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Vytran™ Fiber Preparation Station: Stripping and Cleaning


  • Strip and Clean Fiber Prior to Cleaving and Splicing
  • Accepts Fibers with Cladding Diameters from 80 to 125 µm
  • Designed for Use with the LDC401 Series of Fiber Cleavers, LFS4100 Splicer, and GPX Series of Glass Fiber Processors

FPS300

Fiber Stripping and Cleaning Station

A Fiber Holding Block with a Fiber Holder Insert installed is positioned next to the ultrasonic cleaner. The TMS blade inserts can be seen inside of the open thermo-mechanical stripper module.

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  • FPS300 Fiber Preparation Station for Fibers with Claddings from Ø80 µm to Ø125 µm
  • Choose from Four Interchangeable Thermo-Mechanical Stripper Blade Insert Sets for up to Ø125 µm Claddings (One Required)
  • Choose Top and Bottom Inserts (One Top Insert and One Bottom Insert Required; See Fiber Holder Insert Tab for More Information)

Features

The Vytran™ FPS300 Fiber Preparation Station is designed to strip and clean fibers before transferring them to the LDC401 Series of Cleavers, LFS4100 Splicer, GPX4000LZ CO2 Laser Glass ProcessorGPX3400 and GPX3600 Automated Glass Processors, or GPX3800 Series of Automated Glass Processors with Integrated Cleaver for further processing. The thermo-mechanical stripper (TMS) uses a resistive heater located in its lower section to heat the fiber, softening the coating or buffer for stripping, and has an LED light to indicate when the heating process is complete. An internal vacuum applies pressure through holes in the bottom V-groove of the TMS, helping to gently seat the fiber in the groove.

To clean the fiber, the entire holding block can be moved from the stripping to the cleaning station by moving the fiber holding block, eliminating direct handling of the fiber at each step. After installing the holding block next to the ultrasonic cleaner, simply tilt it to dip the stripped end of the fiber into the solvent-filled ultrasonic cleaner, which can be filled with user-supplied acetone or isopropyl alcohol. An LED indicator light turns off when the cleaning process is complete. The cleaning process time can be set from 1 to 120 seconds using the included handset controller.

Accessories
The FPS300 requires one pair of Fiber Holder Inserts to be purchased separately. Our selection of top and bottom inserts are available below, listed with the maximum fiber sizes accepted by each insert. Two styles of bottom inserts are offered. The VHD series of standard inserts are shorter in length and sufficient if using the FPS300 as a standalone. The VHF Extended Bottom Inserts are longer, so that the end protrudes out of the side of the fiber holding block. This provides enough room for the VHT1 transfer clamp to be placed on the end of the insert, allowing the bottom insert, clamp, and fiber to be moved between other Vytran™ workstations without directly handling the fiber. The Fiber Holder Inserts tab has a selection guide to aid in choosing which pairs of fiber holder inserts are required based on the diameter of the fiber undergoing processing. Two fiber holding blocks are included with the FPS300, but fibers can only be processed on one side of each station at a time; therefore the system can be operated with a single holding block and fiber holder insert pair if desired. If planning to use both holding blocks, purchase two top inserts. 

The blade sets used in the stripping station must be purchased separately and are available in three sizes that accommodate fibers with claddings from Ø80 µm to Ø125 µm and buffers up to Ø400 µm. Each blade set consists of a top and bottom insert, and each insert has a flat blade at both ends. Stripping is unidirectional and cannot be done from the left and right sides of the TMS station at the same time. When a blade set is purchased with the FPS300, it will be installed in the system prior to shipping.

Compatible Vytran™ Fiber Processing Systems
Fiber Preparation Station
(Strip and Clean)
Large-Diameter Fiber Cleavers Large-Diameter Fiber Splicer CO2 Laser Glass Processing System
(Splice and Taper)

Automated Glass Processing Systems with Integrated Cleaver
(Cleave, Splice, and Taper)
Automated Glass Processing Systems
(Splice and Taper)
Recoaters, Proof Testers,
and Recoaters with Proof Testers
FPS300 Specifications
Accepted Fiber Buffer Diameters Up to 400 µm
Accepted Fiber Cladding Diameters 80 µm to 125 µma
Accepted Fiber Types SM, PM, MM, Specialty Fibers Including
Photonic Crystal Fiber (PCF)
and Non-Circular Fiber, Capillary Tubes
Thermo-Mechanical Stripper
Accepted Coating Materials Single or Dual Acrylate
Maximum Stripping Temperature ~130 °F (54 °C)
Ultrasonic Cleaner
Accepted Cleaning Solvents Acetone or Isopropyl Alcohol
Cleaning Times 1 to 120 s
General
Operating Temperature 0 to 40 °C (Non-Condensing)
Storage Temperature -20 to 70 °C
Power 90 to 250 VAC (47 - 63 Hz)
Size (L x W x H) 10.125" x 7" x 6.25"
(257 mm x 178 mm x 159 mm)
Weight 11 lbs (5 kg)
  • Set by the TMS blade sets, which must be purchased separately. Please contact Tech Support if you require the TMS blade alignment to be set for a different cladding size. We will reset the blade height prior to shipping.

Fiber Holder Insert Selection Guide

Fiber Holder Inserts, which are designed to hold various sized fibers within the FPS300 Fiber Preparation Station, must be purchased separately. The bottom inserts have V-grooves to hold the fiber, while the top inserts each feature a recessed, flat surface that clamps the fiber against the V-groove in the bottom insert. Each top and bottom insert is sold individually, as the fiber diameter clamped by the left and right holding blocks may not be the same. One top insert and one bottom insert is required to operate the FPS300.

The table below indicates the maximum and minimum diameters that can be accommodated by different bottom inserts. During the stripping and cleaning processes, the fiber should always be clamped on the coating or buffer in order to avoid damaging the glass.

Two styles of bottom inserts are offered. The VHD series of standard inserts are shorter in length and sufficient if using the FPS300 as a standalone. The VHF Transfer Inserts are longer, so that the end protrudes out of the side of the fiber holding block. This provides enough room for the VHT1 transfer clamp to be placed on the end of the insert, allowing the bottom insert, clamp, and fiber to be moved between other Vytran™ workstations without directly handling the fiber.

All of the V-Groove Inserts compatible with the FPS300 have vacuum holes, designed to aid in aligning small fiber within the groove. The FPS300 has an internal vacuum pump that provides a small holding force via these holes, keeping small fibers in place as the clamps are lowered.

Fiber Holder Insert Selection Chart

  1. First, select the bottom insert that matches your fiber size most closely.
    Example: For a Ø200 µm fiber, the VHD160 or VHF160 insert is the closest match, since it is only 40 µm smaller. The next larger size is 250 µm, which is 50 µm too large.
  2. The lower set of numbers in each cell shows the range of offsets that can be expected for any given combination of top and bottom inserts.
    Example: If we choose a VHD160 bottom insert and a VHA00 top insert, we can use fiber as small as 112 µm, in which case the center of the fiber would sit 49 µm below the surface of the bottom insert. Alternatively, we can clamp a fiber as large as 208 µm, in which case the center of the fiber would sit 48 µm above the surface of the bottom insert. We could interpolate to find the offset experienced by our hypothetical 200 µm fiber, but it turns out that in a 60° V-groove, the offset is equal to the diameter difference. So in our example, that means that the center of our fiber is going to sit 40 µm above the bottom insert surface, since it is 40 µm larger than the fiber that the bottom insert was designed for (200 - 160 = 40).
Top Insert Item #VHA00a
Accepted Diameter (Nominal)≤320 µm400 µm
Bottom Insert
Item #
Accepted Diameter
(Nominal)
Min / Max Accepted Fiber Diameter (µm)
Min / Max Fiber Offset (µm)
VHD08080 µm 57 / 100
-23 / 21
-
VHD125125 µm 88 / 161
-37 / 36
-
VHD160 or
VHF160b
160 µm 112 / 208
-49 / 48
-
VHD250 or
VHF250b
250 µm 177 / 320
-73 / 69
275 / 323
25 / 74
VHD400 or
VHF400b
400 µm 279 / 519
-122 / 119
377 / 517
-23 / 117
  • The VHA00 is double sided. One side has a flat surface for extra clamping force when securing the smallest fiber coating diameters, and the other has a recessed flat surface so that fibers with coatings up to Ø400 µm can be properly clamped.
  • These are transfer inserts. When used with the VHT1 transfer clamp, they allow the fiber to be transferred from the FPS300 to cleaving, cleaning, splicing, and tapering machines without losing registration of the fiber tip location relative to the edges of the fiber holding block.
V-Groove Inserts
Each V-groove can accommodate a range of fiber sizes.
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Best Fit
 
Second Best Fit: Try these options if the best fit does not incorporate your fiber sizes.
 
Third Best Fit: Try these options if the other two categories do not incorporate your fiber sizes.

Thorlabs Vytran USA
Morganville, New Jersey, USA

1400 Campus Dr
Morganville, NJ 07751
USA

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Thorlabs has demonstration facilitates for the Vytran™ fiber glass processing systems offered on this page within our Morganville, New Jersey office. We invite you to schedule a visit to see these products in operation and to discuss the various options with a fiber processing specialist. Please schedule a demonstration by contacting technical support. We welcome the opportunity for personal interaction during your visit!


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Fiber Preparation Station with Stripper and Cleaner

Components

Included

  • FPS300
  • Handset Controller
  • 12 V Power Supply
  • Location-Specific AC Power Cord
  • DC Power Cord
  • Tool Kit with 0.035", 0.050", and 3/32" Allen Keys

Must be Purchased Separately

  • TMS Blade Sets (One Required)
  • Fiber Holder Top Inserts (One Required)
  • Fiber Holder Bottom Inserts (One Required)
  • Accepts Fiber with Cladding Diameters from 80 to 125 µm
  • Strip Single or Dual Acrylate Coatings up to Ø400 µm
  • Stripping and Cleaning Station
    • Thermo-Mechanical Stripping
    • Ultrasonic Cleaning Bath
  • Includes Fiber Holding Blocks
  • Includes Handset Controller
  • Fiber Holder Inserts and TMS Blade Inserts Available Separately Below (Required for Operation)

This Vytran™ Fiber Stripping and Cleaning Station is designed to strip the coating and/or buffer off of fibers with cladding sizes from Ø80 µm to Ø125 µm. The thermo-mechanical stripper can remove single or dual acrylate coatings, and an ultrasonic cleaning bath is included to remove any particulates from the stripped fiber before transferring it to a cleaving or splicing station. The FPS300 is designed to be used with the LDC401 Series of Cleavers, LFS4100 SplicerGPX3400 and GPX3600 Automated Glass ProcessorsGPX3800 Series of Automated Glass Processors with Integrated Cleaver, and GPX4000LZ CO2 Laser Glass Processor; all of these units use the same fiber holding blocks and transfer inserts, allowing the fiber to be moved from station to station with minimal direct handling of the fiber and while maintaining co-registration on each machine.

Fiber Holder Inserts and TMS Blade Inserts for a variety of fiber sizes are sold separately below. One top fiber holder insert, one bottom fiber holder insert, and one TMS blade insert set are required to operate the FPS300, dependent on the size(s) of fiber to be processed. More information can be found on the Fiber Holder Insert tab above.

A handset controller is included for setting the thermo-mechanical stripper heating time and ultrasonic cleaner run time. Each unit is shipped with a power supply and location-specific power cord.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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FPS300 Support Documentation
FPS300Fiber Preparation Station with Stripper and Cleaner for Ø80 µm to Ø125 µm Cladding
$8,680.00
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Thermo-Mechanical Stripper Blade Insert Sets - One Required

TMS Blade Insert Setsa
Item # Accepted Cladding Diameter Max Buffer
Diameter
End 1 End 2
CST080180 80 µm 80 µm 180 µm
CSTM080125 80 µm 125 µm 250 µm
CST125250 125 µm 125 µm 250 µm
CST125400 125 µm 125 µm 400 µm
  • For different cladding diameters than those listed here, please contact Tech Support. TMS blade insert sets are available for cladding diameters up to Ø250 µm as a special.
  • Thermo-Mechanical Stripper (TMS) Blade Insert Sets for FPS300 Fiber Stripping and Cleaning Station
  • Each Blade Set Consists of One Top and One Bottom Insert
  • Four Options Available (See Table to the Right)
  • Pre-Installed if Ordered with the FPS300 Station
  • Interchangeable by the User

Thorlabs offers four sets of blades for stripping fiber. The maximum buffer diameter is limited by the size of the channel in the insert. Each blade set consists of two pieces: one top and one bottom insert that have a flat blade on each end. When ordered with the FPS300, Thorlabs will install the TMS blade set in the thermo-mechanical stripper prior to shipping.

Three of the blades sets are designed to strip the same size cladding on both the left and right ends. The CSTM080125 blade set is designed to strip Ø80 µm cladding fiber on one end and Ø125 µm cladding fiber on the other. When ordered with the FPS300, it will be installed by default with the blades for Ø80 µm claddings (End 1) on the left and the blades for Ø125 µm claddings (End 2) on the right.

These blade sets can be interchanged by the user if necessary. If installing a CSTM080125, be sure to keep the Ø80 µm end of the bottom and top inserts aligned on the same side of the TMS stripper. If the Ø80 µm cladding blade is aligned with the Ø125 µm cladding blade when installed in the stripper, the system will not properly strip and the fiber may be damaged.

We offer four inserts from stock to accommodate standard fiber sizes. TMS blade insert sets are available for cladding diameters up to Ø250 µm as a special by contacting Tech Support.

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CST080180 Support Documentation
CST080180TMS Blade Insert Set for Ø80 µm Cladding, up to Ø180 µm Buffer
$1,432.00
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CSTM080125 Support Documentation
CSTM080125TMS Blade Insert Set for Ø80 µm and Ø125 µm Claddings, up to Ø250 µm Buffer
$1,432.00
Today
CST125250 Support Documentation
CST125250TMS Blade Insert Set for Ø125 µm Cladding, up to Ø250 µm Buffer
$1,432.00
Today
CST125400 Support Documentation
CST125400TMS Blade Insert Set for Ø125 µm Cladding, up to Ø400 µm Buffer
$1,432.00
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Fiber Holder Top Insert - One Required

Top Fiber Holder Insert
Item # Side 1 Min/Max
Accepted Diameter
Side 2 Min/Max
Accepted Diameter
VHA00 57 µm / 759 µma 275 µm / 970 µm
  • This side of the VHA00 is flat to provide additional clamping force for fibers with very small diameters.

The FPS300 fiber preparation station requires a pair of Top and Bottom Fiber Holder Inserts to be placed in each fiber holding block in order to clamp the fiber during processing. This top insert consists of a bar that has a recessed area on one side, designed to clamp the fiber against the V-groove in a bottom insert. The other side of the insert is flat and can be used to provide additional clamping force for fibers with very small diameters. The insert sits in the top section of the fiber holding block and can be paired with one of the bottom inserts (available below) to accommodate fibers with coating diameters in the 80 to 400 µm range supported by the FPS300.

Top inserts are sold individually and one top insert is required to use the FPS300. Two fiber holding blocks are included with the FPS300, but fibers can only be processed on one side of each station at a time; therefore the system can be operated with a single holding block and fiber holder insert pair if desired. If planning to use both holding blocks, purchase two top inserts.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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VHA00 Support Documentation
VHA00Dual-Sided Fiber Holder Top Insert, Ø57 µm - Ø970 µm
$159.00
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Fiber Holder Transfer Bottom Inserts - One Required if Using with Other Compatible Stations

Fiber Holder Transfer Bottom Insertsa
Item # Min/Max Accepted Diameter Vacuum Holes
VHF160 112 µm / 208 µm Yes
VHF250 177 µm / 320 µm Yes
VHF400 279 µm / 519 µm Yes
  • Please see the Fiber Holder Insert tab for information on how to select appropriate bottom inserts.

The FPS300 fiber preparation station requires Fiber Holder Inserts to be placed in the fiber holding blocks in order to clamp the fiber during the cleaning process. These extended inserts sit in the bottom section of the fiber holding blocks and come with a variety of groove sizes. They are compatible with the VHT1 transfer insert, which clamps over the fiber on the length of the insert that protrudes from the fiber holding block, allowing the fiber to be transferred between stations while maintaining coarse alignment. The extended inserts also accept graphite tips (available below) that provide additional support for fibers with coating diameters up to 400 µm when the FPS300 is used in conjunction with the LFS4100 SplicerGPX4000LZ CO2 Laser Glass ProcessorGPX3400 and GPX3600 Automated Glass Processors, or GPX3800 Series of Automated Glass Processors with Integrated Cleaver. See the Fiber Holder Insert tab above for a comparison of the available insert types and sizes.

Inserts are sold individually and one transfer bottom insert and VHT1 transfer clamp (available below) are needed if using the FPS300 to support a compatible Vytran™ station. Be sure to order a sufficient quantity of inserts to support your fiber processing needs (e.g., two transfer inserts and two transfer clamps are required for splicing applications). More information can be found in the web presentations for compatible stations (see links above). Please note that when using the FPS300 to support the LDC401A fiber cleaver, the extended inserts are only compatible with the cleaver's left fiber holding block.

Two fiber holding blocks are included with the FPS300, but fibers can only be processed on one side of each station at a time; therefore the system can be operated with a single holding block and fiber holder insert pair if desired. If planning to use both holding blocks, purchase two bottom inserts.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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VHF160 Support Documentation
VHF160Fiber Holder Transfer Bottom Insert, Ø112 µm - Ø208 µm
$296.00
Today
VHF250 Support Documentation
VHF250Fiber Holder Transfer Bottom Insert, Ø177 µm - Ø320 µm
$296.00
Today
VHF400 Support Documentation
VHF400Fiber Holder Transfer Bottom Insert, Ø279 µm - Ø519 µm
$296.00
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Fiber Transfer Clamp and Graphite V-Grooves - Required for VHF Transfer Bottom Inserts

Graphite V-Grooves
Item # Accepted Diameter
(Min / Max)
VHG125L 80 µm / 125 µm
VHG200 150 µm / 200 µm
VHG250 200 µm / 250 µm
VHG300 250 µm / 300 µm
VHG350 300 µm / 350 µm
VHG400 350 µm / 400 µm
  • Graphite V-Grooves for Supporting Smaller Fibers During Splicing or Tapering
  • V-Grooves Accept Diameters from 80 µm to 400 µm

These Transfer Clamps and V-Grooves are used with the VHF Transfer Bottom Inserts sold directly above to move a single fiber between various Vytran™ systems with minimal loss of alignment. For example, a fiber can be placed in a transfer insert and cleaved using the LDC401. Then, the entire transfer insert and fiber can be moved to a glass processor for splicing.

The VHT1 clamp secures transfer inserts with a magnetic lid that prevents axial movement of the fiber and can be used to hold the insert during transport without touching the fiber itself. For fibers with diameters ≤400 µm, a graphite V-groove is available to support the fiber when splicing (please see the size table to the right for more information). The graphite V-grooves are secured by tightening the two setscrews on the transfer insert.

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VHG125L Support Documentation
VHG125LExtended Graphite V-Groove, Ø80 µm - Ø125 µm, 0.594" Length
$143.00
Today
VHG200 Support Documentation
VHG200Graphite V-Groove, Ø150 µm - Ø200 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
Today
VHG250 Support Documentation
VHG250Graphite V-Groove, Ø200 µm - Ø250 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
Today
VHG300 Support Documentation
VHG300Graphite V-Groove, Ø250 µm - Ø300 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
Today
VHG350 Support Documentation
VHG350Graphite V-Groove, Ø300 µm - Ø350 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
Today
VHG400 Support Documentation
VHG400Graphite V-Groove, Ø350 µm - Ø400 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
Today
VHT1 Support Documentation
VHT1Transfer Clamp with Magnetic Lid for Fiber Holder Transfer Inserts
$230.00
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Fiber Holder Bottom Inserts - One Required if Using a Stand-Alone FPS300

Fiber Holder Bottom Insertsa
Item # Min/Max Accepted Diameter Vacuum Holes
VHD080 57 µm / 100 µm Yes
VHD125 88 µm / 161 µm Yes
VHD160 112 µm / 208 µm Yes
VHD250 177 µm / 320 µm Yes
VHD400 279 µm / 519 µm Yes
  • Please see the Fiber Holder Insert tab for information on how to select appropriate bottom inserts.
  • One is Required to Use the FPS300
  • V-Groove Bottom Fiber Holder Inserts
  • Clamp Fiber Outer Diameters from 57 µm to 519 µm when Used with Top Inserts (Sold Above)
  • Vacuum Suction to Aid in Positioning Fibers when Used in the FPS300
  • Interchangeable by the User

The FPS300 fiber preparation station requires one pair of Top and Bottom Fiber Holder Inserts to be placed in one of the fiber holding blocks in order to clamp the fiber during processing. Each insert is a bar with a V-Groove on one side and includes holes for vacuum suction to aid in positioning the fiber when used with the FPS300.

These inserts sit in the bottom section of the fiber holding blocks and come with a variety of groove sizes, outlined in the table to the right. See the Fiber Holder Insert tab above for a comparison of the available insert types and sizes.

Bottom inserts are sold individually, and one is required to use the FPS300. Two fiber holding blocks are included with the FPS300, but fibers can only be processed on one side of each station at a time; therefore the system can be operated with a single holding block and fiber holder insert pair if desired. If planning to use both holding blocks, purchase two bottom inserts.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
VHD080 Support Documentation
VHD080Fiber Holder Bottom Insert, Ø57 µm - Ø100 µm
$199.00
Today
VHD125 Support Documentation
VHD125Fiber Holder Bottom Insert, Ø88 µm - Ø161 µm
$199.00
Today
VHD160 Support Documentation
VHD160Fiber Holder Bottom Insert, Ø112 µm - Ø208 µm
$199.00
Today
VHD250 Support Documentation
VHD250Fiber Holder Bottom Insert, Ø177 µm - Ø320 µm
$199.00
Today
VHD400 Support Documentation
VHD400Fiber Holder Bottom Insert, Ø279 µm - Ø519 µm
$199.00
Today
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