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1. (WO2017032878) OPTICAL FIBER SORTING AND FUSION SPLICING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/032878    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2016/070184
Publication Date: Fri Mar 03 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Aug 27 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: G02B 6/36
G02B 6/255
Applicants: COMMSCOPE ASIA HOLDINGS B.V.
Inventors: VAN WUYCKHUYSE, Laurens Izaak
SCHNEIDER, Paul
RIETVELD, Jan Willem
Title: OPTICAL FIBER SORTING AND FUSION SPLICING SYSTEM AND METHOD
Abstract:
A cable sorting and fusion splicing system (100) and method for arranging a plurality of optical fibers (17) in a cable in a predetermined sequence for fusion splicing to a multi-fiber optical connector (42). The cable sorting device 1 automatically sorts a plurality of optical fibers, such as twelve, loosely contained within a cable jacket (20). The fibers (17) are sorted in a predetermined sequence and maintained in a linear arrangement. The linear arrangement of fibers (17) is utilized at a fusion splicing device (40) to fusion splice to a multi-fiber optical connector having a corresponding sequence of optical fibers which are respectively fusion spliced to the optical fibers (17) of the cable. The fusion splicing device (40) is a mass fusion splicer which splices all of the fibers simultaneously.