Inovative RMS-1©Fiber Optic Video Inspection


RMS-1© is a new way to inspect fiber optic connectors. Existing direct view and video microscopy for these connections is based on two-dimensional Euclidean Geometry from the 2nd Century BC and a microscope first invented in the 16th Century!

It sounds a little strange, but the reality is: images on (even the very finest) fiber optic video scopes only “view” a limited diameter of the connector surface end face. The higher the magnification the less is seen: higher magnification helps discern contamination, lower magnification makes it less clear! Some of the newer ones have improved resolution, but still only capture a limited ‘field-of-view”. "Field of view" is the area you actually can see: there is far more than the limited 300-400 micron radius of existing instruments that can determine if a connection is clean or not, serviceable or not, capable of handling existing or future ‘super channels’, or not!

RMS-1© is based on real-world of digital color photography. With RMS-1 “Tru-Video”™ you are see a traditional horizontal surface, as well as a vertical surface, and much more! By using the unique parallax angle capability of the (patent-pending) rotating adapter, you can know exactly where is contamination and decide should it be removed.

Whether you are working with an expanded beam connector or direct contact type, knowing the location of contamination as well as its nature is essential to selection of a proper cleaning procedure.

In this image, (above) there is obvious contamination on the EB lens. However, as troublesome is debris on other ‘inter-surfaces’ that may transfer if not removed. RMS-1© provides a fast decision and can record this event in both still digital and unique motion video capture. The video capture feature provides a record to better explain ‘what was happening out there’!

Direct contact connectors, such as this 1.25mm APC (below-left), appear clean within the limited field-of-view: auto-detect testing, as specified in IEC 61300-3-35, will return a ‘pass’ result. However, as you look deeper into the ferrule recesses there is contamination to consider: on the outer edge of the APC there is debris. It’s hard to imagine how the piece of thread ended up on Zone-5 of the SC UPC connector (below-center). Who among us as not ‘missed’ and insertion and touched the side of an alignment sleeve not understanding that this surface can also be a contamination point? (below-right)

Knowing where is contamination, leads to best practice installations and customer satisfaction. RMS-1 is the next level of video inspection that exceeds all standards. The images help designers, installers and trainers ‘future proof’ all fiber optic installations.