Automatic fusion splicer provides increased productivity with reduced splice cycles

Created May 22, 2017
Technologies and Products

As the world’s first fully automatic fusion splicer, Fujikura Europe’s 70S provides “great ROI for customers and increased productivity via reduced splice cycles”, the company claims.

The 70S requires only four operational steps per splice, reducing splicing time to just six seconds. The 70S is also said to be the only machine to withstand drop testing on all six sides from a height of 70cm.

The company’s Neil Bessant commented, “Creating technology of this calibre requires a specific knowledge and expertise and we are the pioneers, with 40 years’ worth of experience in research and development and eight generations of splicing machines.”

The most notable features of the 70S are its true core-alignment performance, user customisable features, and its fully ruggedised exterior, which is dust, shock and rain resistant. The 70S also features an automated wind protector and a tube heater which has been developed for quicker splicing cycles and to reduce the number of operational steps.

‘Minimised re-work’
“We have created a technology that helps to minimise the need for re-work or repairs and maintenance on any fibre network spliced with a Fujikura splicer,” added Bessant. “Ultimately, this is why you pay more for a Fujikura splicer. You are paying for a product that could last you more than ten years.”

Fujikura Europe says that with the 70S design it has streamlined the steps required to complete splices, resulting in greater productivity.

“The 70S only takes six seconds to make a splice and nine seconds to make heat shrink. These, combined with the other automated features, make the product altogether the fastest splicing technology, by 25% no less,” said Bessant.

The configurable automation design of the 70S allows users to tailor the operation of the machine to suit their particular splicing technique and process while the programmable ‘automatic wind protector’ closes and begins the splicing process after clamping the fibres in position or pressing the set button.

Once the splice is completed, the wind protector and one of the sheath clamps opens automatically making removal of the fibres fast and easy.

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Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.