Burst Technology™

How Does It Work?
Burst Technology™ is our exclusive patented process for achieving ultra high strength stripping and cleaning of optical fiber. The unique process begins with a controlled, single high velocity “burst” of super heated air or nitrogen directed the optical fiber. The primary coating is rapidly heated, instantly vaporized and separated from the glass cladding underneath. The stripped region(s) of the fiber will remain intrinsically clean and in near pristine condition.

3SAE has integrated Burst Technology™ into two exciting products, the AutoPrep, an automated strip, clean and cleave fiber preparation station and the AutoStrip system, a mid span ultra high strength window stripping unit.

Each of these products has unique applications particularly for OEM production manufacturing, industrial medical, military and aerospace markets. There are other important applications involving rare earth doped fibers, fiber bragg gratings, specialty optical coatings, double cladding fibers, polyimide coatings, fiber optic sensors, high power fiber lasers and large diameter optical fibers.

Independent Tests

Burst Stripping of Optical Fibers
A Report Submitted to the Area Array Consortium 2002

Independent Tests Confirm!

Universal Instruments Advanced Process / Surface Mount Technology Laboratory performed two independent test studies on Burst Technology™.

In both cases, the test results of the 3SAE burst process demonstrated exceptionally high strength yield as compared to traditional thermo-mechanical stripping and ultrasonic chemical cleaning methods.

Click on the links below to download test data for Burst Technology™.

Download first test data PDF whole  
Download second test data PDF pt1 PDF pt2

“As one part of an optoelectronics packaging research effort sponsored by an international consortium, Universal Instruments is developing the experimental and theoretical means to assess the consequences of damage induced in optical fibers in handling and packaging. 3SAE's patented burst stripping technique appears to offer an advantage over traditional methods. This was assessed by tensile testing of single mode fiber samples in Universal Instruments' process laboratory. One set of samples was cleaved and stripped using the Auto-Prep unit while another set of control samples was prepared using a conventional mechanical cleaver and a thermo mechanical stripper. Both sets were then spliced and recoated using identical equipment and process parameters. Both the mean and the width of the strength distribution obtained for the control samples were similar to values usually obtained with these traditional methods. The mean strength of fibers prepared with the Auto-Prep unit was over 50% higher and the standard deviation was less than half. Depending on the service conditions, the corresponding predicted mean life in service may be more than an order of magnitude larger."

- Antonio Prats, Process Research Engineer in the Surface Mount Technology Laboratory at Universal Instruments Corp.