'Ion Enhanced Cold Plasma' strips polyimide coated optical fiber

March 9, 2006
March 9, 2006 Anaheim, CA -- 3SAE Technologies (Nashville, TN ) has introduced a handheld fiber preparation unit at the OFC/NFOEC 2006 show. The company says its FPU - Polyimide unit is designed to address the difficult task of removing polyimide, metallic, and carbon coated optical fibers.

March 9, 2006 Anaheim, CA -- 3SAE Technologies (Nashville, TN ) has introduced a handheld fiber preparation unit at the OFC/NFOEC 2006 show. The company says its FPU - Polyimide unit is designed to address the difficult task of removing polyimide, metallic, and carbon coated optical fibers.

According to the company, until now, the stripping of these types of coatings required the often dangerous use of hazardous acid chemicals or damage-inducing metal stripping blades. However, the company says its patented Ion Enhanced Cold Plasma (IECP) stripping process ionizes the atmosphere surrounding the plasma field, creating a steady electric arc immune to environmental conditions such as altitude, humidity, and temperature. By eliminating the need for harsh chemicals, mechanical stripping blades, and environmental condition dependency, the company says the FPU unit is ideal for applications in the telecom, sensors, oil and gas, and medical/industrial markets.

The company says the FPU - Polyimide unit's simple, user-friendly interface controls the complete process of stripping, cleaving, and cleaning or mid-span window stripping of polyimide fibers. Guided fiber holders easily place the fibers in the correct strip length position for fusion splicing and connectorization. To ensure high quality and repeatability, all critical processes for stripping, cleaning, and cleaving are controlled by a built-in microprocessor.

The FPU �Polyimide unit is a lightweight handheld device created for standalone use. The unit is compatible with fusion splicers from companies including Ericsson, Alcoa Fujikura, and Fitel / Furakawa. The product is featured at the company's booth #3061 at OFC/NFOEC 2006.