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Optical Engineering • Open Access

Fiber-handling robot and optical connection mechanisms for automatic cross-connection of multiple optical connectors
Author(s): Masato Mizukami; Mitsuhiro Makihara

Paper Abstract

Conventionally, in intelligent buildings in a metropolitan area network and in small-scale facilities in the optical access network, optical connectors are joined manually using an optical connection board and a patch panel. In this manual connection approach, mistakes occur due to discrepancies between the actual physical settings of the connections and their management because these processes are independent. Moreover, manual cross-connection is time-consuming and expensive because maintenance personnel must be dispatched to remote places to correct mistakes. We have developed a fiber-handling robot and optical connection mechanisms for automatic cross-connection of multiple optical connectors, which are the key elements of automatic optical fiber cross-connect equipment. We evaluate the performance of the equipment, such as its optical characteristics and environmental specifications. We also devise new optical connection mechanisms that enable the automated optical fiber cross-connect module to handle and connect angled physical contact (APC) optical connector plugs. We evaluate the performance of the equipment, such as its optical characteristics. The evaluation results confirm that the automated optical fiber cross-connect equipment can connect APC connectors with low loss and high return loss, indicating that the automated optical fiber cross-connect equipment is suitable for practical use in intelligent buildings and optical access networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(7) 076116 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.7.076116
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Masato Mizukami, NTT Microsystem Integration Labs. (Japan)
Mitsuhiro Makihara, NTT Microsystem Integration Labs. (Japan)


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