US 9,810,850 B1
Fiber gripper assembly for optical connectors
Aleksandar Kolev Angelov, Harrisburg, PA (US); Daniel Wesley Flemmens, York, PA (US); Michael Fredrick Laub, Enola, PA (US); and Jason Thomas Chiota, Harrisburg, PA (US)
Assigned to TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION, Berwyn, PA (US)
Filed by TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION, Berwyn, PA (US)
Filed on Aug. 15, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/236,751.
Int. Cl. G02B 6/34 (2006.01); G02B 6/36 (2006.01); G02B 6/38 (2006.01)
CPC G02B 6/364 (2013.01) [G02B 6/3636 (2013.01); G02B 6/3865 (2013.01); G02B 6/3885 (2013.01); G02B 6/3887 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A fiber gripper component comprising
a fiber receiving recess extending from a first surface of the fiber gripper component toward a second surface of the fiber gripper component, the fiber receiving recess extending from a front face to a rear face, the fiber receiving recess having a fiber receiving surface which is positioned between the first surface and the second surface; and
a plurality of resilient fiber receiving grooves extending from the fiber receiving surface toward the second surface, the resilient fiber receiving grooves having a width which is less than an outer-diameter dimension of mating optical fibers to provide a press fit of the optical fibers into the resilient fiber receiving grooves;
wherein the fiber gripper component is molded with tolerances in the submicron range to maintain part functionality to allow automatable fiber assembly, and wherein cavities are provided on fiber gripper component, the cavities extending from the fiber receiving surface toward the second surface.