Fiberguide Partners with Micron Optics to Provide Fiber Bragg Grating Optical Sensors

Sensors monitor stress and temperature in equipment, buildings and structures

Stirling, N.J. (August 29, 2017) – Optical fiber and assembly specialist Fiberguide Industries has partnered with sensing expert Micron Optics to manufacture their line of fiber Bragg grating optical sensors. The sensors are ideal for distributed sensing of stress, temperature, strain, displacement and acceleration on machinery, equipment, planes, buildings, bridges and other devices and structures.

Fiberguide has partnered with Micron Optics to manufacture their line of fiber Bragg grating optical sensors.

Fiberguide has partnered with Micron Optics to manufacture their line of fiber Bragg grating optical sensors.

The sensors are a product of a Micron Optics design, and Fiberguide’s construction expertise and process refinement. Bragg gratings written inside the sensors’ optical fiber core behave like mirrors that reflect light at a specific wavelength based on the periodicity of the grating. Exposure to strain or temperature causes a shift in the reflected wavelength, proportional to the change in strain or temperature. Unlike commonly used electrical sensors, fiber Bragg sensors are not susceptible to signal degradation caused by long distances or electromagnetic interference.

Fiber Bragg grating optical sensors are compact for installation into small spaces. The sensors can also be multiplexed, allowing many sensors for multiple signals and locations in a single optical fiber.

For more information on fiber Bragg grating optical sensors, or to request a quote, visit www.micronoptics.com.

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Fiberguide Industries Demonstrates High Performance AR Fibers at InfoComm 2017

Stirling, N.J. (June 8, 2017) – Fiber optics expert Fiberguide Industries will showcase a variety of its optical fibers and fiber optic assemblies at InfoComm 2017. Visitors to the company’s booth 4487 can view samples of the company’s products, including its RARe Motheye anti-reflective fibers for enhanced performance in systems requiring high power transmission such as digital laser projection.

Fiberguide Industries will demonstrate its RARe Motheye Fibers at InfoComm 2017 booth 4487.

Fiberguide Industries will demonstrate its RARe Motheye Fibers at InfoComm 2017 booth 4487.

RARe Motheye fibers have a superior wavelength range (400-2200 nm total, 400 nm bandwidth per fiber), durability and damage thresholds, made possible by randomized nanostructures on the fiber surface. In laser projection systems, this translates to greater efficiency and reduced power requirements for the laser light source.

Fiberguide Industries Director of Sales Patrick Fung will be at the company booth 4487 to answer questions. InfoComm 2017 takes place on June 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center (Orlando, Fla.).

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Fiberguide Industries Receives ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003 Recertification

Stirling, N.J. (April 5, 2017) – Optical fiber and assembly specialist Fiberguide Industries has passed an extensive auditing process to receive ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 recertification. This is the seventh consecutive year Fiberguide has held ISO certification for its quality management systems.

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ISO 9001:2008 is awarded after an organization demonstrates its ability to meet customer, statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to the products manufactured. ISO 13485:2003 certifies the organization’s quality management system meets the standards for the production of medical devices. Both certifications were awarded by third party registrar Platinum Registration.

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Fiberguide Industries Advances Fiber-Optic End Cap Capability

Fiberguide currently only manufacturer to offer CO2 laser splicing and glass shaping capabilities

Stirling, N.J. (January 30, 2017) – Fiberguide Industries, a leader in the specialty fiber optics industry, has advanced its fiber end cap production capabilities with a new CO2 laser splicing and glass shaping system. Developed by Nyfors Teknologi AB (Stockholm, Sweden) based on technology from the Fraunhofer Institute (Jena, Germany), the SMARTSPLICER™ allows Fiberguide to produce the largest end caps currently available. The SMARTSPLICER uses new computer assisted laser targeting technology to provide unparalleled fiber/ end cap splicing capability.

The new SMARTSPLICER ™ CO2 laser splicing and glass shaping system.

The new SMARTSPLICER ™ CO2 laser splicing and glass shaping system.

“The SMARTSPLICER technology developed by Nyfors and the Fraunhofer will give us the capability to easily attach large end caps to optical fiber to produce high power laser delivery connectors and systems,” said Fiberguide vice president of technology, Dr. Devinder Saini “The SMARTSPLICER uses a revolutionary patented technology developed by the Fraunhofer IOF Institute in Germany that allows the fusion of large pieces of glass to fibers. We now have the capability to fuse end caps of up to 25 mm (and larger) to fibers.”

Fiber end caps are useful for many applications, especially those where minimizing power at the air/ glass interface is desirable. Fiberguide now offers splicing of end caps with end cap-fiber ratios greater than 50:1. This technique is especially useful for high power fiber lasers. Coupled with Fiberguide’s RARe Motheye fiber, the new large endcaps allow for unprecedented durability and anti-reflection, even for the most demanding power levels.

Fiberguide will be demonstrating its new SMARTSPLICER technology, along with sample optical fibers, at the SPIE Photonics West Exhibition, booth 1745. The exhibition takes place January 28 to February 2 at the Moscone Center (San Francisco, Calif.).

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RARe Motheye™ High Power Fibers from Fiberguide Industries at Photonics West and SPIE BIOS

Stirling, N.J. (January 24, 2017) – Fiberguide Industries will display its new RARe Motheye™ optical fibers at Photonics West booth 1745 and SPIE BIOS booth 8840. The exhibitions take place from January 28 to February 2 at the Moscone Center (San Francisco, Calif.).

Fiberguide Industries will demonstrate its RARe Motheye Fibers at the 2017 Photonics West and BIOS exhibitions.

Fiberguide Industries will demonstrate its RARe Motheye Fibers at the 2017 Photonics West and BIOS exhibitions.

New RARe Motheye fibers offer enhanced power handling for high power delivery, research and development, medical, photonics and industrial applications. Fiberguide uses a proprietary technology to create randomized nanostructures on the fiber surface that are similar to the compound eyes of nocturnal insects. This results in fiber optic assemblies with superior wavelength range (400-2200nm), durability and damage thresholds when compared with commonly used AR coatings. Fiberguide VP of Technology Devinder Saini will deliver a demonstration of RARe Motheye fibers at 4:30 on February 1 in Demo Area 1 – Hall ABC South.

Visitors to the company’s booths can also view a demonstration of Fiberguide’s fiber Bragg grating sensors. Developed in partnership with Micron Optics, the sensors are designed to measure strain, temperature, pressure and acceleration from fiber Bragg gratings installed on smart structures, such as on bridges or airplanes.

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New Fiberguide RARe Motheye™ Optical Fibers Deliver Superior High Power Performance

Randomized AR Nanostructures increase assemblies’ wavelength range and damage threshold

Stirling, N.J. (December 14, 2016) – New RARe Motheye™ optical fibers from Fiberguide Industries feature enhanced high power performance. The new technology surpasses current anti-reflective coated fiber capabilities, providing benefits for high power delivery, research and development, medical, photonics and industrial applications.

New RARe Motheye™ optical fibers from Fiberguide Industries.

New RARe Motheye™ optical fibers from Fiberguide Industries.

Motheye nanostructures were originally discovered by the observation of nocturnal insects, such as moths, whose compound eyes were found to reflect little or no light regardless of the angle. Fiberguide uses a unique, randomized process to create Motheye nanostructures on the fiber surface. This results in fiber optic assemblies with superior wavelength range (400-2200nm), durability and damage thresholds when compared with commonly used AR coatings. Since the anti-reflective structure closely matches the underlying material, damage thresholds are typically close to those of bare fiber. Motheye fibers are also hydrophobic, allowing simple water cleanup of fiber faces.

RARe Motheye fibers are available with core sizes ranging from 3µm to 3mm in step index multi-mode or custom single-mode configurations. Material options include silica core, silica clad, polymer coated or metal coated construction.

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Fiberguide Industries Launches New Mobile App to Assist Customers with Optical Fiber Selection

Stirling, N.J. (November 16, 2016) – Fiberguide Industries has expanded customer support with its new mobile device app. Available for free download at the Apple Store and Google Play Store, the app helps customers with fiber selection and increases their access to the company’s fiber optic expertise on-the-go. To download the app, search “Fiberguide Industries” on the Apple Store or Google Play, or visit the following links:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fiberguide-industries/id1139742357?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fiberguide.android&hl=en

The new mobile app from Fiberguide Industries.

The new mobile app from Fiberguide Industries.

The app features a new Optical Fiber Calculator, which uses a series of proven equations developed over decades by Fiberguide’s engineering staff, to guide customers through the fiber selection process. For advanced users, the app also features a more manual fiber selection tool. Customers also have access to the latest company news and events.

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Fiberguide Industries Grows Customer Support Team with Two New Members

Stirling, N.J. (November 7, 2016) – Optical fiber and assembly specialist Fiberguide Industries has expanded its customer support with an additional two new team members. Mustafa Yusuf has been appointed Business Development Manager (Northeast) and Christopher Greco was named Customer Service Representative.

Fiberguide has expanded its customer support team with Mustafa Yusuf (left) and Christopher Greco.

Fiberguide has expanded its customer support team with Mustafa Yusuf (left) and Christopher Greco.

As Business Development Manager (Northeast), Yusuf will work closely with customers and Fiberguide’s application engineers to communicate customer needs and facilitate new product generation. He will seek out new opportunities and drive the company’s continued growth in the Northeastern and Southeastern territories. Yusuf has over 11 years of technical sales experience with various companies in the specialty chemicals industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul University (Istanbul, Turkey).

Greco will be based out of Fiberguide’s headquarters in Stirling, N.J. As Customer Service Representative, he will ensure that customers continue to receive on-time sales and service by responding to customer inquiries and providing vital support to the sales team. Greco joins Fiberguide from marketing agency Positive Impact Partners (East Rutherford, N.J.). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Arizona State University (Tempe, Ariz.).

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Fiberguide Industries Licenses Motheye AR Nanostructures

RARe Motheye Fiber™ will bring durability and improved performance to high power fiber optic applications

Stirling, N.J. (March 10, 2016) – Fiberguide Industries has been granted an exclusive license from TelAztec (Burlington, Mass.) to develop Motheye AR (Anti-Reflective) Nanostructures for use in fiber optic cable. Fiberguide’s new RARe Motheye Fiber™ will be ideal for high power delivery applications.

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Motheye AR Nanostructures were originally discovered by the observation of nocturnal insects, such as moths. The compound eyes of these insects were found to reflect little or no light, regardless of the light’s angle of incidence. TelAztec used this observation to develop effective, randomized, AR nanostructures for use on glass substrates, which Fiberguide Industries will market under the tradename “RARe Motheye” ™.

RARe Motheye randomized nanostructures have been shown to be effective in creating anti-reflective surfaces of extreme durability and high efficiency when compared to non-randomized processes. Randomization of the nanostructure results in improved anti-reflective and power handling performance. Fiberguide Industries has acquired an exclusive license to develop TelAztec’s Motheye technology for use in Fiberguide RARe Motheye Fiber™ assemblies and arrays.

RARe Motheye coatings have damage thresholds that are far greater than AR coatings, close to that of silica fiber (3-7 times higher than standard AR coatings). The Random Anti-Reflection (RAR) surfaces also have very broad anti-reflection properties and operate over a large (~400 nm) wavelength range compared to the very narrow (~50 nm) operating range for conventional AR coatings.

Dr. Devinder Saini, Fiberguide’s Vice President of Technology, stated, “The use of anti-reflection coatings on fibers has become very important, but AR coatings have limitations in that they have a very narrow operating range as well as a low damage threshold. Random anti-reflection technology has the potential to overcome these limitations and revolutionize high power delivery via fibers.”

Fiberguide’s RARe Motheye Fiber products will be ideal for applications where high power delivery is important. Medical system, industrial laser, directed energy, digital cinema projection, data array transmission, and many other applications will benefit from RARe Motheye Fiber‘s low insertion loss and low return loss. RARe Motheye Fiber also offers superior ease of cleaning and robust damage thresholds, compared to conventional AR coatings.

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Fiberguide Industries Designs World-Class Array for the Gemini South Telescope

Stirling, N.J. (February 18, 2016) – Fiberguide Industries has been selected to build the fiber-optic array at the heart of the new GHOST (Gemini High-resolution Optical SpecTrograph) in the Gemini South telescope. Built for the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), who is leading the project, the array uses cutting-edge construction techniques and Fiberguide’s expertise in building high-quality, high-performance fiber optic subsystems is critical to the project’s success.  GHOST will provide two-object plus sky spectroscopy at full wavelength coverage from 363-950nm and resolutions from 50,000 to 75,000.

Image used with permission from:Gemini Observatory/AURA/National Science Foundation

Gemini South with star-trails of the South Celestial Pole overhead.
Image used with permission from:Gemini Observatory/AURA/National Science Foundation

Each fiber will carry a fraction of the light coming from a stellar object to minimize losses due to atmospheric blurring. Parameters such as fiber optic pointing error and insertion loss are minimized by using proprietary Fiberguide construction techniques and the long history of Fiberguide’s experience building these types of arrays for astronomy, security and data communications. The new instrument will allow for the efficient scanning of the night sky.

“Fiberguide has been integral to AAO’s technology development for GHOST, a world-class instrument on one of the world’s largest and most successful telescopes, the Gemini telescope,” said project leader Andrew Sheinis. “Once delivered, GHOST will provide enhanced opportunities to understand the universe, including the discovery and study of extra-solar planets.”

The Gemini South telescope provides unparalleled access to the southern sky and continued opportunities for enhanced understanding of the universe.

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