STOCKHOLM, June 19, 2015 — Nyfors Teknologi AB has introduced the SmartSplicer, an advanced glass processing and optical fiber splicing product platform for development and manufacturing of sensitive, high-power laser, sensor and telecommunication fiber components. The system uses annular CO2 laser heating for flexible and contamination-free processing of fused fiber components. Precision optics with axicon refractive elements convert the beam into a ring with adjustable diameter, matching the fibers or components under processing. This optical configuration provides uniform distribution of optical power. Different types of fibers and optical components can be processed through glass shaping operations, such as fiber-to-fiber splicing, tapering and fiber-to-end-cap splicing. SmartSplicer was developed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena, Germany, which designed the optical system around the patent-pending optical technology.