Interferometers

  1. DORC® ZX-1 micro PMS+

    Used primarily to measure single fibre PC and APC connectors, DORC’s fifth generation “ZX-1 micro PMS+” is the result of 24 years of hardware and software product development. DORC’s patented design is based on a variant of the Michelson configuration, and provides both 2D and 3D high resolution images of the sample under test in as little as 3 seconds, including auto-focus.

    The ZX-1 micro PMS+ is a modular system allowing many different configurations and price points. Unlike our competitors, this allows customers on a budget to purchase a system that can grow with their needs/budget - and eventually upgraded to become the most advanced system we offer. The key to achieving this is that the “base design” is the same for all configurations. Competitors typically use a different base design on their low end/lower cost systems which means they can never become more advanced systems in the future.

    The innovative design leaves nothing for the operator to do other than insert and remove connectors. Focus, centring and reference mirror calibration adjustments are all available fully automated – no user mechanical adjustments required! The system is very compact and controlled by a laptop computer (desktop or tablet PC's optional) using a single USB 2.0 or 3.0 interface cable. The fan-less, hermetically sealed design is vibration insensitive and impervious to ingress of dust and contamination - making the ZX-1 micro PMS+ feel equally at home in both production and field based applications.

    Key Benefits:

    • Measures single fibre connectors and fibre cleaves.
    • Patented RFID interface allows instant apex offset calibration in a single measurement.
    • Very small footprint – supplied by default with a laptop computer. Desktop and Tablet PC's available upon request.
    • Modular design allows the system to grow with your needs and budget.
    • Automatic reference mirror calibration – NO manual adjustments!!
    • Automatic connector centring – NO manual adjustments!!
    • Fast automatic focus, manual focus or BOTH!!
    • Hermetically sealed optical module – a dusty production environment is no longer a problem.
    • High resolution camera and optics – results in improved repeatability and reproducibility.
    • Simple interface – just a single power cord and USB 3.0 port on the rear.
    • No anti-vibration table required. Fan-less design removes any system induced vibration.
    • Patented inspection mode and scratch analysis.
    • Fast measurement <1 second (depending on model, excluding focus).
    • “Auto Sense” technology, initiates a measurement automatically as soon as the connector is inserted.
    • Simple operation centring, focus and initiating the scan itself can all be completely automatic.
    • Calibration is held on the instrument itself, eliminating the need to keep the interferometer and PC as a matched pair.
    • Software backup, calibration and an image of the PC itself (if supplied), are all stored on the instrument itself, in non-volatile memory – making lost disks, viruses, deleted files, corrupted Windows and PC failures easy to fix.
    • System design lends itself to integration in automated production lines.
    • Manufactured by a vendor that has sold more automated connector measuring interferometers than any other.
    • Complete system ships in a single 16”x16”x20” box when configured with a laptop or tablet PC.
    • 1 Year Warranty included.

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  2. DORC® ZX-1 micro Array+ Interferometer

    Used primarily to measure multi fibre (MT/MPO® and MT-RJ) connectors, DORC’s fifth generation “ZX-1 micro Array+” is the result of 24 years of hardware and software product development.  Although optimized for multi-fibre connectors, the ZX-1 micro Array plus also does an excellent job of measuring single fibre PC and APC connectors. DORC’s patented design is based on a variant of the Michelson configuration, and provides both 2D and 3D high resolution images of the sample under test in approximately 45 seconds for multi-fibre connectors and <1 second for single fibre connectors. The innovative design leaves nothing for the operator to do other than insert and remove connectors. Focus, centring and reference mirror calibration adjustments are all automated – no user mechanical adjustments required. The system is very compact and controlled by a laptop computer (desktop or Tablet PC optional) using a single USB 3.0 interface cable. The fan-less, hermetically sealed design is vibration insensitive and impervious to ingress of dust and contamination - making the ZX-1 micro PMS+ feel equally at home in both production and field based applications.

    A variety of standard and custom chucks are available to support all types of multi-fibre and single fibre connectors. Only one screw is used to secure a chuck to the interferometer and changing chucks can be accomplished in just seconds. Incorporating DORC's novel Patented ceramic Reference Guide Pin method, not only guarantees measurement accuracy - but also means that NO calibration whatsoever is required when switching to or between multi fibre chucks. When installing single fibre chucks, and using DORC's Patent Pending "Connect ID" RFID reference connector, less than 30 seconds is required overall, including the apex offset calibration.

    Once measured, all results are automatically saved in the industry standard Microsoft Excel® format. The operator has a wide variety of display, printing and saving options for both measurement “History” and “Quality Control “reports. The Patented design provides the ability to simultaneously provide 3D geometry and a 2D microscope image of the connector under test - removing the requirement for separate instruments to provide this additional functionality.

    The ZX-1 micro Array+ stores all calibration, the PMS (Phase Measuring System) software itself and even a complete image of the system controller’s hard drive on the instrument itself. This not only makes the system PC independent, but also means that the system can recover itself from virus attacks, Windows file corruption, deleted files, malicious employees and potential PC failures in just minutes. The system also has a “factory restore” capability, returning the unit to its shipped state at the press of a button. Add to this the fact that software updates can be downloaded directly from our web site and there is no scheduled maintenance whatsoever, and you end up with a maintenance technicians “dream machine”. 

    Key Benefits:

    • Measures BOTH multi-fibre and single fibre connectors.
    • Very small footprint - supplied by default with a laptop computer. Desktop or Tablet PC's available upon request.
    • Automatic reference mirror calibration – NO manual adjustments!!
    • Automatic connector centring – NO manual adjustments!!
    • Automatic focus – NO manual adjustments!!
    • Hermetically sealed optical module – a dusty production environment is no longer a problem.
    • High resolution camera and optics - results in improved repeatability and reproducibility.
    • Simple connections – just a single power cord and USB 3.0 port on the rear.
    • No anti-vibration table required. Fan-less design eliminates any system induced vibration.
    • Patented reference guide pins are integrated into the chuck and made of ceramic, so they can never bend.
    • Fast measurement – typically less than 45 seconds (including calibration verification).
    • No calibration whatsoever required when changing chucks from single fibre to MT/MPO® or MT-RJ.
    • Simple operation - insert the connector and right click to measure. Centring, focus and the scan are all automatic.
    • Calibration is held on the instrument itself, eliminating the need to keep the interferometer and PC as a matched pair.
    • Software backup, calibration and an image of the supplied PC are all stored on the instrument itself, in non-volatile memory – making lost disks, viruses, deleted files, corrupted Windows and PC failures a snap to recover from.
    • Manufactured by a vendor that has sold more automated connector measuring interferometers than any other.
    • Costs 30% less than the prior version and the complete system ships in a single 16”x16”x20” box when configured with a laptop.
    • 1 Year Warranty included.

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  3. NEW
    DORC® ZX-1 micro DUET+ Interferometer

    DORC® ZX-1 micro DUET+ Interferometer

    DORC’s ZX-1 micro DUET+ is the worlds first “dual headed” system, designed primarily for measuring both ends of hybrid patch cords “simultaneously” using a single PC and operator. For example, both ends of a 1.25mm to 2.50mm patch cord can be measured at the same time - without the need to change chucks. Data for both ends appears consecutively in the history report, greatly reducing the time and data handling typically associated with measuring all the 1.25mm ends first, changing chucks and then measuring all the 2.50mm ends. The use of a single PC as a controller reduces the system cost while improving operator productivity and throughput.

    The ZX-1 micro DUET+ can be configured with any two modules from the ZX-1 micro PMS+ series of measurement instruments. Typical configurations might include:

    1. 2 x ZX-1 micro PMS+ modules installed with different chucks for measuring hybrid patch cords.
    2. 1 x ZX-1 micro PMS+ module and 1 x ZX-1 micro Array+ module for measuring MT/MPO fan out assemblies.
    3. 1 x ZX-1 micro PMS+ module and 1 x ZX-1 micro 20-20 Vision module for measuring single fibre patch cord geometry and very high resolution scratch analysis.
    4. 1 x ZX-1 micro PMS+ module and 1 x ZX-1 micro Tune UP module for measuring single fibre patch cord geometry and very high resolution core eccentricity analysis.

    It is important to understand that because the individual systems are aware of each other’s actions, the ZX-1 micro DUET+ system becomes much more than the sum of its parts.

    Key Benefits

    • World's First DUAL headed interferometer.
    • Can be configured with ANY 2 modules from the ZX-1 micro series of products.
    • Controlled by a single PC.
    • Simultaneous measurements from BOTH modules.
    • Allows measurement of hybrid patch cords without changing fixtures.
    • Very small footprint – supplied by default with a laptop computer. Desktop and Tablet PC's available upon request.
    • Modular design allows the system to grow with your needs and budget.
    • Automatic focus, manual focus or both
    • Hermetically sealed optical modules – a dusty production environment is no longer a problem.
    • High resolution camera and optics – results in improved repeatability and reproducibility.
    • Simple interface – just a single power cord and USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports on the rear.
    • No anti-vibration table required. Fan-less design removes any system induced vibration.
    • “Auto Sense” technology, initiates measurements automatically as soon as the connectors are inserted.
    • Simple operation – centring, focus and initiating the measurements themselves can all be completely automatic.
    • Calibration is held on the instrument itself, eliminating the need to keep the system and PC as a matched pair.
    • Software backup, calibration and an image of the PC itself (if supplied), are all stored on the instrument itself, in non-volatile memory – making lost disks, viruses, deleted files, corrupted Windows and PC failures easy to fix.
    • System design lends itself to integration in automated production lines.
    • Manufactured by a vendor that has sold more automated connector measuring interferometers than any other.
    • Complete system ships in a single 16”x16”x20” box when configured with a laptop or tablet PC.
    • 1 Year Warranty included.

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  4. Norland GL-16 AiO - Single and Multi-fibre Interferometer

    Using the latest technology in precision optics, high-speed cameras, programming and display, Norland Products has developed the GL16 – AiO End Face Geometry Measurement Instrument. This instrument is designed as the ultimate tool for analysing the end face geometry of single and multi-fibre connectors, and includes support for recent industry developments such as 16 and 32 fibre MT product and Geometry Limit parameter.

    The Norland GL16 system achieves accuracy, repeatability, reliability and ease of use that far exceeds the requirements of the industry for this type of quality control instrument.

    Everything has been fully automated in this compact system. All electronics and software for calculation and control is contained within the instrument, so an external computer system is no longer required. With an internal Linux operating system, there is no need for constant updates or virus protection software resulting in a much more stable and reliable system. An Ethernet connection is provided for access to the system measurement data as well as for remote diagnosis and software updates. A USB 3.0 port allows for external mouse, keyboard or barcode scanner use. There are no operator adjustments necessary or knowledge of interferometry needed. NIST traceable standards provide confirmed calibration of magnification and tilt stage operation, insuring accuracy of all measurements. Our patented True Angle™ connector mounts with integral aperture plate and pins allow easy insertion of the connectors into the mount and provide for highest accuracy, specifically, of surface angle results.

    Features:

    • Fully automated interferometric system for analysing multi-fibre and single fibre connectors
    • Non-contact closed-loop piezo Scanning White Light Interferometry (SWLI) measurement
    • Compliant with Industry Specifications for measurement process and Pass/Fail determination
    • Embedded computer system with Linux OS
    • Browser-based application supporting local (via front panel 7” touch screen display) and remote (via Ethernet connection) operation
    • High-resolution, high-speed camera for fast, accurate, and repeatable measurements
    • Software-controlled tilt stage (for toggling between 0 and 8 degree angle)
    • NIST traceable standards for calibration of system magnification and tilt stage
    • No focusing required prior to scanning
    • Analyse up to 72 fibres in one scan
    • Supports 16/32 fibre MT product
    • Measures MT-12 connector within 8 seconds
    • Concise measurement result display, showing only which end face parameters, if any, have not passed
    • Full scan information available on screen, as export to CSV file, in SQL database, or as a scan report
    • 3D graphical representation of end face
    • No vibration damping table required

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  5. Norland CC6000

    The first low cost, automated, non-contact interferometer for fibre optics. The Norland Connect-Chek® CC6000 automatically and precisely measures radius of curvature, apex offset of polish, and fibre undercut or protrusion on any PC or APC single-fibre connector. The breakthrough technology used in the CC6000 is unlike any other system on the market today and now allows interferometric connector analysis to be affordable to all users.

    Features:

    • Affordable quality control and quality assurance of high performance fiber optic connectors.
    • Automatically and precisely measures: 
        • radius of curvature, 
        • apex offset of polish, 
        • fiber undercut or protrusion on any PC or APC single fiber connector
    • Standard USB connector with exclusive CC6000 software to control the interferometer and measure the connectors.
    • Designed for both the factory or the field
    • Without the need for costly phase-shifting devices

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  6. Norland Advantage Multifiber System

    The Norland Advantage Multifiber System is an automated non-contact interferometer designed for measuring the end face geometry of fiber optic connector surfaces including multifiber connectors, fiber arrays, single and, PC/APC connectors. The Advantage fiber combines the features of Norlands' renowned single fiber interferometer with an improved, higher-resolution multifiber interferometer system. This combination yields the most versatile, easy-to-use system available today for fiber optic testing.  

    Features:

    • Automatic measurement of:
        • Radius of Curvature
        • Endface Angle
        • Flatness Deviation
        • Planar fiber height and differential planar fiber height for multiple rows of twelve (12) fibers.
        • Core dip for Multimode connectors
    • Patented True Angle Connector Mounts with Integral Guide Pins for MT, Mini-MT, MPO, MPX, MTP and MT-RJ connectors.
    • Automatic Angle Calibration
    • Automatically switch between Red and White Light Interferometric Modes.
    • Gauge fiber protrusion and undercut to the submicron level.
    • Fiber Masking for custom connector measurements.
    • 3D color wire frame display
    • Color Contour Map with Profiles.
    • Measure wide areas with Multiple Image Overlay Software.
    • Measure flat and angled connectors without changing the mount by using the Variable Tilt-Stage with accuracy to 0.01 ° .
    • NIST traceable standard at 0 ° and 8 ° for tilt angle.

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  7. Norland AC3005

    The AC-3005 incorporates a Michelson interferometric objective lens on an inverted microscope with a built-in camera and a high-speed computer. With its user-friendly Windows NT software it provides immediate 3D topographical information on the surface being inspected.The AC-3005 is the first system for array connectors that automatically measures planar fibre height for up to 18 fibres per connector. Utilising the new Multiple Image Overlay Software, it takes measurements across the surface and combines them in a seamless display of the end-face geometry. Movement of the stage is automatic, and easy-to-follow instructions are displayed on the screen.

    Features:

    • Norland 0º and 8° NIST traceable standard permits angular accuracy of ±0.01°.
    • Automatic measurement of: 
        • radius of curvature and angle of the end face (vertical and horizontal along two axes), 
        • planar fiber height and differential planar fiber height for up to 24 fibers, 
        • flatness deviation, 
        • core dip values (multimode fibers).
    • Autofocus and angle correction features offer higher product throughput without sacrificing accuracy.
    • Rugged inverted microscope design for easy levelling and integration into a variety of production processes.
    • World class, infinity corrected optics assure superior resolution.
    • The variable tilt stage with micrometer control between 0°–13° with NIST traceable accuracy to ±0.01°.
    • Choose measurement data to be displayed in Excel and customize pass/fail standards that follow IEC and TIA Guidelines.
    • Obtain roughness measurements both Ra and Rq.
    • True Angle™ Connector Mounts* offer extreme accuracy and repeatability with fixed stop plates and pins or guide holes. Edge alignment mounts allow you to view the entire connector end face.
    • Mounts for MT, Mini-MT, Fotron, MiniMAC, MPO, MPX, MTP and MT-RJ connectors.
    • Widest variety of mounts available from stock inventory (custom mounts also available).

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  8. Norland AC3000

    The AC-3000 is a fully automated, non-contact interferometric microscope designed for measuring the end-face geometry of fibre optic surfaces such as connector assemblies, ferrules and optical fibres. Using a versatile inverted microscope with a built-in camera and a high-speed computer, the AC-3000 provides immediate 3D topographical information on the surface being inspected. Able to provide results under a variety of experimental conditions, monochromatic red light interferometry is fast (less than 3 seconds) for smooth surfaces, which have step heights of less than one half wave length, whilst white, broad band, light interferometry gives the “True View” of rough surfaces with step-heights of ±4 microns.

    Features:

    • NIST traceable calibration standards for radius of curvature and fiber height on 2.5 mm connectors and 1.25 mm connectors.
    • NIST traceable standard for 0°-8° Angle Tilt Stage
    • World class, infinity corrected optics assure superior resolution and the ability to see scratches and surface imperfections even in the interferometric mode.
    • Mireau type interferometer objective is factory calibrated and requires no field adjustment.
    • A variable tilt mount with micrometer control between 0°–13° with accuracy of ±0.01°
    • Patented “Locking V-Groove” mount adjusts for small variations in ferrule diameter.
    • Accommodates PC/APC FC, SC & ST and E2000 connectors.
    • Custom mounts for LC, MU, MT/MTRJ, D4 and other specialized connectors.
    • Simple, three point leveling with thumbscrews requires no tools and assures perpendicularity the stage to the optics.
    • Autolevel software corrects for sub-micron variations in stage level to give accurate and repeatable offset measurements.
    • Easy selection of pass/fail standards conforming to IEC or Telcordia 
    • Customize pass/fail standards that follow Telcordia formulas.
    • Software offers the ability to measure the cleave and key angle of a bare fiber and sections of multifiber connectors.

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