Sagitta Receives Order for First Automated Connector Polishing System

System Integrated with Optical Metrology on the Platform

( December 19, 2001 )

Sagitta Ltd. announced today that a global leader in network components for the telecommunications industry located in Europe has placed an order for the first Gemini-Cx, the first automated polish-and-inspection system dedicated for fiber optic connectors.

The Gemini-Cx is the first manufacturing system with the seamless integration of multiple processes required for surface preparation of fiber optic connectors. The system integrates the processes of polishing, cleaning and optical inspection on a single platform. It can process parts in batch mode at high throughput rates for PC, APC and multi-channel connectors, such as MT-RJ type.

"The Gemini-Cx brings to the market an automation solution to one of the largest, by volume, optical component markets," said Amir Chitayat, President and CEO of Sagitta, Ltd. "In the fiber optic connector market, the surface quality of the coupling interface cannot be compromised. Through automating the entire process flow and providing on-board inspection capabilities, the Gemini-Cx ensures optimum insertion loss and return loss characteristics. Additionally, at throughputs that exceed manual methods, the overall cost of production is significantly lowered. The Gemini-Cx comes to the market in time when metro networking solutions need volume availability and high quality connectivity solutions."

The Gemini-Cx is designed to accept a variety of connectors, cables or flex-circuit products. The process chamber is large enough to accommodate cumbersome cabling slack and a quick disconnect polishing head can be exchanged rapidly for processing a variety connector types. All motion during process, handling and transport is completely servo-controlled for precision and speed. Also key to the Gemini-Cx is the fully automated optical inspection station used for surface inspection and pass-fail sorting. The system is completely recipe driven and is network ready for factory automation.

Sagitta Background Information

Sagitta Ltd. is a technology-based equipment supplier for the fiber optics and semiconductor industries. A core holding of patented technologies in precision automation, machine vision and sub micron polishing has led to the introduction of multiple systems into these markets. Specific introductions include several integrated automated polishing and inspection systems for high-value fiber optic components.

Already a leader in failure analysis equipment for the semiconductor and media fields, Sagitta provides an award-winning suite of sample preparation tools used for cross sectional, SEM or TEM semiconductor inspection. Sagitta is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York and a Research & Development center in Israel. Sagitta is a global company with machines installed in Fortune 500 companies.

Company Contact: Ray Cisneros
Phone: 408-286-3375
Email: ray.cisneros@sagitta.com