OFS unveils handheld, core-alignment FITEL S178 fusion splicer

OFS introduces its handheld core-alignment FITEL S178 handheld, core-alignment fusion splicer to the global market.

JANUARY 19, 2010 -- OFS introduces its handheld core-alignment FITEL S178 handheld, core-alignment fusion splicer to the global market.

“The key advantage of the FITEL S178 splicer is its speed and durability,” said Linda Dembowski, general manager of optical connectivity solutions. “By combining speed, precision, durability, and portability in one unit, the FITEL S178 fusion splicer ushers in a new range of applications for core alignment splicing.”

The FITEL S178 fusion splicer’s canopy design, durable metal body frame, and rubber shock absorbers provide robust protection and enable use in demanding network environments, the company says. The S178, which is smaller and lighter in weight than previous models, also offers a mirror-free alignment system for simplified maintenance.

The new battery system provides up to 200 splicing cycles (splicing/heating). The S178 can splice in seven seconds at low loss and heat in 25 seconds. The S178 is available for metro/ LAN/ FTTX fibers, including ultra bend-optimized fiber, such as EZ-Bend fibers. The new splicer also is compatible with the OFS and leading-brand splice-on-connectors.

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