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Vytran™ Automated Glass Processors with Integrated Cleaver


  • Fabricate Fiber Splices, Tapers, Terminations, Couplers, and Combiners
  • Built-In Fiber Cleaver and Real-Time Fusion Imaging
  • Automated XY and Rotational Alignment
  • Two Models for Optical Fiber Claddings up to Ø1.25 mm or Ø1.7 mm

VHT1

Transfer Clamp

GPX3850

Glass Processor with Built-In Cleaver

VHA10

Fiber Holder Top Insert

VHG300

Graphite V-Groove

FTAV5

Graphite Filament Assembly

Glass Processor Workstations, Filaments, Inserts, and Accessories All Sold Separately

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Features

  • Fabricate Splices, Tapers, Terminations, Couplers, and Combiners
  • Automated XY and Rotation Alignment
  • Diamond Cleave Blade Integrated into Splice Head
  • Real Time Hot Imaging of Fibers During Splicing or Tapering
  • Compatible with Single Mode, Multimode, Polarization-Maintaining, and Specialty Fibers
    (See Applications Tab for Examples)
  • Create Low-Loss (~0.02 dB) Splices in Standard Glass Fibers (See Specs Tab for Details)
  • Measure Fiber Circularity, Centroid, and Core Eccentricity Using End-View Imaging
  • Software with Process Development GUI and Splice Process Library (See Software Tab for Details)

Build Your System

  • Glass Processor Workstation for Fibers with Claddings up to Ø1.25 mm (GPX3800) or
    up to Ø1.7 mm (GPX3850)
  • Choose from Six Graphite and Three Iridium Filament Assemblies (One Required)
  • Choose Top and Bottom Inserts (Two Top Inserts and Two Bottom Inserts Required; See Fiber Holder Insert Tab for More Information)
  • Optional Liquid Cooling System for Tapering Applications (One Included with the GPX3850)
  • Optional Fiber Taper Software and Handling Fixtures
  • Optional Ultrasonic Cleaner for Preparing Fibers Prior to Splicing
Tension-and-Scribe Cleave Process
Tension and Scribe Method
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An illustration of the tension-and-scribe method as used by the GPX3800 and GPX3850 to produce a flat cleave. Tension is applied along the optical axis of the fiber prior to cleaving. A diamond blade then scribes the fiber, and the tension causes the scribe to propagate across the fiber in a plane that is orthogonal to the direction of the tension.

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False Color Temperature Overlay During Taper Draw Process

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Real-Time Image of Fiber Splice Process Using Hot Camera Imaging 

Thorlabs' Vytran™ Optical Fiber Glass Processors are versatile platforms designed for fabricating splices, tapers, couplers, terminations, and combiners using optical fibers. The glass processors sold on this page feature a patented precision cleaver integrated into the splice head (US Patent: 9,377,583 B2) and real-time process monitoring via the hot imaging camera, as well as automated pre-splice alignment for the XY position of the fiber edge and rotational orientation of the fiber core. This combination of features allows users to cleave and splice polarization-maintaining fibers and specialty fibers with microstructured cores on a single station, while maintaining the capability to fabricate fiber tapers and terminations in a wide variety of fiber types. The GPX3800 glass processor is compatible with fibers up to Ø1.25 mm cladding while the higher power GPX3850 can process fibers up to Ø1.7 mm cladding. 

These glass processors incorporate a filament-based furnace assembly that provides a uniform and precisely controlled, high-temperature heat source. Because filament material and size can be interchanged easily (9 different filament options are available below), a wide range of fiber cladding diameters and specialty fiber types can be accommodated using the same system. Precise control over fiber position and orientation enables a number of advanced fiber processing applications from low-loss splicing in dissimilar fibers to the creation of adiabatic fiber tapers, fiber terminations, or fused fiber couplers (please see the Applications tab for examples).

The fiber cleaver integrated into the splice head uses the same "tension-and-scribe" process as the LDC401 Series Fiber Cleavers and is compatible with fiber cladding diameters up to 400 µm. As seen in the image to the right, tension is applied along the length of the fiber followed by an automatic scribing process utilizing a diamond cleave blade. After the blade scribes the fiber, tension is maintained, causing the scribe to propagate across the fiber width and complete the cleave. 

True Core Imaging and Hot Image Camera
These fiber processing systems employ True Core Imaging™ technology to provide high-resolution images for fiber measurement and alignment. A digital CCD camera and mirror tower are integrated into the fiber processing workstation to allow for clear side-view and end-view images of the fiber core and cladding. This imaging feature allows for automated measurement of fiber properties (core/cladding diameters, cleave angle, etc.), provides feedback for the automated alignment system, and enables calculation of an accurate splice loss for splices with similar or dissimilar fiber types. The VHB00 or VHB05 top insert (sold below) is required in order to use automated end-view alignment.

Through ND filters integrated into the camera system, users can obtain real-time images of fibers during the splicing/tapering process (see the images to the right). This advanced imaging feature provides instant feedback on splice/taper quality, allowing users to quickly develop processes and optimize parameters for their application. 

Options and Accessories
A complete glass processor requires the purchase of a glass processor workstation (choose one below), one filament (sold separately below), two top inserts (sold separately below), two bottom inserts (sold separately below), and a >99.999% purity argon gas tank (not available from Thorlabs). An ultrasonic cleaner for preparing fibers for splicing can be purchased separately below.

Several optional add-ons are available for these systems to enable specialized applications. The GPXWCS Liquid Cooling System helps cool the furnace assembly when the filaments are used for extended heating times and is recommended for customers interested in creating long fiber tapers. It comes included with the high-power GPX3850 and can be purchased as an add-on for the GPX3800. Additionally, Thorlabs offers a Fiber Taper Software Add-On and Taper Handling Fixtures (sold below), which include software application files and fixture upgrades that enable high repeatability when fabricating and handling microtapers, nanotapers, fused fiber couplers, or wavelength division multiplexers. The software add-on and fixtures can be purchased separately or together as a kit.

Replacement blades for the fiber cleavers in the glass processing workstations are also available below.

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
Item #GPX3800GPX3850
Splicing Specifications
Fiber Types (Non PM) Single Mode, Multimode, Photonic Crystal, Large Mode Area, Non-Circulara
Fiber Types (PM) Panda, Elliptical, Bow-Tiea
Fiber Cladding Diameter Up to 1.25 mm (Max) Up to 1.7 mm (Max)
Fusion Method Filament Fusion
Filament Temperature Range Room Temperature to 3000 °C
Splice Loss 0.02 dB (Typical)b
Splice Loss Estimation True Core Imaging™ Technology
Splice Strength >250 kpsi (Typical)c
Strength Enhancement Fire Polish
Polarization Cross Talk Panda: >35 dB
Other Fiber Types: >30 dB
Fiber Inspection
Fiber Side Viewing True Core Imaging™ Technology
Fiber End Viewing Facet Inspection and PM Core Alignment
(VHB00 or VHB05 Top Insert Required)
Core / Cladding / Fiber Diameter Automated Measurement
End Face Inspection Inspection via GUI Display
Cleave Angle Automated Measurement
Fiber and End Face Alignment
Fiber Z-Axis Movement 180 mm (Max)
Z-Axis Movement Resolution 0.25 µm via Stepper Motor
XY Axis Fiber Positioning Resolution  0.02 µm via Stepper Motor
Rotation Alignment Fully Automated End-View Alignment for Panda, Bow Tie, Elliptical-Core Fibers
External Extinction Ratio Feedback for Automatic Alignment of PM Fiber Types
Rotation Drive Resolution 0.02°
Rotation Travel 200°
  • Other fiber types than those listed are compatible. Contact Tech Support to determine if your fiber type can be used.
  • For Ø125 µm Cladding Single Mode Fiber
  • Measured for single mode fiber prepared using an LDC-400 Series Cleaver or other appropriate fiber preparation equipment.
Item #GPX3800GPX3850
Tapering
Tapering Length  ~2 mmd (Min)
Up to 150 mmd (Max)
Tapering Ratio (Max) Adiabatic Tapers up to 1:10 (Ratios Up to 1:100 Possible)
Tapering Speed 1 mm/s (Typical)e
Adiabatic Tapering Loss <0.01 dB (Typical)
Computer and Software
PC Computer Included
Splice Files Built-In Library for Common Fibers and Processes
Physical
Size 16.0" x 12.5" x 6.3"
(410 mm x 320 mm x 160 mm)
Weight 45 lbs (20 kg)
External Power Supply Universal Input: 96 - 260 VAC, 47 - 63 Hz, Single Phase
Glass Processor Input: 12 V and 48 V DC, 10 A
PC Input: 115 or 230 VAC, 47 - 63 Hz, Single Phase
Gas Supply Argon, >99.999% Purity at 12 psig (Not Included)
Environmental
Operating Temperature 15 to 40 °C
Altitude Range 0 to 2000 m Above Sea Level
Operating Humidity 0 to 75% Relative Humidity (Non-Condensing)
Storage Temperature -20 to 60 °C
Storage Humidity 0 to 90% Relative Humidity (Non-Condensing)
  • Dependent on Taper Geometry
  • Tapering speed depends highly on the type of process used. 1 mm/s is a typical speed for a standard tapering process.

Fiber Holder Inserts Selection Guide

Fiber Holder Inserts, which are designed to hold various sized fibers within the glass processors, 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 outer diameter clamped by the left and right holding blocks may not be the same. At least two top inserts and two bottom inserts are required to operate the glass processor.

The table below indicates the maximum and minimum outer diameters that can be accommodated by different combinations of top and bottom inserts. It also indicates how far offset the fiber will be for recommended combinations of top and bottom inserts. Note that this outer diameter may be the fiber cladding, jacket, or buffer. If one side of the fiber is being discarded, it is preferable to clamp onto the cladding of this section except in special cases (such as non-circular fiber) where the coating or buffer may be preferable. Sections of fiber that are not being discarded should always be clamped on the coating or buffer in order to avoid damaging the glass. This may require different sets of fiber holder inserts to be used in the left and right holding blocks. In this case, it is important to minimize the difference in the offsets introduced by the left and right sets of inserts when attempting to produce high-quality splices.

V-Groove Inserts
Each V-groove can accommodate a range of fiber sizes.
Legend
 
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.

Fiber Insert Selection Chart

  1. First, select the bottom insert that matches your fiber size most closely.
    Example: For a Ø800 µm fiber, the VHF750 insert is the closest match, since it is only 50 µm smaller.
  2. On the chart below, look to the right of your chosen bottom insert. Select a compatible top insert based on the accepted diameter size range shown in each cell.
    Example: For the Ø800 µm example fiber from step 1, the green cell is in the 750 µm groove column for the VHA05 top insert, which has two grooves. The numbers listed in the green cell indicate that this combination of inserts is good for fibers from 728 to 963 µm in diameter. Our Ø800 µm fiber is within this range, so this is a good choice. There are several other options as well that will accommodate a Ø800 µm fiber as well, but the green shading in the chart indicates that the 750 µm groove in the VHA05 provides the best fit.
  3. The second line of numbers in each cell shows the range of offsets that can be expected for any given combination of top and bottom inserts. When selecting inserts for the right and left fiber holding blocks, try to minimize the offsets between the pairs of inserts on each side.
    Example: If we choose a VHF750 bottom insert and the Ø750 µm groove in the VHA05 top insert, we can use fiber as small as 728 µm, in which case the center of the fiber would sit 23 µm below the surface of the bottom insert. We could also clamp a fiber as large as 963 µm, in which case the center of the fiber would sit 213 µm above the surface of the bottom insert. We could interpolate to find the offset experienced by our hypothetical 800 µm fiber, but it turns out that in a 60° V-groove, the offset is equal to the outer diameter difference. So in our example, that means that the center of our fiber is going to sit 50 µm above the bottom insert surface, since it is 50 µm larger than the fiber that the bottom insert was designed for (800 - 750 = 50).
  4. Holding blocks designed for fibers less than Ø1000 µm have vacuum holes, designed to aid in aligning small fiber within the groove, while bottom inserts for fibers of Ø1000 µm or larger do not have these holes. The glass processors have a vacuum pump that provides a small holding force via these holes, keeping small fibers in place as the clamps are lowered. Inserts with vacuum holes are indicated by a superscript "d" in the table below.
Top Insert Item # VHA00a
VHB00b
VHA00a VHA05c
VHB05b
VHA10c VHA15c VHA20c VHA25 VHA30
Accepted Diameter (Nominal) ≤320 µm 400 µm 500 µm 750 µm 1000 µm 1250 µm 1500 µm 1750 µm 2000 µm 2250 µm 2500 µm 3000 µm
Bottom
Insert
Item #
Accepted
Diameter
(Nominal)
Min / Max Accepted Diameter (µm)
Min / Max Fiber Offset (µm)
VHF160d,e 160 µm 112 / 208
-49 / 48
- - - - - - - - - - -
VHF250d,e
250 µm 177 / 320
-73 / 69
275 / 323
23 / 74
- - - - - - - - - -
VHF400d,e
400 µm 279 / 519
-122 / 119
377 / 517
-23 / 117
410 / 519
-9 / 119
- - - - - - - - -
VHF500d,e
500 µm 346 / 592
-153 / 93
447 / 647
-53 / 147
476 / 711
-24 / 211
560 / 795
61 / 296
- - - - - - - -
VHF750d,e
750 µm 516 / 759
-234 / 9
617 / 970
-132 / 221
643 / 878
-107 / 128
728 / 963
-23 / 213
812 / 1047
62 / 297
- - - - - - -
VHE10c 1000 µm - - 773 / 1008
-172 / 63
858 / 1093
-88 / 147
943 / 1178
-3 / 232
1036 / 1271
90 / 325
- - - - - -
1250 µm - - - 1034 / 1269
-176 / 59
1119 / 1354
-91 / 144
1212 / 1447
2 / 237
1288 / 1523
78 / 313
- - - - -
VHE15c 1500 µm - - - - 1280 / 1515
-172 / 63
1373 / 1608
-79 / 156
1449 / 1684
-2 / 233
1534 / 1769
82 / 314
- - - -
1750 µm - - - - - 1534 / 1770
-159 / 76
1611 / 1846
-83 / 152
1695 / 1930
2 / 237
1772 / 2007
78 / 313
- - -
VHE20c 2000 µm - - - - - - 1787 / 2022
-171 / 64
1871 / 2106
-86 / 149
1947 / 2183
-10 / 225
2032 / 2267
74 / 309
- -
2250 µm - - - - - - - 2033 / 2268
-167 / 68
2109 / 2344
-91 / 144
2193 / 2429
-6 / 229
2278 / 2513
78 / 313
-
VHE25 2500 µm - - - - - - - - 2270 / 2505
-172 / 64
2355 / 2590
-87 / 148
2439 / 2675
-2 / 233
2609 / 2844
167 / 402
VHE30 3000 µm - - - - - - - - - 2692 / 2944
-256 / -4
2777 / 3029
-171 / 81
2946 / 3198
-2 / 250
  • One side of the VHA00 is flat to provide additional clamping force for fibers with very small outer diameters.
  • The VHB00 and VHB05 top inserts are equipped with an indent for LED illumination of the fiber end faces.
  • These inserts are dual sided to accomodate two different ranges of fiber outer diameters.
  • These bottom inserts have vacuum holes to aid in aligning small fibers when used with the glass processors.
  • These transfer inserts are longer and can be used with the VHT1 to transport fiber between the GPX Glass Processors, LDC401 and LDC401A Fiber Cleavers, and FPS300 Fiber Preparation Station
Included Splice Files
  • FTAV2 (V2) Filament Burn-In and Normalization
  • Ø125 µm Single Mode Fiber Splice
  • Ø125 µm Polarization-Maintaining Fiber Splice
  • FTAV4 (V4) Filament Burn-In and Normalization
  • Ø400 µm Fiber Splice
  • Ø400 µm to Ø200 µm Taper

Each glass processor workstation is shipped with a PC and monitor pre-installed with the GUI software for operating the glass processor. An abbreviated library of splice process files, listed to the right, is included for common splicing and tapering procedures. The GUI and splice library software enables users to create their own splice files for new processes or to customize existing files as necessary. Additionally, an add-on software package is available that includes application files for specialized applications that can be purchased separately below. Please contact Tech Support for inquiries regarding your specific application. 

The sections below illustrate several fiber splicing and tapering applications that can be programmed through the software GUI.


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Figure 1. Screenshot of PM Fiber Alignment Configuration Window

End-View Alignment 
End-view alignment is used for polarization-maintaining fibers such as elliptical-core fiber (PM or PZ), panda or bow-tie polarization-maintaining fiber, or a hybrid splice between any of these. These types of fiber require a rotation alignment in addition to the XY alignment to align the stress regions within the cladding region.

The end-view alignment process is initiated by pulling the fibers back so that an end-view mirror can be inserted between two fiber end faces. An LED illuminates the fiber cladding, allowing the software to image the fiber end. Then, the image of the fiber end face is displayed and used to automatically align the cores of the two fibers. PM alignment parameters can be set for each fiber type as shown Figure 1 to the right. This window consists of four parameters: diameter (fiber cladding), fiber type, and two PM geometry parameters for both the left and right fiber. If these parameters are not known, it is possible to directly measure them using the displayed image of the fiber end face.


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Figure 2. Screenshot of Taper Geometry Customization Window

Fiber Taper Customization
Users can define the geometry of fiber tapers using the Taper Properties menu, shown in Figure 2 to the left.

During the tapering process, three different regions are created. Initially, the fiber is elongated and tapered under constant heating creating the "down taper" region where the fiber diameter is decreasing. Once the fiber has been tapered down to a desired diameter, a constant rate of elongation is applied so that there is a region with a reduced, but constant diameter, known as the "waist" of the fiber. Finally, the pulling force on the fiber is reduced until finally it is no longer elongating, creating the “up taper.” The filament temperature and pull velocities are controlled to achieve the desired geometry of the fiber.


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Figure 3. Screenshot of Tension Monitor and Control System

Tension Monitor and Control
The Tension Monitoring System (shown in Figure 3 to the right) is included with all Vytran glass processors to provide feedback during a tapering process. Users can then pre-load a tension to the fiber before heating the fiber to begin the tapering process and also use the tension feedback to modify the taper process parameters as necessary.

As an example, a standard 400 to 200 µm taper should be pre-tensioned to approximately 20 g. The desired pre-tension is applied by pulling the fiber in fine steps using one of the fiber holding blocks. Feedback loops can be set during the taper process to monitor the tension in the fiber. For example, if the tension drops to 0 or negative values, the heating should be decreased because the glass has been softened too much. Conversely, if the tension increases beyond a given set point, heating should be increased because the fiber has not been sufficiently softened. 

Thorlabs' Vytran™ Optical Fiber Glass Processors are versatile, fully integrated glass processing and fiber splicing platforms for fabricating splices, tapers, and custom terminations with high precision and low loss. Featuring a comprehensive applications library, these processes can be performed for many different fiber sizes and types. Examples of a few fiber splicing/processing applications are listed in the sections below and highlighted in the video to the right.



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Two fibers with dissimilar cores before and after splicing. The dissimilar cores are clearly visible before the cores are thermally expanded.

Filament Fusion

Fusion Splicing is a process of joining two optical fibers end-to-end using heat. The goal is to fuse the two fibers together in such a way that light passing through the fibers is not scattered or reflected by the splice while ensuring that the splice and the region surrounding it should be almost as strong as the original fiber. The glass processors use a resistive graphite or iridium filament shaped like an upside-down omega to provide the heat necessary for fusion.

Once the two fibers to be spliced are aligned, the splice head is repositioned so that the filament is centered under the fiber ends. Power is then applied to the filament to raise its temperature to a level hot enough to fuse the fibers together, typically about 3000 °C. Because the filament would oxidize if it were brought to such a high temperature in air, high-purity argon gas is used to purge the splicing chamber of oxygen during the filament fusion process. In order to keep the fibers clean and improve splice strength, the purging gas (not available from Thorlabs) is set to flow over the fibers at a high rate during the fusion process.  

Mode Adapters and NA Converters
In many applications, large-mode-area gain fibers may need to be coupled to fibers with a non-matching mode field diameter or NA. Glass processors can help optimize coupling between dissimilar fibers by altering the mode field diameter or NA of one fiber to match the other. This is accomplished by applying heat prior to splicing and/or to physically taper the fibers to change the core diameter. In the example shown to the right, two fibers (single mode fiber and Ø20 µm large-mode-area fiber) have dissimilar core sizes. In the lower image, the small cored fiber has been thermally expanded by diffusing the core dopants and then spliced together. 


Fiber Processing Applications


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Ø20 µm core, Ø400 µm cladding large-mode-area (LMA) fiber tapered to Ø125 µm cladding. 

Tapering and Drawing
All Vytran glass processor configurations are capable of tapering (altering the cross-sectional diameter) or drawing out (increasing the length) of a fiber. This is accomplished by using the filament furnace to heat the fiber to its softening point and then applying a tensile force to elongate the fiber, reducing the cross section of the fiber. The fiber holders provide up to 180 mm of z-axis travel, enabling the fabrication of long tapers up to 150 mm in length. This process can be programmed through the GUI by entering the physical characteristics of the desired taper into a taper interface menu (see the Software tab for details). The software GUI also includes a tension monitor and control function, which can accurately monitor drawing conditions during tapering.

Fiber Terminations
These glass processing systems, which have an integrated platform that combines precise fiber positioning, control over the filament fusion process, and long tapering/drawing lengths, are ideal for adding or fabricating complex terminations to the ends of bare fibers. Examples of developed terminations include ball lenses, fiber catheters, and fiber probes.

End caps are large-core-diameter, short-length fibers used to diffuse the beam intensity of high-power fibers to prevent damage to fiber end faces. Glass processors are well suited for fusing large-core-silica end caps to the ends of power beam delivery fibers. We recommend using an LDC401 or LDC401A Fiber Cleaver to fabricate end caps with precise lengths.

Couplers and Combiners
Glass processors can fuse fibers side-by-side or into bundle configurations; this process is critical for fabricating fused fiber couplers and pump or output combiners. Through precise control of heating and tapering conditions, the operator is able to develop application-specific coupler and combiner solutions that feature very low loss.


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Two single mode fibers tapered and fused together for 50/50 coupling in a glass processor. Spacing between the fiber cores is approximately 15 to 20 µm.

Product Demonstrations

Thorlabs has demonstration facilitates for the Vytran™ fiber glass processing systems offered on this page within our Morganville, New Jersey and Shanghai, China offices. 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 at one of our locations below by contacting technical support. We welcome the opportunity for personal interaction during your visit!

Thorlabs China
Shanghai, China

Room A101, No.100, Lane 2891, South Qilianshan Road
Shanghai 200331
China

Appointment Scheduling and Customer Support

Thorlabs' China Office
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Thorlabs Vytran USA
Morganville, New Jersey, USA

1400 Campus Dr
Morganville, NJ 07751
USA

Appointment Scheduling and Customer Support

Thorlabs' Morganville Office
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Vytran™ Optical Fiber Glass Processor Selection Guide
Item # GPX3400 GPX3600 GPX3800 GPX3850 GPX4000LZ
Fiber Cladding Diameter 80 µm to 1000 µm yes yes yes yes -
Up to 1.25 mm yes yes yes yes -
Up to 1.7 mm - yes - yes yesa
250 µm to 2 mm - - - - yesb
250 µm to 5 mm - - - - yesc
Fiber Type Multimode yes yes yes yes yes
Single Mode yes yes yes yes yes
Double Clad yes yes yes yes yes
Polarization Maintaining yes yes yes yes yes
Automated Measurement and Alignment yes yes yes yes yes
End-View Illumination and Imagingb yes yes yes yes yes
Tension Monitor and Control System yes yes yes yes yes
Integrated Fiber Cleaver - - yes yes -
Real-Time Hot Image Monitoring  - - yes yes yes
Liquid Cooling System Optional Add-On yes Optional Add-On yes Optional Add-On
Fused Taper Software Enhancement and Handling Fixtures Optional Add-On -
  • For Splicing Using Filament Heating Mode
  • For Splicing Using CO2 Laser Heating Mode
  • For Splicing End Caps Using CO2 Heating Mode
  • Requires VHB00 or VHB05 Top Insert for LED Illumination

Vytran™ Glass Processor Workstations - One Required

Components

Included

  • Glass Processor Workstation with Built-In Cleaver and Hot Image Camera System
  • Computer with Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse
  • Software Interface with Example Splice Files
  • Vacuum Pump for Fiber Holder Bottom Inserts
  • Power Supply (See Specs Tab for Details)
  • Regulator for Argon Gas Tank with CGA-580 and DIN 477 Number 6 Connectors
  • 1/8" Teflon Tube for Argon Gas
  • 9-Pin D-Sub RS-232 Communication Cable
  • 6-Pin IEEE-1394 Fire Wire Camera Cable
  • Tool Kit with Hex Keys for Filament/Insert Replacement
  • Liquid Cooling System (Included with GPX3850)

Must be Purchased Separately

  • Filament Assemblies (One Required)
  • Fiber Holder Top Inserts (Two Required)
  • Fiber Holder Bottom Inserts (Two Required)
  • Transfer Clamp and Graphite V-Grooves (Required for Transfer Inserts)
  • >99.999% Purity Argon Gas Tank (Not Available from Thorlabs)
  • Liquid Cooling System (Optional Add-On for GPX3800)
  • Optional Fiber Taper Software Add-On and Handling Fixtures
  • Optional Ultrasonic Cleaner
  • Glass Processor Workstation and Computer with Control Software
  • Splice/Taper Optical Fibers Up to Ø1.25 mm (GPX3800) or Ø1.7 mm (GPX3850)
  • Diamond Cleave Blade Integrated into Splice Head
  • Integrated ND Filters in Camera System for Real-Time Splice/Taper Imaging
  • Automatic XY and Rotational Alignment
  • Ideal for Single Mode, Multimode, Polarization-Maintaining, and Specialty Fibers
  • Fiber Z-Axis Travel of 180 mm

These Vytran™ Glass Processor Workstations feature automatic XY and rotational alignment of the fiber and a diamond cleave blade that is integrated into the splice head. This combined functionality enables users to perform multiple operations on the same fiber without realigning the position and rotation of the fiber after each process step. Additionally, the camera system is equipped with ND filters that allow the user to view the fiber edges in real time while the filament is hot, providing fast feedback on splice/taper quality. The GPX3800 and GPX3850 can splice or taper fibers with outer diameters up to 1.25 mm or 1.7 mm, respectively.

The precision fiber handlers can position a fiber in XY with a resolution of 0.25 µm and rotate a fiber up to 200° with a resolution of 0.02°. Cleaving, splicing, and tapering processes are controlled automatically through the included software GUI. The included fiber holders can translate up to 180 mm along the fiber axis, allowing the filament to heat large portions of the input fiber(s). This extended heating range is ideal for many applications including thermally diffusing core dopants to achieve low-loss splices between highly dissimilar fibers or for fabricating long adiabatic fiber tapers.

The workstation includes the fiber holders, furnace assembly, CCD camera with ND filters for hot imaging, PC and monitor pre-installed with the control software, and mirror tower for side- and end-view imaging. Each processor workstation is fitted with a high-purity Teflon gas line and a gas regulator equipped with a CGA-580 output port; a DIN 477 Number 6 output port connector is also included. Graphite or iridium filament assemblies, as well as the top and bottom inserts for the fiber holders, both of which are required to operate the glass processor workstation, can be purchased separately below.

Installation and training by one of our application engineers is recommended for this system; please contact Tech Support for more details.

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GPX3800Vytran™ Automated Glass Processor Workstation with Built-In Cleaver, Up to Ø1.25 mm Cladding
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GPX3850Vytran™ Automated Glass Processor Workstation with Built-In Cleaver, Up to Ø1.7 mm Cladding
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Filament Assemblies - One Required

Item #Filament
Material
Cladding Diameter
(Min/Max)
ApplicationaLFS4100
Compatible
FTAV2 Graphite 80 µm / 250 µm Splice Yes
FTAV4 125 µm / 600 µm
FTAV5 250 µm / 1000 µm
FTAV6 400 µm / 1300 µm
FTAT3 250 µm / 1500 µm Taper No
FTAT4 400 µm / 1800 µm
FRAV1 Iridium ≤200 µm Splice Yes
FRAV3 ≤400 µm
FRAV5 250 µm / 1050 µm
  • This column indicates the optimized application for each filament assembly but is not restrictive; splice filaments can also be used for tapering.
  • Graphite and Iridium Filament Assemblies for Automated Glass Processors
  • Assembly Includes Filament Element and Protective Shroud
  • Optimized for Splicing or Tapering Applications (See Table to the Right for Details)
  • Splicing Filaments Compatible with LFS4100 Splicing System

Filament Assemblies contain a graphite or iridium omega-shaped resistive heater element encased within a protective shroud. The filaments sold here are compatible with the automated glass processors; those indicated in the table to the right as splice filaments are also compatible with the LFS4100 Splicing System

A selection of six graphite and three iridium filament assemblies for fibers with claddings up to Ø1800 µm are available. Graphite filaments are capable of achieving the high temperatures necessary for splicing or tapering large-diameter fibers while outgassing less than filaments made from other metals. Alternatively, iridium filaments heat fibers at slightly lower temperatures than graphite filaments, making these ideal for working with soft glass fibers. Although the heating time of a filament is approximately 40 minutes, this can vary depending on a number of factors including argon quality, splice/taper duration, and fiber glass quality. 

Filaments are optimized for splicing or tapering applications; this is not restrictive, however, as splice filaments can be used for tapering. Splice filaments have an opening in the top of the assembly body, while tapering filaments are closed off at the top to minimize exposure to contaminants. Different filament bodies are distinguished by the version number (e.g., V2, V6, T3) engraved on the assembly body. 

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FTAV2Graphite Filament Assembly, Ø80 µm - Ø250 µm Cladding
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FTAV4 Support Documentation
FTAV4Graphite Filament Assembly, Ø125 µm - Ø600 µm Cladding
$572.00
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FTAV5 Support Documentation
FTAV5Graphite Filament Assembly, Ø250 µm - Ø1000 µm Cladding
$572.00
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FTAV6 Support Documentation
FTAV6Graphite Filament Assembly, Ø400 µm - Ø1300 µm Cladding
$572.00
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FTAT3 Support Documentation
FTAT3Graphite Filament Assembly, Ø250 µm - Ø1500 µm Cladding
$572.00
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FTAT4 Support Documentation
FTAT4Graphite Filament Assembly, Ø400 µm - Ø1800 µm Cladding
$572.00
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FRAV1 Support Documentation
FRAV1Iridium Filament Assembly, ≤Ø200 µm Cladding
$572.00
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FRAV3 Support Documentation
FRAV3Iridium Filament Assembly, ≤Ø400 µm Cladding
$572.00
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FRAV5 Support Documentation
FRAV5Iridium Filament Assembly, Ø250 µm - Ø1050 µm Cladding
$572.00
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Fiber Holder Top Inserts - Two Required

Item # Side 1 Accepted
Diameter (Min/Max)
Side 2 Accepted
Diameter (Min/Max)
VHB00a 57 µm / 759 µmb  N/A
VHB05a 410 µm / 1008 µm 560 µm / 1269 µm
VHA00 57 µm / 759 µmb 275 µm / 970 µm
VHA05 410 µm / 1008 µm 560 µm / 1269 µm
VHA10 812 µm / 1515 µm 1036 µm / 1770 µm
VHA15 1288 µm / 2022 µm 1534 µm / 2268 µm
VHA20 1772 µm / 2505 µm 2032 µm / 2944 µm
VHA25 2278 µm / 3029 µm N/A
VHA30 2609 µm / 3198 µm N/A
  • These top inserts are equipped with an indent for LED illumination of the fiber end faces.
  • Side 1 of the VHA00 and VHB00 is flat to provide additional clamping force for fibers with very small diameters.
  • Top Inserts for Fiber Holding Blocks
  • Accepts Fiber Outer Diameter (Cladding/Coating) from 57 µm to 3.198 mm (See the Fiber Holder Insert Tab for Information on Choosing Inserts)
  • Single-Sided and Dual-Sided Inserts Available (See Table to the Right for Details)
  • End-View Illumination Insert Available for Automated Glass Processors and Splicing Systems
  • Compatible with Automated Glass Processors, LDC401 Series Fiber Cleavers, FPS300 Stripping and Cleaning Station, and LFS4100 Splicing System

Fiber Holder Inserts, which consist of one top insert and either a bottom or transfer insert, are placed in the fiber holding blocks of the optical glass processor to secure the fiber during splicing or tapering. The inserts clamp the cladding, buffer, or coating of the fiber and can accommodate outer diameters of up to 3.198 mm. Please refer to the Fiber Holder Insert tab for more information on pairing the top and bottom inserts sold here.

Two types of top inserts are compatible with the automated glass processors. The VHA standard top inserts come in single-sided and dual-sided versions. These standard inserts can also be used in the  LDC401 Series of Fiber Cleavers, FPS300 Stripping and Cleaning Station, and LFS4100 Splicing System. The VHB00 and VHB05 top inserts feature an indent for LED illumination from the automated glass processor workstations and are necessary for end-view imaging and alignment of the cores of polarization-maintaining and microstructured specialty fibers.

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VHB00Fiber Holder Top Insert with LED Illumination Indent, Ø57 µm - Ø759 µm
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VHB05 Support Documentation
VHB05Dual-Sided Fiber Holder Top Insert with LED Illumination Indent, Ø410 µm - Ø1269 µm
$169.00
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VHA00 Support Documentation
VHA00Dual-Sided Fiber Holder Top Insert, Ø57 µm - Ø970 µm
$159.00
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VHA05 Support Documentation
VHA05Dual-Sided Fiber Holder Top Insert, Ø410 µm - Ø1269 µm
$159.00
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VHA10 Support Documentation
VHA10Dual-Sided Fiber Holder Top Insert, Ø812 µm - Ø1770 µm
$159.00
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VHA15 Support Documentation
VHA15Dual-Sided Fiber Holder Top Insert, Ø1288 µm - Ø2268 µm
$159.00
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VHA20 Support Documentation
VHA20Dual-Sided Fiber Holder Top Insert, Ø1772 µm - Ø2944 µm
$159.00
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VHA25 Support Documentation
VHA25Fiber Holder Top Insert, Ø2278 µm - Ø3029 µm
$159.00
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VHA30 Support Documentation
VHA30Fiber Holder Top Insert, Ø2609 µm - Ø3198 µm
$159.00
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Fiber Holder Bottom Inserts - Two Required

  • Bottom Fiber Inserts with V-Grooves for Fiber Holding Blocks
  • Compatible with Cladding/Coating Diameters from 112 µm to 3.198 mm (See the Fiber Holder Insert Tab for Information on Choosing Inserts)
  • Transfer Inserts for Moving Fiber Between Vytran™ Systems Available
  • Inserts with Vacuum Holes for Aligning Smaller Fibers (<Ø1047 µm) in V-Groove Available
  • Fused Taper Insert (Item # VHD250S) Holds Two Ø250 µm Fibers in Parallel
Item # Type Side 1 Accepted
Diameter (Min/Max)
Side 2 Accepted
Diameter (Min/Max)
Vacuum
Holes
VHF160 Transfer 112 µm / 208 µm N/A Yes
VHF250 Transfer 177 µm / 320 µm N/A Yes
VHD250Sa Side-by-Side 250 µm N/A Yes
VHF400 Transfer 279 µm / 519 µm N/A Yes
VHF500 Transfer 346 µm / 795 µm N/A Yes
VHF750 Transfer 516 µm / 1047 µm N/A Yes
VHE10 Standard 773 µm / 1271 µm 1034 µm / 1523 µm No
VHE15 Standard 1280 µm / 1769 µm 1534 µm / 2007 µm No
VHE20 Standard 1787 µm / 2267 µm 2033 µm / 2513 µm No
VHE25 Standard 2270 µm / 2844 µm N/A No
VHE30 Standard 2692 µm / 3198 µm N/A No
  • The VHD250S bottom insert features a V-groove for fitting two Ø250 µm fibers next to each other in parallel for manufacturing fused fiber tapers.

Fiber Holder Inserts, which consist of one top insert and either a bottom or transfer insert, are placed in the fiber holding blocks of the optical glass processor to secure the fiber during splicing or tapering. Bottom inserts are magnetically held within the fiber holding blocks of the glass processors and other compatible systems. The V-groove machined into the bottom inserts ensures the fiber is centered within the fiber holder; inserts with different V-groove sizes are available (see the Fiber Holder Insert tab for more information on pairing top and bottom inserts).

Three types of bottom inserts are compatible with the glass processors: transfer bottom inserts, standard bottom inserts, and a side-by-side bottom insert. Transfer bottom inserts (indicated with Item #'s starting with VHF) allow for a single fiber to be transferred between the LDC401 Series of Fiber Cleavers, FPS300 Stripping and Cleaning Station, and LFS4100 Splicing System with minimal loss of alignment. For example, a fiber can be placed in a transfer insert and cleaved using the LDC401 cleaver, then the entire transfer insert can be placed in the LFS4100 Splicing System for splicing. This process works because the transfer inserts are precisely located within each Vytran system, and the VHT1 Magnetic Lid (sold directly below) prevents axial movement of the fiber during transport. Transfer inserts are equipped with vacuum holes that provide a small suction force to hold the fiber in place. All of these transfer inserts require the VHT1 Transfer Clamp (sold below); transfer inserts for fiber outer diameters ≤550 µm also require a Graphite V-Groove (sold below).

Standard Fiber Holder Bottom Inserts (indicated by Item #'s starting with VHE) can be used with fibers with large-diameter fibers. These inserts come in single-sided and dual-sided versions. The standard bottom inserts can also be used in the LDC401 Series of Fiber Cleavers, FPS300 Stripping and Cleaning Station, and LFS4100 Splicing System. Unlike transfer inserts, alignment of the fibers will not be maintained when these inserts are transferred between systems.

The VHD250S Side-by-Side Bottom Insert is designed for applications requiring two fibers to be tapered and fused together, such as wavelength division multiplexers or fused fiber couplers. This insert is equipped to hold two Ø250 µm cladding fibers in parallel. The VHA00 or VHB00 top insert should be used for optimal clamping of the fiber.

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VHF160Fiber Holder Transfer Bottom Insert, Ø112 µm - Ø208 µm
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VHF250 Support Documentation
VHF250Fiber Holder Transfer Bottom Insert, Ø177 µm - Ø320 µm
$296.00
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VHD250S Support Documentation
VHD250SSide-by-Side Fiber Holder Bottom Insert, Ø250 µm
$383.00
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VHF400 Support Documentation
VHF400Fiber Holder Transfer Bottom Insert, Ø279 µm - Ø519 µm
$296.00
Today
VHF500 Support Documentation
VHF500Fiber Holder Transfer Bottom Insert, Ø346 µm - Ø795 µm
$296.00
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VHF750 Support Documentation
VHF750Fiber Holder Transfer Bottom Insert, Ø516 µm - Ø1047 µm
$296.00
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VHE10 Support Documentation
VHE10Dual-Sided Fiber Holder Bottom Insert, Ø773 µm Ø1523 µm
$199.00
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VHE15 Support Documentation
VHE15Dual-Sided Fiber Holder Bottom Insert, Ø1280 µm - Ø2007 µm
$199.00
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VHE20 Support Documentation
VHE20Dual-Sided Fiber Holder Bottom Insert, Ø1787 µm - Ø2513 µm
$199.00
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VHE25 Support Documentation
VHE25Fiber Holder Bottom Insert, Ø2270 µm - Ø2844 µm
$199.00
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VHE30 Support Documentation
VHE30Fiber Holder Bottom Insert, Ø2692 µm - Ø3198 µm
$199.00
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Fiber Transfer Clamp and Graphite V-Grooves - Required for VHF Transfer Bottom Inserts

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
VHG450 400 µm / 450 µm
VHG500 450 µm / 500 µm
VHG550 500 µm / 550 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 Fiber Cleaver. Then, the entire transfer insert and fiber can be moved to a glass processor for splicing.

The VHT1 clamp is equipped with a magnetic lid that secures transfer inserts and prevents axial movement of the fiber. It can also be used to hold the insert during transport without touching the fiber itself. For fibers with diameters ≤550 µm, a graphite V-groove must be purchased 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 in the transfer insert.

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VHT1Transfer Clamp with Magnetic Lid for Fiber Holder Transfer Inserts
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VHG125L Support Documentation
VHG125LExtended Graphite V-Groove, Ø80 µm - Ø125 µm, 0.594" Length
$143.00
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VHG200 Support Documentation
VHG200Graphite V-Groove, Ø150 µm - Ø200 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
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VHG250 Support Documentation
VHG250Graphite V-Groove, Ø200 µm - Ø250 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
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VHG300 Support Documentation
VHG300Graphite V-Groove, Ø250 µm - Ø300 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
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VHG350 Support Documentation
VHG350Graphite V-Groove, Ø300 µm - Ø350 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
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VHG400 Support Documentation
VHG400Graphite V-Groove, Ø350 µm - Ø400 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
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VHG450 Support Documentation
VHG450Graphite V-Groove, Ø400 µm - Ø450 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
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VHG500 Support Documentation
VHG500Graphite V-Groove, Ø450 µm - Ø500 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
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VHG550 Support Documentation
VHG550Graphite V-Groove, Ø500 µm - Ø550 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
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Liquid Cooling System

Liquid Cooling System Specifications
Cooling Capacity 590 Wa
Coolant Pump Flow Rate 10 Speed Levels up to 4 L/min
Reservoir Capacity 157 mL (5.3 fl oz)
Radiator Aluminum; 2 x 120 mm Fans
Power Consumption 20 W (Max)
Power Supply 12 VDC (via Molex Connector)
110/120 VAC with Power Adapter 
Weight 8.00 lbs (3.63 kg)
  • At 25 °C Ambient Temperature and 4 L/min Coolant Flow Rate
  • Included with GPX3850 Glass Processor Workstation
  • Optional Add-On for GPX3800 Glass Processor Workstation
  • Liquid Cooling System for Vytran™ Glass Processors and Splicing Systems
  • Prevents Furnace Overheating During Extended Heating Operation (e.g., Tapering)
  • Includes 700 mL (24 fl oz) of High-Performance Liquid Coolant

The GPXWCS Liquid Cooling System is an optional add-on for our Vytran Glass Processors that helps keep the furnace assembly cooled during extended heating operations. It is highly recommended for customers interested in fiber tapering, mode adapter, or fiber termination applications. This cooling system is also compatible with the LFS4100 Splicing System, but is not necessary for standard splicing processes. 

The GPXWCS has a 157 mL reservoir to cycle high-performance liquid coolant (700 mL bottle of coolant included) at flow rates of up to 4 L/min with a cooling capacity of 590 W at 25 °C ambient temperature; click here for a MSDS safety sheet. Tubing and fittings for connecting to a Vytran Glass Processor are included. The cooling system can be powered either through a 12 VDC Molex Connector (via the included computer slot adapter) or externally using the included 110/120 VAC power adapter.

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Fused Taper Software Enhancement and Handling Fixtures - Optional

Applications
  • Software Enhancement Enabling Active Fused Biconic Taper (FBT) Processing
  • Fixture with Adjustable Fiber Gripper for Transporting Fiber Tapers and Couplers to a Packaging Station
  • Fixture with Removable Fiber Holder for In Situ Packaging of Fiber Tapers and Couplers

These optional add-ons for the Vytran Glass Processors are designed to aid microtaper and fused fiber coupler processing. The software and fixture add-ons can be purchased separately or together in a kit. The GPXFBT-SFT software package enables finer control over heating and fiber pulling parameters during active FBT processes, resulting in improved yields and high repeatability between runs.

Two fixture add-ons are also available. The GPXFBT-FXTA Adjustable Taper Fiber Gripper fixture provides a stable base for your specific length component, allowing transfer to a packaging station. The fiber gripper can be adjusted to accomodate taper lengths from 0 - 3.15" (0 - 80 mm). The GPXFBT-FXTB Removable Taper Holder Fiber Fixture option acts as a pick-up and removal apparatus for the user to safely and securely transport the fabricated taper or coupler for secondary processing or in situ packaging. The stages included with these fixtures have an x-axis and y-axis travel of 1" (25.4 mm) and a roll and yaw adjustment of ±2.5° and ±5°, respectively. When using the fixture add-ons with the GPX3800 and GPX3850, the cleave head needs to be removed before the fixtures can be installed.

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GPXFBT-FXTAFixture with Adjustable Gripper for Vytran™ Glass Processor
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GPXFBT-FXTB Support Documentation
GPXFBT-FXTBFixture with Removable Taper Holder for Vytran™ Glass Processor
$5,630.00
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GPXFBT-KITA Support Documentation
GPXFBT-KITAAdd-On Software and Adjustable Gripper Fixture Kit
$9,720.00
Lead Time
GPXFBT-KITB Support Documentation
GPXFBT-KITBAdd-On Software and Removable Taper Holder Fixture Kit
$9,720.00
Lead Time
GPXFBT-SFT Support Documentation
GPXFBT-SFTFused Biconic Taper (FBT) Processing Add-On Software
$6,140.00
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Replacement Diamond Cleave Blade

Compatible Systems

  • FPC200 Fiber Preparation Station
  • CAC400 and CAC400A Fiber Cleavers
  • LDC401 and LDC401A Fiber Cleavers
  • GPX3800 and GPX3850 Automated Glass Processors with Cleavers
  • FFS2000 and FFS2000PT Fiber Preparation and Splicing Workstations
  • FFS2000PM and FFS2000WS Fiber Preparation, Splicing,
    and Proof Testing Workstations
  • Former Generation LDC-200 Fiber Cleaver
  • Replacement Blade for Our Fiber Cleaving Systems (See List to the Right)
  • 0.08" (2.0 mm) Long Diamond Blade
  • User Installable
Vytran Replacement Cleave Blade
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The blade is shipped in a protective covering.

The ACL83 Diamond Cleave Blade is a replacement blade for the Vytran™ fiber processing systems listed to the right. Each system is shipped with a blade included.

When used with proper cleave parameters, a single location on the blade can provide up to 5,000 cleaves (dependent on the cladding properties of the fiber being cleaved). The blade can be positioned approximately 10 times before replacement (assuming proper cleave parameters and usage that does not cause unexpected damage to the blade). Blade replacement instructions for each system are provided in the user manuals.

Note: Severe damage to the blade can occur if conditions cause high stress perpendicular to the edge of the blade or if incorrect parameters are used to cleave the fiber. 

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ACL83Replacement Diamond Cleave Blade
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Ultrasonic Cleaner - Optional

USC1 Ultrasonic Cleaner Specifications
Outside Dimensions
(L x W x H)
5.25" x 4.25" x 5.00"
(133.4 mm x 108.0 mm x 127.0 mm)
Tank Capacity 530 mL (18 fl oz.)
Tank Dimensions
(L x W x H)
4.75" x 3.38" x 2.63"
(120.7 mm x 85.9 mm x 66.8 mm)
Peak Output Power 22 W
Peak Output Frequency 55 kHz
Operating Current 0.2 A
Operating Voltage 117 VAC @ 50/60 Hz
Weight 5 lbs (2.27 kg)

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USC1 with Two Beakers (Included) for Two-Step Cleaning Process
  • Generates Ultrasonic Waves at 55 kHz with 22 W Power for Cleaning Small Components
  • Two 80 mL Beakers for Holding Samples and Solvents During Cleaning
  • Included Foot Pedal Allows for Hands-Free Operation

The USC1 Ultrasonic Cleaner is a self-contained, compact device that uses ultrasonic waves to clean small components. It produces waves with a peak power of 22 W and a frequency of 55 kHz. The 530 mL tank is filled with a liquid, usually water. A foot pedal that is plugged into the electrical cord offers hands-free operation. 

For cleaning components with solvents, Thorlabs recommends holding the solvent in the beakers within the cleaner as shown in the image above. This method allows the user to clean the sample in a solvent, then follow immediately with a rinsing step in the other beaker. 

Please note that the USC1 includes a power cord for US-style outlets and requires 117 VAC to operate. There is no 230 V equivalent at this time.
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USC1Compact Ultrasonic Cleaner with Foot Pedal Switch
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