The military and private sector need for increasing bandwidth, low data loss, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) immunity has made fiber optics the technology of choice for any new communication system. But with this deployment comes a need to repair fiber optic channels and a key to this is splicing.
Current fiber optic splicers used to repair damaged cable are difficult to use in the field as today’s fiber is very small and any fusion has to be precise. This necessitates anchoring of the fiber ends for stability. However, anchoring may not work in the field since the splicers have small anchors and cable runs are much larger than one to two inches. With current tools, stabilization is typically inadequate in any environment other than a laboratory or manufacturing facility.
In light of the above, Navy researchers have developed and patented a portable fiber optic splicer that provides enhanced stability enabling precision work in the field. The durable and portable splicer stabilizes the cable and fiber during splicing for a more precise connection. Additionally, the splicer provides a clamping surface such that the cable is not kinked or broken during the process. This technology has the potential to greatly reduce the maintenance costs for these types of splicing operations.
- Enhanced stability: Safe and steady splicing of deployed cable
- Portable and durable design: Hard-sided case makes it adaptable to rugged environments without any major configuration changes
- Cost efficient: The fusion splicer is designed with manufacturing costs in mind
- Manages still cables with large bending radiuses
- US patent 9,513,438 is available for license
- Potential for collaboration with Navy’s world class group of scientists