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A Fully Automatic Optical Fiber Arc-Fusion Splice Machine
Tadashi HAIBARA Masao TACHIKURA Michito MATSUMOTO Ryosuke ARIOKA
IEICE TRANSACTIONS (1976-1990)
Publication Date: 1985/12/25
Print ISSN: 0000-0000
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Transmission Systems
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This paper describes a newly developed fully automatic arc-fusion splice machine, by which all splice processes such as stripping, cutting, alignment, fusion, and reinforcement are carried out sequentially without human intervention. Fibers are aligned by using movable arms with 2 µm position accuracy controlled by microscopic image processing. Spliced portion is reinforced by a pair of plates with hot-melt adhesive. By using the new machine, an average splice loss of 0.07 dB and a median tensile strength of 2.6 GPa with reinforcement are obtained for graded-index multimode fibers.