AFL Exhibiting at SPIE BiOS/Photonics West | Showcasing Glass Processing and Fiber Technology

Spartanburg, SC – AFL, an industry-leading manufacturer of specialty fibers, fiber optic cable, splicing and glass processing equipment and connectivity, is exhibiting at SPIE BiOS and Photonics West, January 22-27, at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, Booth #8013 (BiOS) and 3013 (Photonics West). Products being showcased include the LAZERMaster® glass shaping and splicing system, the Fujikura CT+ LDF cleavers and 500°C metal-coated specialty optical fiber. Join AFL representatives in the Demo Area for a LAZERMaster demonstration and learn more about core alignment for Large Mode Area (LMA) fibers during a poster presentation session.  

AFL’s new LZM-125A+ LAZERMaster® Splicing System is a glass processor and fiber ablation machine that uses a CO2 laser heat source to perform splicing, tapering, lensing ablation and other glass shaping operations with glass diameters from 80 µm up to 2.0 mm. The high-resolution optical analysis system works in conjunction with on-board firmware for fully automatic glass shaping processes. The LZM-125 splicing system also includes a self-contained workstation.

The Fujikura LDF Cleavers cleave fibers up to 1,250 μm and provides both flat (CT-104+ and CT-105+) and angled cleaves (CT-106+) using an automatic clamping system with programmable force. The CT+ series has an automatic clamping force feature that quickly sets the optimum clamping force—critical for providing quality cleaves without damaging the fiber. The color LCD shows cleaving progress and recommended insert size depending on fiber coating and cladding diameter, and the USB port allows for saving and storing cleaving programs to a PC or tablet. 

AFL’s 500°C Metal-Coated Optical Fibers VHT500 single-mode and VHT5000 multimode fibers feature advanced glass chemistries for improved performance in hydrogen-rich environments, and excellent optical performance in permanent, long-term exposure to temperatures up to 500°C. Learn more about this product by reading this white paper.

Learn more about AFL and its technologies by attending two sessions:

  • Tuesday, January 25, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., in Moscone West, Lobby (Level 3), Wenxin Zheng, Engineering Director of Fusion Splicing Systems, will be presenting a poster paper titled, “Core Alignment for Large Mode Area (LMA) Fibers.”
  • Wednesday, January 26 at 1:00 p.m. in Demo Area 2 (Hall D), Brad Hendrix, Market Manager, and Bill Jacobsen, Sr. Engineer, will jointly present “Reduced Diameter Bend-Insensitive Single-Mode Fiber as an iterative Evolution of Traditional Single-Mode Fiber.”
Learn more about AFL, its products and services by visiting www.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the electric utilities, wireline and wireless network operators, cloud content providers, and enterprise markets as well as industrial markets which support oil & gas, mining, defense and more. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com. Follow us on LinkedInXFacebook, and read our blog.

Michael Hetrick
National Sales Manager, AFL

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager, AFL