MARCH 23, 2010 -- OFS has released its active clad alignment FITEL S153A handheld fusion splicer to the North American market at OFC/NFOEC 2010 in booth #1023. The company also unveiled the FITEL S178 fusion splicer in January 2010.
OFS engineered the two machines to endure harsh operating conditions by improving shock/impact resistance with rubber pads embedded on four corners of the splicer body. Both fusion splicers are also water-resistance compliant to IPX2 and dust-resistance compliant to IP5X.
Another feature of the S178 and the S153A is the reduced operation time as compared to a conventional fusion splicer. Protection sleeve shrink time is 25 seconds (with pre-heating mode), while splicing requires 9 seconds with S153A.
The S153A is capable of splicing common telecommunication fibers such as SM/MM (singlemode/multimode). In addition, the S153A boasts splice programs for BIF/UBIF (bend insensitive fiber/ultra bend insensitive fiber) which is more commonly used for FTTH applications.