New ‘Spider’ fibre optic assemblies from OMC allow light signals to be split or combined

Rugged, reliable and inexpensive

OMC, the pioneer in optoelectronic solutions, is now offering a range of ‘Spider’ fibre optic cable assemblies which can both split an optical signal from a single source into several outputs as well as combine multiple inputs onto a single output fibre. This can be useful for sensor applications and precise triggering, among other applications. Previously, designers have been forced to use beam splitters for this purpose, but such devices can be expensive as well as complex to set up. OMC’s new ‘Spider’ fibre optic assemblies, by contrast, are rugged, reliable and much more cost effective. Perhaps the most important feature is that the spider assemblies can be manufactured to suit the customer’s application, with customer-specific lengths, connectors and numbers of input/output channels.

Explains OMC’s Commercial Director, William Heath: “We are known as the optoelectronics problem solvers, so when we were approached by two companies, one which needed to combine several high output sources of various wavelengths for a sensor application, and the other which was looking at simultaneously triggering multiple receivers from a single source, we were immediately able to adapt our core technologies to provide a simple, effective solution.”

OMC has 30 years’ experience producing glass and polymer fibre cable assemblies and fibre optic components in a variety of industry standard housings tailored to suit each application. The company also manufactures transmitter and receiver devices and has developed its own proprietary ACA™ (Active Component Alignment) technology which ensures that its fibre-optic data links perform consistently and reliably from link to link, regardless of how they are matched up in production, which is particularly useful when working with challenging optical budgets.

Machine vision systems and data-communications equipment are just two applications where the company has already found success with the new spider assemblies. “We can offer spider assemblies that feature any number from 2-47 ends from a single input – or the reverse”, adds Heath. “Systems can be glass or polymer fibre and using any standard diode or housing. We can also produce modular systems which can be very flexible and therefore are good for prototyping. In addition, we manufacture a range of diodes which can be tailored to suit the application.”


About OMC

Founded in the mid-1980s as The Fibre-Data Group, OMC is one of the longest-established specialist manufacturers of optoelectronics in Europe, headquartered in Cornwall, UK. Accredited to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 and winners of the UK National Electronic Component Award for Innovation, OMC is a pioneer in the development, manufacture and application of cutting-edge LED and fibre-optic technologies for a wide range of industries and companies worldwide, and places a major focus on research and development, engineering and innovation. OMC’s commitment to the highest standards of quality, performance and engineering support is recognised within the industry. OMC has four key manufacturing divisions: Fibre Optics; LED Backlights and Optical Mouldings; Discrete Optoelectronic Components; and Semiconductor (LED) Lighting.

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