Fiber-Optic Cable Connector With Resilient Mounting Between the Cable and the Locating and Locking Body to Permit Slight Movement for Alignment Before Fusion Splice
Original Publication Date: 1984-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
A ferrule is attached to a connector housing by means of a resilient mounting material. Before a fusion splice is made between the optical fiber inside the ferrule and the optical fiber of a cable, the ferrule is tilted slightly, as necessary, to bring the two fiber ends into alignment. When the fusion splice has been made, the ferrule is returned to its normal position. Background In one system for manufacturing fiber-optic cables, a separate assembly is first made that includes only the connector structure and a ferrule that holds a short length of optical fiber. The fiber is polished at the free end of the ferrule, and a short length of fiber extends from the other end of the ferrule.