Nextrom’s Advanced Coloring System OFC 52i

PUBLISHED: 14 Aug 09

Nextrom's high speed optical fiber coloring line
Nextrom's high speed optical fiber coloring line

Nextrom developed a high speed optical fiber coloring line to improve productivity and to provide the flexibility to manufacturing a variety of quality products. The development focused upon the design of key line components to achieve speeds up to 3000 m/min for coloring. A robust mechanical and electrical design, in combination with optimized tooling, improved UV lamp system, UV monitoring instrumentation and increased spool sizes provide the capability to produce longer fiber lengths with faster set-ups. The result is a significant productivity improvement. Previous developments of UV up-coating and ring marking were incorporated into the new design to provide the flexibility to manufacture a wide variety of products.

This work focused upon productivity improvements for optical fiber coloring/upcoat equipment. Nextrom developed a new machine to achieve higher speeds in combination with longer lengths and faster set-ups to provide the flexibility to efficiently manufacture a variety of products.

It consists of a large capacity spool pay-off, a dancer for pay-off speed control, a coating station, followed by a series of high powered UV lamps below the coater. The precision capstan is located below the UV lamps. The fiber then passes through a dancer and a “tension balancer”, which reduces loops causing OTDR steps, before being precisely wound onto a large capacity traversing take-up spool. Optional pay-off/take-up sizes are available as well as ring marking.

Nextrom Oy, Finland
Tel: + 358 9 5025 1
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