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Fiber-Optic Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046893D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Uberbacher, EC: AUTHOR

Abstract

A metallic sleeve is fitted into the leading edge of a non-metallic fiber-optic connector. The metallic sleeve is embedded in the non-metallic material which surrounds the fiber-optic conductor. The metallic sleeve prevents damage to the leading edge of the connector during fiber polishing. Fig. 1 shows a typical plastic connector. The connector is comprised of a leading edge surface and a glass fiber extending therefrom. The leading edge surface is fabricated from non-metallic material, such as plastic or the like. In most applications it is often required that the leading edge of the glass fiber be polished. Typical fiber polishing requires a hand action moving the connector assembly leading edge over sand paper.

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Fiber-Optic Connector

A metallic sleeve is fitted into the leading edge of a non-metallic fiber-optic connector. The metallic sleeve is embedded in the non-metallic material which surrounds the fiber-optic conductor. The metallic sleeve prevents damage to the leading edge of the connector during fiber polishing. Fig. 1 shows a typical plastic connector. The connector is comprised of a leading edge surface and a glass fiber extending therefrom. The leading edge surface is fabricated from non- metallic material, such as plastic or the like. In most applications it is often required that the leading edge of the glass fiber be polished. Typical fiber polishing requires a hand action moving the connector assembly leading edge over sand paper. Because of the relatively soft composition of plastic, such action tends to damage the leading edge surface of the plastic. Figs. 2 and 3 show the modification which is performed in the leading edge of the plastic to prevent such damage. Essentially, a channel (strength sleeve groove) is fabricated in the plastic to surround the glass fiber. The metal sleeve is embedded in the groove. As one polishes the leading edge of the glass fiber, the metal sleeve contacts the polishing surface and, as such, prevents damage to the plastic.

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