Why Optical Fiber splice machine is require?Meanwhile, In this topic we will learn about the splice machine and its operation.
Splicing and Splice Machine
Splicing is the process of Jointing two fiber with each other. We can do splicing by two methods, either by Mechanically and By Splice Machine. Moreover, Mechanical splice is temporary Splice and can be do by Bare fiber connector (BFC). The Splice which can be done by splice Machine is generally known by Fusion splice.
So a Machine which is use to joint two fiber permanently by Fusion call splice Machine.Meanwhile, There are different model of splice machine available in Market e.g 60S, 80, and 80S etc. The function of all models of Machine are same but its operation procedure are different. Therefore, Do not make to use such machine for other applications.
Components of Splice Machine
Following Elements are available in standard set of splice Machine.
- Splice Machine Carrying Case or Box
- Fusion splice Machine
- AC Adapter
- Spare electrodes
- USB cable
- AC power code
- Video Instruction Manual
- Quick Reference Guide
- Warning and Caution Guide
- DC power Cord (DCC-12)
- DC power Cord (DCC-13)
- Battery Pack
- Battery Charge cord
Key List of Splice Machine
- ON/OFF key
- ARC key
- X/Y key
- SET key
- RESET key
- HEAT key
Key list on LCD display of Splice Machine
- Escape key
- UP/Down Arrow key
- Menu key Enter key
- Inserting power supply unit to splice machine
Insert power unit into power unit dock until the machine has been click into working place.
- Removing power supply unit
Turn off the splice machine before removing power supply unit. If you make sure that machine has been turn off then press the release button present on the body of machine and remove the unit from other side of release button.
- AC operation
Plug the AC supply cord into AC inlet of the AC adapter. The power ON LED will shown on AC adapter if suitable AC power is supplied. If Voltage higher then its limit is applied than the AC adapter may be damage permanently.
- DC OPERATION
Open the supply inlet of AC adapter for DC inlet. Plug the DC cord into DC inlet of AC adapter. The power on LED will goes ON if suitable DC power has been supplied to the battery.
Always check the remaining battery capacity before used, and make sure battery capacity is not less than 20%, because only few splice can be done in such situation. Moreover, After every operation charge the battery to 100%. Meanwhile, To charge the battery open the shutter of battery for battery charge plug inlet of the battery pack. Plug the supply battery charge cord into both the battery charge inlet of the AC adapter and the battery charge terminals located on the battery side. Therefore, The charging LED turn ON and battery charging begins. Battery will be completely full after few charging hours.
Remaining Battery capacity
- If battery is already insert into machine, then turn ON the machine and the battery icon will shows on the display screen, it always shows remaining battery percent.
- Meanwhile, If battery is not inserted yet into splice machine, simply press the battery check Button present on the battery pack.
turning machine on
Press the ON/OFF key button and hold it until the green LED Turn ON.
- MONITOR ANGLE
Adjust the monitor angle or the display unit so that the screen viewed clearly.
- DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
Display brightness changes depend on environment condition. To change Display brightness, press the UP/DOWN arrow key to change value and press enter key to set value.
- SPLICE MODE
Select appropriate splicing mode for the specific fiber combination. Current mode is displayed on the READY screen.Meanwhile, AUTO mode is recommended for splicing SM.
- HEAT MODE
Select appropriate heat mode for the specific protection sleeve used. Current mode displayed on the READY screen.
Maintenance of splice Machine for splice Quality
Various critical cleaning point of splice Machine are as under.
Cleaning of V-shape groves
If any dust particles are present in V- Groves and not be clean at the same time, it resulting in higher splice loss. The V-Groves should be periodically inspected and cleaned during normal operation condition.
cleaning of fiber clamp chips
If any contaminants are present in fiber clamp chip, and proper cleaning may not occurs, resulting in poor quality of splice. The fiber clamps should be frequently inspected and cleaned periodically during normal operation conditions.
cleaning of wind protector mirrors
If the wind protector mirrors become dirty, the fiber core position may be incorrect due to decreased optical path clarity, resulting in higher splice loss. So cleaning of wind protector should done periodically to increase the quality of splice.
cleaning fiber clever
If any dust or contaminants are present on clever blades, this will result to degrades the cleaving quality. This will result to higher splice loss. So Cleaning the circular blades or clamp pads with cotton swab soaked with alcohol.
Cleaning objective lenses
If the surface of objective lenses become dirty, normal observation of core position may be incorrect, resulting higher splice loss or poor splicer operation. Therefore, clean both of them at regular intervals.
Replace wind protector mirrors
Change wind protector mirrors if it can not be clean or if it remain clouded.
If 3000 splice has been done on same electrodes then we well require to replace the electrodes otherwise it will lead to higher splice loss etc.
electrodes replacement procedure
Execute (Replace electrodes) in Maintenance Menu
Instruction message appear on the screen to turn off the power.
Press and Hold the Enter Key until the LED color change from green to red
Then remove the old electrodes
Install new electrodes into splicer
Moreover, Turn ON the power and load fiber into machine and press Enter key. After executing arc calibration, the splicer will repeat arc discharge 45 times in succession to stabilize the electrodes.
Upon completion of repeated arc discharge, the splicer execute an arc calibration again. The operator should repeat arc calibration until the “Test Finish” message appears.