Sumitomo Electric Launches Q102-CA+, the World’s First AI-Programmed High-Definition Core-Aligning Fusion Splicer

Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. announces the release of the world’s first*1 AI (artificial intelligence)-programmed high-definition core-aligning fusion splicer, the Q102-CA+.

09/03/2020 – The Q102-CA+ offers improved splicing performance, reliability, and overall experience with our new features and technologies, while maintaining all of the industry-leading features of its predecessor, the Q102-CA, including its world-class*2 light and compact frame, quick splicing, and environmental durability.

The Q102-CA+ is equipped with NanoTune™ technology, which greatly improves splicing efficiency and accuracy regardless of operational condition and user skill, with the use of AI algorithms. The Q102-CA+ drastically reduces the need of splice reworks caused by insufficient fiber preparation such as poor cleaving, thus reducing overall costs. Its Preventive Maintenance feature enables users to be alerted of upcoming repairs or consumable replacement, thus reducing unexpected downtime. SumiCloud™*3 supports this function with wireless LAN connectivity*4.

The Q102-CA+ can splice in 5 seconds in Quick Mode, and has an improved heating time of 8 seconds. In addition to a variety of highly regarded functions inherited from its predecessor, such as the lightweight and compact design and shock-proof, dust-proof, and drip-proof frame, the Q102-CA+ saves power consumption by 7% with a newly employed heat-resistant material, thereby enabling 320 operation cycles on a full charge.

With the increase in remote work and telemedicine, as well as online learning, establishment of high-speed, large-capacity, low-delay communication networks will be increasingly demanded. The Sumitomo Electric Group will contribute to advanced communication networks by developing and providing new products and technologies that meet customer needs with even higher functionality, expandability, and workability.

Sumitomo Electric has drawn on its 40 years of experience in designing and producing this world-leading fusion splicer.

The Q102-CA+ will be available for purchase this Fall in North America and CALA regions.

*1 Based on an internal investigation.
*2 Based on an internal investigation as of August 1, 2020.
*3 SumiCloud is a system that collectively manages various information related to fusion splicing on the cloud, and can be accessed via smartphones.
*4 Wireless LAN connectivity feature is not available in all countries.

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