Katsina Optics unveils automated fiber handling with component tester for the production environment
March 27, 2002--Katsina Optics, founded in May 2000, has announced the company's entry into the fiber-optic automation and test market with the launch of their initial product lines.
Katsina Optics, founded in May 2000, has announced the company's entry into the fiber-optic automation and test market with the launch of their initial product lines. Katsina's component test technology provides the basis for their modular KCT-2100 Passive Component Test System, which features an automated bare fiber handling capability and is specifically designed for the volume production environment. Katsina is also introducing a line of Automated Workstations, built around a proprietary high-speed robotic system, for sub-micron optical fiber positioning, alignment, and component assembly.
"Today we are seeing more conservative growth projections for component demand and increasing emphasis on cost and productivity in manufacturing," explains Olu Atanda, chief executive officer and co-founder of Katsina Optics. "This, in turn, is making automated assembly and test an area of major focus for the photonics industry. As production moves away from manual assembly toward full automation, the immediate need of high-volume manufacturing companies is semi-automation. Katsina's equipment supports component production all the way from a standalone tester for R&D and product development through semi- and full-automation turning out thousands of parts and assemblies per day," he contends.
The KCT-2100 Passive Component Test System is Katsina's automated solution for fast and accurate characterization of optical multiplexers and demultiplexers, fiber bragg gratings, thin film filters, and other passive optical components. According to the company, the KCT-2100 employs a swept wavelength tunable laser source and four or eight channels in the basic configuration, with up to 24 additional channels easily added using plug-in receiver modules. A parallel architecture allows simultaneous testing of all channels.
With Katsina's Automated Fiber Stripper (AFS), the task of connecting and disconnecting bare fibers to the device under test can be performed in only 15 seconds, compared with up to eight minutes to accomplish the same task manually, say company representatives. Furthermore, the KCT-2100's modular design allows it to be readily integrated into semi- or fully-automated test and assembly systems.
Katsina's Automated Workstations feature precision, 6-axis mechanical stages and robotic material handling and assembly, bringing a production-oriented approach to optical component manufacture and testing. The company's automation team has developed a large array of alignment algorithms, which use advanced machine vision for fast active positioning of fiber optics and components. Automated Workstations are equally suited for stand-alone use, in semi-automated production, or configured as complete production solutions.
Katsina Optics, located in Silicon Valley, develops and markets integrated testing and automated assembly equipment for the fiber optics industry. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.katsinaoptics.com.