A recurring theme we heard during many customer visits was the expense of all the abrasive film used during the polishing process. After studying this issue, Domaille’s team came up with the Unique Path Technology (UPT) concept, which led to the creation of the AbraSave® (abrasive saving) fixture line.

The AbraSave® concept is based on mathematics. Normally, polishing fixtures are made with all the connectors located the same distance from the center of the fixture and equally spaced radially.

Basically, this configuration runs the fixture over the same path on the polishing film, wearing out a consistent pattern while other areas of the film are not used.

The AbraSave® technology changed this to give each fiber a unique path on the polishing film, so each fiber is being polished by fresh media. You can visually see the difference in this chart

This Unique Path Technology can reduce polishing time up to 50% while extending abrasive film life up to 90%. This significantly reduces abrasive film expense.

Another advantage of AbraSave® technology is on multi-fiber connectors such as MPO or MTP. Polishing these types of connectors on standard equipment will usually produce a crown effect on the fiber protrusion – the center fibers are longer than the outer fibers. Our Unique Path Technology will minimize this protrusion height variation, greatly improving yield on these complex connectors.

The AbraSave® technology can be adapted to almost any cable or connector style.