High-Speed MT Connector Assembly Method

Koji SHIBATA  Masaaki TAKAYA  Kazuo HOGARI  Izumi SANKAWA  Tadashi HAIBARA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E89-B   No.2   pp.413-418
Publication Date: 2006/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e89-b.2.413
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Optical Fiber for Communications
Keyword: 
connectors,  optical fibers,  assembly,  optical communication,  optical components,  

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Summary: 
This paper describes a high-speed MT connector assembly method. This technique uses adhesive with a short hardening time, is highly reliable and does not require a polishing process, thus reducing the connector assembly time. First, we investigated an alpha-cyanoacrylate adhesive that hardens quickly and whose adhesive strength does not decrease under high humidity and high temperature conditions, thus ensuring its excellent reliability for outside use. In addition, we investigated variations in the position of the fiber endface on the ferrule endface with a view to obtaining a low insertion loss. Based on the results, we assembled an MT connector using our proposed high-speed assembly method. We confirmed that the assembly time could be reduced to less than 70% of the time required with the conventional method. MT connectors assembled using this technique have a low insertion loss and stable environmental characteristics.