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At Zeus, we manufacture high temperature polymer coating and sheathing to support the latest fiber optic technology. We go above and beyond with a wide range of fiber coating diameters and types to meet our customers’ demanding applications. Our scientists and engineers will help you find the right polymer product to protect your optical fibers so that they perform even in the most extreme environments.

More industries rely on accurate communication and sensing from fiber optics than ever before. Zeus developed an array of coatings, extruded sheathing, multi-lumens, and profiles to address these changing market needs. Our products protect optical fibers in applications that require mechanical strength as well as resistance to radiation, extreme temperatures, and chemicals. The Zeus team will work with you to develop a solution that ensures your fibers maintain integrity even in the harshest environments.

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Enhance the performance of your fiber optics in the field with Thermally Stable PEEK coating. This coating retains all of the beneficial properties that PEEK is known for without attenuation-inducing compression during extreme temperature fluctuations. This product provides:

  • Strength
  • Abrasion and Chemical Resistance
  • High Temperature Shield (500 °F / 260 °C)
  • Radiation Resistance

To learn more about our Thermally Stable PEEK coating and other products to improve your fiber optics performance, contact us or call toll-free in the US 1-800-526-3842. Outside the US you can reach us at +1-803-268-9500.

 

  • APPLICATIONS

    Aerospace Sensors – Particularly appropriate for aircraft and space vehicle design, engineered polymers are a cost-effective way to shield fiber optic sensors from large temperature swings while saving weight. Our polymer sleeves and coatings have a low coefficient of thermal expansion and provide low smoke and toxicity properties.

    Automotive Sensors – Today’s vehicle monitoring and safety systems rely heavily on a network of sensors embedded in the vehicle. As many of these devices are safety-critical, the auto industry has shifted towards fiber optics for faster communication and enhanced endurance. Zeus coated fiber optics and sleevings are particularly suited for these areas where temperature stability is essential. These products also provide dry lubrication, have a low coefficient of friction, and have low water absorption.

    Embedded Sensors – Requiring unique measurements far beyond merely temperature, fiber optics for process control and structural monitoring have found widespread favor in the nuclear, aerospace, and automotive industries. Coated optical fibers provide additional mechanical integrity and boost the fiber’s resistance to radiation, crush, and moisture absorption.

    Medical – Whether for endoscopy, biomedical sensors, surgery, or equipment and instrument connectivity, the unique and inherent physical traits of fiber optics have made them a preferred option in the medical industry. These non-toxic fibers will not cause interference with electronics commonly found in medical theaters and will not provoke an immune response if in contact with the body. Coated fiber optics and polymer sleeving from Zeus possess a low coefficient of friction to facilitate fiber insertion; they are Class VI approved and enhance the fiber’s columnar stiffness and torque ratio. These coated fibers are sterilizable via ETO, autoclave, and gamma irradiation protocols.

    Oil and Gas Sensors – As energy demands grow throughout the world, oil companies are under increasing pressure to discover new petroleum reserves. Delicate fiber optic sensors are being exposed to greater extremes of heat, pressure, steam, and petroleum-based chemicals which can degrade many plastics. Zeus offers an array of polymer coating and sleeving options to protect critical optical fibers making them more robust and extending their operating limits.

    Specialized Telecommunications Fiber  / Fiber To The X (FTTx) – For network architecture ranging from television broadcasts, radio, telephones, satellites, to emails, home, office, building, premise, node, or curb; fiber optics accessed infrastructure communications provide extremely high bandwidth without the susceptibility to electromagnetic interference or need for extended surge protection measures. Zeus offers coatings and sleevings, sheathing, and lead-in tubes that minimize attenuation in addition to low water absorption and wide temperature stability. Our products provide low friction and increased strength for rugged yet sensitive daily use.

  • PRODUCTS

    Aeos® ePTFE Tubing – This expanded PTFE product is our most flexible tubing. This innovative creation provides protection from aggressive chemicals, reduces microbend-induced attenuations, and is particularly suited for applications requiring porosity and breathability.

    Convoluted – Where flexibility is more important, this tubing contains multiple convolutes in series resulting in a highly flexible and maneuverable tubing material. Commonly called flexible conduit, this tubing provides a low friction protective covering against abrasion.

    Custom Fillers – Providing greater specialization for your application, fillers allow the properties of base polymer tubing to be further tailored. Common options available include bismuth and barium for added visibility under fluoroscopy and x-ray, carbon fiber to improve crush resistance and electrical dissipation, and glass to enhance bonding and reduce longitudinal change.

    Custom Profiles – Providing square, rectangular, and custom shapes, we offer a range of extrusion options for specialized applications. We strive to produce these tight-tolerance custom profiles to the highest standards.

    Engineered Surface Tubing – For strain-free movement, engineered surface tubing provides unique profiles and micro-structured surface channels which decrease friction allowing easier fiber optic manipulation and handling.

    Heat Shrinks – We can help you select the ideal heat shrinkable material to encapsulate and protect your fiber optic housings, cables, and connectors from elevated temperatures and moisture. Our heat shrinks are available in shrink ratios up to 4:1 with temperature tolerances reaching 500 °F (260 °C).

    Multi-Lumen – Zeus has the ability to extrude round tubes with separate channels, or “passages,” that run the length of the tubing so that multiple optical fibers can be placed within a single outside diameter.

    Polymer Coating – We make custom coatings to protect your fiber optics from environmental extremes including temperature (high and low), pressure, radiation, and moisture absorption. These coatings also provide chemical resistance and impart added structural support.

    Spiral Cut – This expandable tubing secures your fiber optics in bundles and provides added abrasion and temperature resistance. The expandable nature of this product allows the removal of leads anywhere along the wrapped fiber bundle. This specialty tubing also allows sensors to come in contact with oils or other liquids while remaining protected from physical trauma.

    Tubing and Sheathing – Also called furcation tubing, these products are commonly used in fiber optics to protect and bundle these fragile communication devices. The high lubricity of these polymer tubings and sleeves easily slides over optical fibers without damaging them and decreases strain and friction. These options are available in standard and custom sizes and tolerances. These polymer coverings are also available with assembly aids to facilitate fiber insertion into the sheathing or tubing.

  • MATERIALS

    ETFE – This copolymer of ethylene and tetrafluoroethylene affords excellent resistance to impact, abrasion, and stress cracking. ETFE possesses superior toughness, stiffness, and durability all while being chemically inert. The material can be extruded in multiple forms including flexible convoluted tubing that meets Mil Spec 81914 certification. ETFE can operate in temperatures ranging from -238 °F (-150 °C) to 298 °F (148 °C); it has low water absorption and performs well with ETO, autoclave, and gamma sterilizations.

    FEP – This melt processable fluoropolymer allows for long, continuous lengths and has several distinct advantages over PTFE. FEP is the preferred choice for applications requiring more optical clarity and flexibility. This fluoropolymer can be made into heat shrink and convoluted products that meet 23053/11 and 81914 Mil Spec certifications, respectively. This chemically inert material has low gas permeability, possesses an excellent UV transmission rating and dielectric strength; and is gamma, ETO, e-beam, and autoclave sterilizable. FEP can operate in sustained temperatures from -328 °F (-200 °C) to 399 °F (204°C).

    PEEK – This high-performance engineered polymer has excellent endurance to heat with one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios of any thermoplastic. This material can be used as an alternative to materials such as metal conduit and glass. PEEK tubing is lightweight and able to withstand operating temperatures from -94 °F (-70 °C) to 500 ºF (260 ºC). PEEK is biocompatible, thermoformable, and tolerates high burst pressures. PEEK is also resistant to gamma radiation, wear, and impact; and possesses exceptional torsion stability.  Our Thermally Stable PEEK fiber optics coating imparts no temperature-associated compression and minimizes attenuation throughout a working range of more than 250 Celsius degrees.

    PFA – This fluoropolymer is known for its ability to maintain its mechanical integrity in extreme temperatures even when exposed to caustic chemicals. PFA can withstand temperature environments up to 500 ºF (260 ºC) and can also be extruded in convoluted tubing forms that provide a highly flexible conduit. PFA exhibits excellent lubricity, clarity, and flexibility. [PFA is also available in high purity (HP PFA) versions that are SEMI F-57 certified].

    PTFE – This material offers the lowest coefficient of friction of any fluoropolymer. PTFE has become the gold standard for tubing applications requiring the ultimate in lubricity, high and low temperature utilization (-328 °F / -200 °C to 500 °F / 260 °C), chemical resistance, biocompatibility (Class VI approved), and precision extruded tolerances. This diverse polymer is manufactured into heat shrinks and convoluted tubing that are 23053/12 and 81914 Mil Spec certified, respectively. Zeus provides PTFE in many forms including extruded tubing, Sub-Lite-Wall® tubing, heat shrink, special profiles, monofilament, and multi-lumen tubing.

    PVDF – This polymer delivers high performance at a competitive cost. Also known as Kynar®, PVDF is characterized by low permeability as well as strong abrasion and chemical resistance. This tubing possesses a host of properties that make it useful in a variety of applications that need flexibility without sacrificing performance. PVDF tubing has a working temperature of -58 °F (-50 °C) to 300 °F (150 °C), is resistant to nuclear radiation, has low smoke and flame properties, is resistant to bacterial and fungal growth, and has excellent dielectric properties.

    THV – This fluoropolymer tubing offers the most flexibility available and has the highest degree of optical clarity. Combined with the traditional chemical and environmental resistance of most fluoropolymers, THV is an ideal choice for applications requiring good UV transmittance and low permeation. THV is also easier to bond to many elastomers and easily welds to itself. Our specialized manufacturing processes produce dimensionally stable and defect-free tubing with superior flexibility and a working temperature range of -58 °F (-50 °C) to 200 °F (93 °C).

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