NYFORS introduces the SmartSplicer™ - an advanced laser splicing and glass shaping system

At the 2015 LASER world of PHOTONICS trade show in Munich, Germany, NYFORS introduces the SmartSplicer™ – an advanced glass processing and optical fiber splicing product platform for development and manufacturing of sensitive high power laser, sensor and telecommunication fiber components. The SmartSplicer™ utilizes annular CO2 laser heating for flexible and contamination free processing of fused fiber components.

The SmartSplicer™ has been developed in close cooperation between Nyfors Teknologi AB of Stockholm, Sweden, and the Fraunhofer IOF Institute in Jena, Germany, which has designed the optical system around patent pending and proprietary optical technology.

High precision optics with axicon refractive elements convert a laser beam into a ring of adjustable diameter, matching the fibers or components under processing. This optical configuration provides uniform and highly precise distribution of optical power through a completely contamination free heating process.

Different types of fibers and optical components can be processed through glass shaping operations such as fiber to fiber splicing, tapering and fiber to end cap splicing.

The SmartSplicer™ system features include:

  • Patent pending Axicon Splicing™ technology for uniform and highly precise annular laser power distribution
  • Intelligent tool holder system that allows the customer to customize the machine to their specific applications
  • Contamination free CO2 laser heat source
  • System can operate in horizontal or vertical orientation – Gravity Splicing™
  • No consumables like process gas, filaments or electrodes needed

“SmartSplicer™ is ideal for R&D and industrial glass processing applications that demand accuracy and precise control of power as well as versatility and cleanliness, such as fiber laser and medical device manufacturing. The Fraunhofer technology has made it possible to create a platform that is truly superior in all aspects” comments Erik Böttcher, CEO of Nyfors Teknologi AB.

The SmartSplicer™ will be further presented at the 2015 LASER world of PHOTONICS in Munich, Germany, June, 22–25. It will be available for custmers late 2015.

Development of the SmartSplicer™ has been carried out within a research project funded by the EUREKA Eurostars programme through national funding agencies DLR in Germany and VINNOVA in Sweden.

For more information about the system features and availability, please contact us at: info@nyfors.com or visit our website att www.nyfors.com.

About Nyfors Teknologi AB

Nyfors Teknologi AB  supplies advanced products and system for splicing and preparation of optical fibers and components.

Behind our products you find technical expertise accumulated during nearly thirty years in the industry. For more information, please visit our website www.nyfors.com.

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SmartSplicer™ is ideal for R&D and industrial glass processing applications that demand accuracy and precise control of power as well as versatility and cleanliness, such as fiber laser and medical device manufacturing. The Fraunhofer technology has made it possible to create a platform that is truly superior in all aspects.
Erik Böttcher, CEO