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Lapping film options, part 2
Choosing the right film to polish zirconia ferrules What factors affect the choice of film materials and grit sizes for polishing zirconia connector ferrules? In Part 1 of this series we noted that FOC offers 476 items in its family of lapping-film products. This...
Lapping film options, part 1
Choosing between PSA-backed and non-PSA-backed lapping film FOC currently offers 476 distinct products in its lapping-film category.  The variations include type (material), particle size (grit), manufacturer, and options for pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA)...
Scratches and final film
When scratches appear after using the final film, this typically relates back to earlier operational steps. It’s important to isolate and correct problematic issues throughout the assembly process. At Fiber Optic Center, we developed the ÅngströmLap Final Polish...
When purchasing lapping film, need additional resources like a customer service or on-line documentation for our questions
QUESTION:    When purchasing lapping film, we need some additional resources like a customer service line or on-line documentation for our questions.  Do you have that?   ANSWER: When purchasing manufacturing materials, oftentimes, you simply place...
The advantage of using coated flock pile pads
QUESTION:   What is the advantage of using coated flock pile pads?   ANSWER:  CMP flock pile pads have gone from being a good idea – but problematic – to becoming an advanced process that offers repeatable, predictable results. In the early days of...
What are COATED flock pile pads and are there multiple choices for them?
QUESTION:   What are COATED flock pile pads and are there multiple choices for them?   ANSWER:  Note that COATED flock pile pads have a chemical deposition on the fibers. The chemical choices for Ångström coated flock pile pads are: Aluminum oxide Cerium oxide...
Tricks to keep the polishing film from moving
QUESTION:  Is there a trick to keep the polishing film from moving?   ANSWER:   When fiber optic cable assembly houses set up a new polishing machine and establish their polishing process, they often find that film slipping or coming off the pad is...
Keeping scratches to a minimum after using final film
QUESTION: How can we keep scratches to a minimum after using final film?     ANSWER:  We usually request a visual image of one or more scratches as well as geometry measurements of the connectors in order to answer this question.   With this information, we...
ÅngströmLap polishing film and other brands
QUESTION: Does FOC have many customers using ÅngströmLap polishing film or are other brands more prevalent?   ANSWER: Hundreds of fiber optic cable assembly facilities around the world use Fiber Optic Center’s ÅngströmLap polishing film, including multiple...
3D printed objects – steps for sanding your 3D printing project
Steps for sanding your 3D printing project: How to use ÅngströmLap 3D Polishing Films Start with the largest grit to remove all pits, bumps, and scratches. Most polymers are easy to sand, so don’t overdo it. However, it is important to sand until you can’t see any odd...

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