End-Cap Fusion Splicer™ (ECS)
The rapid developments in fiber laser technologies and the increased demand of high-power fiber laser component fabrication has created the need for a dedicated and cost-effective end-cap splicer. It must be capable of processes outside of those available with standard production fusion splicers and glass processing equipment. These new capabilities must be ideal for production and R&D environments yet sophisticated enough to satisfy the stringent requirements of fiber laser fabrication.
3SAE Technologies End-Cap Splicer™ (ECS) is the world's first portable end-cap fusion splicer that provides capabilities that overcome the limitations of current end-cap splicing processes to meet the most demanding requirements for the high-power fiber laser component fabrication. The ECS was specially designed for volume production, repeatability , precision and user-friendly operation while maintaining unprecedented end-cap splice quality. The ECS leverages 3SAE's patented PentaPod™ alignment stages and latest 3rd generation Ring of Fire® heat source. With the combination of a precision mechanical design, high contrast optics, absolute control of relative positional and angular fiber-to-endcap alignment, and a next generation highly stable ROF plasma source, sets the ECS apart from any existing technologies. Additionally, a new splice scanning technology provides a detailed analysis of the splice quality and facilitates 3SAE's “Curvature-Based Thermal Splice Calibration™.”