Kevlar Cutting Shears
The T865 cutting shears have carbon steel serrated blades that are specifically designed to cut through Kevlar fibers. The serrated blade keeps the Kevlar fibers from sliding along the blades as the shears are being closed, which allows the Kevlar fibers to be cut easily. It is important to only use the T865 cutting shears for cutting Kevlar, any other material, including the silica fiber itself, can potentially damage to the precision edge of the blades and make them less effective in cutting Kevlar. These shears also feature padded handles that have a return sping.
Adjustable Fiber Buffer and Jacket Stripping Tool
The AFS900 stripping tool is a versatile tool capable of stripping both the fiber jacket (furcation tubing) and fiber buffer. The blades have a V-groove slot to precisely hold the fiber in the proper position as the stripping tool is closed. The AFS900 has an adjustable blade stop that can be used to ensure that the optical fiber is not cut when stripping the jacket or buffer. This tool is often used when stripping Ø900 µm fiber jacket (tight or loose) or a Ø250 µm buffer off of a Ø125 µm clad fiber. Because of the delicate nature of fiber, we recommend that when the AFS900 is used to strip fiber buffer that the stop be properly set and then to dedicate the tool for that purpose. Also available (see above) are fiber buffer stripping tools with blades that are dedicated for use with specific fiber cladding and buffer diameters.
Stripping Tool for Ø3 mm and Ø3.8 mm Furcation Tubing
The FTS3 will provide precise cuts through Ø3 mm and Ø3.8 mm furcation tubing. Simply set the depth of the dual cutting blades before placing the cutting tool around the fiber. Then spin the tool around the fiber several times. This results in two precise cuts through the tubing. The furcation tubing between the two cuts can then be removed by using the blade at the end of the FTS3 to make a precise cut through the tubing along the length of the fiber. Each FTS3 also comes with a blade that has a rounded tip. Long cuts along the length of the fiber can be made through the furcation tubing by swapping the blade at the end of the FTS3 with the rounded blade. Simply place the fiber in the end V-grove, press the blade through the furcation tubing, and then draw the fiber through the tool. Replacement blades (FTS3B) are available for the FTS3 stripping tool. Each FTS3B contains three straight blades plus the round tipped blade.
Three-Hole Fiber Stripping Tool
The FTS4 fiber stripping tool performs all common fiber stripping functions. The first hole, indicated by the 1 in the photo to the right, strips the Ø1.6 - 3 mm fiber jacket down to the Ø600 - 900 µm buffer coating. The second hole strips the Ø600 - 900 µm buffer coating down to the Ø250 µm coating. The third hole is used to strip the Ø250 µm cable down to the glass fiber without nicks or scratches.
The handle is made of TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber) and the tool is 6" long from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle. This fiber stripper is preset at the factory and cannot be adjusted or calibrated. The stripping tool should be periodically checked for proper operation, and can be cleaned with a fine plastic bristled brush to remove debris from the openings. The openings can also be cleaned with dry compressed air CA3.
The BFG1 bare fiber gripper is an ideal aid when removing buffer from an optical fiber. The textured rubber material of this gripper provides a secure hold without damaging the fiber. This method of gripping is recommended over wrapping or clamping the loose end of the fiber, techniques which can create microfractures in the fiber.