NOVA™ Profile Inspection Module

NOVA™'s Profile Videoscope allows the real-time monitoring of component polishing.  This videoscope aids with bare fiber/component positioning and confirms process completion.  Teamed with  measurement software, this system verifies the endface geometry of fibers, waveguides and arrays.

NOVA™ Surface Inspection Module

NOVA™'s Surface Videoscope allows the in-line inspection of polished surfaces while the component is still loaded in the polisher.   This minimizes material handling and streamlines photonic production compared to the traditional process of transfering components to off-line inspection stations.  Polishing and specification compliance can be determined in a single workcell.

DART Bare Fiber Adapter

DART™ opens new worlds for traditional bare fiber holding.  In addition to temporarily securing a fiber at a fixed position, an integrated roller mechanism moves the fiber in and out of the adapter.  This allows for variable protrusion and retraction of the fiber endface relative to DART™’s precision support ferrule.

The universal 2.5mm ferrule interfaces with a variety of equipment and components such as polishers, electro-optic packages, test equipment and more.  DART™ can be configured for fiber diameters ranging from 80um to >1mm using interchangeable ferrule tips.

NOVA™ Operation Software Upgrade Kit

This new software kit upgrades NOVA™ polishers with the Enhanced Microfeed Feature.  This polishing routine provides greater programming flexibility for advancing components to the polishing surface at slower and more controllable rates.  Version 1 NOVA software was limited to 10 pre-programmed Microfeed rates, with the slowest being 100um per second.  Version 2 software allows a user to customize rates as slow as 5um per minute.  This yields precise removal of material stock and continual component advancement.  The Enhanced Microfeed is ideal for larger optical surfaces, delicate bare fibers, and connector air polishing.

V2 provides the ability to create "pop-up" window prompts in between each polishing step.  This is very useful as reminder to technicians to clean fibers, inspect polish lengths, confirm geometry, etc. before initiating the next process step.

New folder management allows programs to be organized according to connector types, fiber diameters, component, etc.