Fujikura 90R Ribbon Fusion Splicer
Fujikura 90R Ribbon Fusion Splicer
The Fujikura 90R is the mass fusion splicer workhorse of the splicing world. As data demand continues to rise, the solution to handle the increased traffic is to increase fibre counts. As a result, fibre counts being utilized in enterprise data centers, campus, and metro networks have grown enough to make single fibre splicing too costly and timely. High density cabling made possible by Spider Web Ribbon® (SWR) and others like it are spurring ribbon splicing activity in places that have traditionally used loose fibre.
The 90R is the answer to these changes in splicing demand. With automated splice start, tube heater, wind protector, cleave tracking, and blade rotations for up to 2 cleavers at a time, this splicer frees up operator time for other fibre preparation steps. New to the 90R, you can keep your splicer in the field longer with field replaceable V-grooves. When V-grooves can no longer be cleaned after extended use, or are accidentally damaged, you can resume splicing in minutes by installing the spare set included with your 90R kit.
- Cleaver tracking and upkeep with wireless communication
- Automated wind protector, tube heater, and splice operation
- User replaceable v-grooves
- Graphical User Interface with 5.0" touchscreen
- Multi-function transit case with integrated workstation
- Lithium-ion battery with 165 splices/shrinks per charge
- 200 μm and 250 μm SWR universal ribbon prep accessories
- PC software and 90R manual downloaded from splicer
Fusion Splicing Process
The process of fusion splicing normally involves using localized heat to melt or fuse the ends of two optical fibers together. The splicing process begins by preparing each fiber end for fusion.
Stripping the Fiber
Stripping is the act of removing the protective polymer coating around optical fiber in preparation for fusion splicing. The splicing process begins by preparing both fiber ends for fusion, which requires that all protective coating is removed or stripped from the ends of each fiber. Fiber optical stripping can be carried out by a special thermal fiber stripper tool that uses hot sulphuric acid or a controlled flow of hot air to remove the coating. There are also mechanical fiber strippers used for stripping fiber which are similar to copper wire strippers. Fiber optical stripping and preparation equipment used in fusion splicing is commercially available through a small number of specialized companies, which usually also designs machines used for fiber optical recoating.
Cleaning the Fiber
The bare fibers are cleaned using alcohol and wipes.
Cleaving the Fiber
A fiber cleaver is then used to cleave the fiber using the score-and-break method so that its endface is perfectly flat and perpendicular to the axis of the fiber. The quality of each fiber end is inspected using a microscope. In fusion splicing, splice loss is a direct function of the angles and quality of the two fiber-end faces. The closer to 90 degrees the cleave angle is the lower optical loss the splice will yield.
Splicing the Fibers
Current fusion splicers are either core or cladding alignment. Using one of these methods the two cleaved fibers are automatically aligned by the fusion splicer in the x,y,z plane, then are fused together. Prior to removing the spliced fiber from the fusion splicer, a proof-test performed to ensure that the splice is strong enough to survive handling, packaging and extended use. The bare fiber area is protected either by recoating or with a splice protector. A splice protector is a heat shrinkable tube with a strength membrane.
What's In The Box
- Fujikura 90R Fusion Splicer
- BTR-15 Battery
- ADC-20 AC Adapter
- ACC-14 AC Cord
- ELCT2-16B Spare Electrodes (Pair) with Spare V-Grooves (VG12-01)
- FH-70-12 Fiber Holders (Pair)
- USB Cable
- Alcohol Dispenser
- Splicer Carrying Strap
- Quick Reference Guide
- TS-03 Tripod Screw
- Video Instruction Manual
- Work Tray
- CC-39 Transit Case with Carrying Strap