CONSULTING SERVICES
Preform Fabrication

Fiber Optic Center, Inc. (FOC) offers preform fabrication consulting services to manufacturers of specialty optical preforms and fibers.

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guidance selecting the right MCVD fabrication system for your needs

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post-installation troubleshooting to meet exacting product specs

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developing custom solutions

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training personnel

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writing standard operating procedures (SOPs)

A unique and particularly valuable service at FOC is troubleshooting expertise to overcome the many preform fabrication and fiber draw issues manufacturers face when producing specialty optical fibers.

Consultation
Areas

INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Fiber Design Assistance
  • Preform fabrication by MCVD
  • MCVD Systems for Preform Production
  • Fiber Draw
  • Fiber Optic Draw Towers for Research & Development
  • Polymer Fiber Draw Towers
  • Fiber Optic Draw Towers for High Volume Production
  • Soft Glass Fiber Draw Towers
  • Proof Test Equipment and Rewind Systems
  • Gas bulk storage cabinets
  • Process gas driers
  • Specialized gas handling systems
  • Fiber Measurements
  • Rare earth doped fibers/process development using MCVD and halide precursors
  • Rare earth doped preform measurements
  • Rare earth doped fiber measurements
  • Optical Fiber Preform

Consultation
Areas

Meet

Larry Donalds

Fiber Design and Manufacturing Consultant, Specialty Optical Fiber Expert

Mobile: 612-402-5171

Bio

Larry Donalds is Fiber Optic Center Fiber Design and Manufacturing Consultant, Specialty Optical Fiber Expert, bringing more than 35 years of experience from 3M Company in St. Paul, MN, after recently retiring. During his time with 3M Company, he spent 24 years in the development and manufacture of specialty optical fiber utilizing “voice of the customer,” helping 3M design and produce optical fibers to meet specific customer applications and performance criteria.
Projects included the development and production of PM, PZ, EDFA (Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier) fiber, radiation-hardened fiber for gyroscopes, solution doping of preforms, patent development for Oxyfluoride Erbium fiber, organometallic rare earth deposition and a rare earth single mode fiber bend and position sensor.
In his fiber position at 3M, Larry maintained and operated MCVD equipment from SG Controls Ltd of Cambridge, England, whom FOC has represented in North America for over 25 years. Larry has achieved several awards during his career including 3M Golden Step Award, Photonics Circle of Excellence Award, R&D 100 Award, 3M Circle of Technical Excellence Awards in 1983, 2001 and 2008 and the 3M Ideation Challenge award in 2017.

Specific Areas of Expertise

  • Fiber Draw
  • Fiber Optic Draw Towers for High Volume Production
  • Preform fabrication by MCVD
  • MCVD Systems for Preform Production
  • Proof Test Equipment and Rewind Systems
  • Gas bulk storage cabinets
  • Process gas driers
  • Specialized gas handling systems
  • Optical Fiber Preform

Meet

Richard Tumminelli

Fiber Design and Manufacturing Consultant, Rare Earth Doped Optical Fiber Expert

Mobile: 508-397-7632

Bio

Richard Tumminelli is Fiber Optic Center Fiber Design and Manufacturing Consultant, Rare Earth Doped Optical Fiber Expert. Rick retired from the position of Director of Engineering at the Coherent fiber site in Salem, NH, and has been working in the field of rare earth doped optical fiber for 40 years. Prior to that position, he managed the specialty fiber group at JDS Uniphase, specializing in double clad fibers for fiber lasers and erbium doped fiber.

Richard also held positions in the optics group at Draper Laboratories, and was a member of the Polaroid fiber optic team under the direction of Dr. Elias Snitzer, which did much of the seminal work in rare earth doped fibers, fiber lasers and amplifiers.

He is a co-inventor of double clad fiber laser pumping, has been granted 22 patents and has 20 publications in fiber lasers and amplifiers.

  • Fiber Design Assistance
  • Fiber Optic Draw Towers for Research & Development
  • Fiber Optic Draw Towers for High Volume Production
  • Drawing of Large Diameter Shaped Fibers
  • Drawing Fibers with Low Index Coatings
  • Soft Glass Fiber Draw Towers
  • Fiber Measurements
  • Rare earth doped fibers/process development using MCVD with halide or chelate precursors
  • Preform Fabrication by MCVD
  • Preform Fabrication by Shaping, Assembling and Sleeving
  • Rare earth doped preform measurements
  • Rare earth doped fiber measurements
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download now: MCVD Comparisons, Options and Tips

  • Comparing the 2 types of MCVD gas delivery systems to manufacture optical preforms: Stainless steel and Teflon/glass
  • MCVD Options: These add-on features can enhance your optical fiber preform strength, yield, and reproducibility
  • MCVD Tips: 14 ideas to enhance preform strength, yield, and reproducibility
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download now: Optical Fiber Preform Preparation, Design and Control

  • Controlling the Optical Fiber Preform Deposition Process
  • Preparing to Manufacture an Optical Fiber Preform
  • Critical Design Goals to Manufacture Optical Fiber Preforms
  • Attention specialty fiber manufacturers: Take advantage of FOC’s preform fabrication consulting to troubleshoot your system and achieve reproducibility and high yields

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