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AFL Launches Two New Fusion Splicers in ARCMaster® Series


Spartanburg, SC – AFL announces the launch of two new Fujikura fusion splicers, the FSM-100P+ and the FSM-100M+, adding to its current ARCMaster® series which consists of the FSM-100M/100P released in August 2010. The new fusion splicers provide further advanced capabilities, including an innovative "end-view" fiber observation system and XLDF (Extra Large Diameter Fiber) splicing capability.

With the number and type of optical fibers for fusion splicing applications rapidly increasing and diversifying beyond telecommunications, additional capabilities were needed to adapt to fiber lasers, sensors, research and development, and the medical field. Features of the new FSM-100M+ and FSM-100P+ include:

End-view fiber observation system
The cleaved ends of the optical fiber are observed in the axial direction by means of a mirror that directs the fiber end image into the camera system, allowing precise alignment and splicing of uniquely structured fibers, such as PM, multi-core, non-circular (hexagonal, octagonal, etc.) or micro-structured "holey" fibers.

XLDF splicing capability
Large diameter fibers up to 1200 µm cladding diameter can be spliced with air-cooled 3mm diameter electrodes that oscillate up/down during splicing. The up/down electrode oscillation produces "Plasma Zone Path Modulation" in order to evenly heat very large fibers. In addition to the original "Plasma Zone Control" fiber and electrode positioning techniques introduced with the 100M/P series, the "Plasma Zone Path Modulation" now provides unprecedented versatility for a wider variety of optical fibers including XLDF.

Enhanced sweep arc technology
The travel range for the "sweep arc" is now increased to +/- 18 mm for improved MFD matching capability and for improved ability to reshape non-circular fibers in preparation for splicing. This (as well as the increased left/right Z-stages travel) also allows for creation of longer tapered fibers.

Split v-groove and height adjustable fiber stage
This revolutionary design provides firm fiber clamping ranging from 60 µm to 1200 µm in cladding diameter.

Features specific to the FSM-100P+
The FSM-100P+ also has three PM alignment technologies. To properly align and splice the ever-increasing and technically challenging variety of PM fibers, Fujikura developed IPA, a new alignment technology. The FSM-100P+ includes both traditional PAS alignment as well as the new IPA technology, providing users with the most comprehensive capabilities on the market for splicing PM fiber. With the new FSM-100P+, the end-view observation system adds a third PM fiber alignment technology, in addition to the traditional PAS and the IPA methods.

About the ARCMaster® series
All ARCMaster® series of fusion splicers possess a special arc calibration technology which facilities an easy transfer of high end splicing applications from R&D to production by ensuring consistent performance and enables full exploitation of "Plasma Zone" capabilities. In addition, by combining the best features of both cold and warm splice imaging, these new generation splicers offer extraordinary accuracy for splice loss estimation. With a production friendly design, both splicers are consistent with the most popular splicing workbenches in use today. With its low profile, fiber catch points are virtually eliminated.

Customers can now upgrade firmware as new capabilities become available from Fujikura. Upgrading is as simple as connecting a USB cable to your splicer. An industry first!

At Photonics West
The new FSM-100P+ ARCMaster® splicer will be demonstrated at Photonics West 2011 in AFL's Booth #4103. On Tuesday, January 23, Doug Duke, Senior Application Engineer, will present "State of the ARC Fusion Splicing Technology" and discuss the entire ARCMaster® series of fusion splicers including the FSM-100M/P and FSM-100M+/P+ to attendees. Demo Area 3 (North Hall) at 10:30 a.m.

For additional information on AFL's ARCMaster® series, visit

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise and wireless markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics and medical. The company's diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, conductor accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their business.

AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

About Fujikura
Fujikura is the world's leading manufacturer of fiber optic cables and equipment for installation, measurement, and testing. Fujikura incorporates "Tsunagu" technology making the Fujikura name synonymous with fiber optic fusion splicers. Visit for more information.


Greg Pickeral
Product Manager, AFL

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager, AFL