Monthly Archives: May 2008

Fujikura FSM-60S Fusion Splicer

UPDATE: You can find the user manual for the Fujikura FSM-60s fusion splicer. The FSM-60S fusion splicer incorporates a user-friendly interface with enhanced features, and is one of the most reliable fusion splicers in the market today. The new durable construction offers better protection from dust, water, vibration and shock Key Features

  • Core to core alignment by PAS (Profile Alignment System) technology
  • Rugged construction providing shock, dust and moisture resistance. Dual monitor position with automatic image orientation
  • Automatic arc calibration and fiber identification
  • User-selectable fiber clamping method – sheath clamp or fiber holders. Auto-start tube heater feature
  • 4.1″ TFT color LCD display with anti-reflective coating for excellent visibility in bright sunlight
  • Simultaneous battery charge and splicer operation
  • Long life battery (up to 160 splice/heat cycles per charge)

 

Fujikura FSM-17S Fusion Splicer

UPDATE: We have posted the user manual for the Fujikura FSM-17s. The FSM-17S offers a host of improvements including a 35 second tube heater, dual position monitor, and a longer battery life. The real time arc calibration feature makes field maintenance easy. Key Features:

  • Suitable for Single fiber splicing
  • Cladding alignment with fixed v-groove
  • Dual-directional operating system
  • Arc-calibration-free system
  • Large capacity slot-in battery
  • Simple operation steps
  • Fiber holder model, FSM-17S-FH also available

 

Buying Fusion Splicers on eBay

Fusion splicers are available through eBay but Caveat emptor! EBay is risky. No doubt about this. I lost $5500 buying from an eBay seller who was actually a Power Seller. But that’s for another blog but email is risky and fusion splicers are expensive.

So in case you are feeling lucky, some questions to ask sellers (be sure to verify all information however):

1) Authorized or Open Market vendor? Is the seller an approved authorized vendor by the manufacturer? If not, where do they source their equipment from? For example, according to their website, Fujikura only authorizes AFL to distribute their splicer products in the USA. If you see Fujikura splicers sold by other distributors you’ll have to get more details on what they’re offering since they don’t have that direct authorized relationship with Fujikura. Similarly, Sumitomo Electric USA and also Power & Tel are authorized as Sumitomo Distributors. 2) Warranty? How long of a warranty is provided and is the product eligible for support? Who provides the warranty support and any extended maintenance? Do they replace your product if it goes down? Repair it? Send a loaner? Do they replace your product or provide a loaner with the exact same model?.. or an equivalent? 3) Hardware History (if buying used): What is the arc count on the splicer? Has this unit ever been in need of repair in the past? Has the fiber splicer been used in rugged conditions? 4) Seller Background Do your typical due diligence checking BBB, asking for references, check eBay history, etc, etc… — Hopefully these questions will help arm you with the information you need to make the best decision when buying fusion splicers on eBay or other online auctions.



Fujikura FSM-40S Fusion Splicer

Fujikura FSM-40S Fiber Optic Fusion Splicer offers a core-to-core fiber alignment system, PAS and full automatic operation. The FSM-40S is lightweight, compact and has multiple power supply options. Key Features:

  • Core-to-core fiber alignment system (PAS)
  • Fast splicing & Full automatic operatio
  • Compact, lightweight and various power supply option
  • 2 CCD cameras, No up-down mirro
  • High resolution 5 inch color LCD monito
  • Simultaneous X & Y axes observatio
  • Automatic Arc calibration function for stable arc discharg
  • Automatic fiber type identifier and self diagnostic test function