For more than 20 years Seikoh Giken and the Foss group have had a close cooperation within the fibre optical arena.
Seikoh Giken Co. Ltd is well-known and distinguished manufacturer of fibre optical communication components and equipment for a wide range of applications. Their high precession fiber optic ceramic ferrules and state of the art test and polishing equipment is regarded as the top of the line throughout the fibre optic industry. Through our organisation in Slovakia the FOSS group have been selling these products for many years. In cooperation with Seikoh Giken we have built-up technical competence and knowledge on these products.
In 2012 Seikoh Giken acquired an equity interest in DATA-PIXEL, the global leader in measurement and inspection equipment for optical communication components. After acquisition of additional shares in 2017, DATA-PIXEL SAS became a consolidated subsidiary company of Seikoh Giken.
Not only are we in Foss selling all these products, we are also using them in our own production both in Slovakia and Norway. Through this we gain valuable experience that we are happy to share with existing and potential new customers.
Seikoh Giken equipment and devices
- Optical Connector Polishing Equipment
- Field Devices
- Measurement Devices
To ensure transmission of flowing light without loss of intensity at the connecting points of optical fibres, machining the end faces of optical connectors to a convex spherical surface is considered the most effective way. This polishing work was traditionally done by hand. However, simultaneously polishing the rigid ceramic ferrule and the flexible glass optical fiber into a convex spherical surface was difficult, raising the issues of consistent polishing accuracy and enhancing production efficiency.
Seikoh Giken was first in the world to develop optical connector polishing equipment for use in mass production, utilizing composite circular motion mechanisms combining planetary circular motion with rotational motion and an elastic polishing substrate. This design resolved in one fell swoop the problems posed by manual work and at the same time enabled mass production of high-quality optical connectors at a level of return loss far superior to what was common back then.
Global de facto standards
Optical connector polishing equipment brought to market by Seikoh Giken in the second half of the 1980s ahead of everyone else in the world has enjoyed steady good sales growth with positive feedback from customers around the globe, thanks also to tailwinds from the expansion of optical telecommunications market. Today, this equipment enjoys the largest global market share as the world’s de facto standard. Subsequent enhancements based on inputs from customers resulted in 2017 in the release of the latest model, “SPF-560A,” which excels in durability and versatility. This model, which was designed to meet customers’ calls for lower maintenance requirements, has been finding customers’ appreciation for the gains in production efficiency and cost reduction it delivers.