HLC® SCRATCHGUARD® Scratch-Resistant Mating Surfaces
The Hardened Lens Contact (HLC)® process is a patented termination procedure that yields significant benefits in endface durability and overall optical performance. In the place of the typical scribe step in fiber termination, Megladon uses a CO2 laser to traverse the entire mating surface. This process changes the physical characteristics of the glass, and creates and integrated lens at the end of the connector.
Durability: The HLC® laser process changes the physical properties of the glass at the endface to create a surface that is harder and smoother than before. These changes create a connector that is scratch resistant, and will withstand a higher number of connections relative to standard connectors. Megladon has done extensive tests concluding that HLC® connectors do not degrade in performance over the course of 1000 mates.
Performance: The integrated lens created by the HLC® laser process creates a connector that consistently performs at reference grade levels. Both SM and MM terminations yield best in class IL and ORL, and have reference grade endface geometry as well (GR-326 compliant). All HLC® terminations are fully interoperable with all standard / existing terminations, and will increase the performance of any interconnect they are present in.
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