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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.

    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.

    • 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

  • 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

    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.

  • LORD MicroStrain Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award

    (Cary, N.C. – Dec. 5, 2014) – LORD Corporation MicroStrain® Sensing Systems – a global leader in developing embedded sensing systems for aerospace and industrial markets – was recently selected by Energy Harvesting Journal for having the “Best Technical Development of an Energy Harvesting Device.”

    LORD Microstrain was selected for the development of its On-Rotor Helicopter HUM (Health & Usage Monitoring) System Powered by Vibration Energy Harvesting. The award was announced on Nov. 20 at the opening day of the IDTechEx event. The winners this year were chosen by Peter Fuhr, Ph.D., Distinguished Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Nikos B. Pronios, Ph.D., Lead Technologist - ICT, Technology Strategy Board; and Steve Halliday, President, RAIN RFID.

    As noted in the award announcement, “though the technological principles behind magneto-inductive energy harvesters have been understood for many decades, the successful application of such a harvester to solve real-world problems presents many obstacles which LORD Microstrain successfully tackled, in order to develop this solution for Agusta Westland. It was developed in the initial phase of a project under its Rotorcraft Technology Validation Program, which aimed at development and testing of a wireless, self-powered sensor node that could operate on the main rotor rotating swashplate.”

    The goal of the On-Rotor HUM system is to monitor the temperature and vibration of the main swashplate bearing, as indicators of that bearing’s health. The system consists of a vibration energy harvester which powers a wireless sensor node integrated into a 90x50x50mm enclosure mounted on the rotating side of the swashplate. The sensor node conditions and collects data from two charge type accelerometers and an RTD, all mounted in close proximity to the swashplate’s main bearing race. The sensor node is configured to wake up and collect a temperature measurement every ten seconds. At ten-minute intervals it additionally collects a two-second burst of 4kHz data from both accelerometers. All data is transmitted wirelessly to a gateway in the cabin.

    “We’re very proud to be recognized by Energy Harvesting Journal for this exciting technology,” said Stephen DiStasi, LORD MicroStrain’s Senior Engineering Manager. “It’s another testament to our mission of providing innovative custom sensing solutions for our customers.”

    The energy harvesting wireless sensor node paradigm is enabling technology for making measurements on the rotorhead of helicopters. Other measurements such as pitch link strain (load) can be useful in assessing health and usage of a range of critical components. The same paradigm can be employed for a wide range of demanding measurement applications, such as industrial pump monitoring and other forms of vehicle monitoring.

    About LORD MicroStrain

    The range of LORD MicroStrain® sensing solutions includes inertial measurement systems, micro-displacement transducers, wireless sensor networks and energy harvesting technologies. Solutions range from rapidly deployed test and measurement to long-term embedded health monitoring. Applications include structural health monitoring, condition-based maintenance, navigation and control, environmental monitoring, and rotating component health. Recognized as a leader in the sensor industry, LORD MicroStrain has received numerous product innovation awards. For more information, visit

    About LORD Corporation

    LORD Corporation is a diversified technology and manufacturing company developing highly reliable adhesives, coatings, motion management devices, and sensing technologies that significantly reduce risk and improve product performance. For 90 years, LORD has worked in collaboration with our customers to provide innovative aerospace, defense, automotive and industrial solutions. With world headquarters in Cary, N.C. and 2013 revenues in excess of $880 million, LORD has more than 2,900 employees in 25 countries and operates 15 manufacturing facilities and nine R&D centers worldwide. LORD actively promotes STEM education and many other community engagement initiatives where we work and live. For more information, visit

  • US Rep. Elizabeth Esty Visits OFS Specialty Photonics Facility

    Congresswoman tours Avon, CT facility to see local impact of photonics research and development

    Avon, Connecticut, December 16, 2014 - Today, Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) toured OFS’ Specialty Photonics facility in Avon, CT, to see first-hand the impact of photonics on the community, state and the nation. During the site visit, she met with employees and business leaders to discuss the benefits of photonics and the role that OFS is playing in solving the challenges of a modern world by harnessing the power of light.

    “Many people take for granted the modern-day technologies made possible largely by photonics,” said Congresswoman Esty, a member of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Research and Technology Subcommittee. “From computers to smart phones, photonics are a critical part of our daily life. OFS is on the cutting edge of photonics research, and its Avon facility supports good-paying jobs right here in central and northwest Connecticut. It was rewarding to see first-hand the ways in which OFS and its talented workforce are using photonics to improve the way we live and work. I’m committed to continuing to do all I can in Congress as a member of the Research and Technology Subcommittee to support basic research and development, which is critical for companies like OFS in Connecticut and for our global competitiveness.”

    OFS Specialty Photonics facility in Avon employs 140 people and sources materials in the northeast region, while exporting to customers across the globe. The site has been in operation in the Farmington River Valley for more than 30 years and is a pioneer in the development and manufacture of optical fiber solutions for a host of industries. Among other areas of specialty, OFS utilizes photonics technology to help its customers improve the reach and capacity of telecommunications systems; enable the use of lasers in the surgical suite; provide real-time data to optimize oil field production; and develop sensors to monitor the health of man-made structures and the human body.

    “It was a privilege to host Congresswoman Esty and demonstrate to her OFS’ commitment to improving our everyday lives through photonics enabled technology,” stated Dr. Timothy F. Murray, CEO and Chairman of OFS. “Inclusion of optics and photonics in the recently passed Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act send a strong signal from Congress that investing in this field is critical to the American workforce and economy. We appreciate the work that Rep. Esty has done on behalf of our business and our district, and we look forward to continuing to work with her and others in Congress to bridge the gap between basic research and product development to ensure U.S. leadership in photonics.”

    Historically, the United States has been the world leader in deploying photonics research to power cutting-edge technologies, but global competition has put our leadership position at risk, causing a substantial loss of global market share to overseas competitors as well as thousands of U.S. jobs. Through the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), OFS is working to raise awareness about photonics and unite industry, academia and government experts to identify and advance areas of photonics critical to maintaining U.S. competitiveness and national security: advanced manufacturing, communication and information technology, defense and national security, energy, and health and medicine. U.S. investment in these photonics-driven fields will create jobs and grow our economy, protect and improve the lives of our people, and position the United States as a global technology leader.

    “Educating the public about photonics is key to the future of companies such as OFS and our country,” added Murray. “It was a pleasure to host Congresswoman Esty, and we welcome the opportunity to showcase our work and technology to others both locally and in Washington, DC.”

    About OFS

    OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, optical fiber cable, connectivity, FTTx and specialty photonics solutions. Our marketing, sales, manufacturing and research teams provide forward-looking, innovative products and solutions in areas including Telecommunications, Medicine, Industrial Automation, Sensing, Government, Aerospace and Defense applications. We provide reliable, cost effective optical solutions to enable our customers to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s digital and energy consumers and businesses.
    OFS’ corporate lineage dates back to 1876 and includes technology powerhouses such as AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Today, OFS is owned by Furukawa Electric, a multi-billion dollar global leader in optical communications.

  • FAA Grants Woolpert Exemption to Fly Unmanned Aircraft in Ohio

    Allows company for first time to fly unmanned aerial system (UAS) commercially for data collection

    DAYTON, Ohio, December 10, 2014 — Woolpert, Inc., a national geospatial, infrastructure management and design firm specializing in high-tech mapping and imagery collection services, has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly its unmanned aerial system commercially in Ohio and Ship Island, Miss. This exemption comes after years of research and development as well as close coordination with the FAA. This grant of exemption by the FAA marks the first for a surveying and aerial mapping company to be approved to fly a UAS commercially in designated airspace.

    “Woolpert has been providing surveying and mapping services for more than 50 years, with a focused commitment on the advancement of related technologies and processes. UAS technology will enable a revolutionary leap in terms of capability, repeatability and efficiency when it comes to monitoring and mapping services,” said Jeff Lovin, Woolpert senior vice president. “UAS will change the way we conduct some of our existing business in the not-too-distant future, but more importantly, will create completely new and world-changing applications we haven’t even thought of yet.”

    The data applications with a UAS are far reaching and range from rapid damage assessment and emergency response to surveying and mapping of energy and transportation corridors, construction monitoring, environmental studies and precision agriculture, which could be impactful national disaster recovery to individual farmers. “The data we will be able to collect in Ohio through this exemption will serve as the foundation for a proof of concept on a number of national applications for UAS,” said Matt Hutchinson, Ph.D., Woolpert associate and research scientist, “and we look forward to offering this new technology and its applications to benefit organizations across the U.S.”

    This exemption marks a significant milestone for the state of Ohio. With its aviation heritage, Ohio has made huge strides to lead the charge in developing training centers, technologies, data processing techniques and advanced applications related to UAS. By securing the exemption from the FAA, Woolpert contributes to this effort by advancing Ohio and the Dayton region as a leader in developing exciting new uses for UAS with the potential for substantial industry growth.

    To date, the FAA has received 167 requests for exemption.

    About Woolpert

    Woolpert, ranked by Engineering News-Record as a top national design firm, provides professional design, geospatial and infrastructure services to clients in the public and private sectors. Founded in 1911, and with more than 600 professionals in 22 offices located throughout the U.S., Woolpert’s collaborative and multidisciplinary approach is driven by great people, great clients and great projects. For more information on Woolpert, visit

  • L-3 SoCal Microwave's MICRO Secure Digital Data Link Selected for U.K. MOD’s Desert Hawk III DDL SUA

    SAN DIEGO, December 1, 2014 – L-3 Southern California Microwave (L-3 SCM) announced today that it has been selected by Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training (LM MST) business to provide its MICRO Secure Digital Data Link (MICRO SDDL) as the secure command & control and ISR communications backbone for the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) digital Desert Hawk III DDL small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) platform. The MICRO SDDL transceivers enable optimal utilization of frequency spectrum through a single RF channel supporting an IP-based, bidirectional TDMA secure communications link.

    “After extensive evaluation of available wireless communication systems, we selected the MICRO SDDL for its performance and versatility to meet program requirements for our digital Desert Hawk III DDL SUAS offering to the U.K. MOD,” said Kevin Westfall, director of LM MST’s Unmanned Solutions business area. “Previous experience with L-3 products, services and support for the Desert Hawk III program made its selection an obvious choice. We have extreme confidence in this solution.”

    “L-3 is proud to be once again selected to provide communications support for this MOD program. Our MICRO SDDL is a very flexible, reliable and robust wireless communications system that meets the demanding performance requirements of SUAS systems such as the Desert Hawk III DDL,” said Dennis Burman, director of business development at L-3 SCM. “We look forward to extending our record of proven performance on this platform, which began with our analog communications solutions.”

    About Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin Corporation (LM), headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

    About L-3 SCM

    L-3 Southern California Microwave (L-3 SCM) is a leading manufacturer of microwave transmitters, receivers, transceivers, power amplifiers and RF signal sources covering diverse applications for military test ranges, SUASs, RPVs, UGVs, security and surveillance markets, law enforcement agencies and various branches of the DoD. Offerings are available as standard commercial products for the majority of applications or as custom solutions for unique requirements. To learn more about L-3 SCM, please visit the company’s website at

    Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2013 (revised) sales of $12.6 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at