Low-Cost Fiber-Optic Connector Cleaner

Period of Performance: 12/01/2004 - 05/01/2005


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Westover Scientific, Inc.
18421 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Suite 110
Mill Creek, WA 98012
Principal Investigator


Westover Scientific proposes to adapt our proven CleanBlast technology to a far simpler embodiment that would be ideal for field applicatons. The system would provide exceptional cleaning performance with little or no specialized training required. The cleaning process would be reduced to less than 3 seconds at a cost-per-clean of less than $0.20 (likely below $0.15). The device would be disposable, have a shelf life of over 18 months, and contain approximately 300 cleans per unit. Each device would include disposable tips for use with military connectors. We can provide these claims because the majority of the research has already been done to produce a like-product for the commercial market. Within our proposal, we detail the work needed to adapt and optimize this device for Navy applications.