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Low Cost Fiber Optic Connector With Integral Staking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000053046D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Balliet, L: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Previous connector art requires a separate staking and polishing operation prior to the assembly of the connector.

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Low Cost Fiber Optic Connector With Integral Staking

Previous connector art requires a separate staking and polishing operation prior to the assembly of the connector.

This arrangement consists of a simple connector that has four low cost components which could be made of a material such as brass. The connector includes a staking operation to retain the fiber after the connector is assembled.

Fig. 1 illustrates each coupler section A and B. Each section has a groove/hole 9 for glass fiber placement. The sections A and B are designed to match through the alignment post 7 and hole 8 technique shown. Each section contains staking posts 10, as shown, which anchor the fiber 12 during assembly as part of a compression technique described later. Staking posts 10 can be made of harder metal than that of the main body.

Fig. 1a illustrates the two mated coupling sections A and B assembled but prior to compression. Fig. 1b illustrates the two mated coupling sections after compression which completes the staking operation (shown in Fig. 1c). The mechanics of staking have been described in the prior art.

Fig. 2 is a cross section of the coupling which illustrates the compression technique. Once sections B and A are snapped together, glass fibers (not shown) are inserted into grooves 9 (now mated) until each fiber is butted together. Compression is achieved through the connector couplings 13 and 14 which screw onto couplers B and A, respectively. As coupling 13 is screwed onto...