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Design and Development of a Fully Automated Assembly Solution for Optical Backplane Interconnection Circuits

[+] Author Affiliations
Serena Ruggeri, Gianmauro Fontana, Irene Fassi

Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation, National Research Council, Milan, Italy

Vito Basile

Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation, National Research Council, Bari, Italy

Paper No. DETC2015-47095, pp. V004T09A039; 9 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2015-47095
From:
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 20th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 9th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5711-3
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME

abstract

The paper presents the design and development of a new robotized assembly system of optical backplanes in high-capacity ICT (Information and Communication Technology) apparatus, mainly used for switching stations and distribution networks. The optical backplane solution consists of several optical fiber ribbons positioned on a planar backplane according to an innovative and optimized full-mesh layout where the overall optical interconnection is partialized into a plurality of different independent sub-circuits. Each optical interconnection sub-circuit consists of optical fiber ribbons with standardized optical and mechanical interfaces and customized components that have to be carefully and precisely assembled in order to achieve connections with low optical power losses. The paper describes the method and the main devices and tools conceived for the automatic assembly of optical interconnection sub-circuits, highlighting the critical aspects and the proposed solutions towards the automatized assembly of the whole optical backplane.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME

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