In a fiber optic cable, a buffer coating is one type of component used to encapsulate one or more optical fibers for the purpose of providing such functions as mechanical isolation, protection from physical damage and fiber identification. The buffer may take the form of a miniature conduit, contained within the cable and called a “loose buffer”, or “loose buffer tube”. A loose buffer may contain more than one fiber, and sometimes contains a lubricating gel. A “tight buffer” consists of a polymer coating in intimate contact with the primary coating applied to the fiber during manufacture.
Fiber optic stripping removes the protective polymer coating around optical fiber in preparation for fusion splicing. The splicing process begins by preparing both fiber ends for fusion, which requires that all protective coating is removed or stripped from the ends of each fiber. Fiber optical stripping can be done using a special stripping and preparation unit that uses thermal, chemicals, plasma or blades to remove the coating. There are also mechanical tools used for stripping fiber, which are similar to wire copper strippers.
Table of Content :
1. Executive Summary
1.2 Fiber Optic Networks
1.3 Fiber Optic Fusion Splice Market Trends
1.4 40/100G Ethernet Networks – MPO Connector North America Market Trends
1.5 Military/Aerospace and Harsh Environments
2. Fiber Optic Cleaver & Stripper Market Forecast
2.2 Fiber Optic Stripper Instrument/Machine Devices Market Forecast
2.3 Fiber Optic Cleaver Instrument/Machine Devices Market Forecast
2.4 Combination (Cleaver/Stripper – Instrument/Machine) Market Forecast
2.5 Fiber Optic Stripper / Cleaver Tool Market Forecast
3. Selected U.S. Patent Summaries
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