N.C.-based fiber-optics manufacturer Sumitomo Electric Lightwave is marketing the FC-6RM-C fiber cleaver, calling it “the industry’s first and only automatic blade rotation cleaver for high precision cleaves of 1 to 12 fibers for use in fusion splicing, field termination and other precision applications.” For single fiber applications, the company launched the FC-6RS automatic blade rotation cleaver.
Company literature points out that the FC-6RM-C and FC-6RS help reduce the need for maintenance and service by extending the maximum life of the cleaver blade to 144,000 cleaves after making factory-height adjustments with initial capacity of 48,000 consecutive cleaves requiring no adjustments. The automated cleavers allow the technician to streamline the cleaving process.
Both cleavers feature user-selectable blade rotation options with specifications for clean, precise cleave quality that help ensure low-reflectance terminations. The cleavers offer a typical cleave angle of <0.5 degrees.
The FC-6RM-C mass automatic blade rotation cleaver includes a scrap collector, while the FC-6RS is available with or without a scrap collector. They both are small enough and portable enough to be used in a limited workspace.