Advanced Technology Symposium Conference Proceedings


Author: William L. Emkey
Company: kSARIA Corporation
Date Published: 6/11/2002   Conference: Advanced Technology Symposium

Abstract: Today optical component and subsystem manufacturing operations consist of an extensive use of manual operations that have inherent limitations in meeting the cost and performance requirements needed for the expansion of today’s networks. Among these manual operations are fundamental fiber processes such as stripping, cleaning, cleaving, and fusion splicing. Because these key operations are particularly susceptible to human error, each process benefits from the implementation of automation. The incorporation of automation for these processes improves product quality while reducing overall manufacturing operating expenses.

Consequently we are seeing an increase in the deployment of automation in the fiber-optic industry. However these operations often include only modest degrees of automation in that they are typically isolated semi-automated manufacturing cells, each performing only a single-process and requiring varying degrees of manual assistance. The industry is now extending beyond these semi-automated work cells to incorporate the advantages of more fully automated in-line manufacturing solutions.

Keywords: automation, fiber, components, fusion, splicing, pigtails, modules.

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