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  • Furukawa Electric Announces Hand-Held Single Fiber Fusion Splicer FITELNINJA NJ001

    BICSI, Booth 407, Orlando, Florida, February 23, 2015, - Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. is launching sales of the FITELNINJA NJ001 Fusion Splicer. This hand-held single fiber fusion splicer is ideal for working on LAN (Local Area Network) and FTTx (Fiber to the home/building/node/curb, etc.) connections.

    As robust as its predecessor the S123C, the FITELNINJA is considerably smaller and lighter offering the operator optimal ease of use, portability and durability.

    Development
    The ongoing expansion of FTTx networks worldwide calls for affordable, compact and light fusion splicers that are also robust and can safely be used in demanding environments including high, narrow or dark places both inside the home and on construction sites. Furukawa Electric has designed the FITELNINJA in order to meet these requirements.

    Features
    • Compact and light weight
    Size reduction of approximately 40% from its predecessor (S123C).
    • Ease of use
    ・ The splicing chamber has been redesigned; 4 times more space has been created around the fiber holders, providing enough room for the fingers to facilitate fiber loading.
    ・ The 3 LED lamps illuminating the splicing chamber make it easier to work in a dark environment.
    • Durability
    ・ Shock resistance
    The 4 rubber pads on the corners of the machine increase the shock resistance of the machine. Standard operations could be carried out after being dropped from 76cm on 5 different angles. *1)
    ・ Dust & Water resistance
    Standard operations could be properly carried out after having conducted IP52 equivalent tests.*2) *3)
    • Easy maintenance
    ・ The FITELNINJA features the industry’s first detachable V-groove, and retains the tool-less electrode replacement and mirror free alignment system of its predecessor the S123C. These features make it easier to maintain the fusion splicer in an optimal condition.
    • Fast operation
    Incorporates fast splicing (approximately 13 seconds*4)) with low loss as well as fast heating (approximately 20 seconds*5)) for single fibers.
    • Battery Capacity
    With its low power consumption, the NJ001 is capable of performing 100 splicing and heating cycles on a single battery charge.
    • Compatibility with Splice-on-Connectors (SOC)
    The detachable heater clamp aids ease of operation for SOCs heat sleeve shrinking process.

    About Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.

    Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (OFS) is an $11 billion global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of fiber optic products, network products, electronics components, power cables, nonferrous metals, and other advanced technology products. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Furukawa operates production facilities on five continents around the globe, including OFS in the U.S.A., Europe and China.

  • Battelle’s HeatCoatTM Anti-Icing Technology for Drones Passes Key Milestone in Wind Tunnel Testing

    Success at a leading test facility means unique carbon nanotube coating now ready for flight demonstration phase

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 19, 2015)—While most of the country was trying to avoid ice, wind and cold, Battelle researchers were seeking it out to test a new in-flight ice protection system for unmanned aerial vehicles, and ultimately other aircraft.

    Battelle’s HeatCoatTM technology was integrated with representative wing and engine inlet test articles, and then placed into a leading aircraft manufacturer’s research aero-icing tunnel, a chamber designed to generate the icing conditions encountered during flight. Temperatures were as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit with air speeds up to 182 Knots. After four days of demonstration and testing, the results showcased HeatCoat’s ability to perform anti-icing and de-icing functions successfully.

    Battelle’s ice protection technology utilizes a carbon nanotube coating that can be sprayed onto an aircraft surface much like paint, creating a heated area when power is applied. An intelligent controller monitors the heater performance and applies only the power levels required for the flight conditions. This method is lighter than traditional ice protection systems, can operate on less power, has no moving parts, and can be retrofitted to existing assets.

    “Battelle has made a long term investment in this technology because we think it is so promising,” said Ron Gorenflo HeatCoat Systems Product Manager. “Our recent tests validated improvements we’ve made and prove that we are ready to go from a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 on to a TRL 7 once we identify a key partner to help complete the next step of this process.”

    Battelle’s product is radically different from other ice protection systems, such as bleed air (heating the surface with hot engine air), pneumatic boots (inflating rubber boots to break ice from the surface) or weeping wings (releasing toxic antifreeze fluid from the wing). These more traditional solutions can be too complex, too heavy or draw too much power to be effective, especially on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have limited payload and power capacities.

    The program started in January 2010, when Battelle scientists completed an internally-funded research and development project in which they conducted initial feasibility tests of the coating in an icing tunnel at conditions found in FAA Regulation 25 Appendix C, “Flight Into Known Icing Conditions.” Success there led to the conclusion that a carbon nanotube-based coating was a potentially transformative technology—one that could provide an affordable, durable, lightweight ice protection solution for any aerial platform that needs it.

    About Battelle

    Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.

  • OFS Launches New Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Probe Capability

    Norcross, Georgia. 7 February 2015 - OFS, a leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of innovative fiber optic products will showcase its new OCT optical fiber assembly capabilities at the BiOS / Photonics West Exposition located at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California from 7 through 12 February 2015.

    OFS has developed a technology platform to build high quality optical fiber probes with flexible tip lensing designs to meet critical OCT imaging specifications such as: insertion loss, internal back reflection, beam size, and working distance.

    Mr. R. Steve Allen, OFS Marketing Manager states, “because OFS is vertically integrated with preform (glass) manufacturing, we can make a wide range of fibers with unique features such as select cutoff, specific numerical apertures, graded index fibers, and coreless fibers.” Mr. Allen continues, “in addition, we have extensive polishing and fiber tip shaping skills and can assemble a custom lens design for each customer.”

    For more information on these and other OFS products, stop by the OFS booth #9023 at BiOS or #1023 at Photonics West or visit www.ofsoptics.com.

    About OFS
    OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, fiber optic cable, connectivity, fiber-to-the-subscriber (FTTX) and specialty photonics products. We provide reliable, cost-effective solutions for a broad range of applications including telecommunications, medicine, industrial automation, sensing, government, aerospace and defense. These products help our customers meet the needs of consumers and businesses, both today and into the future.

    Headquartered in Norcross (near Atlanta) Georgia, U.S.A., OFS is a global provider with facilities in China, Denmark, Germany, Russia and the United States. OFS is part of Furukawa Electric Company, a multi-billion dollar leader in optical communications.

    OFS