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Fiber Optic Splicing Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000050780D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Balliet, L: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The illustrated splicing tool or fixture is useful for splicing optical fibers of different diameter in precise axial alignment. The fixture, illustrated in its closed position in Fig. 1, contains a housing 1 and a magnifier lens 2, and holds ends of fibers 3a, 3b in position for splicing. The magnifier lens 2 is the subject of an earlier article (B. Balliet, C. N. Romero and R. Wantshouse, "Optical Fiber Connector having a Built-in Magnifier," IBM Technical Disclosure Bullentin 23, 7A, 2660-2661 (December 1980)).

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Fiber Optic Splicing Tool

The illustrated splicing tool or fixture is useful for splicing optical fibers of different diameter in precise axial alignment. The fixture, illustrated in its closed position in Fig. 1, contains a housing 1 and a magnifier lens 2, and holds ends of fibers 3a, 3b in position for splicing. The magnifier lens 2 is the subject of an earlier article (B. Balliet, C. N. Romero and R. Wantshouse, "Optical Fiber Connector having a Built-in Magnifier," IBM Technical Disclosure Bullentin 23, 7A, 2660-2661 (December 1980)).

As shown in Fig. 2, the fixture contains bifurcated finger guide assemblies 4 which terminate in resilient fingers 4a, 4b designed to hold ends of fibers 3a, 3b in axial alignment in their splicing region 7. Fingers 4a, 4b are each press- formed into Vshaped upper and lower portions which are symmetrically positioned above and below an idealized axial line position 8. Fibers of any diameter displace the upper and lower portions equally, thereby aligning their axes precisely with the idealized axis.

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