The system can accommodate standard MTs with up to 72 endfaces; the FastMT can be customized for non-standard MTs, Wilson says, as long as the fiber region is no larger than that used by current 72-fiber MT connectors.
|The FiberQA can display all of the endfaces of currently available MT connectors, including those with 72 fibers.|
A 48-fiber connector is displayed here. (Source: FiberQA LLC)
In addition, a backlight capability enables accurate location of the lens regions of PRIZM connectors and helps the user perform continuity testing for jumper assemblies. The FastMT also enables the user to zoom in on individual endfaces for more thorough inspection and evaluation.
Use of the FastMT can speed the cable inspection and test process by a factor of 4 to 10, the FiberQA executives say users have reported.
The system supports both manual and automatic pass/fail determination; IPC/IEC certification of the automated feature is in process. In keeping with FiberQA’s mission to combine automated testing and cleaning, an automatic cleaning feature for the FastMT is on the roadmap as well, Endresen and Wilson say.
The FastMT is currently shipping in two versions, both with autofocus. A unit with image capture and viewing for manual pass/fail determination lists for $12,500; a unit that includes automated pass/fail software lists for $15,000.
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