UV curing for optical fiber

Optical fiber manufacturers use high-speed UV curing processes during fiber drawing, coloring, ribboning, and final fiber optic cable fabrication.

Optical fiber coating with UV light

Fiber optic manufacturing processes take advantage of UV curing’s fast speed (up to 2,500 meters/min) and process consistency for curing coatings and inks.

UV-curable coatings provide protection, flexibility and strength to the fiber as it is drawn. UV inks color code the optical fibers and protect the fibers against decomposition caused by cable gels, particularly in the case of multiple-fiber cable production. Ribbon matrix material, a UV-curable polymer, encapsulates multiple optical fibers to create ribbon cable. Finished fiber optic cables use UV inks for marking identification.

Your advantages with UV solutions:

  • High production speeds
  • Reduced downtime
  • Reduced waste
  • Higher quality and more durable optical fibers and cables

UV curing applications for optical fiber:

optical fiber cable structure
  • Coating during optical fiber drawing
  • Fiber optic coloring for identification
  • Encapsulating multiple optical fibers within a UV-curable polymer matrix for ribbon cables
  • Up-jacketing and inkjet marking of fiber optic cable jacketing
  • Pultruded composite, FRP, strength member rod curing