16 March 2015
Connected Fibers Introduces The Industry’s First Intelligent Curing Oven, the 1CureTM , at OFC 2015
ROSWELL, Georgia, March 16, 2015
Connected Fibers introduces the industry’s first intelligent curing oven, the 1Cure™, for both horizontal and vertical curing applications. The patent-pending 1Cure has both soak and ramp temperature profile curing capability. It features a 4” full color LCD touch-screen, network connectivity with remote programmability and access, and stores up to 999 programs. The temperature of the actual connector fixture is monitored and controlled rather than the traditional method of monitoring the hot plate. This eliminates the temperature error created by the thermal offset between these 2 surfaces in a typical curing oven. It is also available with an optional advanced cooling system for reducing cycle times between ramp (step) cure profiles.
The ramp cure technology is for elimination of fiber cracking especially on larger core fibers by utilizing ramp and soak cycles. This significant advancement is useful for large core and multi-fiber applications. It also allows for the potential to standardize on one epoxy for various applications by customizing time and temperature profiles
Active alerts including automated text messages and emails may be sent to production or technical staff when the curing cycle ends or if there are any notifications. A multilingual password protected interface provides worldwide versatility and enhanced security for editing and changing profiles. The oven features a horizontal curing base with a removable 24 position fixture for MT (MPO) and a convertible lid providing cable access to a block to accommodate up to 96 single fiber termini to cure in a vertical position. The internal 15 degree tilt mechanism for the horizontal cure will allow for 0 or 15 degree curing angle to prevent fibers from retreating during bare, buffered or ribbon fiber applications.
“Our customers are seeking technologies that improve the quality of their products and increase operational efficiency. We found a unique opportunity to improve upon existing technology and looked at other ovens’ weaknesses when designing the 1Cure,” explains Tony Nicholson, Chief Technology Officer. “Connected Fibers is committed to offering next generation solutions to fiber optic connector assembly manufacturers and developing new and innovative products like the 1Cure,” he adds.
The 1Cure is designed by Connected Fibers to meet all industry performance and safety standards providing leading technology for the heat curing process of fiber optic termini. The oven is suited for all production environments and for all industry standard connectors and ferrules with use of heat-cure epoxies, including MT (MPO) connectors.
The 1Cure is designed and developed by Connected Fibers and is to be assembled in the Roswell, GA facility, proudly boasting that it is made in the U.S.A. The 1Cure will be certified and tested to UL safety and C.E. regulation standards. The 1Cure epoxy curing oven will be available for North American release from March 23rd and the CE rated European version later this year.
About Connected Fibers
Connected Fibers (www.connectedfibers.com) is a manufacturer and distributor of equipment, consumables and components for the fabrication of fiber optic cable assemblies and devices. Solutions include laser cleaving, interferometry, polishing, insertion/return loss testing, inspection, cleaning and epoxy curing equipment. Connected Fibers is ISO9001:2008 certified and their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and warehouse is located in Roswell, GA with a satellite office in Lombard, IL.