Fujikura Europe has launched the 41S, a single-fiber active cladding alignment fusion splicer, into the European market. The fusion splicer targets FTTx applications as the successor to the 22S splicer.
Technicians can connect the 41S splicer via Bluetooth wirelessly to the company’s CT50 fiber cleaver using Bluetooth technology to enable functions designed to improve installation time, cost, and efficiency. The 41S features a 5-inch color touch-panel display, improved v-groove illumination versus the 22S, and easy splice protector positioning, says Fujikura Europe. The splicer leverages CORE loss estimation using the company’s Warm Image Splicing Technology to improve performance.
When connected with the CT50 cleaver, the 41S sends a blade position change instruction to the cleaver when it detects a high cleave angle or bad end shape. The CT50 cleaver then rotates the cleaver blade automatically to the new position to optimize cleaving performance. The low-power nature of Bluetooth enables use of this capability in an “always on” capacity while enabling battery life of several months, the company asserts.
“To ensure optimum results, fibers need to be spliced in a safe, hassle-free, and efficient manner to avoid unnecessary, extra work for operators,” explained Neil Bessant at Fujikura Europe. “Cleaving fibers using a cleaver without the benefit of wireless connectivity for an operator is a tricky, and often a less than successful, game to play. If multiple errors are made it leads to increased costs to replace the fibers, as well as lost time and ultimately a decrease in overall optical performance.
“Our latest addition to the splicing family, the 41S, is flexible, smart, and efficient and therefore makes a huge difference to this process. The easy-to-handle qualities of the solution means quick and simple splicing, with performance never being compromised,” Bessant concluded.
The 41S will make its debut at ECOC in Rome September 24-26, 2018.
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