Polarization-Maintaining (PM) / Multicore / Photonic-Crystal Fiber Fusion Splicer
The TUNE PM 300 Splicer is a novel solution to fusion splice polarization-maintaining fibers, providing substantial cost reduction. It directly and visually aligns the ends of a pair of optical fibers, resulting in a universal splicing machine that matches the internal fiber structure in addition to XYZ alignments during fusion. The ease of operation and high reliability have been proven in the manufacturing environment for over 5 years. The design adds two ergonomically designed manual rotary fiber holders to a conventional fusion splicer (supplied by a reputable core-core six motor fusion splicer producer with a one-year general manufacturer warranty) having modified software so that the PM axes can be aligned manually while fiber core alignment is automatic. In operation, the axes of the two PM fibers are manually aligned by rotating the holders while visually matching the stress patterns on the side view display, similar to the conventional motor rotation PM splicers. Once the axes are aligned and locked in position, the fusion splicing will then be performed automatically by pushing a button. The accuracy of the end face pattern alignment can be further improved/verified by an end face microscope or an online optical power/extinction ratio meter. Although it is straight forward, the machine is intended for people having prior fiber splicing experiences. For beginners, we offer half-day hands-on training at our facility.
The basic splicer kit includes a battery, a cleaver, a stripper, a cleaning alcohol dispenser, and tissues.