Process Precision & Efficiency in Fibre Optic Cable Assembly

A focus on the Schleuniger UniStrip 2545 & FO7010

At Leader Optec, we prioritise efficiency and precision in our fibre optic cable assembly processes. Every saved minute and every millimetre of accuracy translates to higher quality products and faster turnaround times for our customers.

Posted by Paul On 11 July 2024

To achieve this, we invest and rely on advanced equipment such as the Schleuniger UniStrip 2545 and FO7010. These machines revolutionise our operations, ensuring consistent, reliable and accurate results time and time again.

A high percentage of our assembly preparation involves removing 2-3mm diameter cable sheath to expose the Kevlar® yarn, then trimming this to length and finally removing the fibre coating. Prior to this investment, we relied on the dexterity of multiple hands, tooling and Go/No-Go gauges to perform the assembly operation.  While we still retain those skills within our facility, specialist equipment dramatically reduces fatigue of hand and eye and yet further improves yield.

This process was primarily done at the termination or connectorising stage. However, we wanted to create another Fibre Prep stage, freeing up more time for the Terminators, enabling improvements in yield and reducing fatigue.

When selecting automation, consideration is given to frequency, quantity, variety, ease of use, changes/settings, location, cost/payback and of course, the human effect and welfare.

Our decision was to introduce two pieces of equipment; the Unistrip 2545, for removing the outer jacket sheath and the FO7010 for trimming the Kevlar® yarn to length. Both are small enough to sit side by side and can be run by one technician or with enough volume, one per machine.

We’ve found, since introducing the two sets each, that they are more versatile than originally planned. Initially, they were justified for patch lead manufacture but now we use them on drop cables, MTP cable and ruggedised pre-terms.

Investing in Excellence

Both the Schleuniger UniStrip 2545 and the FO7010 represent more than just advanced machinery; they embody our commitment to quality, efficiency, and safety. By incorporating these innovative tools into our production process, we deliver faster turnaround times, minimise errors, and consistently produce high-quality fibre optic assemblies.

Ready to learn more?

Contact Leader Optec today to discuss how our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment can meet your specific fibre optic cable assembly needs: 01745 586600 / sales@leaderoptec.com

Why we use the Schleuniger Uni Strip 2545 and FO7010

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