Sumix adapter enables inspection and test of 3M™ Expanded Beam Optical Connector

Created April 18, 2019
Technologies and Products

Sumix Corp has developed and launched an adapter for the Manta-W+ fibre inspection microscope to enable the introduction and implementation of the new 3M™ Expanded Beam Optical Connector. The adapter and microscope combination is designed to effectively inspect and test the new 3M connector end face.

The 3M Expanded Beam Optical Connector is based on a revolutionary expanded beam ferrule and connector design that combines high performance with reduced sensitivity to dust compared with PC (Physical Contact) type connectors. But even the best connector must be effectively inspected to confirm that it is clean and not damaged.

3M is developing an ecosystem for the Expanded Beam Optical Connector System and is collaborating with Sumix to develop dedicated adapters, along with pass or fail criteria, for inspection of 3M connectors. The Manta-W+, with new adapters and software, aims to help make sure that datacentre, laboratory, and manufacturing customers can implement the new connector system efficiently and quickly.

“We’ve reimagined fibre optic connectors,” said Nick Stacey, Ph.D., Global Laboratory Manager at 3M. “Working with inspection tool specialist Sumix will help us enable scalable deployment.”

“Sumix is always at forefront of the latest technological advances, rapidly engineering and offering innovative inspection solutions for every available connector type in the industry,” added Sumix President Farhad Towfiq. “We also work with our customers to develop custom solutions, including specialised adapters and developing software with industry standard or customised pass/fail criteria.”

The Manta-W+, part of Sumix’ proven, industry standard platform of fibre scopes that includes the SMX-Manta, SMX-Manta+ and Scopio series, can be used as both a probe and a benchtop microscope, and is applicable for field use, as well as lab and manufacturing. The Manta-W+ supports all standard connector ferrule types, including MPO, LC, SC, SMA, E2000™, AVIM™, Mini-AVIM™, and many others, both patch cords and bulkhead, with a selection of interchangeable tips available.

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by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.