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Design of an automated fiber pigtail preparation machine

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128086D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-14
Document File: 7 page(s) / 20K

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

Guvenc S. Sisman: AUTHOR [+3]

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http://theses.mit.edu:80/Dienst/UI/2.0/Describe/0018.mit.theses/1997-370: URL

Abstract

Gyroscopes are inertial guidance devices. The first gyroscopes were mechanical and because of there excessive weight and cost, were used only in military and civilian aircraft. As technology improved, gyroscopes found wider applications, not only on aviation, but in submarines and even ground vehicles such as tanks, jeeps, and agricultural machines. Fiber-optic gyroscopes are advantageous over other gyroscope architectures in that they require less maintenance and are potentially much less costly to manufacture. Using current labor-intensive manufacturing technologies, however, they are expensive to produce and hence have not found wide -spread applications. By improving the associated manufacturing technologies, the cost of the fiberoptic gyroscopes could be dramatically reduced, enabling them to achieve tremendous market infiltration. As part of a DAR.PA initiative to reduce the cost of fiber optic gyroscopes, the MIT Manufacturing Institute developed an automated fiber pigtail preparation machine. This thesis describes the design, development, and fabrication of this machine and summia rites performance. Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Andre Sharon Title: Executive Officer, Manufacturing Institute [2]

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 This record is the front matter from a document that appears on a server at MIT and is used through permission from MIT. See http://theses.mit.edu:80/Dienst/UI/2.0/Describe/0018.mit.theses/1997-370 for copyright details and for the full document in image form.

Design of An Automated Fiber Pigtail Preparation Machine

by

Guvenc S. Sisman
B.S., Middle East Technical University (1595)

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology September 1997
SIGNATURE OF author: [[signature omitted]]

Department of Mechanical Engineering 8 August 1997
CERTIFIED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Dr. Andre Sharon Executive officer, Manufacturing Institute Thesis Supervisor ACCEPTED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Professor Ain A. Sonin Chairperson, Department Committee on Graduate Students ARCHIVES MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LIBRARIES OCT 27 1999

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Page 1 Dec 31, 1997

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Design of an automated fiber pigtail preparation machine

Design of An Automated Fiber Pigtail Preparation Machine

by

Cuvenc S. Sisman

Submitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering on S August 1997, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science

Abstract

Gyroscopes are inertial guidance devices. The first gyroscopes were mechanical and because of there excessive weight and cost, were used only in military and civilian aircraft. As technology improved, gyroscopes found wider applications, not only on aviation, but in submarines and even ground vehicles such as tanks, jeeps, and agricultural machines. Fiber-optic gyroscopes are advantageous over other gyroscope architectures in that they require less maintenance and are potentially much less costly to manufacture. Using current labor-intensive manufacturing technologies, however, they are expensive to produce and hence have not found wide -spread applications. By improving the associated manufacturing technologies, the cost of the fiberoptic gyroscopes could be dramatically reduced, enabling them to achieve tremendous market infiltration.

As part of a DAR.PA initiative to reduce the cost of fiber optic gyroscopes, the MIT Manufacturing Institute developed an automated fiber pigtail preparation machine. This thesis describes the design, development, and fabrication of this machine and summia rites performance.

Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Andre Sharon Title: Executive Officer, Manufacturing Institute

[2]

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank Dr. Andre Sharon for offering me the opportunity to work on an exciting and challenging project. Thanks for the push and support we needed so much during the design and fabrication stage. Also I thank you for being so patient with my English.

I would like to thank my mother for always believing in me and making me believe in myself. I thank my brother and his family for the laughs and fun they gave me. Jeremy, thank you for your calmness an...