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Measuring optical fiber coatings with automated system from Arden Photonics

Date Announced: 17 Feb 2021

Solihull, UK -- Developed by Arden Photonics in response to customer demand, the FGC-P is a new fully automated system for directly measuring the geometry of optical fiber coatings. Able to measure fibers with coating diameters from 100 µm to 260 µm, the fast, user friendly system is ideal for producing reliable, accurate measurements in production and R&D environments.

Parameters that can be measured include coating diameter, coating non-circularity and coating-cladding concentricity in standard telecom fibers as well as in specialty products such as polarization maintaining (PM) fibers.

Arden Photonics' novel liquid cell enables it to handle thin fibers with dimensions down to 60 µm cladding / 100 µm coating, and layer thicknesses as small as 10 µm.

Standard cells are available for fibers with nominal coating thicknesses of 245, 200 and 100 µm coating diameter, while the cell can be modified on customer request to accommodate non-standard coating diameters. Fibers can be rotated into up to 36 different positions to ensure accurate measurement of coating concentricity and non-circularity.

The FGC-P is configured to measure dual-layer coatings - useful for many standard and specialty fibers - and is standards compliant, using the side-view reference test method set out in IEC-60793-1-21.

About Arden Photonics

Arden Photonics Ltd was founded in 2001 with the aim of developing, manufacturing and selling innovative products for the photonics industry worldwide. It also provides technical consultancy in optical fiber metrology.

Image caption: The FGC-P from Arden Photonics is a fully automated system for rapidly measuring the geometry of optical fiber coatings.


Arden Photonics
Royston House
267 Cranmore Boulevard
B90 4QT, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 121 733 7721

E-mail: enquiries@ardenphotonics.com

Web Site: www.ardenphotonics.com

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