Zeus touts high-temperature fibre-optic coatings

Zeus, a specialist in high-performance polymer coatings, will showcase its ability to coat fibre-optics with durable high-temperature coatings during the SPIE Photonics West trade show in San Francisco on 10-12 February.

Zeus has developed a process to coat optical fibre with polymers such as PEEK, PFA, ETFE, PVDF and 300°C NeoTem, which enhance the fibres’ ability to withstand harsh temperatures and chemical environments.  These performance coatings also help make the fibre more robust in applications requiring mechanical strength and resistance to radiation or abrasion.

“Fibre optics coated with performance polymers are a valued addition to Zeus' expanding portfolio. These enhancements give engineers a robust fibre jacketing that overcome environmental challenges to improve fibre-optic technology,” said Rob Hall, vice president of engineered extrusions.

Many industries, including oil and gas, aerospace, medical and automotive, rely on fibre optics for both communication and sensing in extreme temperature conditions. The new coatings from Zeus will give engineers and designers an array of new options, improving productivity while also saving costs.

Zeus says its technology is capable of applying coatings to a wide range of fibre diameters and types.

“Our business model is for us to manufacture these coatings in-house.  We are seeking to partner with companies in a variety of industries to develop coating solutions to further their communications and sensing capabilities,” the company told Fibre Systems.


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