Filament Fusion and Glass Processing Equipment to explore production processes of high end optical components
Bern University of Applied Sciences acquired GPX-3400 Filament Fusion and Glass Processing Equipment from AMS Technologies AG for Research und Educational reasons.
Bern University of Applied Sciences was in search for equipment to explore production processes of high end optical components
Bern University of Applied Sciences acquired a GPX-3400 filament fusion and glass processing station, a process platform for the fabrication of splicers, tapers, couplers and combiners based on Vytran’s proprietary graphite filament technology. AMS Technologies took over the installation on site and provided technical trainings.
The equipment offers a high degree of freedom enabling research in various directions where specialty splices and related fused components are needed. The open architecture allows for hands on experience of manufacturing high end optical components which makes it well suited for education of light guiding properties in fibre optics.
Our recommended system GPX-3400 utilize True Core Imaging™ for accurate inner-core alignment and splice loss calculation. End-View Imaging™ allows automated alignment of polarization maintaining (PM) fibers, fibers with non-circular cladding or micro-structured cores, and dissimilar fibers. The systems’ two fiber holding blocks can move along the fiber axis up to 180 mm, enabling exceptional fiber processing such as long tapers, thermal core expansion, mode fields adapting. Advanced software merges vision-based alignment, an intuitive GUI, and application database capabilities to enable fast and flexible process development.
Lab Supervisor Mr. Reto Augsburger appreciated the added services in terms of know how transfer between Vytran LLC / AMS Technologies AG and the users of the equipment. Prof. Valerio Romano outlined the unique capabilities Bern University of Applied Sciences can offer with this type of equipment within the Swiss Research community.
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