GPX-3000 Glass Processing, Fusion Splicing Systems
Mar 2007Vytran LLCRequest Info
Vytran’s GPX-3000 series is a versatile glass processing platform for the fabrication of splices, tapers, mode adapters, NA converters, end caps, couplers and combiners with optical fibers ranging from 125 µm to 1.5 mm in diameter. All systems incorporate Vytran’s patented filament fusion technology which provides a stable high-temperature heat source for precise control of glass processing conditions. An embedded real-time control system and powerful machine-level macro programming language allow for development of unique event-driven routines for fast and flexible process development. All high-level system communication is through a user-friendly PC-based graphical interface that provides easy operation and convenient data storage. All GPX-3000 configurations are capable of tapering and drawing fibers and capillaries with a processing length up to 180 mm. The physical characteristics of the desired taper are simply entered through a taper interface menu and the required low-level machine control macro is automatically generated. The ability to physically taper and draw fibers is a critical capability for the fabrication of fiber laser systems, where pump and signal fibers must be optimally spliced to dissimilar fibers. In addition, the GPX-3000 series can be used to fuse fibers side-by-side or into bundle configurations, enabling the production of pump and output combiners -- key components in high-power fiber laser systems.