Accession Number : ADA325858

Title :   Construction of an Automated Fiber Pigtailing Machine for Optoelectronic Components.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Mar 94-Jul 96,

Corporate Author : UNIPHASE TELECOMMUNICATIONS PRODUCTS BLOOMFIELD CT

Personal Author(s) : Green, W. J., Jr. ; Luczak, Donald S.

PDF Url : ADA325858

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : The purpose of this program was to design and evaluate a low cost Automated Fiber Pigtailing Machine (AFPM). The pigtailing process attaches fibers to optoelectronic devices with submicron alignment accuracy. The process is labor intensive and costly; thus the goal of the program is to replace the operator with an automated machine in order to reduce cost and increase the output. An AFPM was designed, fabricated and delivered to Uniphase Telecommunications Products (UTP) and Ortel and production feasibility demonstrations were conducted. There were some initial problems; this is expected with a new process and machine. With improvements, such as enlarging the field of view of the vision system for fiber alignment, improvement in epoxy dispenser mounting, etc., the AFPM has a lot of potential to serve as a valuable asset to an assembly process. It is possible for the AFPM to repay itself in approximately 6 months when it's met system and component reliability. Thus machine commercialization requires further development of the prototype to provide a robust and reliable platform for production environments. The AFPM at UTP has been transferred to the IFOG Manufacturability (MANTECH) program sponsored by the U. S. Army Missile Command (MICOM) for further improvements and demonstration to insure commercial production feasibility.

Descriptors :   *FIBERS, *AUTOMATION, *MANUFACTURING, *ELECTROOPTICS, LOW COSTS, ALIGNMENT, RELIABILITY, ASSEMBLY.

Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools
      Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
      Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE