Recently, maximizing field operation efficiency has been gaining attention as an essential requirement to lower the cost of fiber installation in the field. Sumitomo Electric Lightwave has developed a new generation fusion splicing solution to meet this demand. In this document, we will introduce the new solution and how it will drastically help reduce costs.

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MOST FREQUENT PROBLEMS

According to aggregated field data, the most frequently observed problem is poorly cleaved fibers. When faced with this problem, field operators are required to re-cleave, which happens about every 6 to 7 splices (15%). According to aggregated field data, the most frequently observed problem is poorly cleaved fibers. When faced with this problem, field operators are required to re-cleave, which happens about every 6 to 7 splices (15%).

HOW TO PREVENT THE PROBLEM

Poor cleaves are associated with lower efficiency and higher insertion loss causing many problems. How can we prevent this? First, why do poor cleaves occur? Even when using high quality cleavers, we have seen poor cleaves. In our observation, the following 3 key points are the major causes of these poor cleaves.

KNOWLEDGE & SKILL

The lack of knowledge or skill can result in poor cleaves, regardless of cleaver quality or deterioration levels. This type of error can be categorized as ‘constant failures’ in reliability engineering. To prevent this type of error, a certain level of expertise is needed, including the following: fiber cleaning, daily maintenance of tools, how to put the fiber correctly on the cleaver stage, etc. To accumulate this type of knowledge and skill, technical training is one of the most popular methods.

RANDOM CLEAVE ERROR

Dust, dirt, or other debris (fibers, coating, etc.) can disturb a cleave, even when the operator has all the necessary skills. This type of error can also occur regardless of cleaver quality or deterioration levels, making it a ‘constant failure’. Periodical cleaning & maintenance is essential to prevent this type of error.

BLADE DETERIORATION

After thousands of fiber cleaves, the cleaver blade will gradually deteriorate and near its end of life. This is the so called “wear and tear failure” and it should be distinguished from the 2 previously mentioned causes above, since rotating or replacement of a worn blade is required. It is not necessarily as a result of bad work practices.

NanoTune™ Enhances Your Splicing Experience

 

NanoTune™ technology’s main aim is to support the operators in the field. NanoTune™ reduces your time spent working and reduces splicing loss overall, by using the world’s first AI splicing technology. Reworks, especially during fiber preparation, occasionally occur, even for the most skilled operators. NanoTune™ drastically reduces the need for these reworks, by enabling the operator to splice fibers that would have previously required rework. NanoTune™ realizes this by using state-of-the-art technology and our unique algorithms to accurately adjust parameters when splicing. NanoTune™ improves your field splice success rate to 90%, thus shortening your working time drastically.

THE 5 PRIMARY FEATURES to Realize NanoTune™

1. GLASS MELTING TECHNOLOGY

Field data collected by the use of SumiCloud™ forms a pool of big data that is used to simulate and analyze potential problems.

 

2. ACCUMULATED KNOWLEDGE

Field data collected by the use of SumiCloud™ forms a pool of big data that is used to simulate and analyze potential problems.

 

3. CUTTING EDGE AI TECHNOLOGY

State-of-the-art fiber end analysis technology, with AI based real-time 3D pattern recognition.

 

4. OPTIMIZED ALGORITHM

Splicing algorithm is optimized to instantly calculate the best possible splice based on 10 essential splice parameters.

 

5. PREDICTION OF CORE POSITION

Fiber core position prediction technology monitors fibers precisely up to the splice moment.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE WITH SUMICLOUD

The Preventive Maintenance suggestions by SumiCloud™ provide an intelligent analysis method which distinguishes the difference between “wear and tear failures” and random failures. The intuitive user interface of the SumiCloud™ app, available on Android and iOS, provides indication of when and instructions on how to maintain each part.

Cost Merits of Utilizing NanoTune™ & Preventive Maintenance

Improvement of Work Efficiency NanoTune™ technology reduces the need for rework that would have been otherwise needed due to poor cleaves. This can increase the work efficiency from 75% to 90% or more. If we set up the labor cost of the field operator’s cost as 50 USD, 15% efficiency increase corresponds 7.50 USD/hr. Blade Costs NanoTune™ delivers a low loss splice even with poor cleaves, so it also lengthens the effective blade life 15% by requiring less re-cleaves. Thus, if we set up the blade cost as 100 USD, you save 15 USD per blade. Keep Customer Confidence It is priceless to keep your customers’ satisfaction and confidence as the result of the quality of your installation work.

HOW TO ACCESS THESE TECHNOLOGIES

Sumitomo’s new High Definition Core Aligning fusion splicer, TYPE-Q102-CA+ is now available with NanoTune™ and Preventive Maintenance features of SumiCloud™ Get more information about these features and to find out more about the TYPE-Q102-CA+