Corning intros handheld fusion splicers

JANUARY 17, 2007 - Corning Cable Systems says its new handheld single-fiber and ribbon splicers are ideal for use in LAN applications.

JANUARY 17, 2007 -- Corning Cable Systems LLC (search for Corning Cable Systems), part of Corning Inc.'s Telecommunications segment, has introduced two new handheld fusion splicers (search for fusion splicers). The OptiSplice Ribbon Fusion Splicer and the OptiSplice One Fusion Splicer are ideal for use in various local area network (LAN) environments, say company representatives.

Corning Cable Systems says its OptiSplice Ribbon Splicer, a handheld 1- to 12-fiber fusion splicer, provides improved speed and performance compared to previous generation multi-fiber splices--all in a handheld package. The OptiSplice One Fusion Splicer is the company's next-generation single-fiber splicer, which features an intuitive user interface, dual cameras, tool-less maintenance, an ultra-fast heat-shrink oven, and high-capacity Li-Ion battery in a reduced-size fusion splicer.

The handheld fusion splicers are ideal for locations where space and tight working conditions are a concern. Both units are available with modular accessories for use in different LAN applications. The robust splicers feature a splice area cover that serves as a wind protector and robust rubber bumpers for harsh environments.

The OptiSplice One and OptiSplice Ribbon Splicers have an ergonomic layout in which the splice area, screen, and keypad face the operator. The compact size allows the splicers to be placed close to other network equipment for efficient workflow. In addition, the fusion splicer case converts into an aerial splicing platform, says the company.

The units' high-intensity LEDs provide splice area illumination for use in low-light environments. The LEDs can also illuminate the interior of a splice closure or other piece of hardware, making the OptiSplice One and OptiSplice Ribbon Handheld Fusion Splicers perfect for restoration purposes. The splicers also contain factory and user-defined programs for common fiber types, and a USB interface for data output and software upgrades.

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