Arden Photonics extends fibre coating measurement system

Created February 17, 2021
Technologies and Products

UK-based Arden Photonics has extended its range of fibre coating measurement products with the launch of the FGC-P Fibre Coating Geometry system, a fully automated system for directly measuring the geometry of optical fibre coatings. Able to measure fibres with coating diameters from 100 µm to 260 µm, Arden says the system is ideal for producing reliable, accurate measurements in production and R&D environments.

User friendly and fully automated, the company says the system provides a fast, direct measurement of fibre coating parameters including coating diameter, coating non-circularity and coating-cladding concentricity in standard telecom as well as specialty fibres such as Polarization Maintaining (PM) fibres.

Developed as a result of customer feed-back, the liquid cell can handle thin fibres with dimensions down to 60 µm cladding /100 µm coating, and layer thicknesses of down to 10 µm. Standard cells are available for fibres with nominal coating thicknesses of 245, 200 and 100 µm coating diameter.  On request the cell can be modified to accommodate non-standard coating diameters. The fibre can be rotated into up to 36 different positions to enable accurate measurement of coating concentricity and non-circularity. The FGC-P also measures dual-layer coating – useful for many standard and specialty fibres and is standards compliant, using the side-view reference test method described in IEC-60793-1-21.

The new FGC-P is the latest edition to Arden’s FGC range of optical fibre geometry measurement equipment first launched in March 2016.

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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.