DeSolite® Supercoatings successfully drawn at 2500 m/min using Nextrom’s latest generation fiber draw process technology
|Nextrom, the worldwide leader for turn-key manufacturing solutions for optical preforms and fibers, and DSM Functional Materials, the global market leader for optical fiber coatings, recently completed trials demonstrating the latest generation of high speed draw process technology combined with state of the art optical fiber coatings. Using DSM’s DeSolite® Supercoatings, the trials at Nextrom’s test facility in Vantaa Finland demonstrated excellent draw performance and resulting fiber performance at all speeds tested, including at 2500 meters per minute—50% faster than average production speeds used globally in the industry.
Process speeds of 2500 meters per minute were achieved in the Optical Fiber Drawing process at Nextrom’s laboratory using state-of-the-art OFC 20 production technology. Using Nextrom’s OFC 20 technology together with DSM's latest-generation optical fiber coatings, the draw technology and material expertise can be seamlessly integrated into the Optical Fiber manufacturing solution.
Fibers drawn had excellent cure levels and consistent geometry, which are important parameters indicative of fiber draw quality. Testing of fibers manufactured in the high speed trials exhibited excellent microbending performance, dynamic fatigue and strip force results — all key properties inherent to DeSolite® Supercoatings.
“Optical fiber manufacturers are challenged with increasing capacity and efficiency to keep up with market demand while also balancing telecom carriers’ heightened attention on improving both quality and performance,” said Steve Schmid, Global Applications Development Manager for Fiber Optic Materials at DSM. “These trials confirm that advanced DeSolite® Supercoatings combined with leading fiber draw process technology from Nextrom can deliver optimal value for industry demands.”
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Company NEXTROM, located in Vantaa, Finland, is the leading supplier for optical preform, fiber and fiber optic cable manufacturing solutions. Nextrom’s production equipment is based on the key expertise of fabrication of high purity optical glass, drawing and proof testing of optical fibers, application of UV-curable acrylates on fibers and knowledge of process for optical cables.
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Royal DSM N.V. is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM’s 22,000 employees deliver annual net sales of about € 9 billion. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext. More information can be found at www.dsm.com
DSM Functional Materials is a leading developer of high-performance functional coatings and composite materials and the world’s leading supplier of UV-curable coatings, inks and matrix materials (DeSolite®, Cablelite®) for the manufacture of optical fiber and cable. The unit also produces Somos® stereolithography additive fabrication materials, UVolve® Instant Floor Coatings for the protection of concrete floors, and UVaCorr® anti-corrosion coatings for tube and pipe applications.
DSM Functional Materials operates as a Business Unit within the Performance Materials cluster of Royal DSM N.V. and is dedicated to material innovations that contribute to a more sustainable world. DSM Functional Materials is headquartered in Elgin, IL (USA) and operates research and manufacturing facilities in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific, as well as a joint venture with JSR in Japan. More information can be found at: www.dsmfunctionalmaterials.com.
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