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Vytran® Fiber Recoaters with Proof Testers


  • Recoat Fusion-Spliced Fibers to Restore Flexibility
  • Integrated Linear or Rotary Proof Tester
  • Manual and Automatic Mold Assembly Options

PTR307

Fiber Recoater with Rotary Proof Tester and Tablet Controller

PTR308

Fiber Recoater with Automatic Mold Assembly, Linear Proof Tester, and Tablet Controller

RM430A

Mold Assembly for Manual Recoater (Sold Separately)

VHJT

Top Fiber Block Insert (Sold Separately)

VHJ500

Bottom Fiber Block Insert (Sold Separately)

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Building a Complete Fiber Processing System?

To build a complete system, you will need to purchase a base unit plus additional components that are dependent upon the size of the fiber being processed. We recommend that you contact us prior to ordering for assistance with choosing a system and all the necessary components. This also allows us to install and factory-align all system components within the base unit prior to shipping, ensuring optimal performance out-of-the-box. 

To take advantage of this assistance, please e-mail us directly at techsupport@thorlabs.com and a representative will contact you shortly.

Filter Holder in Stabilized Lamp
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Photograph of PTR306 Fiber Recoater with Linear Proof Tester. Red arrows indicate the mold assembly, fiber block holders, and fiber block inserts.

Features

  • Recoat Spliced Fibers and Test Splice Strength
  • Manual and Automatic Recoater Options
    • Automatic Mold Assembly and Recoat Injectors for High-Volume Production
    • Manual Mold Assembly with Automatic Recoat Injector
    • Manual Mold Assembly with Manual Recoat Injector
  • Integrated Linear (Up 20 N Load) or Rotary (Up to 89 N Load) Proof Tester
  • Fully Programmable with Push Button Operation via Tablet Controller
  • Durable Quartz Mold Plate Capable of >10,000 Recoats
  • 50 mm Maximum Recoat Length
  • Alternative Controller and Replacement Components Sold Separately Below

Thorlabs' Vytran® Fiber Recoaters with Proof Testers offer easy, integrated solutions to recoat and test fusion-spliced fibers. The fiber recoating process restores the buffer coating to a stripped fiber, offering more flexibility than a heat-shrink protection sleeve, enabling it to be handled and coiled without damaging the fusion-spliced section. The integrated linear or rotary proof tester allows users to immediately test a recoated fiber with a pre-determined load and determine the long-term reliability of the fiber. Due to their ability to restore a fusion-spliced fiber to near original condition, these systems are ideal for applications such as undersea optical fiber cables, submarine communication cabling, fiber lasers, or Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) lasers.

The process starts with the fusion-spliced section of fiber being placed in the middle of the mold assembly (see image to the right). Once set in position, inserts in the fiber blocks secure the spliced fiber in place. Recoat material is pumped into the cavity and then UV-cured. The recoated fiber can then be tested by pulling on it up to a pre-determined load.

Recoater and Mold Assembly Options
Recoaters are available with either an automatic or manual mold assembly. The automatic mold assembly features pneumatic control of the mold plates and is optimized for high-volume manufacturing applications. Manual mold assemblies, on the other hand, use hinged mold plates that provide more flexibility and are ideal for low-volume manufacturing or R&D applications. An automatic or manual volumetric dispensing pump and injection system is used to inject the recoat material into the mold cavity.

The PTR308 automatic recoater comes standard with a mold assembly for Ø430 µm coated fibers. For our manual recoaters (Item #s PTR306, PTR306B, PTR307, and PTR307B), the mold assembly is sold separately so that customers can choose the right mold coating diameter for their application. Custom mold coating sizes are available up to Ø900 µm. Pre-installation of the mold assembly at the factory is also available. Contact Tech Support for more information on custom molds or factory assembly.

Thorlabs offers both high-index (Item # AB950200) and low-index (Item # PC373) recoat materials for use in these recoaters. Recoaters with manual injection pumps (Item #s PTR306B and PTR307B) are compatible with both types of recoat material; all other recoaters are compatible with the high-index material only. Our manual recoaters with an automatic injection system (Item #s PTR306 and PTR307) can be customized to work with both the low- and high-index recoat material; please contact Tech Support for more information.

Proof Tester Options
The PTR306, PTR306B, and PTR308 Fiber Recoaters come with an integrated linear proof tester, which takes the fiber up to a predetermined load (≤20 N) and then releases it. The linear proof tester uses the same fiber holding blocks as the recoater and thus the fiber does not need to be moved prior to testing. The PTR307 and PTR307B Fiber Recoaters come with an integrated rotary proof tester, which can perform both proof and tension tests (≤89 N). One set of proof test grips is included; replacement proof test grips are available below in packs of 10. Each testing process is fully programmable via the included tablet controller, allowing the user to select parameters such as the load, the rate at which the load is applied, and the hold time.

Inserts for Fiber Holding Blocks
In addition to the above, we offer a variety of inserts for use in the fiber holding blocks of the recoaters in order to support a wide range of fiber coating diameters. For recoaters with a rotary proof tester, the inserts are compatible with fiber coating diameters in a range from 125 µm to 900 µm. For recoaters with a linear proof tester, the inserts cover a range for fiber coatings from Ø250 µm to Ø900 µm.

Item # PTR308 PTR306 PTR306B PTR307 PTR307B
Recoater Type Automatic Manual
Recoater Mold Pneumatic Split Quartz Platesa Hinged Split Quartz Plates
Recoat Diameterb 430 µm 280 µm, 430 µm, or 600 µmc
Maximum Recoat Length 50 mm
Recoat Material High-Index
UV Curable Acrylate
High- or Low-Index
UV Curable Acrylate
High-Index UV
Curable Acrylate
High- or Low-Index
UV Curable Acrylate
UV/Thermal Source 32 UV LEDs Four 10 W Tungsten-Halogen Lamps
(Replacement Item # UVRB, Available Below)
Recoat Injection Automatic Manuald Automatic Manuald
Recoat Volume Programmable (µL) Manual Programmable (µL) Manual
Recoat Injection Rate Programmable (≤1.8 µL/s) Manual Programmable (≤1.8 µL/s) Manual
Lamp Delay Timee 5 s (Typical)
Cure Timee 17 s (Typical)
Mold Cleaning Requirementf At Start Up And Shut Downg After Every Recoat
Total Cycle Time 45 s (Typical) 60 s (Typical)
Dimensions (L × W × H) 10.25" x 5.0" x 5.0" (260 mm x 127 mm x 127 mm) 10.14" x 7.85" x 7.26" (257.4 mm x 199.3 mm x 184.4 mm)
AC Power 110 - 120 V / 200 - 240 V, 47-63 Hz
Controller Type Tablet
Proof Tester Specifications
Proof Tester Type Linear Rotary
Load Mechanism 1.5" (38 mm) Linear Fiber Clamp Ø2" (50.8 mm) Rotating Mandrelh
Fiber Spacing 2.9" (74 mm) 5" (127 mm)
Minimum Fiber Length 6" (150 mm) 17" (432 mm)
Maximum Load 20 N (4.5 lbs)
235 kpsi (1.6 GPa) for a Ø125 µm Fiber
89 N (20 lbs)
>800 kpsi (5.5 GPa) for a Ø125 µm Fiber
Accuracy ±2%
Ramp Ratei Programmable, ≤22.2 N/s (5 lbs/s) Manual, ≤22.2 N/s (5 lbs/s)
Hold Time 0.00 s - 60.00 s, Programmablee N/A
Display Units lbs, kg, N, kpsi, and GPa
  • Requires an 80 - 120 psi Dry Compressed Air Source
  • Custom sizes available; contact Tech Support.
  • Depends on the Mold Assembly (See the Mold Assembly Presentation Below)
  • Replacement Item # PTRRRM, Available Separately Below
  • Programmable with the Tablet Controller; Mold Size and Recoat Material Dependent
  • The mold should be cleaned with either acetone or isopropyl alcohol, applied with a cotton swab. If the mold has an accumulation of cured material stuck on the plates, allow the cleaning solution (preferably acetone) about 60 - 90 seconds to soften and lift the material from the surface.
  • The mold assembly of this recoater should be cleaned before the first recoating process of the day and then again after the last recoating process of the day.
  • Check the minimum short-term bend radius of the fiber to be tested to ensure its compatibility with the Ø2" mandrel.
  • The ramp rate is the rate at which the load is applied to the fiber.

Two controller options are available: the tablet controller included with each fiber recoater or the VYT300C handset controller (compatible with PTR306B and PTR307B recoaters only). Some examples of the GUI for each controller are shown and described below.

Tablet Controller GUI Interface

The recoaters with rotary proof testers include a tablet controller, which provides a simple interface for configuring, controlling, and monitoring operation. The screenshots below (from the PTR307) highlight key features of the graphical user interface. Additionally, the user can open, save, import, export, or delete files using the file explorer application on the tablet. The user can also enter passwords and set permissions, allowing only authorized users to access and change the settings. The controller can be operated in one of four languages: English, French, Russian, or Chinese.

Home Screen
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Home Screen
The home screen provides a status bar (top), tool bar (bottom), inject button, cure button, test button, and a button to view or edit the parameters (magnifying glass and pen icon). The symbols on the top of the screen make up the recoater widget that from left to right show the injection status, syringe status, recoat material status, cure time, and recoat length.
Injection Parameter Screen
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Injection Parameters
This screen allows the user to access and change all injection parameters. The current setting is displayed next to the parameter name.

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Cure Parameters
This screen allows the user to access and change all cure parameters. The current setting is displayed next to the parameter name.
Injection Calculator
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Injection Quantity Calculator
This screen provides a useful approximation of the recoat material required for a given mold size, fiber diameter, and recoat length. Touching a parameter on the right will bring up the parameter edit screen.
Material Usage
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Material Usage (PTR306 and PTR307 Only)
This screen allows the user to enter the material bottle volume and expiration date. The tablet controller monitors material usage as it is injected into the mold and provides feedback to the main screen widget after each inject sequence. The tablet must stay connected to the recoater for tracking material usage. The PTR306B and PTR307B do not use this feature as the injector is manually controlled.
Purge Sequence
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Test Screen
This screen allows the user to monitor the current tension applied to the fiber as well as the test status.


Handset Controller GUI Interface

As an alternative to the included tablet controller, we offer the VYT300C handset controller. This controller is compatible with Vytran fiber recoaters with manual mold assemblies as well as Vytran large-diameter fiber cleavers. One handset controller can be used to configure parameters on multiple fiber processing units in succession. Full instructions for using the handset controller can be found in the manual for each device. The screenshots below highlight key features of the graphical user interface.

The initial screen on the VYT300C Handset Controller gives the option to begin curing or proof testing. Other menus can be accessed by swiping the touchscreen left or right, or by tapping the options at the top of the screen.

During a proof test, the handset controller shows the parameters configured on the Edit tab. The Stop button can be used to end the active proof test.

During curing, the controller displays the parameters defined on the Edit tab and the progress of the cure. The Stop button can be used to end the active cure.

The suite of tools available through the handset controller includes a record of the total cure time of the machine (under Process Counters) that is not shown on the tablet controller. See the manuals of the compatible fiber recoaters for more information on these tools.

Product Demonstrations

Thorlabs has demonstration facilities 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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The table below outlines the products and accessories necessary to purchase in order to construct a fully functioning fiber recoater with proof tester system.

Vytran® Fiber Recoater and Proof Tester Selection Guide
Component Item # PTR308 PTR306 PTR306B PTR307 PTR307B
Mold Assembly RM280A Mold Assembly for
Ø430 µm Fibers Included
Choose One Choose One Choose One Choose One
RM430A
RM600A
Inserts VHH Series Not Compatible Choose 2 Top Inserts and 2 Bottom Inserts
VHJ Series Choose 2 Top Inserts and 2 Bottom Inserts Not Compatible
Recoat Material High Index
(Item # AB950200)
Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Low Index
(Item # PC373)
Not Compatible Not Compatible Compatible Not Compatible Compatible
Proof Tester Linear Linear Linear Rotary Rotary
Controller Type Tablet

The table below outlines the entire PTR series to directly compare the capabilities across the whole line.

Vytran® PTR Series Recoater and Proof Tester Selection Guide
Item # PTR301 PTR302 PTR303 PTR303B PTR304 PTR304B PTR305 PTR306 PTR306B PTR307 PTR307B PTR308
Type Proof Tester Recoatera Recoater and Proof Testera
Recoat Assembly N/A Manual Automatic Manual Automatic
Proof Tester Linear Rotary N/A Linear Rotary Linear
Recoat Injection Pump N/A Automatic Manual Automatic Manual Automatic Automatic Manual Automatic Manual Automatic
Maximum Recoat Length N/A 50 mm 100 mm 50 mm
Recoat Material High Index
(Item # AB950200)
- - yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Low Index
(Item # PC373)
- - - yes - yes - - yes - yes -
Mold Cleaning Requirement N/A After Every Recoat Process Dailyb After Every Recoat Process Dailyb
  • These recoaters are designed to be used with high- or low-index recoater material. Thorlabs also offers the PRL201, which is designed for polyimide-coated fibers.
  • The mold assembly of these recoaters should be cleaned before the first recoating process of the day and then again after the last recoating process of the day.

Fiber Recoater with Linear Proof Tester and Automatic Mold Assembly

Included

  • Automatic Fiber Recoater with Integrated Proof Tester
  • Pnuematic Mold Assembly for Ø430 µm Coatings
  • Quick Snap-On Connectors for Compressed Air Source
  • Location-Specific Power Cord
  • Tablet Controller
  • 1/8" Outer Diameter Pressure Supply Tubing and Fittings Kit

Must be Purchased Separately

  • Fiber Holding Block Top Inserts (Two Required)
  • Fiber Holding Block Bottom Inserts (Two Required)
  • High-Index Recoat Material (One Bottle Required)
  • 80 - 120 psi Compressed Air/Gas Source (Not Available from Thorlabs)

Optional

  • Replacement UV Bulb
  • Automatic Fiber Recoater with Linear Proof Tester
  • Proof Testing up to 20 N (4.5 lbs)
  • Available Standard for Ø430 µm Coatings
  • Recoats Fibers up to 50 mm in Length
  • Compatible with High-Index Recoat Material
  • Ideal for Medium- and High-Volume Manufacturing
  • Program Process Parameters via Included Tablet Controller

Thorlabs’ PTR308 Fiber Recoater features an automatic mold assembly and an integrated linear proof tester. The pneumatic mold assembly controls the mold plates allowing the recoat material to be directly injected into the mold cavity. This prevents the injection of excess recoat material, which would require cleaning after every recoat process. Additionally, once the fiber is secured in the fiber holding blocks, the entire recoat process is performed automatically. 

The PTR308 includes a tablet controller that allows the user to program and control the unit. Adjustable settings include the inject rate, inject amount, cure time, lamp power, and proof test level; this enables the programming of custom recipes. An injection calculator provides an estimate of recoat parameters that can be refined by the user. The tablet is shipped preloaded with files for common recoat and proof test parameters, but can store a virtually unlimited number of files; please see the Controllers tab for details.

The integrated linear proof tester takes the fiber up to a predetermined load (≤20 N) and then releases it. The testing process is programmable, allowing the user to select parameters such as the load, the rate at which the load is applied, and the hold time. To ensure the long-term reliability of the fiber, the proof test level should be about three times higher than the applied service load for the spliced fiber.

The PTR308 is designed for fiber coatings of Ø430 µm and requires the purchase of fiber block inserts (sold below). Choose the inserts that match the coating diameter of the fiber being used. The PTR308 is compatible with high-index recoat material only (sold below). The pneumatic design of the mold assembly requires an external 80 - 120 psi compressed air source (not available from Thorlabs). Customized mold sizes for recoat diameters up to 900 µm are available; please contact Tech Support for more information.

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Fiber Recoaters with Linear Proof Tester for Manual Mold Assembly

Included

  • Fiber Recoater with Integrated Linear Proof Tester
  • Location-Specific Power Cord
  • Tablet Controller

Must be Purchased Separately

  • Mold Assembly (One Required)
  • Fiber Holder Top Inserts (Two Required)
  • Fiber Holder Bottom Inserts (Two Required)
  • High- or Low-Index Recoat Material (One Bottle Required)

Optional

  • Handset Controller (PTR306B Only)
  • Replacement UV Bulb
  • Replacement Manual Injector (PTR306B Only)
Fiber Recoater with Linear Proof Tester
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The PTR306B Manual Fiber Recoater shown with the included Tablet Controller.
  • Fiber Recoaters with Manual Mold Assembly and Linear Proof Tester
  • Proof Testing up to 20 N (4.5 lbs)
  • Compatible with Mold Assemblies with Coating Diameters of 280 µm, 430 µm, or
    600 µm
  • Recoats Fibers up to 50 mm in Length
  • Automatic and Manual Recoat Injector Configurations Available
  • Ideal for Low-Volume Manufacturing and R&D
  • Program Process Parameters via Included Tablet Controller

The PTR306 and PTR306B combine a fiber recoater and linear proof tester into a single unit. These recoaters use a hinged mold assembly (sold separately below) to form the mold cavity for recoating; recoat material is injected through a cross-channel in the mold’s top plate. The integrated linear proof tester can pull the recoated fiber up to a predetermined load (≤20 N) and uses the same fiber holding blocks as the recoater; therefore, both recoating and testing processes can be performed without moving the fiber. 

The PTR306 and PTR306B include a tablet controller that allows the user to program and control the unit. Adjustable settings include the inject rate, inject amount, cure time, lamp power, and proof test level; this enables the programming of custom recipes. An injection calculator provides an estimate of recoat parameters that can be refined by the user. The tablet is shipped preloaded with files for common recoat and proof test parameters, but can store a virtually unlimited number of files; please see the Controllers tab for details.

Recoat Injector Configurations
Two recoat injector configurations are available. The PTR306 uses an automated pump to inject the recoat material. The amount of material dispensed by the automatic injector is controlled by hand via the top-mounted "Inject" button or programmed into the machine using the tablet controller. The PTR306B features a manual recoat injection system that requires the user to manually dispense the recoat material into the mold cavity; a replacement injector for the PTR306B recoater is available below. Please note that the automatic injector is only compatible with high-index recoat material, while the manual injector is compatible with both low- and high- index recoat material; both are sold separately below. Please contact Tech Support for more information.

Selecting a Mold Assembly or Fiber Holder Inserts
When selecting one of these recoaters, both a mold assembly and inserts for the fiber holding blocks (two top and two bottom, sold below) must be chosen. The mold assemblies are available for coating diameters of 280 µm, 430 µm, and 600 µm. Customized recoat diameters up to 900 µm are also available; please contact Tech Support for more information. The type of insert is dependent upon the type of integrated proof tester. The PTR306 and PTR306B are compatible with the VHJ series inserts.

Older models of the legacy PTR206B sold before 2015 (and later replaced by the PTR306B) used two different types of UV lamps (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 UV lamp (Item # UVRB, available below), which can be programmed for high- or low-powered output. For help with replacing the older, low-power lamp or to order systems that still use this lamp, please contact Tech Support.

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PTR306 Support Documentation
PTR306Fiber Recoater with Linear Proof Tester, Manual Mold Assembly and Automated Recoat Injector
$13,905.22
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PTR306B Support Documentation
PTR306BFiber Recoater with Linear Proof Tester, Manual Mold Assembly and Manual Recoat Injector
$12,525.52
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Fiber Recoaters with Rotary Proof Tester for Manual Mold Assembly

Included

  • Fiber Recoater with Integrated Rotary Proof Tester
  • Location-Specific Power Cord
  • Tablet Controller

Must be Purchased Separately

  • Mold Assembly (One Required)
  • Fiber Holder Top Inserts (Two Required)
  • Fiber Holder Bottom Inserts (Two Required)
  • High- or Low-Index Recoat Material (One Bottle Required)

Optional

  • Handset Controller (PTR307B Only)
  • Replacement UV Bulb
  • Replacement Manual Injector (PTR307B Only)
  • Replacement Proof Test Grips
Filter Holder in Stabilized Lamp
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PTR307B Recoater with Manual Injector
  • Fiber Recoaters with Manual Mold Assembly and Rotary Proof Tester
  • Proof and Tension Testing up to 89 N (20 lbs)
  • Compatible with Mold Assemblies with Coating Diameters of 280 µm, 430 µm, or
    600 µm
  • Recoats Fibers up to 50 mm in Length
  • Automatic and Manual Recoat Injector Configurations Available
  • Ideal for Low-Volume Manufacturing and R&D
  • Program Process Parameters via Included Tablet Controller

The PTR307 and PTR307B combine a fiber recoater and rotary proof tester into a single unit. These recoaters use a hinged mold assembly (sold separately below) to form the mold cavity for recoating; recoat material is injected through a cross-channel in the mold’s top plate. The integrated rotary proof tester can perform both proof and tension tests (≤89 N). Tension testing takes the fiber up to its breaking point, and the peak tension is recorded in units of tension (pounds, kilograms, or Newtons) or in units of stress (kpsi or GPa).

The PTR307 and PTR307B include a tablet controller that allows the user to program and control the unit. Adjustable settings include the inject rate, inject amount, cure time, lamp power, and proof test level; this enables the programming of custom recipes. An injection calculator provides an estimate of recoat parameters that can be refined by the user. The tablet is shipped preloaded with files for common recoat and proof test parameters, but can store a virtually unlimited number of files; please see the Controllers tab for details.

Recoat Injector Configurations
Two recoat injector configurations are available. The PTR307 uses an automated pump to inject the recoat material. The amount of material dispensed by the automatic injector is controlled by hand via the top-mounted "Inject" button or programmed into the machine using the tablet controller. The PTR307B features a manual recoat injection system that requires the user to manually dispense the recoat material into the mold cavity; a replacement injector for the PTR307B recoater is available below. Please note that the automatic injector is only compatible with high-index recoat material, while the manual injector is compatible with both low- and high- index recoat material; both are sold separately below. Please contact Tech Support for more information.

Selecting a Mold Assembly or Fiber Holder Inserts
When selecting one of these recoaters, both a mold assembly and inserts for the fiber holding blocks (two top and two bottom, sold below) must be chosen. The mold assemblies are available for coating diameters of 280 µm, 430 µm, and 600 µm. Customized recoat diameters up to 900 µm are also available; please contact Tech Support for more information. The type of insert is dependent upon the type of integrated proof tester. These units are compatible with the VHH series inserts.

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PTR307 Support Documentation
PTR307Fiber Recoater with Rotary Proof Tester, Manual Mold Assembly and Automated Recoat Injector
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PTR307B Support Documentation
PTR307BFiber Recoater with Rotary Proof Tester, Manual Mold Assembly and Manual Recoat Injector
$12,942.98
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Handset Controller for Large Diameter Cleavers and Manual Recoaters


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Screenshot of VYT300C Controller When Used with LDC401 Fiber Cleaver

Compatible Systems

  • LDC401 and LDC401A Fiber Cleavers
  • PTR303B, PTR304B, PTR306B, and PTR307B Fiber Recoaters
  • Alternative to Tablet Controller
  • Provides Full Functionality for Compatible Systems
  • Intuitive GUI
  • Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Compatible with LDC401(A) Cleavers and PTR30xB Recoaters
  • Smaller Footprint than Tablet Controller

This handset controller is available as an alternative to the tablet controller included with our Vytran Large Diameter Fiber Cleavers and Fiber Recoaters with Manual Mold Assemblies. A single handset controller can be used with multiple systems; after configuring parameters to one fiber processing unit, the controller can be disconnected and then connected to a different unit, of the same or a different type, to configure its parameters. 

The handset controller must be connected via the included cable in order to use it. The controller automatically turns on when the connected system is turned on. Upon startup, the handset controller will always read parameters from the connected system; i.e., the parameters that appear on the screen will always be the parameters that have been uploaded to the connected unit. If the parameters read from the unit match the parameters of the most recently opened file on the handset controller, the screen will display the file name.

The suite of tools available through the handset controller includes a record of the total cure time of the machine (under Process Counters) that is not shown on the tablet controller. This value may be reset each time the bulbs are replaced.

The handset controller can open, save, delete, export, and import files containing parameters for compatible systems. Exporting or importing a file will require a memory device to be connected to the Program Port of the handset controller.

Instructions for using this controller can be found in the manuals for the compatible Vytran systems.

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Mold Assemblies - One Required for Manual Fiber Recoaters

Item # Coating Size Compatible Recoaters
RM280A Ø280 µm PTR306, PTR306B
PTR307, & PTR307B
RM430A Ø430 µm
RM600A Ø600 µm
  • Compatible with Manual Fiber Recoaters
  • Three Available Mold Coating Sizes: Ø280 µm, Ø430 µm, and Ø600 µm
  • Recoats Fibers up to 50 mm in Length
  • Comes Installed from Factory when Purchased with Manual Recoater

The Mold Assemblies are composed of split quartz mold plates which, when closed, form the cylindrical mold cavity around the exposed section of the fiber being recoated. They are available for Ø280 µm, Ø430 µm, or Ø600 µm fiber coatings. Custom mold sizes up to Ø900 µm are available; please contact Tech Support for more information. These mold assemblies feature a lever to assist with opening and closing the mold.

Recoat material (sold below) is injected into the mold assembly by either an automatic or manual injection system. 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 RM280A mold assembly with high-index AB950200 recoat material to 30 - 60 seconds with the low-index PC373 recoat material.

When purchasing a manual fiber recoater for the first time, it is necessary to choose a mold assembly that is appropriate for the desired fiber coating diameter. Additional mold assemblies may also be purchased and swapped out by the user. The assembly simply screws to the top of the device, making the removal and install simple and easy. Because of this, our manual recoaters are adaptable and flexible in the field and can be modified to accept varying diameters of fiber quickly. It is also necessary to order the proper inserts (sold below) that best match the fiber diameter being used, whether purchasing a fiber recoater for the first time or updating a current recoater for a different fiber diameter.

Please note that these mold assemblies are only for the manual recoaters (Item #s PTR306, PTR306B, PTR307, and PTR307B); the automatic recoater (Item # PTR308) is sold with its own assembly already installed.

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RM280A Support Documentation
RM280ARecoater Mold Assembly with Lever, Ø280 µm Coating, 50 mm Max Recoat Length
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RM430A Support Documentation
RM430ARecoater Mold Assembly with Lever, Ø430 µm Coating, 50 mm Max Recoat Length
$4,370.67
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RM600A Support Documentation
RM600ARecoater Mold Assembly with Lever, Ø600 µm Coating, 50 mm Max Recoat Length
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Inserts for Fiber Holding Blocks - Two Top and Two Bottom Required

Compatible Fiber Buffer/Coating Diameters & Recoaters
Item # Top or Bottom Nominal Diameter Minimum Diameter Maximum Diameter Compatible Recoaters
VHJT Top - 80 µm 700 µm PTR306, PTR306B, &
PTR308
VHJT900a Top 900 µm 700 µm 1000 µm
VHJ250 Bottom 250 µm 80 µm 375 µm
VHJ500 Bottom 500 µm 375 µm 700 µm
VHJ900Sa Bottom 900 µm 700 µm 1000 µm
VHH000 Top - 90 µm 660 µm PTR307 & PTR307B
VHH900a Top 900 µm 700 µm 1000 µm
VHH100 Bottom 100 µm 90 µm 110 µm
VHH125 Bottom 125 µm 113 µm 137 µm
VHH160 Bottom 160 µm 144 µm 176 µm
VHH250 Bottom 250 µm 225 µm 275 µm
VHH300 Bottom 300 µm 250 µm 350 µm
VHH400 Bottom 400 µm 350 µm 450 µm
VHH500 Bottom 500 µm 450 µm 550 µm
VHH600 Bottom 600 µm 540 µm 660 µm
VHH900Sa Bottom 900 µm 810 µm 990 µm
  • Custom mold sizes are available for Ø900 µm fiber coatings for both our automatic and manual fiber recoaters. Please contact Tech Support for more information.
  • Fiber Block Inserts for Thorlabs' Fiber Recoaters
  • Two Types:
    • VHJ Series for Recoaters with Linear Proof Testers
    • VHH Series for Recoaters with Rotary Proof Testers
  • Choose Two Top Inserts and Two Bottom Inserts

For all the recoaters sold above, the proper set of inserts need to be selected. A total of four inserts (two top and two bottom) are required for a full unit. The inserts are seated in and secured to the fiber holding blocks. They can easily be swapped out for different sizes, allowing our recoaters to adapt quickly should different fiber coating sizes be desired.

We offer two types of inserts to meet the needs of the two styles of integrated proof testers featured in the recoaters sold on this page. The VHJ Series inserts are designed for recoaters with linear proof testers (Item #s PTR306, PTR306B, and PTR308). They are compatible with fiber coating sizes ranging from Ø80 µm to Ø1000 µm. The VHH Series inserts are designed for recoaters with a rotary proof tester (Item #s PTR307 and PTR307B) and offer a compatibility range from Ø90 µm to Ø990 µm.

Custom sizes are available; please contact Tech Support for additional information.

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VHJT Support Documentation
VHJTTop Insert for PTR301, PTR306, & PTR308, Flat
$110.37
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VHJT900 Support Documentation
VHJT900Top Insert for PTR301, PTR306, & PTR308, for Use with VHJ900S Only
$143.92
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VHJ250 Support Documentation
VHJ250Bottom Guide Insert for PTR301, PTR306, & PTR308, Ø80 µm - Ø375 µm Coating
$204.52
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VHJ500 Support Documentation
VHJ500Bottom Guide Insert for PTR301, PTR306, & PTR308, Ø375 µm - Ø700 µm Coating
$204.52
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VHJ900S Support Documentation
VHJ900SBottom Guide Insert for PTR301, PTR306, & PTR308, Ø700 µm - Ø1000 µm Coating
$143.92
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VHH000 Support Documentation
VHH000Top Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Flat
$54.11
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VHH900 Support Documentation
VHH900Top Insert for Use with VHH900S
$172.06
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VHH100 Support Documentation
VHH100Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø90 µm - Ø110 µm Coating
$172.06
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VHH125 Support Documentation
VHH125Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø113 µm - Ø137 µm Coating
$172.06
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VHH160 Support Documentation
VHH160Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø144 µm - Ø176 µm Coating
$172.06
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VHH250 Support Documentation
VHH250Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø225 µm - Ø275 µm Coating
$172.06
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VHH300 Support Documentation
VHH300Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø250 µm - Ø350 µm Coating
$172.06
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VHH400 Support Documentation
VHH400Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø350 µm - Ø450 µm Coating
$172.06
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VHH500 Support Documentation
VHH500Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø450 µm - Ø550 µm Coating
$172.06
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VHH600 Support Documentation
VHH600Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø540 µm - Ø660 µm Coating
$172.06
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VHH900S Support Documentation
VHH900SBottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø810 µm - Ø990 µm Coating
$172.06
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Recoat Materials - Choose Appropriate Material

Item # Recoat Material Compatible Recoaters
AB950200 High-Index PTR306, PTR306B, PTR307,
PTR307B, & PTR308
PC373 Low-Index PTR306B & PTR307B
  • AB950200: High-Index Recoat Material
  • PC373: Low-Index Recoat Material

Thorlabs offers UV-curable acrylate recoat materials to be used in our PTR series fiber recoaters. We offer both high-index (Item # AB950200) and low-index (Item # PC373) material in 1 oz bottles. The high-index material can be used in all recoaters (except the PRL201), whereas the low-index material can only be used in recoaters with the manual injection pump option.

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AB950200 Support Documentation
AB950200High-Index Recoat Material, 1 oz
$287.84
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PC373 Support Documentation
PC373Low-Index Recoat Material, 1 oz
$419.86
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Replacement UV Bulb for Manual Recoaters

Compatible Systems

  • PTR303, PTR303B, PTR304, and PTR304B Manual Fiber Recoaters
  • PTR306, PTR306B*, PTR307, and PTR307B 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, PTR204B*, PTR206, PTR206B, PTR207, and PTR207B* 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.

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UVRB Support Documentation
UVRBReplacement Recoat Bulb for Manual Fiber Recoaters, Qty. 1
$55.19
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Replacement Injector for Manual Recoaters

Compatible Systems

  • PTR303B Manual Fiber Recoater
  • PTR306B and PTR307B Manual Fiber Recoaters with Proof Tester
  • Discontinued PTR203B, PTR206B, and PTR207B Recoaters

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The PTRRRM is mounted to a recoater via two 4-40 mounting screws. 
  • Replacement Manual Injector for Dispensing Recoat Material into the Mold
  • Compatible with Select Vytran Manual Recoaters and PC373 and AB950200 Recoat Materials

The PTRRRM is a replacement manual injector for the Vytran fiber recoaters listed to the right. Each of these systems is shipped with a manual injector required for operation.

The manual injector can be mounted to compatible fiber recoaters via the 4-40 screws on the recoater housing (see photo to the right). Use a 3/32" hex key to secure the injector prior to use. To connect the PTRRRM to the recoater mold, tighten the connector at the end of the green plastic tubing, then loosen by a 1/4 turn to allow for rotation.

The injector is equipped with a distribution valve and two-position selection lever for directing the flow of recoat material. A knurled dispensing screw with an internal plunger acts as a syringe for the recoat material. To fill the syringe, point the lever downward (i.e., toward the recoat bottle), then rotate the knurled dispensing screw counterclockwise until it spins freely to fill the syringe (shown in the photo to the right). Then, to inject the recoat material into the mold, point the lever horizontally (i.e., facing the knurled screw) and rotate the screw clockwise until near the end of the travel range is reached. Avoid bottoming out the dispenser as this may damage the internal plunger; also take care when re-engaging the threads to avoid cross threading the dispensing screw. Several fill/inject steps may be needed until air is displaced within the system. Use lens tissue and an acetone or alcohol cleaning solution to collect any excess recoat material that flows from the mold.

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PTRRRM Support Documentation
PTRRRMReplacement Injector for Manual Fiber Recoaters
$1,327.76
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Replacement Proof Test Grips for Fiber Rotary Proof Testers

Compatible Systems

  • PTR302 Fiber Rotary Proof Tester
  • PTR307 and PTR307B Manual Fiber Recoaters with Proof Testers
  • FFS2000PT Fiber Preparation and Splicing Workstation
  • FFS2000WS Fiber Preparation, Splicing, and Proof Testing Workstation
  • Discontinued PTR201, PTR207, and PTR207B

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.

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PG200 Support Documentation
PG200Replacement Proof Test Grips for Rotary Proof Testers, Qty. 10
$55.19
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