FiberQA, LLC is a privately funded small business employing 20 highly technical personnel at its 5,000-square-foot facility in Old Lyme, CT. Since 2012, FiberQA has created, developed, tested, manufactured, and supported several innovative products designed to inspect, clean, and report the health of fiber optic components and end-faces. FiberQA’s patented product line includes the FastMT single-ferrule desktop fiber scope and the Automated Visual Inspection Tool (AVIT) used for multi-ferrule inspection and cleaning. FiberQA supports a wide variety of commercial, aviation, and defense customers. Commercial customers utilize FiberQA for the manufacturing and installation of telecom and data-center solutions. Similarly, aviation and defense end users focus on fiber-optic network components installed at production facilities and later sustained for fielded operations. FiberQA is a recipient of an Air Force Phase-1 SBIR and is currently competing for an Air Force Direct to Phase-2 SBIR.
Automated Fiber Optic Cleaning and Reporting Solutions
Technicians currently use a manual inspect and clean method to maintain the health of fiber optic connections. Unfortunately, the manual approach is slow, subjective, tedious, inaccurate, and risky. FiberQA solved this problem by developing a series of fully automated fiber-optic inspection and cleaning systems. These decrease the cycle time by up to 40x, eliminate operator subjective pass/fail, significantly reduce required skill level and training for technicians, and store images and objective data on found defects. The Automated Visual Inspection Tool (AVIT ) enables a robotic inspection, integrated dry-contact cleaning, and an automated evaluation and reporting of fiber-optic ferrules and fibers contained within military circular connectors and blind-mate backplanes. The long-working distance optics (200x/400x) positions over each ferrule and captures a focused, high-resolution image and evaluates the cleanliness based on a pre-loaded standard and displays a PASS/FAIL. Depending on user-settings, the system extends an integrated dry-contact cleaner to wipe away all contaminants.