Create an Account  |   Log In

View All »Matching Part Numbers


Your Shopping Cart is Empty
         

Vytran® Fiber Preparation, Splicing, and Proof Testing: SM and MM


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

FFS2000PT

Illustration Shown with Recoat Mold Assembly (Purchased Separately)

Base Unit and Components Sold Separately

RM430

Recoat Mold Assembly

FTV7

Tungsten Fusion Splicing Filament

CST080180

Thermo-Mechanical Stripping Blade Insert Set

Related Items


Please Wait

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.

The Process for Fusion Splicing

The FFS2000PT 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 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

The video above shows the operation of our family of workstations using the FFS2000WS, which includes rotational alignment for PM fibers, as an example.

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
  • 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 is for SM and MM fibers and includes 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 FFS2000PT 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 FFS2000PT provides a fast and accurate alignment system. Alternately, the stepper motors in the FFS2000PT 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 FFS2000PT 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 FFS2000PT 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.

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

Item # FFS2000PT
Accepted Fiber Cladding Diameters 80 to 200 µm
Fiber Type SM or MM
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 Imaging® 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)
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
Click to Enlarge

Thorlabs Vytran USA
Morganville, New Jersey, USA

1400 Campus Dr
Morganville, NJ 07751
USA

Appointment Scheduling and Customer Support

Thorlabs' Morganville Office
Click to Enlarge


Please Give Us Your Feedback
 
Email Feedback On
(Optional)
Contact Me:
Your email address will NOT be displayed.
 
 
Please type the following key into the field to submit this form:
Click Here if you can not read the security code.
This code is to prevent automated spamming of our site
Thank you for your understanding.
  
 
Would this product be useful to you?   Little Use  1234Very Useful

Enter Comments Below:
 
Characters remaining  8000   
Posted Comments:
No Comments Posted

All-in-One Preparation, Fusion Splicing, and Proof Testing Workstation - Base Unit

Components Included

  • FFS2000PT Base Unit
  • One FTV7 Tungsten Filament Assembly Installed
  • Two VHG125 Graphite V-Grooves Installed
  • FHB1 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)
  • Additional Graphite V-Groove Inserts
  • Additional Fusion Splicing Filaments
  • Mold Assembly for Recoater (One Required)
  • Recoat Materials (One Required)
  • >99.999% Purity Argon Gas (Not Available from Thorlabs)
  • Soaking and Cleaning Solvents (Not Available from Thorlabs)

To begin the process of purchasing your complete fiber preparation and fusion splicing workstation, add the Item # FFS2000PT 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 FFS2000PT 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.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
FFS2000PT Support Documentation
FFS2000PTFiber Stripper, Cleaner, Cleaver, Splicer, Recoater, and Proof Tester for SM and MM Fiber - Base Unit
$58,675.00
Today

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

Compatible Fiber Buffer/Coating Diameters
Item # Nominal Diameter Minimum Diameter Maximum Diameter
VHH100 100 µm 90 µm 110 µm
VHH125 125 µm 113 µm 137 µm
VHH160 160 µm 144 µm 176 µm
VHH250 250 µm 225 µm 275 µm
VHH300 300 µm 250 µm 350 µm
VHH400 400 µm 350 µm 450 µm
VHH500 500 µm 450 µm 550 µm
VHH600 600 µm 540 µm 660 µm
VHH900S 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 (See Table to the Right)
  • Two Required: One Each for Left and Right Holding Blocks

These Bottom V-Groove Inserts are designed for the FHB1 Non-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 cladding diameters; compatibility is listed in the table to the right.

Two bottom inserts from the list below must be purchased in order to operate your workstation. When purchased with a workstation base unit, the bottom fiber holding block inserts will be installed at the factory. If necessary, these inserts can be replaced by the user. In addition, a top insert (sold in the next product grouping) is required.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
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
VHH300 Support Documentation
VHH300NEW!Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø250 µm - Ø350 µm Coating
$159.00
Today
VHH400 Support Documentation
VHH400NEW!Bottom V-Groove Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Ø350 µm - Ø450 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

Top Inserts for Non-Rotating Fiber Holding Blocks - Two Required

Required Top Insert Selection Guide
Bottom V-Groove Insert Item # Top Insert VHH000 Top Insert VHH900
VHH100
VHH125
VHH160
VHH250
VHH500
VHH600
VHH900S
  • Select the Top Inserts that Match Your Bottom V-Groove Inserts Selected Above (See Table to the Right)
  • Two Required: One Each for Left and Right Fiber Holding Blocks

In addition to the bottom V-groove inserts that must be installed in the FHB1 non-rotating fiber holding blocks, top inserts must be purchased as well. There are two choices of top inserts. The VHH000 is a flat insert that fits in the lid of one of the fiber holding blocks; it is compatible with all of our bottom V-Groove inserts except the VHH900S. If you are using the VHH900S as a bottom V-groove insert, you must select the VHH900 as the top insert to allow clearance for the lid of the holding block to close.

When purchased with a workstation base unit, the top inserts will be installed at the factory. If necessary, the top 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
VHH000 Support Documentation
VHH000Top Insert for FHB1 and PTR Series, Flat
$50.00
Today
VHH900 Support Documentation
VHH900Top Insert for Use with VHH900S
$159.00
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

Additional Graphite V-Groove Inserts for Splicing Unit

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 (Two VHG125 are Installed with System)
  • 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; two VHG125 inserts are included with the system. 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

Additional Fusion Splicing Filaments

  • 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 FTV7 filament comes pre-installed in the 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
Today
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, Ø280 µm Coating, 50 mm Max Recoat Length
$4,039.00
Today
RM430 Support Documentation
RM430Recoater Mold Assembly, Ø430 µm Coating, 50 mm Max Recoat Length
$4,039.00
Today
RM600 Support Documentation
RM600Recoater Mold Assembly, 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

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
Click to Enlarge

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*, 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*, 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.

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
Today

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 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.

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
Today
Log In  |   My Account  |   Contact Us  |   Careers  |   Privacy Policy  |   Home  |   FAQ  |   Site Index
Regional Websites: West Coast US | Europe | Asia | China | Japan
Copyright 1999-2017 Thorlabs, Inc.
Sales: 1-973-300-3000
Technical Support: 1-973-300-3000


High Quality Thorlabs Logo 1000px:Save this Image