Fiber Optic End Face Termination and Processing

Period of Performance: 05/15/2012 - 11/15/2012

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Megladon Manufacturingj Group, Ltd
12317 Technology Blvd Suite 100
Austin, TX 78727
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Study the current process for terminating military fiber optic termini at 4 locations that supply military assemblies for DoD projects. Using this data, determine the feasibility of deploying a CO2 laser and utilize the HLC laser process for improved performance (RF over fiber)and tempered mating surface. Feasibility will include but is not limited to cost savings, improved performance, improved durability, first pass yield, low impact transition, reduced training and reduced operator skill level. Study laser safety packaging requirements. Provide a proposed plan to implement laser process and determine feasibility of utilizing the same hardware and process on MT terminations for improved performance, cost savings and durability.