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Vytran™ Fiber Preparation, Splicing, and Proof Testing: SM, MM, and PM


  • Prepare and Splice SM, MM, or PM Fibers with Cladding Diameters from 80 µm to 200 µm
  • Includes Proof Testing Capability

FFS2000WS

Shown with Recoat Mold Assembly (Purchased Separately)

RM430

Recoat Mold Assembly

Base Unit and Components Sold Separately

FTV7

Tungsten Fusion Splicing Filament

CST080180

Thermo-Mechanical Stripping Blade Insert Set

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The Process for Fusion Splicing

The FFS2000WS Incorporates All Components and Procedures to Prepare the Fiber for Splicing:

  1. A Coating Soaking Station for Specific Fibers that Require a Solvent Pre-Soak to Soften the Coating Prior to Stripping
  2. A Thermo-Mechanical Stripping (TMS) Station Provides a Fast, Single-Step Process for Safely Removing Acrylate Coatings while Maintaining Fiber Strength
  3. Ultrasonic Fiber Cleaning Removes Coating Particles or Residue Left on the Glass Surface that Could Reduce Splice Strength
  4. An Automatic Fiber Cleaver Produces a Flat Cleave, Important for Achieving Low-Loss Splices
  5. Uniquely Designed Fiber Holding Blocks and a Transfer Jig Minimize Fiber Handling by Precisely Positioning the Fibers for Each Process
  6. Omega-Shaped Filament Provides a Uniform Concentric Heat Source for Fusing the Fiber Tips, as well as for an Optional Post-Fusion Fire Polishing Step to Remove Silica Deposits
  7. Recoater Restores the Protective Polymer Coating Over the Spliced Region
All-In-One Fiber Processing Workstation Selection Guide
SM and MM Fiber
SM and MM Fiber with Proof Testing
SM, MM, and PM Fiber
SM, MM, and PM Fiber with Proof Testing

Features

  • Fiber Coating Soaking Station
  • Thermo-Mechanical Coating Stripping Station
  • Ultrasonic Fiber Cleaning Station
  • Fiber Cleaving Station Provides Flat Cleaves (Replacement Blades Available Below)
  • True Core Imaging™ for Automatic Fiber Alignment and Accurate Splice Loss Determination
  • Automatic 4-Axis Positioning System for PM Rotation
  • Filament Fusion Splicing Station with Automatic Post-Fusion Fire Polishing for Strength Enhancement
  • Recoat Station for Acrylate Coating Restoration
  • Built-in Proof Tester / Tension Tester
  • Includes Windows® 7 PC with GUI
  • Replacement Components Sold Separately Below

Thorlabs' Vytran™ All-in-One Fiber Preparation and Fusion Splicing Workstation offers all fusion splicing procedures integrated into a single system that can be used to produce consistent splices quickly and efficiently. This workstation uses our filament fusion technology to provide a convenient, reliable method of making high-strength, low-loss splices for both production and R&D applications. The splicer features True Core Imaging™ technology, which is a high-magnification, high-resolution optical imaging system capable of detecting and displaying the inner core structure of a fiber. This technology provides for fast, accurate core alignment and splice loss calculation. Also included is a Windows® 7 PC with a user interface that offers complete configuration and process control. The model offered here includes rotational alignment for PM fibers and a proof / tension tester.

The system is capable of processing fibers with Ø80 µm to Ø200 µm cladding. This includes standard Ø80 µm cladding / Ø180 µm coating and Ø125 µm cladding / Ø250 µm coating fibers. 

Automatic Alignment
The True Core Imaging in our FFS2000WS All-in-One Workstation detects and displays a fiber's inner core structure; in conjunction with 0.01 µm resolution stepper-motor-controlled XY positioners, the FFS2000WS provides a fast and accurate alignment system. Alternately, the stepper motors in the FFS2000WS can also interface with external test and measurement equipment, such as power meters, spectrum analyzers, and polarimeters, through analog BNC inputs, to create a fully automated optical assembly station.

True Core Imaging can also provide a splice loss determination after the splicing is complete. From the image of the fiber cores, a proprietary algorithm is used to accurately calculate the loss for a splice of a variety of similar or dissimilar fiber types.

Filament Fusion
Our unique filament fusion technology provides a consistent, reliable method of making high-strength, low-loss splices. Precise control of the fusion process is achieved by purging the splice region with an inert gas and using a tungsten or iridium filament to supply the thermal input necessary for fiber fusion. Because the fusion heat source is isolated from the environment, filament fusion splicing is not dependent on ambient conditions. Controlled conditions inside the system in combination with constant power control circuitry ensure repeatable performance splice after splice.

Fire Polishing
Our fire polishing process significantly increases splice strength through a rapid post-fusion heat treatment of the splice region. When a fusion splice is made, silica will evaporate off of the hot center region of the splice and condense on either side of the joint where the fiber is cooler. The condensed silica deposits act as a surface flaw, lowering splice strength. The fire polishing process removes or minimizes the deposits, thereby improving splice strength. In addition, the fire polishing process provides capabilities to expand adiabatically the mode field diameter of a fiber by causing the dopants in the cladding to diffuse farther from the core. Through this thermal core expansion process, extremely low-loss fusion splices between markedly dissimilar fibers, such as those typically used in WDM applications, can be achieved.

Recoating
The FFS2000WS includes an optical fiber recoater to restore the protective polymer coating over the fusion splice. The combination of high-strength filament fusion splicing and UV acrylate recoating provides a more reliable alternative to standard heat shrink protection sleeves. The recoat process maintains a near-original fiber diameter and delivers a smooth, flexible fusion splice that can be handled or tightly coiled as if no splice were present. 

Proof Testing
The FFS2000WS includes a rotary proof tester that can test fibers up to a tension of 89 N (20 lbs) with an accuracy of ±2%. The included software allows the user to program the unit to perform either a tension test, where the splice is tested to failure, or a proof test, where it is tested to a pre-determined tension. One set of proof test grips is included; replacement proof test grips are available below in packs of 10.

Questions? We're All Ears!

To build a complete fiber processing system, you will need to purchase a base unit plus additional components that are dependent upon the size of the fiber being processed. Upon receipt of your order, we will review it for completeness and accuracy and contact you if there appear to be any discrepancies. All inserts are installed and factory-aligned within the base unit prior to shipping. 

If you would like assistance in choosing the correct components or have questions about component compatibility, please contact tech support. We're more than happy to answer your questions any time before or after purchase.

Item # FFS2000WS
Accepted Fiber Cladding Diameters 80 to 200 µm
Fiber Type SM, MM, or PM
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 Time 1 to 120 s
Cleaver
Cleave Method Tension and Scribe
(Replacement Blade Item # ACL83, Available Below)
Cleave Type Flat (0°)
Maximum Tensiona 2.45 N (0.55 lbs)
Splicing
Fusion Method Filament Fusion
Filament Power 40 W (Max)
Alignment Method Fully Automated by True Core ImagingTM or External Feedback
XY Fiber Positioning Resolution Stepper Motor Controlled with 0.01 µm Resolution
Z Fiber Feed Resolution Stepper Motor Controlled with 0.125 µm Resolution
Insertion Loss (SMF to SMF) 0.02 dB (Typical)
Tensile Strength >250 kpsi (Typical)
PM Rotation Specifications
Rotation Alignment Fully Automated by End-View Alignment Technology or External Feedback
Rotation Resolution Stepper Motor Controller (0.01° Resolution)
Rotation Travel 190°
Extinction Ratio -35 dB (Typical)
Recoating
Recoat Mold Quartz
Recoat Diameterb Ø280 µm, Ø430 µm, or Ø600 µm
UV Source Four Tungsten Halogen Lamps
(Replacement Item # UVRB, Available Below)
Proof Testing
Maximum Tensionc 89 N (20 lbs)
Mandrel Size Ø2" (Ø50.8 mm)
Accuracy ±2%
General Specifications
Size (L x W x H) 17.0" x 13.9" x 5.0" (432 mm x 353 mm x 127 mm)
Weight 26 lbs (11.8 kg)
Power 12 V DC External Power Supply with Universal AC Input
Operating System Included Windows® 7 PC with Software GUI Installed 
  • Tension can be adjusted manually by the user for different fiber sizes. The cleaver is calibrated using standard weights that are hung off of a pulley, so the tension settings are programmed in grams. This maximum tension corresponds to 250 g.
  • Depending on your selection of Recoat Mold Assembly below.
  • The proof tester is calibrated using standard weights that are hung off of a pulley, so the tension settings are programmed in grams. This maximum tension corresponds to 9.1 kg.

Product Demonstrations

Thorlabs has demonstration facilitates for the Vytran™ fiber glass processing systems offered on this page within our Morganville, New Jersey and Exeter, Devonshire 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 Vytran Europe
Exeter, United Kingdom

2 Kew Court
Exeter EX2 5AZ
United Kingdom

Appointment Scheduling and Customer Support

Thorlabs' Exeter 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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All-in-One Fiber Preparation, Fusion Splicing, and Proof Testing Workstation - Base Unit

Fiber Processing Workstation
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The locations of the required components that must be purchased separately are labeled in the schematic above and are available for purchase below. For more details, please see the list to the left.


To begin the process of purchasing your complete fiber preparation and fusion splicing workstation, add the Item # FFS2000WS to your cart. In the subsequent product groupings, you will select one or more required accessories; the number of items required from each group will be indicated in the red headings. The specific choice of components will depend upon your fiber size and type. Once we receive your order, we will review it and contact you if we have any additional questions or if a required component is missing.

As the alignment of the components in the FFS2000WS workstation is critical and must be performed in the factory, your complete system will ship with all of the components installed. Once you receive the system, most inserts (except the Graphite V-Groove Inserts) can be easily replaced by the user if needed.

An external supply of argon and soaking and cleaning solvents must be provided by the user to operate the workstation.

Please contact tech support if you have any questions or would like assistance in building a fiber processing solution to meet your needs. In addition, installation and training by one of our application engineers is recommended for this system; please contact tech support for more details.

Components

Included

  • FFS2000WS Base Unit
  • FHBR1 Fiber Holding Blocks 
  • Fiber Holding Block Transfer Jig
  • Location-Specific Power Supply and AC Power Cord
  • PC with Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse
  • Large Tank Regulator with Gas Line (For Argon Gas Supply)
  • External Vacuum Pump
  • Tool Kit

Must Be Purchased Separately

  • V-Groove Inserts for Fiber Holding Blocks (Two Required)
  • Thermo-Mechanical Stripper Blade Sets (One Required)
  • Bottom Cleaver Inserts (Two Required)
  • Top Cleaver Inserts (Two Required)
  • Graphite V-Groove Inserts (Two Required)
  • Fusion Splicing Filaments (One Required)
  • Mold Assembly for Recoater (One Required)
  • Recoat Materials (One Required)
  • Proof Test Calibration Tool (Optional)
  • >99.999% Purity Argon Gas (Not Available from Thorlabs)
  • Soaking and Cleaning Solvents (Not Available from Thorlabs)
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
FFS2000WS Support Documentation
FFS2000WSFiber Stripper, Cleaner, Cleaver, Splicer, Recoater, and Proof Tester for SM, MM, and PM Fiber - Base Unit
$71,600.00
Today

V-Groove Inserts for Rotating Fiber Holding Blocks - Two Required

Compatible Fiber Buffer/Coating Diameters
Item # Nominal Diameter Minimum Diameter Maximum Diameter
VHN100 100 µm 90 µm 110 µm
VHN125 125 µm 113 µm 137 µm
VHN135 135 µm 130 µm 145 µm
VHN160 160 µm 144 µm 176 µm
VHN200 200 µm 180 µm 220 µm
VHN250 250 µm 225 µm 275 µm
VHN300 300 µm 270 µm 330 µm
VHN400 400 µm 360 µm 440 µm
VHN500 500 µm 450 µm 550 µm
VHN600 600 µm 540 µm 660 µm
VHN700 700 µm 630 µm 770 µm
VHN800 800 µm 720 µm 880 µm
VHN900 900 µm 810 µm 990 µm
  • V-Groove Inserts Align Fibers within the Fiber Holding Blocks Included with the Workstation Base Unit
  • Support Buffer or Coating Diameters Ranging from 90 µm to 990 µm
  • Two Required: One Each for Left and Right Holding Blocks

These inserts are designed for the FHBR1 Rotating Fiber Holding Blocks that are included with the workstation base unit. A total of two items must be purchased, one insert for the left holding block and one insert for the right holding block. They are provided individually so as to allow for the construction of a system that can process two fibers with different coating diameters. Different V-groove sizes are provided to support a range of fiber coating diameters; compatibility is listed in the table to the right.

When purchased with a workstation base unit, the inserts will be installed at the factory. If necessary, the V-groove inserts can be replaced by the user.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
VHN100 Support Documentation
VHN100V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø90 µm - Ø110 µm Coating
$148.00
Today
VHN125 Support Documentation
VHN125V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø113 µm - Ø137 µm Coating
$148.00
Today
VHN135 Support Documentation
VHN135V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø130 µm - Ø145 µm Coating
$148.00
Lead Time
VHN160 Support Documentation
VHN160V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø144 µm - Ø176 µm Coating
$148.00
Today
VHN200 Support Documentation
VHN200V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø180 µm - Ø220 µm Coating
$148.00
Today
VHN250 Support Documentation
VHN250V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø225 µm - Ø275 µm Coating
$148.00
Today
VHN300 Support Documentation
VHN300V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø270 µm - Ø330 µm Coating
$148.00
Today
VHN400 Support Documentation
VHN400V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø360 µm - Ø440 µm Coating
$148.00
Today
VHN500 Support Documentation
VHN500V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø450 µm - Ø550 µm Coating
$148.00
Today
VHN600 Support Documentation
VHN600V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø540 µm - Ø660 µm Coating
$148.00
Today
VHN700 Support Documentation
VHN700V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø630 µm - Ø770 µm Coating
$148.00
Today
VHN800 Support Documentation
VHN800V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø720 µm - Ø880 µm Coating
$148.00
Today
VHN900 Support Documentation
VHN900V-Groove Insert for FHBR1, Ø810 µm - Ø990 µm Coating
$148.00
Today

Thermo-Mechanical Stripping Blade Inserts - One Required

Thermo-Mechanical Stripping Blade Insert Sets
Item # Accepted Cladding Diametera  Maximum 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 Ø200 µm upon request.
  • Thermo-Mechanical Stripping (TMS) Insert Sets for the All-In-One Fiber Preparation and Splicing Workstation
  • Each Blade Set Consists of One Top and One Bottom Insert
  • Four Sizes Available (See Table to the Right)

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 each have flat blades on the ends.

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 workstation base unit, it will be installed by default with the blades for Ø80 µm claddings on the left and the blades for Ø125 µm cladding on the right. The blade orientation can be reversed by the user to strip Ø80 µm cladding on the right and Ø125 µm cladding on the left; however you must be certain to switch both the top and bottom inserts together.

We offer four inserts from stock to accommodate standard fiber sizes. TMS blade insert sets are available for cladding diameters up to Ø200 µm upon request by contacting Tech Support.

One TMS blade insert set must be purchased in order to operate your workstation; when purchased with a workstation base unit, the stripping blade insert set will be installed at the factory. If necessary, the stripping blade insert set can be replaced by the user.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
CST080180 Support Documentation
CST080180TMS Blade Insert Set for Ø80 µm Cladding, up to Ø180 µm Buffer
$1,432.00
Today
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
Today

Bottom Cleaver Inserts - Two Required

Compatible Fiber Cladding Diametersa
Item # Nominal Diameter Minimum Diameter Maximum Diameter
SCV075 75 µm 68 µm 82 µm
SCV100 100 µm 90 µm 110 µm
SCV125 125 µm 113 µm 137 µm
SCV150 150 µm 135 µm 165 µm
SCV200 200 µm 180 µm 220 µm
  • Please note that the cladding diameter range of the base unit is limited to 80 µm to 200 µm.
  • V-Groove Inserts Align the Fibers within the Fiber Cleaver Unit
  • Five Versions to Support the Workstation's Accepted Cladding Diameters (From 80 µm to 200 µm)
  • Two Required: One Each for Left and Right Cleaver

These Bottom Cleaver Inserts secure the fiber inside the cleaving assembly of the workstation. They are sold individually to allow cleaving of differently sized fibers held within the left and right fiber holding blocks. Different inserts are available to support a variety of fiber sizes; compatibility is listed in the table to the right.

Two bottom cleaver inserts, one for both the left and right fibers, must be purchased in order to operate your workstation; when purchased with an FPC200 base unit, the bottom cleaver inserts will be installed at the factory. If necessary, the cleaver inserts can be replaced by the user. When the cleaving assembly is closed, the top (sold in the next product grouping) and bottom inserts mate to secure the stripped fiber.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
SCV075 Support Documentation
SCV075Bottom Cleaver Insert for Ø68 µm - Ø82 µm Cladding
$128.00
Today
SCV100 Support Documentation
SCV100Bottom Cleaver Insert for Ø90 µm - Ø110 µm Cladding
$128.00
Today
SCV125 Support Documentation
SCV125Bottom Cleaver Insert for Ø113 µm - Ø137 µm Cladding
$128.00
Today
SCV150 Support Documentation
SCV150Bottom Cleaver Insert for Ø135 µm - Ø165 µm Cladding
$128.00
Today
SCV200 Support Documentation
SCV200Bottom Cleaver Insert for Ø180 µm - Ø220 µm Cladding
$128.00
Today

Top Cleaver Insert - Two Required

  • Top Insert for the Fiber Cleaver Unit
  • Two Required: One Each for Left and Right Cleaver

The SCV000 Top Cleaver Insert is a flat plate that helps secure the fiber inside the cleaving assembly of the workstation. It is sold individually, so two items must be purchased, one for the left and one for the right fiber cleaver. 

In addition to these top cleaver inserts, you must buy the bottom insert that matches your fiber size (see the previous product grouping). When purchased with a workstation base unit, the top cleaver inserts will be installed at the factory. If necessary, the cleaver inserts can be replaced by the user. When the cleaving assembly is closed, the top and bottom inserts mate to secure the fiber.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
SCV000 Support Documentation
SCV000Top Cleaver Insert
$128.00
Today

Graphite V-Groove Inserts for Splicing Unit - Two Required

Compatible Fiber Cladding Diameters
Item # Nominal
Diameter
Minimum
Diameter
Maximum
Diameter
VHG125 125 µm 80 µm 125 µm
VHG200 200 µm 150 µm 200 µm
  • V-Grooves Support Fibers for Fusion Splicing
  • Support Cladding Diameters Ranging from 80 µm to 200 µm (See Table to the Right)
  • Two Required: One Each for Left and Right Sides of the Splicer Assembly

These Graphite V-Groove Inserts help to position the fiber in the fusion splicer. The fiber size is limited by the size of the channel in the insert; the compatible sizes are listed in the table to the right. 

These items are sold individually; two Graphite V-groove inserts, one for the left and one for the right side of the splicer assembly, must be purchased to operate your workstation. Due to the alignment precision required, these inserts must be installed and aligned at the factory and are not user replaceable. If you require a different insert size for an existing system, please contact tech support to arrange the reconfiguration. 

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
VHG125 Support Documentation
VHG125Graphite V-Groove, Ø80 µm - Ø125 µm
$133.00
Today
VHG200 Support Documentation
VHG200Graphite V-Groove, Ø150 µm - Ø200 µm, 0.313" Length
$133.00
Today

Fusion Splicing Filaments - One Required

  • Two Options Available:
    • FTV7 Tungsten Filament Ideal for Most Applications
    • ETV7 Iridium Filament Ideal for Soft Glass Fibers
  • Omega Shape Provides Uniform Concentric Heat Source

There are two available fusion splicing filaments for the all-in-one workstation. The FTV7 tungsten filament is ideal for most splicing applications, while the ETV7 iridium filament is ideal for soft glass fibers. The omega-shaped filament is housed in an included mount and is easily replaced by the end user. The omega shape provides a uniform concentric heat source for fusing the fiber tips and for an optional post-fusion fire polishing step. Filament lifetimes will depend upon the particular splicing parameters used but are typically about 40 minutes.

One filament must be purchased in order to operate your workstation. Additional filaments are recommended as this is a consumable item.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
FTV7 Support Documentation
FTV7Tungsten Fusion Splicing Filament for the FSX2000PM and FFS Series
$188.00
Lead Time
ETV7 Support Documentation
ETV7Iridium Fusion Splicing Filament for the FSX2000PM and FFS Series
$255.00
Today

Mold Assembly for Recoater - One Required

Compatible Coating Diameters
Item # Recoated Diameter
RM280 280 µm
RM430 430 µm
RM600 600 µm
  • Three Options Available for 280 µm, 430 µm, or 600 µm Recoat Diameter
  • Other Sizes up to Ø900 µm Available Upon Request (Contact Tech Support)
  • Maximum Recoat Length of 50 mm 
  • One Mold Assembly Required

There are three available recoater mold assemblies for the all-in-one fiber processing workstation. They are available for 280 µm, 430 µm, or 600 µm coating diameters. Custom mold sizes up to Ø900 µm are available; please contact Tech Support for more information. The assembly is composed of split quartz mold plates, which, when closed, form the cylindrical mold cavity around the exposed section of the fiber being recoated.

During operation, the recoat material (available in the next product grouping) is injected into the mold assembly with a manual injection system that is included in the workstation base unit. Then, UV light cures the recoat material. Cure times are dependent on the mold size and recoat material, but they range from approximately 12 - 15 seconds for the RM280 mold assembly with high-index AB950200 recoat material to 30 - 60 seconds with the low-index PC373 recoat material. 

One recoater mold assembly must be purchased in order to operate your workstation; when purchased with a workstation base unit, it will be installed at the factory. If necessary, the recoat mold assemblies are user replaceable.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
RM280 Support Documentation
RM280Recoater Mold Assembly for PTR & FFS Series, Ø280 µm Coating, 50 mm Max Recoat Length
$4,039.00
Lead Time
RM430 Support Documentation
RM430Recoater Mold Assembly for PTR & FFS Series, Ø430 µm Coating, 50 mm Max Recoat Length
$4,039.00
Lead Time
RM600 Support Documentation
RM600Recoater Mold Assembly for PTR & FFS Series, Ø600 µm Coating, 50 mm Max Recoat Length
$4,039.00
Lead Time

Recoat Materials - One Required

  • AB950200: High-Index Recoat Material
  • PC373: Low-Index Recoat Material

Thorlabs offers UV-curable acrylic recoat materials for the fiber processing workstation. We offer both high-index and low-index materials. The recoat material is injected into the recoater mold assembly by a manual injection system included in the workstation base unit. Each bottle includes 1 oz (30 g) of recoat material.

One bottle of recoat material must be purchased in order to operate your workstation.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
AB950200 Support Documentation
AB950200High-Index Recoat Material, 1 oz
$266.00
Today
PC373 Support Documentation
PC373Low-Index Recoat Material, 1 oz
$388.00
Today

Proof Test Calibration Tool - Optional

  • Jig and Monofilament Line to Calibrate Proof Tester Unit
  • Bolts Onto the Workstation Housing

The FFSFXT is used to calibrate the proof tester on the all-in-one workstation. It includes a jig with a pulley and 20 lb test monofilament line. After the jig is bolted on the workstation housing, the monofilament is wrapped around the proof test mandrel and allowed to hang over the pulley. By attaching a weight to the end of the monofilament, the proof testing assembly can be calibrated.

Please note that the weights needed to calibrate the unit are not included nor sold separately by Thorlabs.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
FFSFXT Support Documentation
FFSFXTCalibration Fixture for FFS2000PT and FFS2000WS
$995.00
Lead Time

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. 

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
ACL83 Support Documentation
ACL83Replacement Diamond Cleave Blade
$612.00
Today

Replacement UV Bulb for Manual Recoaters

Compatible Systems

  • PTR303, PTR303B, PTR304, and PTR304B Manual Fiber Recoaters
  • PTR206, PTR206B*, PTR207, and PTR207B* Manual Fiber Recoaters with Proof Testers
  • FFS2000 and FFS2000PT Fiber Preparation and Splicing Workstations
  • FFS2000PM and FFS2000WS Fiber Preparation, Splicing, and Proof Testing Workstations
  • Discontinued PTR203, PTR203B*, PTR204, and PTR204B* Recoaters

*Older models of the PTR203B, PTR204B, PTR206B, and PTR207B (sold before 2015) used two different types of UV bulbs (high or low power) for curing the recoat material, depending on whether low- or high-index material was being used. All current models use the high-power UVRB, which can be programmed for high- or low-powered output. For help with replacing the older, low-power bulb, please contact Tech Support.

  • Replacement UV Bulbs for Manual Recoaters Listed to the Right
  • 10 W Tungsten-Halogen Lamp
  • Replacements Sold Individually
    • Four Bulbs Used in 50 mm Length Recoaters
    • Eight Bulbs Used in 100 mm Length Recoaters

The UVRB is a replacement bulb for the Vytran™ fiber recoaters listed to the right. Recoaters with a 50 mm recoat length are shipped with the four bulbs required for operation and recoaters with a 100 mm recoat length are shipped with eight bulbs.

Based on a schedule of 2000 recoats per month with 15 seconds per recoat, we recommend replacing the bulbs monthly. Instructions for bulb replacement are provided in the manual for each recoater or workstation (available from our website by clicking the red Docs icon next to each base unit Item #).

Please note that any fingerprints on the surface of the bulb will shorten the bulb's life; avoid handling the glass envelope of the bulb. If the envelope is touched, clean with a soft lens tissue wetted with acetone or alcohol.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
UVRB Support Documentation
UVRBReplacement Recoat Bulb for Manual Fiber Recoaters, Qty. 1
$51.00
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Replacement Proof Test Grips for Fiber Rotary Proof Testers

Compatible Systems
  • PTR202 Fiber Rotary Proof Tester
  • PTR207 and PTR207B Manual Fiber Recoaters with Proof Testers
  • FFS2000PT Fiber Preparation and Splicing Workstation
  • FFS2000WS Fiber Preparation, Splicing, and Proof Testing Workstation

The PG200 Proof Test Grips are designed as replacements for the Vytran™ rotary proof testers listed to the right. Each system is sold with a set of these grips installed.

Proof test grips may need to be replaced when the fiber slips at high tension levels. After the proof test grips are replaced the system will need to be calibrated; please contact Tech Support for details. Instructions for replacing the proof test grips are provided in each system's manual.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
PG200 Support Documentation
PG200Replacement Proof Test Grips for Rotary Proof Testers, Qty. 10
$51.00
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