Another Fiber question --- Fujikura FSM-20RSII12 manual
Well folks, I got a fusion splicer through Ebay. The unit is a Fujikura FSM-20RSII12, it is in beautiful shape cosmetically with an arc count of 290. I got it for a bit over $300. The splicer came by itself, nothing else came included. I have absolutely no idea on how to use it;) I'm willing to lose the money if it doesn't work as I am just looking at it as part of my education of fiber optics! There is a big chance it doesn't work as it should, but so far the unit is creating an arc(it melts the ends of the fiber) but not a splice. I have been looking high and low and just can't seem to be able to find a manual for it. I even wrote to the manufacturer and the main/only US importer, but have not heard from them yet. Does anyone know where I might be able to find any info on it?
Matrix It's not the arc test, I can do the arc test as well as the "Arc", it just won't splice:) In the arc test it just rounds the ends, with the arc it actually looks like little blobs of material at the fibers' ends. I don't have any fiber holders and I think the splicer is not able to do it's job without them. I did get a partial manual from Fujikura, partial because it included the text but no pictures:( And yes, I'm removing the cladding cleaving and wiping the fibers prior to testing. Fortunately, I had already bought a complete Corning Unicam set that included all the other tools to prep the fiber. I'm not too pressed to make the splicer work as the Unicam will allow us to complete the job. I just have to hunt down the proper fiber holders. I do believe the splicer is working as it should. We are actually running the fiber this weekend, we just won't terminate it as the customer is not ready on what he needs to do on his end.
I don't have any fiber holders and I think the splicer is not able to do it's job without them.
I don't think it can without the holders, it needs to be able to make micro-adjustments during the welding process and without the holders it cannot do so.
Also while I am not sure about that splicer, the ones I have used require a cleaver that matches the holder.
The process is strip the cladding, wipe the glass and place it in the holder, then the cleaver it placed on the holder and it cleaves the glass exactly where the welder needs it, then the holders are placed in the welder and it manipulates the ends of the glass to where it wants them. As such you normally cannot hand cleave a fiber and place it in the holder or welder.
I do believe the splicer is working as it should.
If it fires up and the screen is clear then thats a good beginning.