities but also by low unit-quantity orders. Optical equipment OEMs could find significant value in kSARIA's new fully automated process because it provides flexibility for small volumes plus the ability to ramp up production when the market grows, along with improved uniformity and the other advantages of automation."

kSARIA's proprietary automation handles all the processes required in fiber assemblies, including fiber de-spooling, stripping, cleaning, ferrule attachment, metallization, metal or glass ferrule soldering, polishing, and connector attachment. kSARIA's engineers work closely with their customers on fiber assembly designs in order to optimize and deliver both performance and automation benefits.

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