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1. WO2020112326 - APPAREIL POUR TRAITER UNE VIROLE ET PROCÉDÉ ASSOCIÉ

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What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus for processing a ferrule with an abrasive element, the apparatus comprising:

a first mount configured to secure the ferrule;

a second mount including a holding plate configured to secure the abrasive element and a multi-axis frame supporting the holding plate, the multi-axis frame being configured to move the holding plate within a plane; and

a controller operatively coupled to the multi-axis frame for controlling the movement of the holding plate,

wherein the multi-axis frame comprises:

a first stage movable along a first axis; and

a second stage movable along a second axis that is substantially parallel to the first axis.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the multi-axis frame further comprises a base, and wherein the first and second stages are movably coupled to the base independently from each other.

3. The apparatus of either claim 1 or 2, wherein support for the holding plate is shared between the first and second stages such that neither of the first or second stages supports an entire mass of the holding plate.

4. The apparatus of any of claims 1-3, wherein movement of the first and second stages in a same direction along their respective first and second axes causes the holding plate to move in a first direction within the plane, and movement of the first and second stages in opposite directions along their respective first and second axes causes the holding plate to move in a second direction within the plane, the second direction being different than the first direction.

5. The apparatus of claim 4, wherein the first direction is generally parallel to the first and second axes.

6. The apparatus of either claim 4 or 5, wherein the second direction is substantially perpendicular to the first direction.

7. The apparatus of any of claims 1-6, wherein the first and second axes are substantially colinear with each other.

8. The apparatus of any of claims 2-7, wherein:

the first stage is movab!y coupled to the base by one or more first stage guide rails:

the second stage is movably coupled to the base by one or more second stage guide rails; and

wherein the one or more first stage guide rails extend in a direction substantially parallel to the first axis and the one or more second stage guide rails extend in a direction substantially parallel to the second axis

9. The apparatus of claim 8, wherein the one or more first guide rails and the one or more second guide rails are colinear and collectively form a corresponding one or more continuous guide rails

10. The apparatus of any of claims 1-9, wherein the holding plate is movably coupled to the first stage by one or more first holding plate guide rails, and wherein the holding plate is movably coupled to the second stage by one or more second holding plate guide rails.

11. The apparatus of claim 10, wherein the one or more first holding plate guide rails are arranged at a first angle relative to the first axis.

12. The apparatus of claim 11 , wherein the one or more second holding plate guide rails are arranged at a second angle relative to the second axis.

13. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein the first angle and the second angle are substantially equal.

14. The apparatus of claim 13, wherein the first and second angle are substantially equal to about 45°.

15. The apparatus of claim 12, wherein the first angle and the second angle are different from each other.

16. The apparatus of any of claims 1-15, wherein the first mount is stationary.

17. The apparatus of any of claims 1-16, wherein the holding plate further includes a rotatable spindle, the abrasive element being configured to be secured to the spindle.

18. The apparatus of any of claims 1-17, wherein the controller is configured to cause relative movement between the first mount and the second mount such that engagement of the ferrule with the abrasive element during the relative movement traces a path in the abrasive element.

19. The apparatus of claim 18, wherein the path is selected from the group consisting of a circle, a figure-8, or a spiral.

20. The apparatus of any of claims 1-19, wherein a ferrule assembly comprises the ferrule and at least one optical fiber coupled to the ferrule, and wherein the apparatus is configured for processing the ferrule assembly with the abrasive element.

21. A method of processing a ferrule that includes an end face, the method comprising:

holding the ferrule stationary;

engaging the end face of the ferrule with the abrasive element; and

moving the abrasive element relative to the ferrule within a plane to trace an abrading path on the abrasive element,

wherein the abrasive element is coupled to a multi-axis frame that includes a first stage and a second stage, the moving step further comprising:

moving the first stage along a first axis; and

moving the second stage along a second axis parallel to the first axis to move the abrasive element relative to the ferrule within the plane.

22. The method of claim 21 , further comprising moving the first and second stages along their respective first and second axes in a same direction to move the abrasive element in a first direction.

23. The method of claim 22, wherein the first direction is substantially parallel to the first and second axes.

24. The method of either claim 22 or 23, further comprising moving the first and second stages along their respective first and second axes in opposite directions to move the abrasive element in a second direction, the second direction being different than the first direction.

25. The method of claim 24, wherein the second direction is substantially perpendicular to the first direction.

26. The method of any of claims 21-25, further comprising rotating the abrasive element about a central axis during movement of the abrasive element within the plane using the multi-axis frame.

27. The method of any of claims 21-26, further comprising tracing a circular path, a figure-8 path, or a spiral path in the abrasive element due to the relative movement between the ferrule and the abrasive element

28. The method of any of claims 21-27, wherein a ferrule assembly comprises the ferrule and at least one optical fiber coupled to the ferrule, and wherein the engaging and moving steps are performed with the ferrule assembly.

29. An apparatus for processing a workpiece, the apparatus comprising:

a multi-axis frame for moving the workpiece within a plane, the multi-axis frame comprising:

a base;

a first stage coupled to the base and movable along a first axis;

a second stage coupled to the base independently from the first stage and movable along a second axis, wherein the first and second axes are substantially parallel to each other; and

a holding plate movabiy coupled to each of the first and second stages, wherein movement of the first and second stages in a same direction along their respective first and second axes causes the holding plate to move in a first direction within a plane, and wherein movement of the first and second stages in opposite directions along their respective first and second axes causes the holding plate to move in a second direction within the plane, the second direction being different than the first direction.

30. The apparatus of claim 29, wherein the first direction is generally parallel to the first and second axes.

31. The apparatus of either claim 29 or 30, wherein the second direction is substantially perpendicular to the first direction.