Advantage Multifiber System
The Norland Advantage Multifiber System is an automated non-contact interferometer designed for measuring
the end face geometry of fiber optic connector surfaces including multifiber connectors, fiber arrays, single and,
PC/APC connectors. The Advantage fiber combines the features of Norlands' renowned single fiber interferometer
with an improved, higher-resolution multifiber interferometer system. This combination yields the most versatile,
easy-to-use system available today for fiber optic testing.
Specifically designed to measure the key 3D parameters of multifiber connectors, the Norland Advantage
calculates the radius of curvature, fiber protrusion, angle of polish, differential fiber height and core dip on such
connectors as MT, MPX, MPO and MiniMT. The system has the additional ability to measure single fiber
connectors for radius of curvature, offset of polish, undercut, or protrusion on FC, ST®, SC, LC, and MU PC/APC
The Advantage is a novel system that quickly switches between standard monochromatic phase
shift interferometry (PSI) or white light (broadband scanning) interferometry to handle a wide range
of surfaces. The monochromatic mode allows the system to quickly map smooth surfaces, while the white light
mode uses the latest state-of-the-art technology to measure difficult, rough surfaces and eliminate ambiguities in
step heights. This method provides the "True View" that the monochromatic mode cannot always measure.
Together, the two modes provide extra versatility for analyzing all types of connectors, for trouble shooting or
process development and for measuring fiber protrusion, undercut, or push back, up to 10 microns above or below
the ferrule surface. This information is critical for controlling the polishing process and providing quality assurance of long term performance.
The Norland Advantage Multifiber Interferometer System uses our patented “True Angle” mounting system with
integral guide pins on the mounts to hold multifiber connectors and measure the angle of polish relative to the axis
of the guide holes as specified by IEC. Connectors slide into the mount with no extra fixtures or holders. To make
it even simpler,our new Automatic Angle Calibration takes the user step by step through the calibration process,so
that no knowledge of interferometry is required to operate the instrument. With these features, no other system is
more accurate or easier to use.
The Advantage has a wide 1000 micron field of view to provide high resolution to give the most robust,accurate
and repeatable measurements for fiber heights and core dip. MiniMT connectors can be measured in a single scan.
MT connectors are measured in 1000 micron sections, automatically moving to the next section. After making
four scans, our exclusive image overlay software connects the multiple scans together into one seamless image.
This is the optimum way to get detailed information on the fibers and map the entire surface at the same time.
The Advantage Multifiber System includes all the features of our standard single fiber interferometer for quick
and accurate measurements of ST, FC, SC, MU and LC PC/APC connectors. The system includes our patented
2.5mm locking v-groove mount with integral leaf springs and our autoleveling software for automatic offset
calibration of the mount. This makes the Advantage the most versatile and accurate system on the market today.
Interferometer - Mireau
Light Source - White Light - Tungsten Halogen
Camera CCTV with 8.8mm x 6.6mm Sensing Area
Image Frame Size 256 x 240 Pixels
Vertical Resolution 11 Angstroms
Magnification 10X Objective
Lateral Resolution 2.4 microns/pixel
Field of View 1000 microns wide
CPU - Pentium IV
Speed 2.*-3 Ghz
Hard Disk 40 GB EIDE Drive
Graphics Adapter Matrox Productiva
Bios Phoenix 4.0
Operating System Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
Frame Grabber Matrox Meteor II
RAM 128MB SD RAM Installed
Norland ADVANTAGE MULTIFIBER SYSTEM
Multifiber parameters: Preliminary specs.
(Repeatability and reproducibility are listed as range for 100 measurements.)
Single Fiber parameters: