Fiber Splicing

IFS-10 Fusion Splicer Trouble Shooting


IFS-10 Fusion Splicer Troubleshooting

Power supply
• Power does not turn off when pressing ⊙:

Press and hold the key until the LED color changes from green to red.

• Few splices can be made with a fully charged battery pack:

•If the power saving function is not enabled, battery power degrades faster. Refer to [Power save] (page 37). Always enable it to conserve power usage.
•If degradation appears (memory effect), or if the battery pack is stored for an extended period of time, completely discharge it. Refer to [Charging the battery] (page 14). After discharge completion, recharge the battery pack.
•If the battery pack reached the end of its service life, use a new battery pack.
•If the battery pack uses chemical reaction, the capacity decreases at low temperature, especially at lower than 0℃.
•At high altitude, the arc discharge current increases. In this condition, battery power degrades faster due to large power consumption.
•The AC adapter does not charge the battery pack correctly. Refer to next item.

• “Charge” LED on AC adapter blinks during battery recharge:

• Atmospheric temperature is too high (more than 40℃), or the battery pack is charged under exposure to sunlight.
• If the battery pack has an error or reaches the end of its service life, install a new battery pack. If the LED blinks again after installation, contact your nearest sales agency.

• How to change the power saving function settings:

• Refer to [Power save option] function on page 37.

• Battery indicator does not display / Power saving function does not work:

• While using the AC adapter, the function does not work.
• Battery pack indicator on the battery pack does not work correctly.

• Incorrect indication of battery indicator:

• The indicator display serves as a reference only.
• Battery pack Indicator on the battery does not work correctly their capacity.

Splicing operation
• Inconsistent splice loss / High splice loss:

• Clean the V-grooves, fiber clamps, wind protector mirrors, and objective lenses.Refer to [Preparing the splicer] (page 18).
• Replace the electrodes. Refer to [Replace electrodes] (page 38).
• If the fiber has curl or bend memory, position the fiber so the crown (curve) of the memory is turned upward.
• The splice loss varies according to the cleave angle, arc conditions and fiber cleanliness.
• If the splice loss is still too high or inconsistent after performing the above-mentioned remedies, contact your nearest sales agency. Regular service (at least once a year) is recommended to maintain high splicing quality.

• Confirmation of splicing procedures:

• Refer to [How to make a splicing procedure] on Page 21.

• Monitor suddenly turned off:

•Power saving function is automatically enabled when using a battery pack. The splicer switches to the power saving state after an extended period of splicer inactivity. Press any key to return to the normal state. To change the length of time before the splicer switches to the power saving state, refer to [Power save] (page 37).

•Splicer power suddenly turned off without “Low battery” message:

• Power saving function is automatically enabled when using a battery pack. The splicer turns the splicer power off after an extended period of splicer inactivity. Press to turn on the splicer again. To change the length of time before the splicer turns the splicer power off, refer to [Power save] (page 37).

• Method to initialize arc condition of splice mode:

• Refer to [Editing a splice program] (page 26).

• Method to change error thresholds for Cleave angle, Splice loss and Fiber angle:

• Refer to [Editing a splice program] (page 26) when using SM, NZ, MM or AUTO mode. There is no fiber angle threshold in these modes.
• Refer to [Editing a splice program] (page 26) when using the other mode.

• Error message can be over-ridden:

• Refer to [Splice option] (page 34) not to allow error message override.

• Unable to change arc power and arc time:

• The settings cannot be changed in SM, NZ, MM or AUTO modes.
• Performing [Arc calibration] maintains adequate arc power in these modes.
• If using the other mode, the arc power and arc time may be locked by administrator, preventing them from being changed.

• Method to set pause:

• Refer to [Splice option] (page 34).

• Method to display cleave angle, fiber angle and core / cladding offsets:

• Refer to [Splice option] (page 34).

• Incorrect splice mode selected and used in AUTO mode:

• The auto mode can detect only standard SM, DS, MM and NZDS fibers. When splicing specialty fibers, the AUTO mode may identify them incorrectly. For other possible troubles in AUTO mode, refer to [Splice mode] (page 26)

• Mismatch between estimated splice loss and actual splice loss:

• The estimated loss is a calculated loss, so it can be used for reference only.
• The optical components of the splicer may need to be cleaned.
• When splicing specialty fibers, adjust [MFD-L], [MFD-R], [Core step] and [Core curvature]. When splicing dissimilar fibers, adjust also [Min. Loss] and [MFD Mismatch]. To adjust these parameters, refer to parameter settings of the other splice modes stored in the database area. MM or AUTO mode.

• If using the other mode, re-arc discharge becomes intermittent:

• Set the [Arc2 off time] to “Off.” Refer to [Editing a splice program] (page 26).

• Method to operate focus motor after splicing:

• Use the [Motor calibration] function in [Maintenance menu] . Press key to adjust the focus.

• Realignment performed after manual aligning in pause2:

• To disable the realignment, refer to [Splice option] (page 34). An alternative option is to use the manual splice mode. Refer to [Splice option] (page34).

Tube-heating operation
• Fiber protection sleeve does not shrink completely:

• Extend the heating time. Refer to [Heater mode] (page 32).

• Heater LED on panel keyboard blinks:

• Pressing the heat key during heating causes the LED to blink. The tube heater is turned off if the heat key is pressed again. If, after 2 seconds have gone by without pressing the heat key again, the LED stays on continuously and the heater returns to its normal state. The LED will turn off when the heat cycle is completed.
• If the heating temperature does not reach its inputted setting, the LED blinks and the alarm sounds. If this happens, contact your nearest sales agency.

• Fiber protection sleeve adhered to heating plate after shrinking:

• Use a cotton swab or a similar soft tip object to push and remove the sleeve.

• Method to initialize heating condition of heater mode:

• Refer to [Heater mode] (page 32).

• Method to cancel heating process:

• Reset does not cancel the heater. Press heat twice to cancel the heating process.

• What functions can be disabled:

• Refer to [System setting – password] (page 36).

• Method to lock “Selection” or “Editing” of splice or heater mode:

• Refer to [System setting – password] (page 36).

• Method to set parameters of splice or heater mode from a PC:

• To set or change the parameters, contact your nearest sales agency.

• Forgot password:

• Contact your nearest sales agency.

Other functions
• Method to execute [Dust check] automatically after turning power on:

• Refer to [System setting – power on option] (page 36).

• Method to hide messages on [Ready] screen:

• Change the fiber image from X / Y view to X magnified view or Y magnified view by pressing X / Y.

• Too many repetitions until “Test finish” indicated in [Arc calibration]:

• The splicer needs to repeat the arc calibration after replacing the electrodes or when the environmental conditions change drastically. The number of arc calibrations can be set to a specific amount. When the splicer completes the set amount of calibrations, it indicates “Test finish”. However, this does not mean it is completely calibrated.

• “Test finish” is never indicated after many repetitions in [Arc calibration]:

• Execute [Stabilizing electrodes] function in [Maintenance menu]. If the splicer still does not indicate “Test finish”, replace the electrodes. Refer to [Replace electrode] section (page 38).

• No arc power change after [Arc calibration]:

• An internal factor is calibrated and adjusted for the specific arc power selected. The displayed arc power in each splice mode does not change.
• The calibration results affect all splice modes.