The UJ Consortium is pleased to introduce a new UJ/UC Fusion Splicer, the UJS-S200 (Item K14) and its tool kit (Item K15). These will replace the UJS-S100R and its tool set. The essential properties such as a failure probability of fiber spliced portion for 25 years remains unchanged. Fiber splicing conditions which have been qualified in the past remain applicable. Although the fundamental procedure for fiber splicing is similar to UJS-S100R, undergoing a short instruction course is recommended.

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The shelf life of Fiber Restraint Kit (KIT261AA), used for OCC-SC520, OCC-SC530 and OCC-SC370 cables, has been extended to 33 months from the date of manufacture indicated on the kit.

The UJ Consortium is pleased to announce that laboratory testing has enabled extension of the shelf-life of some adhesives used in UJ and UQJ. The current shelf-life of all UJ and UQJ adhesive kits can be found in 'Adhesive Kits and Shelf Lives' under the 'Technical Information' tab.

The UJC is pleased to announce that as of 1 January 2015, Jon Reynolds of Connecting Technologies Ltd has been appointed as the independent UJ Consortium Coordinator. The UJC members would like to seize this opportunity to express their gratitude and thank M. Henri Palacin and Axiom for their contribution in the role of UJC Coordinator over the past 6 years.

Jon has over 30 years’ experience in submarine cable jointing systems and was involved in the development and launch of the Universal Joint and Universal Coupling (UJ/UC) from 1989 until 1996. Since then he has worked as a technical consultant in cable jointing technology, as an analyser of jointing performance and in the administration of a key submarine cable industry organisation. Over the past 2 months, Jon has worked with the UJ Consortium representatives to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities.

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