Fujikura Europe has announced the launch of its latest single fibre active cladding alignment fusion splicer. Designed for FTTX applications, the next-generation smart 41S splicer boasts new features in a compact package.
Wirelessly connecting to the firm’s CT50 fibre cleaver using Bluetooth technology, the 41S enables a range of functions that will improve the overall installation time, cost and efficiency for operators, said Fujikura.
Compared to its predecessor, the 22S, the 41S has been upgraded and offers installers the convenience of a 5in colour touch-panel display, improved v-groove illumination and the benefit of easy splice protector positioning. The machine re-assures users of reliable splice results using CORE loss estimation using Warm Image Splicing Technology.
“The issue of poor fibre cleaving due to worn, incorrectly adjusted or damaged cleaver blades is conveniently dealt with,” the supplier said. When the 41S detects a high cleave angle or bad end shape, it sends a blade position change instruction to the cleaver. The CT50 cleaver then rotates the cleaver blade automatically to the next position, “restoring optimum cleaving performance”.
Neil Bessant, Fusion splicer divisional manager at Fujikura Europe, said: “Cleaving fibres using a cleaver without the benefit of wireless connectivity for an operator is a tricky and often less than successful game to play. If multiple errors are made it leads to increased costs to replace the fibres, as well as lost time and ultimately a decrease in overall optical performance.”
The smart splicer can also wirelessly monitor battery and power usage of the CT50 cleaver. The 41S comes enabled with a touch screen menu as standard, but also maintains the traditional easy-to-use hard button navigation system.
The 41S will first be displayed at this year’s ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communication) in Rome, Italy on 24-26 September.