I haven’t talked much about fiber optics up to now, but I just learned about a fiber optic stripper that really caught my attention, and I think it’s more than worth a mention. Prepping optical fibers for splicing and termination tends to be a precise, and somewhat tricky, procedure, and things can get even more complicated and time-consuming when particularly stubborn fiber coatings are involved. Installers need to effectively strip off coatings without causing damage to the delicate fiber beneath, and that can be a challenge if the stripping tool used is purely mechanical. Baked-on coatings don’t always give way the way you’d like them to, but they’re generally much more compliant if you just apply some heat. That’s why the Jonard Thermal Fiber Optic Stripper works so well – it combines the softening effects of heat with the mechanical force of stripping blades, and leaves you with perfectly stripped fibers, no matter what they were coated with in the first place.
The whole key to the Jonard thermal stripper working so well is that the heat levels and exposure times are completely customizable to the particular type of fiber you’re working with – you’re not limited to a narrow range of coating materials. And the whole procedure is very easy – you just insert the fiber into a simple clamp platform, close the lid over the heating element, and let the heat do its job. When the LED on top of the unit lets you know that the heating process has been completed, you simply remove the fiber from the unit by gently pulling it out through the stripping blades, which grab onto the softened fiber coating and strip it cleanly away.
Jonard fiber optic strippers are available in adjustable-blade and fixed-blade styles, are RoHS compliant, and have power supplies that are UL rated in the United States and Canada.