Last Updated: September 15, 2022
New Bedford, MA, USA, February 1, 2021 – Fiber Optic Center, Inc., (FOC), an international leading distributor specializing in helping their customers make the best cable assemblies in the world, announces the addition of Dymax Corporation’s New Light-Curable Low-Shrink™ OP-81-LS Epoxy to their extensive epoxy product portfolio.
Low Shrink™ OP-81-LS epoxy that cures in seconds upon exposure to broad-spectrum light for fast, precise optical assembly, has very low volumetric shrinkage during cure, low coefficient thermal expansion for stability through thermal excursions, and meets ASTM E595 outgassing requirements making it ideal for the positioning and bonding of lenses, prisms, fibers, or other optical components. The material does not react until exposed to light, so manufacturers have time to accurately align parts before assembly and cure.
With many new independent fiber projects in development, manufacturers work closely with FOC’s technical epoxy manager, Kelly Barker, as their connectivity components partner for her expertise on how epoxy affects the fiber in all types of ferrules in use today.
Ms. Barker was noted saying, “we meet our individual customer needs by offering ways to improve reliability and performance, save time and money and find the product that best suits specific applications. Having this addition of the OP-81-LS epoxy to our portfolio is a strength in our pursuit to provide an affordable process to qualify the right adhesive solution.”
The OP-81-LS epoxy features a low temperature (80-85°C) heat-curing function in applications where shadow areas exist or where only heat-cure is preferred. The material is solvent-free and has one component, requiring no mixing. Low-Shrink OP-81-LS is designed to bond dissimilar substrates, including polycarbonate, glass, acrylic, and metallic surfaces and is well suited for use in consumer electronics applications.
With proprietary chemistries, a dynamic product line, leading customer support and staff with technical depth and experience, and an extensive best practice epoxy library, FOC can support all industry requalification efforts to save time and money.
Dymax develops innovative rapid and light-curable materials, dispense equipment, and UV/LED light-curing systems. The company’s adhesives, coatings, and equipment are perfectly matched to work seamlessly with each other, providing design engineers with tools to dramatically improve manufacturing efficiencies. Major markets include aerospace and defense; medical devices; and consumer and automotive electronics.