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Fiber Optic Termination Tools


  • Buffer Stripping Tools for Ø80 to Ø1550 µm Clad Fibers
  • Furcation Stripping Tools for Ø900 µm to Ø3.8 mm Fiber Jackets

T06S13

Fiber Stripping Tool

AFS900

Adjustable Fiber and
Wire Stripping Tool

FTS3

Stripping Tool for Ø3 mm and
Ø3.8 mm Furcation Tubing

T865

Kevlar Cutting
Shears

CT042

Connector
Crimp Tool

FTS4

3 Hole Fiber Stripper

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Fiber Buffer Stripping Tools

M01 Reflection
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T12S16 Stripping Tool shown with BFG1 Fiber Gripper

Features

  • Self-Aligning Blade Set Assures Concentric Scoring of Buffer or Coating
  • Color-Coded Blades are Long-Lasting and Swappable
  • Each Stripping Tool Includes a BFG1 Bare Fiber Gripper
  • Foolproof, No-Nick Design
  • Fast, Reliable Fiber Stripping

These fiber buffer stripping tools provide a quick, easy, and reliable way to remove the buffer from an optical fiber in preparation for connectorization. A fiber guide and matched blades ensure that the optical fiber is correctly positioned and stripped each time. The blades are color coded to allow for fast identification of the proper fiber stripping tool. All fiber stripping tools include the BFG1 bare fiber gripper.

Fiber Gripper
The BFG1 bare fiber gripper is an ideal aid when removing buffer from an optical fiber. The textured rubber material of this gripper provides a secure hold without damaging the fiber. This method of gripping is recommended over wrapping or clamping the loose end of the fiber, techniques which can create microfractures in the fiber.

Tool Selection

Step 1: Note your cladding and coating diameters along with their respective ± tolerances.
Step 2: Look down the second column of the table below for your fiber size.
Step 3: With your fiber size identified in the chart below, scan across to the corresponding 'Cladding Range' and 'Coating Range' columns. Ensure that your fiber dimensions ± tolerances fall within the range listed. If they do, then refer to the corresponding Item # to place your order. If the maximum fiber dimensions fall outside the range shown, go to the next larger tool.
Note: For Thorlabs fibers, the proper stripping tool can be found on the product page of the fiber in question.

Item #Typical Fiber
Cladding/Coating
Cladding RangeCoating Rangea
T04S10 80 µm / 170 µm 65 - 80 µm 150 - 250 µm
T06S13 125 µm / 250 µm 125 - 135 µm 250 - 343 µm
T06S16 125 µm / 400 µm 125 - 135 µm 343 - 407 µm
T08S13 125 µm / 250 µm 125 - 175 µm 250 - 343 µm
T08S40 125 µm / 900 µm 125 - 175 µm 889 - 1016 µm
T10S13 200 µm / 300 µm 180 - 230 µm 250 - 343 µm
T12S16 230 µm / 400 µm 235 - 280 µm 343 - 407 µm
T12S18 230 µm / 430 µm 235 - 280 µm 407 - 457 µm
T12S21 230 µm / 500 µm 235 - 280 µm 457 - 533 µm
T12S25 230 µm / 600 µm 235 - 280 µm 533 - 635 µm
T14S21 285 µm / 500 µm 285 - 330 µm 457 - 533 µm
T16S31 325 µm / 650 µm 335 - 380 µm 635 - 787 µm
T14S18 330 µm / 450 µm 285 - 330 µm 407 - 457 µm
T18S25 400 µm / 600 µm 385 - 430 µm 533 - 635 µm
T18S31 400 µm / 730 µm 385 - 430 µm 635 - 787 µm
T21S31 425 µm / 730 µm 435 - 500 µm 635 - 787 µm
T23S46 500 µm / 1000 µm 505 - 550 µm 1016 - 1168 µm
T28S31 630 µm / 780 µm 605 - 680 µm 635 - 787 µm
T28S46 630 µm / 1040 µm 605 - 680 µm 1016 - 1168 µm
M37S46 830 µm / 1040 µm 835 - 900 µm 1016 - 1168 µm
M37S63 830 µm / 1400 µm 835 - 900 µm 1397 - 1600 µm
M44S63 1035 µm / 1400 µm 905 - 1050 µm 1397 - 1600 µm
M44S67 1035 µm / 1600 µm 905 - 1050 µm 1600 - 1702 µm
M63S86 1550 µm / 2000 µm 1390 - 1600 µm 2057 - 2184 µm
  • Coating refers to the jacket, buffer, or coating that is being removed.
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Part NumberProduct Description
BFG1 Support Documentation BFG1:Rubber Gripper for Bare Fiber Optics
M37S46 Support Documentation M37S46:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 830 µm / 1040 µm
M37S63 Support Documentation M37S63:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 830 µm / 1400 µm
M44S63 Support Documentation M44S63:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1035 µm / 1400 µm
M44S67 Support Documentation M44S67:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1035 µm / 1600 µm
M63S86 Support Documentation M63S86:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1550 µm / 2000 µm
T04S10 Support Documentation T04S10:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 80 µm / 170 µm
T06S13 Support Documentation T06S13:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 250 µm
T06S16 Support Documentation T06S16:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 400 µm
T08S13 Support Documentation T08S13:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 250 µm
T08S40 Support Documentation T08S40:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 900 µm
T10S13 Support Documentation T10S13:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 200 µm / 300 µm
T12S16 Support Documentation T12S16:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 400 µm
Part NumberProduct Description
T12S18 Support Documentation T12S18:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 430 µm
T12S21 Support Documentation T12S21:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 500 µm
T12S25 Support Documentation T12S25:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 600 µm
T14S18 Support Documentation T14S18:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 330 µm / 450 µm
T14S21 Support Documentation T14S21:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 285 µm / 500 µm
T16S31 Support Documentation T16S31:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 325 µm / 650 µm
T18S25 Support Documentation T18S25:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 400 µm / 600 µm
T18S31 Support Documentation T18S31:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 400 µm / 730 µm
T21S31 Support Documentation T21S31:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 425 µm / 730 µm
T23S46 Support Documentation T23S46:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 500 µm / 1000 µm
T28S31 Support Documentation T28S31:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 630 µm / 780 µm
T28S46 Support Documentation T28S46:Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 630 µm / 1040 µm

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Poster:tcohen
Posted Date:2012-10-18 12:04:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback! We used to sell various blade inserts but found that they were not popular. I will discuss this with our production team to see if it makes sense to reintroduce them. In the meantime, we can still offer these as a special by contacting us at techsupport@thorlabs.com.
Poster:tjd
Posted Date:2012-10-12 17:38:38.367
Following up on b.steel1, it would be nice if you would resell various sizes of the the blade inserts and fiber guides from Micro-Strip--should be cheaper, and more flexible than buying separate tools.
Poster:tcohen
Posted Date:2012-09-23 22:25:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for contacting us. We can offer replacement blades as a special. I will email you directly so that we can provide a quote.
Poster:b.steel1
Posted Date:2012-09-21 12:00:13.0
Can replacement blades be bought without the tool itself?
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T12S18Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 430 µm
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T12S21Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 500 µm
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T14S21Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 285 µm / 500 µm
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T16S31Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 325 µm / 650 µm
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T14S18NEW!Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 330 µm / 450 µm
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T18S25Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 400 µm / 600 µm
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T18S31Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 400 µm / 730 µm
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T21S31Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 425 µm / 730 µm
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T23S46Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 500 µm / 1000 µm
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M37S46Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 830 µm / 1040 µm
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M37S63 Support Documentation
M37S63Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 830 µm / 1400 µm
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M44S63 Support Documentation
M44S63Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1035 µm / 1400 µm
$67.83
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M44S67 Support Documentation
M44S67Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1035 µm / 1600 µm
$67.83
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M63S86 Support Documentation
M63S86Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1550 µm / 2000 µm
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BFG1Rubber Gripper for Bare Fiber Optics
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Crimping Tool for Connectors

Fiber Connector Crimp Tool
This fiber connector crimp tool can be used for crimping SMA, FC, SC, and ST connectors. The crimp tool featured here has hex crimp sizes of: 0.128", 0.151", 0.178", 0.197", and 0.215".

Connectors with Ø3 mm or greater tubing require the crimp tool. The Ø900 μm tubing or smaller does not need to be crimped.

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CT042 Support Documentation CT042:Crimp Tool Handle with Die for SMA, FC, or ST Connector

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Stripping Tools

Kevlar Cutting Shears
The T865 cutting shears have carbon steel serrated blades that are specifically designed to cut through Kevlar fibers. The serrated blade keeps the Kevlar fibers from sliding along the blades as the shears are being closed, which allows the Kevlar fibers to be cut easily. It is important to only use the T865 cutting shears for cutting Kevlar, any other material, including the silica fiber itself, can potentially damage to the precision edge of the blades and make them less effective in cutting Kevlar. These shears feature padded handles that have a return spring.

Adjustable Fiber Buffer and Jacket Stripping Tool
The AFS900 stripping tool is a versatile tool capable of stripping both the fiber jacket (furcation tubing) and fiber buffer. The blades have a V-groove slot to precisely hold the fiber in the proper position as the stripping tool is closed. The AFS900 has an adjustable blade stop that can be used to ensure that the optical fiber is not cut when stripping the jacket or buffer. This tool is often used when stripping Ø900 µm fiber jacket (tight or loose), and can remove jackets and buffers down to Ø400 µm. Because of the delicate nature of fiber, we recommend that when the AFS900 is used to strip fiber buffer that the stop be properly set and then to dedicate the tool for that purpose. Also available (see above) are fiber buffer stripping tools with blades that are dedicated for use with specific fiber cladding and buffer diameters.

Stripping Tool for Ø3 mm and Ø3.8 mm Furcation Tubing
The FTS3 will provide precise cuts through Ø3 mm and Ø3.8 mm furcation tubing. Simply set the depth of the dual cutting blades before placing the cutting tool around the fiber. Then spin the tool around the fiber several times. This results in two precise cuts through the tubing. The furcation tubing between the two cuts can then be removed by using the blade at the end of the FTS3 to make a precise cut through the tubing along the length of the fiber. Each FTS3 also comes with a blade that has a rounded tip. Long cuts along the length of the fiber can be made through the furcation tubing by swapping the blade at the end of the FTS3 with the rounded blade. Simply place the fiber in the end V-groove, press the blade through the furcation tubing, and then draw the fiber through the tool. Replacement blades (FTS3B) are available for the FTS3 stripping tool. Each FTS3B contains three straight blades plus the round tipped blade.

Three-Hole Fiber Stripping Tool
The FTS4 fiber stripping tool performs all common fiber stripping functions. The first hole, indicated by the 1 in the photo to the right, strips the Ø1.6 - 3 mm fiber jacket down to the Ø600 - 900 µm buffer coating. The second hole strips the Ø600 - 900 µm buffer coating down to the Ø250 µm coating. The third hole is used to strip the Ø250 µm cable down to the glass fiber without nicks or scratches.

The handle is made of TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber) and the tool is 6" long from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle. This fiber stripper is preset at the factory and cannot be adjusted or calibrated. The stripping tool should be periodically checked for proper operation, and can be cleaned with a fine plastic bristled brush to remove debris from the openings. The openings can also be cleaned with dry compressed air CA3.

Fiber Gripper
The BFG1 bare fiber gripper is an ideal aid when removing buffer from an optical fiber. The textured rubber material of this gripper provides a secure hold without damaging the fiber. This method of gripping is recommended over wrapping or clamping the loose end of the fiber, techniques which can create microfractures in the fiber.

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Part NumberProduct Description
AFS900 Support Documentation AFS900:Adjustable Stripping Tool for Fiber Buffers, Fiber Jackets, and Wire
BFG1 Support Documentation BFG1:Rubber Gripper for Bare Fiber Optics
FTS3 Support Documentation FTS3:Stripping Tool for Ø3 mm and Ø3.8 mm Furcation Tubing
Part NumberProduct Description
FTS3B Support Documentation FTS3B:Replacement Blade Set (Four Blades) for FTS3
FTS4 Support Documentation FTS4:Three-Hole Stripping Tool for Fiber Buffers and Jackets
T865 Support Documentation T865:Kevlar Cutting Shears

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Fiber Optic Disposal Unit

Features

  • Safe Solution for Disposing of Cleaved Fiber Ends
  • One Circular and One Rectangular Covered Hole in Lid
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 2.75" x 2.75" x 6" (6.99 cm x 6.99 cm x 15.24 cm)
  • Disposable: Do Not Reuse

The FTDU offers a safe solution for disposal of cleaved fiber ends, epoxy and syringes, and other sharp objects. This high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottle features a translucent lid with one circular and one rectangular hole in it (see the photo to the right). Both of these holes have individual covers that snap closed to keep the contents inside the unit. Tabs on the side of the lid hold the covers open for hands-free use. The two hole covers are connected by a plastic tab. Cut, or pull, the covers apart to use the holes separately.

To use, insert sharps into one of the holes in the lid. Do not remove the lid itself from the unit. Use the "Contents" space on the label to clearly indicate what is inside. To protect against spills, keep the holes covered when not inserting sharps. When it is full, securely cover both holes in the lid by inserting the tab on the cover into the slot in the lid and dispose of the canister according to the contents. Do not fill the sharps container past the indicated "Full" line on the label. Do not reuse this unit; it is a one-time-use container only.

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FTDU Support Documentation FTDU:Fiber Optic Disposal Unit

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