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Manufacturers of Mechanical Test Equipment for Optical Fibers

We manufacture equipment for mechanical testing of optical fiber.  Our instruments can make a variety of measurements including tensile strength measurement, two-point bending strength measurement, static fatigue, dynamic fatigue, coating strip force and coating pullout force. All our equipment at least meets and generally substantially exceeds the requirements of current industry standard test procedures.

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Recent News

2POINT Direct USB for Windows Released

The 2POINT Direct system connects the 2POINT Bend Apparatus via a parallel printer port. Modern PCs now often do not have a parallel port. We have therefore developed a USB adapter that connects the 2POINT apparatus to the PC via a USB port instead of a printer port. The adapter uses a small microcontroller that is used for both the interfacing and the precision timing of the stepper motor in the 2POINT Bend Apparatus. As a result the motor can be run smoothly at high speed (2POINT Direct used the pseudo "real-time" capabilities of Windows which resulted in rough running of the motor at higher speeds).

2POINT Direct USB will be included with new purchases of the 2POINT Direct system, and it is a simple upgrade that can be purchased for existing systems.

Please contact us for more information.

TBM for Windows Released

A new version of the Trigger Box Monitor System has been developed. It replaces the previous TBM for DOS system.  It runs under all versions of Windows from 98 onwards. It connects to the PC via a USB connection.  All monitoring functions are performed by a microcontroller in the Trigger Box Monitor Controller that is external to the PC - the PC software monitors the microcontroller, downloading any events and analyzing them ready for presentation to the user. The TBM Controller is autonomous and continues to monitor fiber breaks even if the PC crashes or loses power. The functionality is similar TBM for DOS but is much easier to use and is compatible with modern PC's.

Current TBM for DOS can be simply updated by replacing a circuit board in the Trigger Box Monitor box. The system then connects to the PC via a USB cable instead of the 50-way ribbon cable. It does not use an internal ISA or PCI plug-in board for the PC and so is compatible with any PC with USB connectivity.

Please contact us for more information.

Table Top Tensile Tester With Long Gauge Length Option Now Available

The compact Table Top Tensile Tester (T4) is now available. A long gauge length option (up to 20 meters of more test length) has recently been developed. Click here for more information.

Data Analysis and Graphing Plugins for SigmaPlot - Version 2 Released

bulletVersion 2.00b of the Data Analysis and Graphing Plugins for SigmaPlot have been released soon which include the following enhancements:
bulletCan now handle more data sets (up to 6 simultaneously in a dynamic or static fatigue plot).
bulletBetter compliance with standard test methods including FOTP-28, ITM-13, IEC 60793-1-33, ASTM C1239.
bulletMore analysis options including dropping the weakest measurement at each speed, grouping measurements with a similar (but not identical) speed.
bulletEasier to use directly from the SigmaPlot menu bar.
bulletCan now start with a blank worksheet - any missing information, such as symbols, colors, line types etc. are automatically placed in the worksheet if they are missing.
bulletAutomatic scaling of data - for example can accept strength in a variety of units (MPa, ksi etc.) and will automatically scale them to GPa - or if you do not like GPa, an arbitrary scale factor can be applied. The scale factor does not have to be the same for all measurements.
bulletMore graph versions - color, monochrome, extended axis ranges.
bulletFor more information click here.
Download a free 30 day trial fully functioning version of the data Analysis and Graphing Plugins for SigmaPlot here.

2POINT for Windows - New Version Released

bullet2POINT for Windows is the control program for the Two-Point Bend System. Recent enhancements include:
bulletMore flexible control of Automatic Mode.
bulletAdded the ability to send status e-mails while running in Automatic Mode.
bulletE-mail at end of Automatic Mode sequence attaches the data file to the message.
bullet"Copy special" permits copying of selected columns of data in a selected order to the clipboard permitting faster pasting into other applications for data analysis. This permits tighter integration with the Data Analysis and Graphing Plugins for SigmaPlot.
bulletCan now automatically check for a newer version of the program.
bulletAutomatic checking, downloading and installation of program updates.
bulletFor more information click here.
Download a free 30 day trial fully functioning version of 2POINT for Windows here.

TENSION for Windows - New Version Released

bulletTENSION for Windows is the control program for the Table Top Tensile Tester. Recent enhancements include:
bullet"Copy special" permits copying of selected columns of data in a selected order to the clipboard permitting faster pasting into other applications for data analysis. This permits tighter integration with the Data Analysis and Graphing Plugins for SigmaPlot.
bulletAutomatic checking, downloading and installation of program updates.
bulletDownload the latest version of TENSION for Windows here.
 

STRIP for Windows - New Version Released

bulletSTRIP for Windows is the control program for the Coating Strip Force option for the Table Top Tensile Tester. Recent enhancements include:
bullet"Copy special" permits copying of selected columns of data in a selected order to the clipboard permitting faster pasting into other applications for data analysis. This permits tighter integration with the Data Analysis and Graphing Plugins for SigmaPlot.
bulletCan now automatically check for a newer version of the program.
bulletDownload the latest version of STRIP for Windows here.
 

Extra wide version of the Automatic Fiber Loader

bulletA new so-called "Extra wide" option, together with the Wide and Standard Automatic Fiber Loader options, extend the range of fiber diameters that can be automatically tested with the Twp-Point Bend system.  The standard Automatic Fiber Loader was designed for fibers whose glass diameter is around 80 to 125 m.  The wide version can be used for glass diameters up to about 400 m and the extra wide version up to about 600 m and beyond. Both the wide and extra wide versions can still test thinner fibers as well as the thicker ones for which they are designed glass diameter   More....

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