SmartDispenser®
LC, MT or SC Fiber Optic Connector
Benchtop Automation

 

Automate LC, MT or SC Fiber Optic Connector Assembly

Combining the SmartDispenser’s AirFree® fluid dispense technology with the patent pending LC/MT/SC Connector Mount and the precision of Fishman’s benchtop robot provides the process control required to automate the fiber optic connector assembly process.  The SmartDispenser® fluid dispensing system, featuring the AirFree® LDS Dispense Guns, delivers fluid deposits with such a high repeatability each LC, MT or SC connector is filled perfectly every cycle.

Automation of the process standardizes performance work station to work station and facility to facility while eliminating rejects, rework and wasted fluid, thus increasing production yields as well as the bottom-line.  An enterprise-wide solution.

Offline Gun Reload Station – Two Component Epoxy

The Two Component Offline Gun Reload Station (OLGRS) allows the AirFree® Linear Drive System (LDS) Dispense Guns, with syringe fluid reservoir, to be loaded while the automation cell is producing fiber optic connectors.

The benefit of the OLGRS AirFree® System is it reduces production downtime due to empty syringe changeover from minutes to seconds. This innovation is a critical component to allowing the assembly of LC, MT or SC fiber optic connectors to be automated, increasing production throughput while dramatically lowering the cost of typical hand-held benchtop assembly lines.

A single OLGARS AirFree® system can service multiple automation cells. There are two OLGRS options below.

Option 1 – Offline Gun Reload Station & LC, SC, MT Fiber Optic Connector SmartApp™

The Production Manager performs a time study on how long it takes to fill a syringe reservoir.  The epoxy cure time, the syringe filling time and the number of fiber optic connectors in the connector mount are entered into the LC, SC, MT Fiber Optic Connector SmartApp™.  The SmartDispenser® calculates when to start the syringe filling process, by subtracting the syringe filling time from the cure time, to assure the syringe filling process is completed at the same time the epoxy cure time is complete.  An alert is sent to the screen notifying the operator when to start filling syringes.

When the epoxy cure time is complete a signal is sent from the SmartDispenser® to the robot automatically stopping the robot with one exception.  The SmartDispenser® will only send the signal when the connector mount is complete.  The SmartDispenser® knows how many connectors are in the connector mount and counts them as they are filled.  Once the last connector is filled the signal is sent stopping production at the same time the syringe filling process completes minimizing downtime due to syringe reservoir change over to seconds.

Option 2 – Offline Gun Reload Station & Fluid Level Alarm SmartApp™ 

The Production Manager performs a time study on how long it takes to fill a syringe reservoir.  Using fluid deposit size and cycle time the Production Manager calculates (cubic centimeters) how much fluid is needed to cover the syringe filling time.  The calculated volume is entered into The Fluid Level Alarm SmartApp™.  The Fluid Level Alarm SmartApp™ allows the SmartDispenser® to monitor the amount of fluid in the syringe reservoir.  Once the fluid level reaches the calculated volume the SmartDispenser alerts the operator to start the syringe filling process via an LED light and screen pop up notification.  This assures that the production robot stops at the same time the syringe filling process completes minimizing downtime due to syringe reservoir changeover to seconds.

 

Syringe Size3cc5cc10cc30cc
SSDAV-HT-LC-MT-SC
Super Small Dot
Min. Vol. (cc)
Min. Rate
Max Rate
.00011
.003
.065
.00019
.005
.114
.00031
.008
.188
.00062
.015
.370
OLGARS
AirFree® Technology
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