Ribbon Cleaving

OpTek’s Laser Cleaving produces optical-quality facets on SM, MM, large-core and PM fibers and waveguides. It is the process of choice for large-volume applications for FTTH and automotive applications. It also has the flexibility to make it the ideal method for development and prototype quantities.

Laser cleaver ribbon machine Laser Cleaving allows ribbons to be processed quickly, reliably and with a range of cleave angles and lengths which can vary from fiber-to-fiber.

lasercleaveribbon22 Laser Cleaving also allows cleaving close to other structures such as v-groove arrays and ferrules, with protrusions measured in microns.

Laser cleaver ribbon 3 Laser Cleaving is well suited to non-round fibers, with square and rectangular sections being easily accommodated for high-power and sensor applications.

Laser cleaver ribbon connector In all cases, the speed of the Laser Cleave process gives unbeatable cost-effectiveness.

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Laser Cleave Advantages

Angle Control

  • Cleave angle 0 to >45°
  • Standard angle reproducibility ±0.2°

Precise Cleave Position

  • Precise location with respect to ferrule or splice


  • Can Cleave pre-mounted fibers

Non-contact process

  • No tool wear, or mechanical damage to the fiber

Cleave Orientation

  • Cleave orientation to stress rods
  • Orientation to ferrule

Optical quality

  • Lower scatter than conventionally polished ends

High Damage Threshold

  • Laser Cleaving produces high damage-threshold facets for use in fiber-laser applications

Geometric Form

  • Choice of precise shape of end- face to match the application (eg mechanical splice, fusion splice) see datasheet
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