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Last Updated: March 3, 2023

Fiber Optic Center News

Reception, Product Demonstrations, and Technical Discussion Schedule Released.

New Bedford, MA, USA – February 6, 2023 – Fiber Optic Center, Inc., (FOC), an international leading distributor specializing in helping their customers make the best cable assemblies in the world, announces Reception, Product Demonstrations and Technical Schedule at OFC March 7-9, 2023, San Diego CA.

The much anticipated and co-sponsored Viavi/ Fiber Optic Center Margarita and Taco OFC Floor Reception will be open Wednesday March 8th from 3:00pm-5:00pm at Booth 2910.

In addition to the full cable assembly line being demonstrated at booth 2910, the following new 2023 products are being premiered:

Domaille APM-HDC-5400: built upon one of the most accurate and technologically advanced polishing machine in the market, the APM-HDC-5320. It improves the overall design and continues to use a rigid fixture system that is superior to floating fixture systems making polishing complex multi-fiber applications like MPO or MTP much easier and more consistent. Demonstrations of enhancements include Increased polishing pressure capability up to 24lbs, Integrated Micro-G® controls for “zero” pressure polishing to specific lengths, AbraSave+® software allowing for a variation of polishing time, by film run count, for a specific step.

Virgo LCS-530-01M Laser Cleaving System for Single and Multi-Fiber Connectors: built upon the  Comet™ laser cleaver, offers the lowest overall cost per termination, reduction in process variation and available adaptors in Universal – 1.25µ – 0° or 8°, Universal – 2.5µ – 0° or 8°, and MTP / 12 – 0° or 8°.

Viavi MAP Multiple Application Platform Test System: the heart of the VIAVI optical test solutions for labs and manufacturing provides the foundation to the entire portfolio, enabling scalability and efficiency for manufacturing optical network elements, modules, and components. Includes the industry’s largest selection of hot-swappable modules for optical communications test and measurement in lab and manufacturing environments

Lapping Film samples will be provided/handed out at Booth 2910 including: Diamond, Aluminum Oxide, Silicon Carbide, Flock Pile and Final Films.

All requests for samples of Epoxy accepted at the Fiber Optic Center Booth 2910 to be shipped direct during or after the show.  Depending on application needs, different sample types of epoxies are offered including but not limited to:

  • OP-81-LS: a UV & heat cure adhesive for active alignment, new applications, lens bonding and precision.
  • OP-29: a resilient multi-purpose, flexible, UV cure adhesive for lens bonding and gap filling, resists yellowing.
  • TB302-50ML: a fast room temperature cure for potting and encapsulating electrical and electronic components and for potting fiber optic cables.
  • AB9112-2.5G: a room temp or heat cure epoxy for fiber optic termination, US Navy and Mil Spec approved.
  • AB9123-2.5G: a low viscosity, high Tg, rapid heat cure epoxy for fiber optic termination.
  • AB9110LV-2.5G: a low viscosity, low stress, crystal clear epoxy for PM and POF fiber bonding and cryogenic applications.
  • AB9320-2.5G: a low stress, heat cure epoxy designed for terminating multimode and single mode fibers.


The following Technical Discussions are scheduled at Fiber Optic Center Booth 2910 over the three-day event:


Tuesday, March 7, 2023:
DISCUSSION: Minimizing Allergic Reactions When Handling Epoxies

Kelly Barker
Almost all epoxies used in the fiber optic industry are two-part epoxy systems consisting of a resin and a hardener or activator.  All the chemicals in these two-part epoxies can cause an allergic reaction, but the component most commonly causing an allergic reaction is the resin.  Epoxy resin is the third most frequent cause of occupational allergic dermatitis, or in other simple words, allergic skin reactions.

Discussion topics include:

  • When adverse reactions increase and how to minimize
  •  Differences between the two types of Contact Dermatitis: Irritant and Allergic
  • Step by steps to reduce the risk of either type of dermatitis: preparation and protection

Tuesday, March 7, 2023:
DISCUSSION: Cables and Connectivity

Wayne Kachmar, Technical Horsepower Consulting
Optical fiber and cable are the key building blocks of the passive plant. Proper construction of the physical layer provides a good foundation for the information highway.

Discussion topics include:

  • Transmission standards scaling up from 622 Mbps to 50 Gbps in 25 years
  • All ITU and IEEE PON network standards structured to use the passive plant of previous generations and provide stable performance to support future generations of transmission technology
  • How to:
    • Know the cable standards and specifications
    • Know the requirements of your installation and environment
    • Take advantage of latest “easy-to-use” connectors and splice products
    • Understand their performance factors
    • Know how to troubleshoot

Tuesday, March 7, 2023:
DISCUSSION: Testing Tips

Fiber Optic Center Technical Team
The technical team combines their field experience to demonstrate and discuss how to enhance process, results, and fiber optic cable assemblies.

Discussion topics include:

  • Determining cause of high loss
  • The misunderstanding about Negative IL values
  • Protecting the detector
  • Test Lead Quality Steps
  • Why we cannot stress enough the cleaning before the test

Wednesday, March 8, 2023:
DISCUSSION: Standard Polishing Procedures

Fiber Optic Center Technical Team
The exact recipe for polishing procedures depends on certain factors and each will be discussed:

  • Materials
  • Equipment
  • Methods
  • Environment
  • Goals

Wednesday, March 8, 2023:
DISCUSSION: Best Practices to Validate Epoxy Curing Schedules

Fiber Optic Center Technical Team
Discussion on controls of the bonding process including epoxy mixing, application, curing, and testing.

Discussion topics include:

  • Best practices to validate your curing schedule including the starting point, characterizing the oven ports
  • Best practices for epoxy preparation and dispensing

Wednesday, March 8, 2023:
DISCUSSION: Overview of the physical layer

Wayne Kachmar, Technical Horsepower Consulting
Fiber, cable, assemblies, connectors, and other passive products have been in mass production for decades.  These must be standard-compliant and produced to the highest-quality.

Discussion topics include:

  • What does the physical layer do?
  • Cable designs
  • How we place cable
  • Cable standards
  • Matching the cable spec to real life

Wednesday, March 8, 2023:
DISCUSSION: Optical Fiber Coatings Overview

Fiber Optic Center Technical Team
Discussion on optical fiber manufacturing processes, providing an overview of coatings for a wide range of standard communication and specialty optical fibers.

Discussion topics include:

  • Coating functions and dimensions
  • Key properties of optical fiber coatings
  • Importance of Tensile Strength
  • Coating characteristics and specialty fibers
  • Fibers for power delivery

Wednesday, March 8, 2023:
DISCUSSION: Installation and Cleanliness: It Counts

Fiber Optic Center Technical Team
The most common questions we receive include what is causing our poor IL/RL, how can we ensure clean fiber connections and do you have specific cleaning techniques during fiber optic cable assembly manufacturing and installation? This discussion is based on the answers and guidance we provide daily!

Discussion topics include:

  • How to verify connector end-faces that meet or exceed industry standards on end-face cleanliness (IEC 61300-3-35).
  • How to identify the number of ways in which the end-face can (and do) become contaminated

Thursday, March 9, 2023:
DISCUSSION: Fiber Optic Cable Splicing Explained

Fiber Optic Center Technical Team
Full view of both mechanical and fusion methods of splicing and impacts on lowering insertion loss compared to fiber connectors.

Discussion topics include:

  • Splicing types
  • Benefits and applications for cable assembly houses
  • Field installations and severed buried cable solutions

Thursday, March 9, 2023:
DISCUSSION: Rare Earth Doped Fibers

Fiber Optic Center Technical Team
Choosing which process to use in fabricating a rare earth doped fiber is a critical decision that depends on the particular requirements. Solution doping has the advantage of easiest implementation and lowest initial equipment cost with the downside of longer processing time and significant handling of the pre-collapsed preform.

Discussion topics include:

  • Solution Doping: this technique starts by first depositing an un-sintered porous layer of silica on the inside of a silica substrate tube using MCVD.
  • Vapor Phase Doping: this process uses a volatile rare earth precursor in conjunction with the MCVD process and delivers the rare earth to the hot zone along with the other MCVD precursors (SiCl4, GeCl4 etc.).
  • Rare Earth Chelates: these are organometallic compounds that contain a rare earth ion and provide volatility for the otherwise non-volatile metal.
  • Rare Earth Halides: these are the standard halides of rare earths (RECl3). Engineering modifications to the MCVD process allow realization of advantages.

Thursday, March 9, 2023:
DISCUSSION: The Future of Robots Installing Fiber on Traditional Power Lines

Wayne Kachmar, Technical Horsepower Consulting
How marrying fiber optic cable to be transported along medium voltage distribution lines enables the pervasive fiber optic network.

Technical Process & Product Demonstrations are held daily during OFC:

  • Cable Prep
  • Epoxy Steps and Consideration
  • Crimp
  • Cleave – featuring Sagitta Virgo
  •  Film Options
  • Polish –  featuring Domaille 5400
  •  Test –  featuring Viavi MAP

Attendees can schedule here to meet with one of our Technical Experts; or email Kathleen Skelton at for any other scheduling needs.

The 2023 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) is the premier conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals. For more than 45 years, OFC has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections, and move businesses forward. OFC includes dynamic business programming, an exhibition of global companies and high impact peer-reviewed research that, combined, showcase the trends that are shaping the entire optical networking and communications industry. OFC is co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc), the IEEE Photonics Society and Optica (formerly OSA).

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