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Leveraging the Militarization of COTS Adhesives for Significant Cost Savings of Terrestrial Fiber Optic Cables
Keywords: Military, Adhesive, Cost Savings Initiative
The United States and Worldwide militaries utilize a significant number of fiber optic components as part of the interconnect system used for photonic data transmission. Therefore, the interface between equipment critical assemblies is essential for the proper flow of this vital data. This paper addresses one aspect of the vast number of fiber optic components…adhesives used on fiber optic cable terminations. The present approved process for the US Navy, per MIL-STD-2042, the Fiber Optic Cable Topology installation standard, identifies the use of a two-part, oven-cure epoxy for fiber optic connector applications. This process describes an extremely laborious and time-consuming procedure that can take as much as one (1) hour per termination. Now consider the concept of significantly reducing that overall cycle time by as much as 80% to 90% or more and eliminating the need for any additional supporting tooling by employing Aerophilic or Light-Cure Adhesives. Recent technological advancements in adhesives now show great promise in potentially meeting the stringent requirements of the military specifications. Contact was made with many leaders in the Adhesive Industry. The focus was to leverage our knowledge of the specification and direct the suppliers into a developmental path consistent with our program direction and expected outcome.
Gregory T. Daly, Manager, Configuration and System Challenges
Lockheed Martin
Moorestown, NJ

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