AFL Updates Firmware on Fujikura LDF Cleavers

Spartanburg, SC – AFL, a division of Fujikura Ltd., announces updated firmware for the Fujikura CT-104/105/106 fiber optic LDF (Large Diameter Fiber) cleavers. The new version, 01.010a, includes a special cleaving function that makes a small score on the surface of the fiber, increasing the tension until the fiber breaks. Originally, the CT-series cleavers applied a predefined tension to the fiber being cleaved and a blade struck the fiber surface until the fiber broke.
“This method of cleaving produces a much better endface quality for special fiber cleaving such as high dopant fibers, capillary tubing, and air-hole or PCF fibers,” explained Brad Hendrix, global specialty marketing manager for AFL.
Fujikura’s LDF cleavers provide advanced cleaving solutions for end-users in fiber and laser manufacturing, fiber sensor manufacturing across the oil and gas sectors, university and R&D divisions, submarine cabling, defense, optical components and medical applications. With the ability to cleave 80 μm to 1.25 mm diameter fibers, flat and angled, the cleaver’s programming features allow for optimal and consistent results.
The LDF cleaver offers extensive programmable features including a programmable automatic clamp function, an angle cleaving function (0 – 15° for fibers up to 800 µm), storage for up to 100 program modes, a blade life of 20,000 cleaves with a cladding diameter of 125 µm and applicable optical fiber, including glass optical fibers and capillary. Additionally, the product supports single fibers and features a color LCD monitor.

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Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. 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.

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Brad Hendrix
Global Specialty Market Manager

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager