The OFL-12A multistep fiber-optic polisher polishes 2.5-mm ferrules with options for FC, ST and SC connectors, as well as 2-mm ferrules. The device suits high-speed analog and digital communications applications where typical backreflection of finished connectors is -45 dB (Super PC), -55 dB (Ultra PC) and -65 dB (angled PC), and typical insertion loss is 0.2 dB. The unit polishes 6 to 12 ferrules in four minutes and offers mass-production polishing with no periodic recalibration. It also handles materials, including stainless steel, aluminum ceramic, zirconia ceramic and ceramic/steel composite. Fiber undercut is 0.1 micron or less, and ferrule endface curvature offset is guaranteed at 50 microns or less. The polisher costs $18,000.
Seiko Instruments USA Inc., Torrance, CA