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Hand-Held Automatic Fusion Splicer

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Altima X automatic fusion splicer

Aurora Optics, Inc. introduces the world’s first hand-held fully automatic core aligning fusion splicer. With a fusion head the size of a hard-cover book, the Altima X can go anywhere – up a ladder, hanging from overhead aerial strand, or in the tightest of cramped cabinets. Perfect for Fiber to the Home (FTTH). Yet inside the miniature fusion head Aurora has packed both of the most advanced fiber core alignment technologies – PAS and LID – for the ultimate in versatility, accuracy, and yield even in the most adverse environments.

Altima X Specifications

Parameter Value
Fusion Head
Size 2.8 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches (7.0 x 14.7 x 22 cm)
Weight 4 pounds (1.8 kg)
Alignment Type Fully automatic 3-axis core alignment
Alignment technology Alignment technologies: both PAS and LID
Fiber types all standard single mode and multi-mode, including matched clad, dispersion
shifted, NZ-DS, DCF, Er-doped, and large-core
Core diameters 3 microns to 100 microns
Cladding diameters 80 to 140 microns in PAS mode, 80 to 200 microns in LID mode
Buffer diameters 250 to 900 microns depending on fiber holders
Typical splice loss 0.03 dB or less on SMF
Arc high frequency AC, tungsten electrodes
Imaging PAS mode: sub-pixel image processing in both x and y axes simultaneously
LID mode: functional on all colors of 250 um coatings, most colors of 400 and 900 um coatings. Core alignment even on MM fibers.
Positioner resolution 50 nm (0.05 um) or better steps in all three axes
Alignment range 125 um in x and y axes, 2.5 mm in z-axis
Ambient operating conditions -5 to +50 C (23 to 122 F), 0 – 95% RH
Altitude up to 5000 meters (16,400 feet)
Electronics Module and Display
Size 3.0 x 5.5 x 7.5 inch (7.6 x 14 x 19 cm)
Weight 2.2 pounds (1.0 kg)
Controller Built-in high speed microprocessor
Monitor size 3.5 inch diagonal
Operator input 6 soft-touch keys
Data display menus for splicing control, PAS or LID option, profiles selection, data files, downloads, machine settings, and control
Loss estimates splicer estimates extrinsic splice losses by either PAS or LID method
data memory
1000 files capacity; stores date, time, splice number, profile used, power thruput (LID only), and loss estimate
Date/time continuous, non-volatile, user-re-settable
Power supply/charger AC input, auto-ranging, 100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Battery Operation 12 volt operation: from battery belt, vest, or vehicle using cigarette lighter plug; 86 W peak

Altima X Features

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Altima X fusion head and remote control unit

  • Dual fiber core alignment technologies: both PAS and LID
  • Separable control unit can be located anywhere for convenience
  • Choice of pocket pc or dedicated 3 inch LCD monitor for user viewing and control
  • Optional heads-up display
  • Separable fiber holders
  • Nanoscale fiber positioning precision
  • Real time active alignment
  • Automatic fiber alignment in both axes simultaneously
  • Fiber end angle measurement and gross defect detection
  • Splice data memory, up to 1000 splices

Altima X Benefits

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Altima X hanging upside down,
one of many possible orientations.

  • Modules so small they can be carried anywhere - up a ladder in a vest or tool belt
  • Removable fiber holders minimize the need for operator skill and attention in fiber preparation
  • Head can splice anywhere the user’s hands can fit
  • Operates in any orientation – horizontal, vertical, sideways, even upside down
  • Compact head can splice within one inch of wall or conduit, minimizing the need for slack fiber
  • Insertion losses on SMF typically 0.03 dB or less
  • LID system for active core-to-core power alignment
  • Core alignment of all fibers, including SMF, MMF, DCF, NZ-DS, Er-doped, and mismatches
  • Most accurate loss estimates in LID mode

Standard Accessories

  • Spare Electrodes
  • Left And Right Fiber Holders
  • Power Supply
  • Cable Hanger
  • 4.5-AH Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • 2 Module Remoting Cable
  • Fiber Stripper
  • Fiber Cleaning And Protection Supplies
  • Maintenance Tool Kit
  • AC Power Cord
  • User Manual
  • Padded Carrying Case


  • C1-01M Fixtured Cleaver
  • Thermal Stripper
  • Fiber Holders For Various Coatings
  • Heat Oven
  • High Performance Padded Carrying Case
  • 7.5-AH 12Vdc Battery Belt Or Vest