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An apparatus for integrating steps of a process for interconnecting optical fibers. The apparatus contains a planar surface having a plurality of openings. A plurality of optical fiber processing modules are suspended within the plurality of openings, with each of the modules configured to execute a different step of the optical fiber interconnection process. A material transfer mechanism, such as a robot arm, is arranged above the planar surface and is connected to a controller. The apparatus can incorporate an optical fiber precision handling tool, which holds, transports and aligns the fibers to be processed. The robot arm is operative to pick-up and move the optical fiber precision handling tool between the plurality of modules. This allows the optical fibers to be transferred through a series of process steps without having to re-secure or re-orient the fibers between the steps.

Title
Apparatus for integrating steps of a process for interconnecting optical fibers
Application Number
9/48331
Publication Number
6122936
Application Date
March 26, 1998
Publication Date
September 26, 2000
Inventor
Waqar Mahmood
Odenton
MD, US
William Keith Chandler
Woodsboro
MD, US
Andrei Csipkes
Savage
MD, US
Agent
Jones and Volentine
Agent
David L Soltz
Assignee
Ciena Corporation
MD, US
IPC
C03C 25/00
G01J 1/42
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