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Single-channel Fiber Optic Rotary Joints

  • 1 channel
  • Single or multimode
  • Various connection types
  • Wavelength 650 to 1650nm
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Single-channel Fiber Optic Rotary Joints – for harsh environments

The standard offer ranges from 1 to 12 independent channels, with single-mode fibre, multi-mode fibre or a mix of both types. The fibre optic rotary joints are devices used in armoured and unarmoured vehicles, turbines, coherent optical tomography medical systems, satellite antennas, high-definition vision systems and submarines. All the models can work in harsh environments, with regard to extended temperature range, humidity and diving at great depths; they thoroughly meet MIL-STD-0810G and MIL-STO-167-1A standards. To satisfy the most demanding requirements, Our supplier is able to provide its customers with customised solutions: 48 step independent channels, internal pressurisation, integration of electrical slip ring and higher degree of IP68 protection are examples of requests already satisfied by our supplier. The FORJs are also the optimal solution for those who must transmit a field bus from a stationary to a rotating structure with a bit error rate (BER) close to zero.

Fiber Termination

There are five commonly used single-core connectors for office and outdoor applications. Three of them (FC, SC, and LC) also come with the angled varieties, making the total number of choices eight. 8° angle are sometimes necessary to reduce surface reflection (<-60 dB) for some singlemode systems. For most applications (SM or MM systems), however, standard 0° versions (ST, FC, SC, and LC) are more than adequate for reflection performance (<-40 dB). One needs to consult with media converter vendors to determine if angle is necessary. Keep in mind that angled connectors have higher loss than their non-angled counterparts.

"PC" stands for "physical contact" while "APC" stands for "angled physical contact". In both cases, the connector surfaces are shaped like a dome with the apex perfectly centered at the fiber core. So when connected, the mating fiber cores are in perfect contact eliminating the air gap entirely. Therefore, index matching gel is not necessary for either PC or APC type of connectors. Contact with inert liquids such as petroleum based oils won't have any adverse effect on the performance of the connectors. However, water should not come in contact with fiber surfaces over extended period.

FC, SC, LC, and ST all have very similar optical performance. So form and housing material factors are often the main consideration when choosing a connector type. ST is the most popular for field applications for both SM and MM fibers. FC is the distant second. They are both made out of metal (zirconia ferrules) and have similar body diameter. However, ST latches on to the mating sleeve while FC screws on. Princetel also carries the MIL SPEC ST connector with all stainless steel construction. SC and LC (both push and pull) are often chosen for tight space where twisting with fingers is difficult or impossible. They can both be used in pairs in duplex applications.

SMA connectors are almost strictly used for specialty fibers that have larger diameters. It's optical performance is the worst among all the above alternatives (highest insertion loss and lowest return loss). Note that the SMA connector ferrules are flat and made of zirconia for 125 um fiber and metal for all other size fibers. Unlike the higher performance connectors, SMA mating sleeves do not include zirconia split sleeves, key components to keep loss low.

Article No. No. of channels Wavelength Fiber type Connection Speed Feature/Option Images 3D Data sheet Order Wishlist
R-Serie 1 650-1650nm SM/MM ST, FC, LC, SC 2000 IP68 Order
MJX-Serie 1 650-1650nm SM/MM ST, FC, LC, SC 2000 Compact design Order
RFCX-Serie 1 650-1650nm SM/MM FC, PC 2000 IP68 Order
RPC-Serie 1 650-1650nm SM/MM ST, FC, LC, SC 2000 Pressure compensation Order
MJP-Serie 1 1310, 1550nm SM/MM ST, FC, LC, SC 10000 High speed Order