AFL Launches the Fujikura 90 Series Fusion Splicers

Created January 28, 2020
Technologies and Products

AFL, an international manufacturer of fibre optic cable, equipment and accessories, is launching two new Fujikura splicer models, the 90S single fibre fusion splicer and 90R ribbon fusion splicer. The splicers feature ergonomic improvements, combined with enhancements to automate operation, and are designed to maximise productivity in the field and minimise downtime for routine maintenance. Both fusion splicers will debut at the BICSI Winter Conference & Expo, February 9 – 13, in Tampa, booth #831.

“As splicing productivity expectations continue to increase, these new models address many issues that have historically slowed the process,” explained Greg Pickeral, product line manager for AFL’s Fusion Splicing Systems. “The improved sheath clamp design of the 90S and the field replaceable v-grooves in the 90R address the most common causes for production delays during splicing. Productivity gains of 50 percent have been achieved with the 90S alone.”

The Fujikura 90 series models also feature a touchscreen monitor that enables immediate access to key software functions; a  redesigned transit case that adds multiple workstation configurations and increased storage space for splicing accessories and consumables; enhanced Bluetooth® cleaver management that allows tracking and management of two cleavers simultaneously and an approximate 50% increase in battery life.

The Fujikura 90S features a new multi-function sheath clamp which incorporates an innovative dual clamping capability that enables proper clamping of loose jacketed 900 µm without the need to exchange the sheath clamp. New fibre retention clamps also secure the completed splice in the v-grooves to enable quicker application of the protection sleeve and transfer to the sleeve heater.

The Fujikura 90R, primarily used with ribbon fibre, is provided with a spare 12-fibre v-groove and electrode assembly which can be quickly exchanged in the field to address silica buildup and contamination issues that often slow the splicing productivity of high fibre count cables.

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.