Tool for Scoring Optical Fiber
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
An optical fiber scoring tool has a stationary part that receives the connector of a fiber optic cable with the optical fiber extending vertically downward from the connector. A motor driven turn table is located below the fiber. The motor and turn table are slidable horizontally between a starting position on the left and the scoring position on the right. A push button switch starts the motor and a holding-in switch keeps the motor energized for one complete rotation for scoring the fiber. The turn table carries a knife and at the start of a scoring operation, the turn table is moved to the right to bring the knife into contact with the fiber. As the table is rotated, the knife is moved in a horizontal plane about the fiber to form the score.