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Introduction to Silica Fiber Bundle Assemblies

Silica (commonly referred to as quartz) fiber bundle assemblies are photon delivery subsystems consisting of many small individual silica fibers, bundled together and combined in either a custom machine-made ferrule or off-the-shelf connector housings designed for use as end fittings. A heavy-duty bundle sheathing is typically incorporated to protect the bundle assembly from damage during …

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What Type of Fiber Bundle Assembly / Lightguide Should I Use for My Application?

What follows is a general description of fiber assembly in most commonly used forms. For more fiber application insight, see our blog about “Glass vs Plastic” Most fiber manufacturers would agree, single fiber assembly is referred to as “jumper cable assembly”, or “patch cord assembly”. When two or more individual fibers are gathered inside a …

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Why You Should Care About Process Risk Analysis

In our previous blog, we talked about process risk analysis as part of a quality management system. Today, we’ll explore the importance of it when sourcing, and when manufacturing… We know that quality is one of your primary concerns, and we also know that — in pursuing higher quality and consistency, maintaining certification compliance, and …

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What is Process Risk Analysis?

If you’ve been in manufacturing for a while, you might remember a time when quality was somewhat of an afterthought, secondary to considerations like price, expediency, and availability. Gradually — and understandably — product quality has become a major concern and with it rose the popularity of quality management systems. More recently, evolutions in process-related …

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Developing Custom Solutions for Fiber Optics—It’s All About Relationship Building

When it comes to fiber optic technology, standard products can only go so far to meet the needs of engineers and designers who typically require specific lengths or configurations not offered by off-the-shelf fiber optics. Standard fiber optic products can be formed into a ring, a line, a bundle or even a multi-legged bundle. These …

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Mitigating Customer Risk With Process Validation

Navigating an increasing best practice for quality management service. About 25 years ago, customers’ requirements for parts included wanting a good part, on time and at fair price. But in today’s world, that just isn’t good enough anymore. Increasingly, more companies are taking a risk-based approach to running their business — wanting to ensure a …

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Optical Fiber’s Utility Expands In Complex Instrumentation

The benign nature and unique advantages of light transmission through optical fiber have led to some unusual applications, from sensing methane gas to flow cytometry. Because fiber doesn’t use or conduct electricity, optical fiber is already widely used “as a conduit for temperature sensors based on infrared (IR) light.”1 These pyrometers, typically utilized in high-temperature …

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Glass Fiber vs. Plastic Fiber in fiber optic applications

The question concerning glass versus plastic optical fiber is fundamental, but it comes up more often than you’d think, so it’s worth a few words here, just for the record. We’ll not get into the structure of the actual fiber itself, as it follows the same basic principles of differing refractive indexes between the core …

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