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Vytran™ Fiber Recoaters


  • Recoat Fusion-Spliced Fibers to Restore Flexibility
  • Available with Manual or Automatic Mold Assembly and Recoat Injector
  • 50 mm or 100 mm Maximum Recoat Length

VHH500

Bottom Fiber Block Insert (Sold Separately)

PTR303B

Fiber Recoater with Manual Mold Assembly and Tablet Controller (Shown with Mold Assembly and Fiber Holder Inserts; Not Included)

PTR205

Fiber Recoater with Automatic Mold Assembly (Shown with Fiber Holder Inserts; Not Included)

RM430

Mold Assembly for Manual Recoater (Sold Separately)

VHH000

Top Fiber Block Insert (Sold Separately)

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Thorlabs' Fiber Recoater detailing the mold assembly, fiber block holders, and fiber block inserts.

Features

  • Recoat Spliced Fibers to Restore the Flexibility of the Fiber
  • Manual and Automatic System 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
  • Fully Programmable with Push Button Operation
    • Handset Controller Included with Automatic Recoater
    • Tablet Controller Included with Recoaters for Manual Mold Assemblies
  • 50 mm or 100 mm Maximum Recoat Length
  • Durable Quartz Mold Plate Capable of >10,000 Recoats
  • Replacement Components Sold Separately Below

Thorlabs' Vytran™ Fiber Recoaters restore the coating to a fusion-spliced fiber. The recoat material is injected through a cross-channel in the top plate into the mold assembly. Recoaters with manual or automatic mold assemblies are available. Our manual recoaters use a hinged top that can be opened and closed by hand while automatic recoaters utilize a pneumatic mold assembly that directly injects recoat material into the mold cavity. Both the automatic and manual recoaters use a split-quartz mold. The mold’s surface is coated to prevent any recoat material that migrates between the plates from curing and forming imperfections on the finished recoat.

Each recoater uses a volumetric dispensing pump to inject the recoat material into the mold cavity. This pump is available with an automatic injection system (Item #s PTR205, PTR303, and PTR304) or a manual injection system (Item #s PTR303B and PTR304B). The recoated fiber is then cured with an ultraviolet (UV) source. The fiber recoating process restores the buffer coating to a stripped fiber, giving it the same flexibility as when originally manufactured. Unlike standard heat shrink protection sleeves, a recoated fiber can be handled and coiled normally, without risking the fusion-spliced section of fiber.

The recoat process starts with the fusion-spliced section of fiber being placed in the middle of the mold assembly. 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. Due to their ability to restore a fusion-spliced fiber to original condition, fiber recoaters are ideal for manufacturing high-stress or sensitive fibers such as undersea optical fiber cables, submarine communication cabling, fiber lasers or Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) lasers.

Mold Assemblies
The PTR205 automatic recoater comes standard with a mold assembly for Ø430 µm coated fibers. For our recoaters using manual mold asemblies, 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.

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. The inserts cover a range of fiber coatings from Ø125 µm to Ø900 µm; a total of four are necessary for each recoater, two top inserts and two bottom inserts.

Recoat Materials
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 PTR303B and PTR304B) 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 PTR303 and PTR304) can be customized to work with both the low- and high-index recoat material; please contact Tech Support for more information.

Item # PTR205 PTR303 PTR303B PTR304 PTR304B
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 100 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 Halogen Lamps
(Replacement Item # UVRB, Available Below)
Recoat Injection Automatic Manuald Automatic Manual
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" × 5.0" × 5.0" (260 mm × 127 mm × 127 mm)
AC Power 110 - 120 V / 200 - 240 V, 47-63 Hz
Controller Type Handset Tablet Tablet Tablet Tablet
  • 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 Handset or 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 these recoaters should be cleaned before the first recoating process of the day and then again after the last recoating process of the day.

Tablet Controller GUI Interface

The recoaters for manual mold assemblies include a tablet controller, which provides a simple interface for configuring, controlling, and monitoring cleaver operation. The screenshots below (from the PTR303) highlight key features of the graphical user interface. Additionally, the user can 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, and a button to view or edit the parameters (magnifying glass and pen icon). The symbols on the right 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 (PTR303 and PTR304 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 be connected to the recoater for tracking material usage.
Purge Sequence
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Purge Sequence (PTR303 and PTR304 Only)
This screen allows the user to initiate a purge sequence to remove air bubbles or voids from the injection mechanism. The system should be purged whenever a new bottle of recoat material is installed.

Product Demonstrations

Thorlabs has demonstration facilitates for the Vytran™ fiber glass processing systems offered on this page within our Morganville, New Jersey; Shanghai, China; 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 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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The table below outlines the products and accessories necessary to purchase in order to construct a fully functioning fiber recoater system.

Vytran™ Fiber Recoater and Proof Tester Selection Guide
Component Item # PTR205 PTR303 PTR303B PTR304 PTR304B
Mold Assembly RM280 Mold Assembly for
Ø430 µm Fibers Included
Choose One Choose One Not Compatible Not Compatible
RM430
RM600
RM280L Not Compatible Not Compatible Choose One Choose One
RM430L
RM600L
Inserts VHH Series Choose 2 Top Inserts and 2 Bottom Inserts
Recoat Material High Index
(Item # AB950200)
Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Low Index
(Item # PC373)
Not Compatible Not Compatible Compatible Not Compatible Compatible
Controller Type Handset Tablet Tablet Tablet 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 Guidea
Item # PTR205 PTR208 PTR303 PTR303B PTR304 PTR304B PTR206 PTR206B PTR207 PTR207B PTR201 PTR202
Recoat Process Automatic yes yes - - - - - - - - - -
Manual - - yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes - -
Proof Tester Linear - yes - - - - yes yes - - yes -
Rotary - - - - - - - yes yes - yes
Recoat Injection Pump Automatic yes yes yes - yes - yes - yes - - -
Manual - - - yes - yes - yes - yes - -
Maximum Recoat Length 50 mm yes yes yes yes - - yes yes yes yes - -
100 mm - - - - yes yes - - - - - -
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 Dailyb After Every Recoat Process N/A
  • 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 Automatic Mold Assembly and Recoat Injector

Included

  • Automatic Fiber Recoater
  • Pneumatic Mold Assembly for Ø430 µm Coatings
  • Quick Snap-On Connectors for Compressed Air Source
  • Location-Specific Power Cord
  • Handset 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
  • Available Standard for Ø430 µm Coatings
  • Recoats Fibers up to 50 mm in Length
  • Compatible with High-Index Recoat Material
  • Ideal for Medium- to High-Volume Manufacturing

Thorlabs’ Automatic Fiber Recoater completely automates the fiber recoat process; fully programmable, it can be operated either through the handset controller (which gives full programming capabilities) or via buttons on the top of the machine. 

Our PTR205 Automatic Fiber Recoater uses a pneumatic mold assembly to control the mold plates. This design allows the recoat material to be directly injected into the mold cavity, eliminating any excess material, which would require cleaning after every recoat. Additionally, once the fiber is secured in the fiber holding blocks, the entire recoat process is performed automatically. This clean, automated process makes the PTR205 ideal for high-volume manufacturing. This recoater 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. It 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).

A handset controller, which comes standard with the PTR205, allows the user to control and program fully the unit. All recoat parameters can be set through this controller. 

Customized mold sizes for recoat diameters up to 900 µm; please contact Tech Support for more information.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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PTR205 Support Documentation
PTR205Fiber Recoater with Automatic Mold Assembly and Recoat Injector
$25,575.00
Today

Fiber Recoaters for Manual Mold Assembly and Automatic Recoat Injector

Included

  • Fiber Recoater
  • 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-Index Recoat Material (One Bottle Required)

Optional

  • Replacement UV Bulb
Filter Holder in Stabilized Lamp
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The PTR304 (shown with mold assembly) has a maximum recoat length of 100 mm, while the PTR303 has a maximum recoat length of 50 mm.
  • Compatible with Mold Assemblies with Coating Diameters of 280 µm, 430 µm, or 600 µm
  • Recoaters for Fiber Lengths up to 50 mm or 100 mm
  • Ideal for Low-Volume Manufacturing and R&D
  • Compatible with High-Index Recoat Material

These fiber recoaters use a hinged mold assembly (sold below) to form the mold cavity for recoating. This design allows the recoat material to be injected through a cross-channel in the mold’s top plate. Intended for low-volume manufacturing and R&D applications, the mold assembly can be easily swapped out and the process parameters can be easily changed, providing flexibility and adaptability, but requires cleaning between each recoat process.

These recoaters feature 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 by the included tablet controller. The automatic injector is only compatible with high-index recoat material (sold below); however, an add-on unit that can use both low- and high-index recoat materials is available. Please contact Tech Support for more information. 

When selecting one of these recoaters, both a mold assembly and appropriately sized fiber holding block inserts (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 and maximum recoating lengths of 50 mm (Item # PTR303) or 100 mm (Item # PTR304). Customized recoat diameters up to 900 µm are also available; please contact Tech Support for more information.

The PTR303 and PTR304 recoaters include a tablet controller that both allow the user to program and control the recoater unit (see image to the right). Adjustable settings include the inject rate, inject amount, cure time, lamp power, and programming 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 parameters, but can store an unlimited number of files; please see the Tablet Controller tab for details.

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PTR303 Support Documentation
PTR303Fiber Recoater with Manual Mold Assembly and Automatic Recoat Injector with Tablet Controller, 50 mm Max Fiber Recoat Length
$5,950.00
Lead Time
PTR304 Support Documentation
PTR304Fiber Recoater with Manual Mold Assembly and Automatic Recoat Injector with Tablet Controller, 100 mm Max Fiber Recoat Length
$10,225.00
Today

Fiber Recoaters for Manual Mold Assembly and Manual Recoat Injector

Included

  • Fiber Recoater
  • 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

  • Replacement UV Bulb
  • Replacement Manual Injector (PTR303B Only)
Filter Holder in Stabilized Lamp
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The PTR304B (shown with mold assembly) has a maximum recoat length of 100 mm, while the PTR303B has a maximum recoat length of 50 mm.
  • Compatible with Mold Assemblies with Coating Diameters of 280 µm, 430 µm, or
    600 µm
  • Recoaters for Fiber Lengths up to 50 mm or 100 mm
  • Compatible with High- and Low-Index Recoat Material
  • Ideal for Low-Volume Manufacturing and R&D

These fiber recoaters use a hinged mold assembly (sold below) to form the mold cavity for recoating. This design allows the recoat material to be injected through a cross-channel in the mold’s top plate. Intended for low-volume manufacturing and R&D applications, the mold assembly can be easily swapped out and the process parameters can be easily changed, providing flexibility and adaptability, but requires cleaning between each recoat process.

These recoaters feature a manual recoat injection system. The user is required to dispense the recoat material into the mold cavity. This manual injection system is compatible with both low- and high-index recoat material (sold below). Additionally, a replacement injector for the PTR303B recoater is available below. 

When selecting one of these recoaters, both a mold assembly and appropriately sized fiber holding block inserts (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 and maximum recoating lengths of 50 mm (Item # PTR303B) or 100 mm (Item # PTR304B). Customized recoat diameters up to 900 µm are also available; please contact Tech Support for more information.

The PTR303B and PTR304B recoaters include a tablet controller that both allow the user to program and control the recoater unit (see image to the right). Adjustable settings include the inject rate, inject amount, cure time, lamp power, and programming 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 parameters, but can store an unlimited number of files; please see the Tablet Controller tab for details.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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PTR303B Support Documentation
PTR303BFiber Recoater with Manual Mold Assembly and Manual Recoat Injector with Tablet Controller, 50 mm Max Fiber Recoat Length
$4,714.00
Lead Time
PTR304B Support Documentation
PTR304BFiber Recoater with Manual Mold Assembly and Manual Recoat Injector with Tablet Controller, 100 mm Max Fiber Recoat Length
$9,000.00
Lead Time

Mold Assemblies - One Required for Manual Fiber Recoaters

Item # Coating Size Maximum Recoat Length Compatible Recoaters
RM280 Ø280 µm 50 mm PTR303, PTR303B
PTR203a, PTR203Ba
RM430 Ø430 µm
RM600 Ø600 µm
RM280L Ø280 µm 100 mm PTR304, PTR304B
PTR204a, PTR204Ba
RM430L Ø430 µm
RM600L Ø600 µm
  • Discontinued Products
  • Mold Assemblies Compatible with Thorlabs' Manual Fiber Recoaters
  • Three Available Mold Coating Sizes: Ø280 µm, Ø430 µm, and Ø600 µm
  • 50 mm or 100 mm Maximum Recoat 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. 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 RM280 mold assembly with high-index AB950200 recoat material to 30 - 60 seconds with the low-index PC373 recoat material. When choosing a manual recoater (sold directly above), a mold assembly must also be ordered. They are available for Ø280 µm, Ø430 µm, or Ø600 µm fiber coatings and in maximum fiber recoat lengths of 50 mm (compatible with Item #s PTR303 and PTR303B) and 100 mm (compatible with Item #s PTR304 and PTR304B). Custom mold sizes up to Ø900 µm are available; please contact Tech Support for more information.

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 PTR303, PTR303B, PTR304, and PTR304B); the automatic recoater (Item # PTR205) is sold with its own assembly already installed.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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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
RM280L Support Documentation
RM280LRecoater Mold Assembly, Ø280 µm Coating, 100 mm Max Recoat Length
$6,100.00
Today
RM430L Support Documentation
RM430LRecoater Mold Assembly, Ø430 µm Coating, 100 mm Max Recoat Length
$6,100.00
Today
RM600L Support Documentation
RM600LRecoater Mold Assembly, Ø600 µm Coating, 100 mm Max Recoat Length
$6,100.00
Today

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
VHH000 Top - 90 µm 660 µm  PTR205,
PTR303, PTR303B,
PTR304, & PTR304B

PTR203b, PTR203Bb, PTR204b, PTR204Bb
VHH900a Top 900 µm 810 µm 990 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
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.
  • Discontinued Products
  • Fiber Block Inserts for Thorlabs' Fiber Recoaters
  • Compatible with Fiber Coating Diameters from 90 µm to 990 µm
  • Choose Two Top Inserts and Two Bottom Inserts

For all the recoaters sold above, the proper set of inserts needs 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. These inserts are compatible with fiber coatings ranging from Ø90 µm to Ø990 µm.

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

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VHH000 Support Documentation
VHH000Top Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Flat
$159.00
Today
VHH900 Support Documentation
VHH900Top Insert for Use with VHH900S
$159.00
Today
VHH100 Support Documentation
VHH100Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø90 µm - Ø110 µm Coating
$159.00
Today
VHH125 Support Documentation
VHH125Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø113 µm - Ø137 µm Coating
$159.00
Today
VHH160 Support Documentation
VHH160Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø144 µm - Ø176 µm Coating
$159.00
Today
VHH250 Support Documentation
VHH250Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø225 µm - Ø275 µm Coating
$159.00
Today
VHH500 Support Documentation
VHH500Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø450 µm - Ø550 µm Coating
$159.00
Today
VHH600 Support Documentation
VHH600Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø540 µm - Ø660 µm Coating
$159.00
Today
VHH900S Support Documentation
VHH900SBottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø810 µm - Ø990 µm Coating
$159.00
Today

Recoat Materials - Choose Appropriate Material

Item # Recoat Material Compatible Recoaters
AB950200 High Index PTR303, PTR303B, PTR304,
PTR304B, & PTR205
PTR203a, PTR203Ba, PTR204a, & PTR204Ba
PC373 Low Index PTR303B & PTR304B
PTR203B& PTR204Ba
  • Discontinued Products
  • 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
$266.00
Today
PC373 Support Documentation
PC373Low-Index Recoat Material, 1 oz
$388.00
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.

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

Compatible Systems

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

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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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PTRRRMReplacement Injector for Manual Fiber Recoaters
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