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NYFORS ReCoater 2

The ReCoater 2™ is used to restore the protective coating on acrylate-coated optical fibers in high strength applications. Moulds are available in different sizes to cover a range of coating diameters and can easily be exchanged by the operator with no realignment required. Custom moulds are available upon request.

With standard moulds the recoated segment is round with a diameter that perfectly and uniformly matches that of the original fiber coating, but the operator can also choose to perform recoatings with a cross section slightly smaller than the original fiber coating (undersize), or recoatings with a larger diameter that overlaps the original fiber coating at each end of the recoat area (overcoating). This makes the system easy to set up and optimize for such different applications as undersea optical fiber cable assembly and fiber laser manufacturing.

Injection of the recoating compound is performed manually. While this does require a manual user operation, it also ensures flexibility because the user can immediately switch from one type of recoating compound to another (e.g. from a high-index recoating material to a low-index material) without any need to flush out a recoater reservoir and injection pumping system. This, in addition to the rapidly exchangeable mould sizes and shapes (for uniform diameter and undersize recoating as well as overcoating), ensures the flexibility and adaptability of the ReCoater 2™.

Short curing times are achieved through an efficient UV LED array, arranged along the length of the mould. Curing times depend on the fiber and fiber coating diameter as well as the properties of the customer-selected recoating resin, but are typically as short as 3 seconds which allows for very fast recoating operations. The highly efficient light source also makes it possible to cure low-index recoating compounds used in fiber laser manufacturing.

Strength tests can be carried out with linear clamps or mandrels (optional). Linear proof tests can be performed up to 22 N, with programmable levels of force, pulling rates and hold time at maximum force. With the mandrels, tensile tests can be performed with forces up to 100 N. Linear clamps are carefully designed so that the primary coating is not damaged.

The ReCoater 2™ comes in an ergonomic, bench-top design for comfortable operation. The main operator interface is an easy-to-navigate and user-friendly GUI on the touch screen control panel. System software supports storable and user-defined programs for easy process change. Remote monitoring and supervision can be carried out through an Ethernet interface.

Short facts

  • Consistent, high quality recoating
  • Easy mould exchange and replacement
  • Handles most fiber dimensions, with custom moulds available
  • Uniform diameter, overcoating and undersize recoating capability
  • Short curing times
  • High and low-index recoating
  • Linear or mandrel strength testing

Features

Technical Data

Curing time  Programmable, 3 s typical
Light source  UV LED
Wavelength  380-385 nm
Mould material  Silicone
Mould mounting  Exchangeable
Mould length  34 mm and 55 mm
Recoating diameter  165, 250, 300, 400, 550, 730 & 900 µm*

Proof Testing

Linear proof test  Programmable, 0-22 N
Mandrel tensile test (optional)  Programmable, 0-100 N
Hold Time  Programmable
Pull Rate  0.5-20 N/s
Display units  lbs, kg, N, kpsi, GPa

Interface & Dimensions

PC connection  Ethernet and USB flash drive connection
Power supply  External 12 V DC, 60 W
Compressed air  Not needed
Dimensions  270 mm (W) x 170 mm (D) x 98 mm (H)
Weight  3.9 kg

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