As fiber first rolled out, fiber splicing was as much art as function, microscopes and cameras were bulky, LED's were expensive and each fusion splicer hand tuned. The machines modernized with the industry with better CCTV cameras, smaller mirrors, more automatic positioning techniques- the original form may have shrunken but has remained virtually unchanged as economy of scale techniques have been used to bring down overall system prices.
Not a huge surprise when you consider most product testing is done in a lab environment by lab techs for white coat inspectors. In our service labs we see a dozen different splicers from as many as seven different manufacturers every day: profile alignment, LID, core alignment, V-groove, 60 pound beasts from the early days and even today's small 'handhelds' that splice a dozen times and beg for a new battery.
With brighter LED's why are there still mirrors to clean? With the advent of better definition CCTV chips why are multiple cameras still required? With a steady movement toward uniformity of raw fiber production, why are all the dust attracting gels, sprays and clamps even necessary anymore? A fiber splicer's laboratory is his or her truck, or its tailgate on a good weather day. It is time for a splicer that is simply reliable.
Splicer, battery, sm & mm holder pairs, cleaver, onboard shrink oven, carry case and strap, dual chargers, cabling and even a getting started clean kit. We are curious how quickly your current splicer will become the back up.
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