FRANKLIN, Tenn., Feb. 7, 2013 — 3SAE Technologies is expanding its fusion splicing capabilities with the introduction of its patent-pending Thermally Stabilized Plasma heat source. Generation two of its three-electrode Ring of Fire technology, it provides thermal precision and repeatability for glass processing. The new Thermally Stabilized Plasma technology enables plasma splicing of a greater range of large-fiber diameters. Its precision also enables fusion splicing and processing of smaller and low-temperature fibers, plus other fiber optic applications. Like generation one, Thermally Stabilized Plasma generates an arc between three electrodes and uses the arc to process fibers, but the new technology transfers heat to the fiber more uniformly, providing good thermal control for glass processing. It achieves high repeatability for quality control and requires little to no electrode maintenance.