June 15, 2006 Hickory, NC -- Corning Cable Systems today introduced its new fast heat-shrink oven. The oven enables shrink times of 20 seconds or less and uses approximately 50% of the energy of standard heat-shrink ovens, say company representatives, thereby increasing splicer battery life.
The oven's design utilizes radiant heating technology to rapidly shrink heat-shrink splice protectors. Heat radiation is emitted from a heating element onto an elliptical mirror. The fiber with heat-shrink installed is then place in the focal point of the mirror. The result is a faster, more energy efficient process, claims the company.
The heat-shrink oven is available with Corning Cable Systems' OptiSplice Premier M90i Fusion Splicer and the X77 14K Series Fusion Splicers and is also available as a stand-alone unit. The oven is designed for installation of common single fiber and up to 12-fiber ribbon heat-shrink splice protectors.
Corning Cable Systems' fast heat-shrink oven features fully automated software control from the OptiSplice Premier M90i Fusion Splicer and X77 14K Fusion Splicers, and manual control is available for stand-alone operation for use with any fusion splicer. A light emitting diode (LED) status display indicates heating, cooling, and time for removal.
According to the company, the oven enables total splice cycle times of less than 45 seconds when used in conjunction with the OptiSplice Premier M90i or X77 14K Series Fusion Splicers (splice plus heat-shrink time).