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Vytran® Fiber Proof Testers


  • Proof and Tension Test Fusion-Spliced Fibers
  • Linear Proof Tester for Loads up to 20 N
  • Rotary Proof Tester for Loads up to 89 N

PTR301

Linear Proof Tester

PTR302

Rotary Proof Tester

VHJ500

Bottom Fiber Block Insert (Sold Separately)

VHJT

Top Fiber Block Insert (Sold Separately)

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Item # PTR301 PTR302
Proof Tester Type Linear Rotary
Load Mechanism 1.5" (38 mm) Linear Fiber Clamp Ø2" (50.8 mm) Rotating Mandrela
Fiber Spacing 2.9" (74 mm) 5" (127 mm)
Minimum Fiber Length 6" (150 mm) 17" (432 mm)
Maximum Load 20 N (4.5 lbs)
235 kpsi (1.6 GPa) for a Ø125 µm Fiber
89 N (20 lbs)
>800 kpsi (5.5 GPa) for a Ø125 µm Fiber
Accuracy ±2%
Ramp Rateb Programmable, ≤22.2 N/s (5 lbs/s) Manual, ≤22.2 N/s (5 lbs/s)
Display Units lbs, kg, N, kpsi, and GPa
Dimensions (L × W × H) 10.14" × 5.22" × 6.37"
(257.4 mm × 132.5 mm × 161.8 mm)
10.14" × 5.30" × 7.27"
(257.4 mm × 134.6 mm × 184.5 mm)
  • Check the minimum short-term bend radius of the fiber to be tested to ensure its compatibility with the Ø2" mandrel.
  • The ramp rate is the rate at which the load is applied to the fiber.

Features

  • Test Fiber Strength and Durability After Fusion Splicing
  • Two Versions Available
    • Linear: Proof Testing with Loads up to 20 N (4.5 lbs)
    • Rotary: Proof and Tension Testing with Loads up to 89 N (20 lbs)
  • Fully Programmable Using Tablet Controller
  • Alternative Controller and Replacement Test Grips Sold Separately Below

Thorlabs' Vytran® Proof Testers apply a set load to a fusion-spliced fiber at a controlled rate in order to test the spliced fiber’s strength. These proof testers feature either a linear proof tester (Item # PTR301) or a rotary proof tester (Item # PTR302). The linear proof tester can perform proof tests with loads up to 20 N (4.5 lbs). The rotary tester can perform proof tests with loads up to 89 N (20 lbs), making it ideal for process qualifications that require very high proof test or tension test levels.

Each PTR301 and PTR302 Proof Tester includes a controller for programming and controling the unit. The user can select parameters such as the load, the rate at which the load is applied, and the hold time.

Proof and Tension Testing
During proof testing, the load is taken up to a predetermined level and released. Proof testing is employed in manufacturing applications to ensure the fiber can support the necessary service load. To ensure the long-term reliability of the spliced fiber, the proof test level should be about three times higher than the intended service load.

When a fiber is tension tested, the load is typically increased to the breaking point of the fiber. Tension testing sacrifies the fiber sample in order to quantitatively assess the mechanical properties of a batch of optical fiber. Because the load required to break a typical optical fiber is high, a rotary proof tester is often used for tension testing. For these reasons, tension testing is best suited for engineering and development applications. 

Fiber Block Inserts and Replacement Proof Test Grips
When ordering the PTR301 Linear Proof Tester, it is also necessary to order inserts for its fiber holding blocks. These inserts cover a range of fiber coating diameters from 80 µm to 1000 µm. Custom sizes are also available; please contact Tech Support for more information. 

The PTR302 Rotary Proof Tester does not use fiber holding blocks, and thus it is unnecessary to purchase any inserts for its operation. It includes one set of proof test grips; replacement proof test grips are sold separately below in packs of 10.

Handset Controller GUI Interface

The VYT300C handset controller is included with the PTR proof testers. It is also compatible with Vytran large-diameter fiber cleavers as well as Vytran PTR fiber recoaters. One handset controller can be used to configure parameters on multiple fiber processing units in succession. Full instructions for using the handset controller can be found in the manual. The screenshots below highlight key features of the graphical user interface.


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The initial screen on VYT300C handset controller gives the option to start the proof test process. Other menus can be accessed by swiping the touchscreen left or right, or by tapping the options at the top of the screen.

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During a test sequence, the handset controller monitors the current tension reading, as well as the status of the test.

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The suite of tools available through the handset controller includes a proof test history record, which records the target tension and the tension at which a fiber broke.

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The tools also allow a copy of the current log file to be saved onto an external memory device.

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The Edit menu shows parameters, such as proof test units and level, that can be configured by the user. These parameters are the same as those that can be edited using the tablet controller.

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The handset controller can open, save, delete, export, and import files containing parameters for compatible systems. Exporting or importing a file will require a memory device to be connected to the Program Port of the handset controller.

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Appointment Scheduling and Customer Support

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Product Demonstrations

Thorlabs has demonstration facilitates for the Vytran® fiber glass processing systems offered on this page within our Morganville, New Jersey office. We invite you to schedule a visit to see these products in operation and to discuss the various options with a fiber processing specialist. Please schedule a demonstration by contacting technical support. We welcome the opportunity for personal interaction during your visit!


Posted Comments:
Assane DIONE  (posted 2020-07-10 12:42:07.04)
Hello, I am a PhD student at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec. For my PhD thesis related to Silicon Photonics thermomechanical numerical modeling and reliability, I have to do few fibers integrity tests (twist, pull, side pull and cable retention test) according to the Telcordia standard (GR468 and GR326) in order to validate my numerical and reliability models. To realize those experimental tests, I will need a setup that will be able to do the tests. I am writing to know if you are selling any setup that may do the fibers integrity tests. If yes, I wanted to have all the specifications of the setup because I need to do the test on the fibers attached to a package (die and substrate). In order to do so, I need to evaluate the limitation of the dimensions, the loads, the positioning and holding of the package on one side and the 12 fibers (about 125 microns diameter per fiber) cable on the other side. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help me out on this request. Warm regards,
YLohia  (posted 2020-07-10 02:07:25.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. An Applications Engineer has reached out to you directly to discuss your requirements and application in more detail.

The table below outlines the entire PTR series to directly compare the capabilities across the whole line.

Vytran® PTR Series Recoater and Proof Tester Selection Guide
Item # PTR301 PTR302 PTR303 PTR303B PTR304 PTR304B PTR305 PTR306 PTR306B PTR307 PTR307B PTR308
Type Proof Tester Recoatera Recoater and Proof Testera
Recoat Assembly N/A Manual Automatic Manual Automatic
Proof Tester Linear Rotary N/A Linear Rotary Linear
Recoat Injection Pump N/A Automatic Manual Automatic Manual Automatic Automatic Manual Automatic Manual Automatic
Maximum Recoat Length N/A 50 mm 100 mm 50 mm
Recoat Material High Index
(Item # AB950200)
- - yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Low Index
(Item # PC373)
- - - yes - yes - - yes - yes -
Mold Cleaning Requirement N/A After Every Recoat Process Dailyb After Every Recoat Process Dailyb
  • These recoaters are designed to be used with high- or low-index recoater material. Thorlabs also offers the PRL201, which is designed for polyimide-coated fibers.
  • The mold assembly of these recoaters should be cleaned before the first recoating process of the day and then again after the last recoating process of the day.

Fiber Proof Testers

Components Included

  • Fiber Proof Tester
  • Location-Specific Power Cord
  • Handset Controller

Must be Purchased Separately (PTR301 Only)

  • Fiber Block Top Inserts (Two Required)
  • Fiber Block Bottom Inserts (Two Required)

Optional Accessories (Sold Separately)

  • Replacement Proof Test Grips for PTR302 Tester
  • Linear or Rotary Versions Available
    • Linear: Proof Testing up to 20 N (4.5 lbs)
    • Rotary: Proof and Tension Testing up to 89 N (20 lbs)
  • Ensure the Long-Term Reliability of the Fiber Splice
  • Fully Programmable Using Tablet Controller

Thorlabs' Fiber Proof Testers use either a linear or rotary mechanism to test the strength and reliability of a fusion-spliced fiber.

Linear Proof Tester with Tablet Controller
The PTR301 Linear Proof Tester applies a pre-determined load (≤20 N) to a fiber and then releases it. The testing process is fully programmable through the included controller, allowing the user to select parameters such as the load, the rate at which the load is applied, and the hold time (see the Controller tab for details). When ordering a linear proof tester, it is also necessary to order fiber block inserts (sold separately below) for the fiber holding blocks.

Rotary Proof Tester with Handset Controller
The PTR302 Rotary Proof Tester can perform proof tests with loads up to ≤89 N. It includes a tablet controller that allows the user to program and control the proof tester unit. Adjustable settings include the proof test level, hold time, proof test timeout, and fiber diameter. Please see the Controller tab for details. The proof tester includes one set of proof test grips; replacement proof test grips are available separately below.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
PTR301 Support Documentation
PTR301Linear Fiber Proof Tester with Handset Controller
$9,961.85
5-8 Days
PTR302 Support Documentation
PTR302Rotary Fiber Proof Tester with Handset Controller
$10,555.96
Lead Time

Fiber Block Inserts - Two Top and Two Bottom Required for PTR301

Compatible Fiber Buffer/Coating Diameters & Tester
Item # Top or Bottom Nominal Diameter Minimum Diameter Maximum Diameter Compatible Tester
VHJT Top - 80 µm 700 µm PTR301
PTR201a
VHJT900 Top 900 µm 700 µm 1000 µm
VHJ250 Bottom 250 µm 80 µm 375 µm
VHJ500 Bottom 500 µm 375 µm 700 µm
VHJ900S Bottom 900 µm 700 µm 1000 µm
  • Discontinued Product
  • Fiber Block Inserts for PTR301 Linear Proof Tester
  • Choose Two Top Inserts and Two Bottom Inserts

When ordering the PTR301 Linear Proof Tester sold directly above, the proper set of inserts needs to be selected. A total of four inserts (two top and two bottom) are required for a fully functioning unit. The inserts are seated in and secured to the fiber holding blocks. They can easily be swapped out for different sizes, allowing our proof testers to adapt quickly should different fiber coating sizes be desired. These inserts are compatible with fiber coatings ranging from Ø80 µm to Ø1000 µm.

Custom sizes are available; please contact Tech Support for additional information.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
VHJT Support Documentation
VHJTTop Insert for Fiber Holding Blocks, Flat
$110.37
Today
VHJT900 Support Documentation
VHJT900Top Insert for Fiber Holding Blocks, Clearance Slot for Large-Diameter Fiber
$143.92
Today
VHJ250 Support Documentation
VHJ250Bottom Guide Insert for Fiber Holding Blocks, Ø80 µm - Ø375 µm Coating
$204.52
Today
VHJ500 Support Documentation
VHJ500Bottom Guide Insert for Fiber Holding Blocks, Ø375 µm - Ø700 µm Coating
$204.52
Today
VHJ900S Support Documentation
VHJ900SBottom Guide Insert for Fiber Holding Blocks, Ø700 µm - Ø1000 µm Coating
$143.92
Today

Replacement Proof Test Grips for Fiber Rotary Proof Testers

Compatible Systems

  • PTR302 Fiber Rotary Proof Tester
  • PTR307 and PTR307B Manual Fiber Recoaters with Proof Testers
  • FFS2000PT Fiber Preparation and Splicing Workstation
  • FFS2000WS Fiber Preparation, Splicing, and Proof Testing Workstation
  • Discontinued PTR201, PTR207, and PTR207B

The PG200 Proof Test Grips are designed as replacements for the Vytran rotary proof testers listed to the right. Each system is sold with a set of these grips installed.

Proof test grips may need to be replaced when the fiber slips at high tension levels. After the proof test grips are replaced the system will need to be calibrated; please contact Tech Support for details. Instructions for replacing the proof test grips are provided in each system's manual.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
PG200 Support Documentation
PG200Replacement Proof Test Grips for Rotary Proof Testers, Qty. 10
$55.19
Today

Replacement Handset Controller


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Screenshot of VYT300C Controller When Used with the PTR302 Rotary Proof Tester

Compatible Systems

  • LDC401(A) Fiber Cleavers
  • LDC450B Portable Fiber Cleaver
  • PTR303(B), PTR304(B), PTR306(B), and PTR307(B) Manual Mold Fiber Recoaters
  • PTR305 and PTR308 Automatic Mold Fiber Recoaters
  • PTR403(B) Fiber Recoaters
  • PTR301 and PTR302 Fiber Proof Tester
  • Replacement for Included Controller
  • Provides Full Functionality for Compatible Systems (See Compatible Systems List to the Right)
  • Intuitive GUI
  • Capacitive Touchscreen

This handset controller is available as an replacement for the included controller. A single handset controller can be used with multiple systems; after configuring parameters to one fiber processing unit, the controller can be disconnected and then connected to a different unit, of the same or a different type, to configure its parameters. 

The handset controller must be connected via the included cable in order to use it. The controller automatically turns on when the connected system is turned on. Upon startup, the handset controller will always read parameters from the connected system; i.e., the parameters that appear on the screen will always be the parameters that have been uploaded to the connected unit. If the parameters read from the unit match the parameters of the most recently opened file on the handset controller, the screen will display the file name.

When used with the proof testers, the controller can edit the level, unit, and time out for the proof tests, as well as the fiber diameter. The main Test screen will show the current tension reading as well as the status of the test, as shown in the screenshot on the right. The suite of tools available through the handset controller includes a proof test history record, which records the target tension and the tension at which a fiber broke. The current log file can also be copied onto an external memory device.

The handset controller can open, save, delete, export, and import files containing parameters for compatible systems. Exporting or importing a file will require a memory device to be connected to the Program Port of the handset controller.

Instructions for using this controller can be found in the manuals for the compatible Vytran systems.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
VYT300C Support Documentation
VYT300CHandset Controller for LDC401(A) Cleavers, LDC450B Portable Cleaver, PTR30x(B) and PTR403(B) Recoaters, and PTR30x Proof Testers
$895.00
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