Polymicro Technologies, a subsidiary of Molex, has successfully developed an optical fibre comprising a low -OH synthetic fused silica core, PolyClad hard polymer clad and ETFE buffer/jacket. Featuring high tensile strength and minimal bend radius for high reliability, Polymicro’s 200/230 PolyClad Optical Fibre accommodates short-to-medium distance data communications in factory automation and process control applications and withstands harsh temperature, chemical and radiation environments. These include those found in chemical plants, refineries, avionics, automotive, production and manufacturing plants, mobile platforms, wind turbines, and power plants.
'Optimised at 650 and 850nm with typical attenuation of less than 10 and 6dB/km, respectively, our new broad-spectrum 200 µm hard-polymer clad fibre features a tensile strength well over the industry standard of 150kpsi and minimal bend radius for high reliability,' stated Imke Kuester, business development manager, fibre optics, at Molex.
Crimp and cleave compatible and Euro RoHS compliant, the fibre features a large 200µm core and high numerical aperture for easy termination and high coupling efficiency to the light source. Connector offsets are minimised down to ≤5µm due to the high clad/core diameter ratio. With tensile strength of ≥150kpsi, minimal bend radius of ≥10mm (short-term) and ≥16mm (long-term), and typical attenuation of ≤6dB/km at 850nm and ≤10dB/km at 650nm, the Polymicro fibre is dependable even in harsh environmental conditions.