Sagitta Ships Automated Connector Polishing System to Major US Customer

( AUGUST 2002 )

System delivers dramatic yield improvement for advanced connector applications

HAUPPAUGE, New York, Sagitta Ltd. announced today that it has shipped a Gemini-Cx to a global leader in data networking, storage and cable assemblies. The system will be utilized to seamlessly process Flex circuits and MT connectors, while providing dramatic yield and throughput improvements. The Gemini-Cx represents the industry's first turnkey manufacturing platform that combines polishing, cleaning and inspection on a single tool. All processes are recipe driven with fully automated process flow ensuring superior run to run repeatability. High volume, batch processing coupled with precision control of the polishing process, yields the lowest Cost of Ownership in the industry today. The Gemini C-x delivers outstanding photonic performance minimizing insertion and return loss values over the complete range of optical components. "The Gemini-Cx brings to market the first system that was designed to address the need for higher levels of productivity in the multi-fiber connector market segment," said Amir Chitayat, President and CEO of Sagitta, Ltd. "One of the most important factors in bringing MT connectors to the general marketplace, is gaining effective control over the high manufacturing costs that are associated with these products today. With the Gemini's manufacturing platform and in depth process expertise we believe that we can significantly reduce the overall cost of production on these devices". The Gemini-Cx is designed to accept a variety of connectors, cables or flex-circuit products. The system provides the user with the necessary flexibility to process a number of different connector devices, with little or no change required, greatly improving the overall utility of the tool. In addition, the Gemini features an elegant cable management system permitting the users to run cable assemblies of virtually any length. The Gemini-Cx also features a fully automated optical inspection system used for surface inspection and pass-fail sorting. The system is completely recipe driven and is network ready for factory automation.