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Eska™ is the trade name for high performance plastic optical fiber that has been created, developed and refined by Mitsubishi Rayon since 1975. Through this extensive and ongoing effort, Eska™ has been able to produce plastic optical fiber products that are acknowledged as offering superb optical characteristics and the best mechanical properties in the industry.

Plastic optical fiber has a concentric double-layer structure with a high-purity polymethyl methacrylate (commonly known as PMMA or acrylic) core and a thin layer of specially selected transparent fluorine polymer cladding. The cladding has a lower refractive index than that of the core, so all light launched into the core will be trapped within and will be entirely reflected down the full length of the fiber. (see illustration below)

Principles of Optical Fiber

Eska™ Fibers' overall product characteristics provide many advantages that should be considered when choosing POF.

  1. Low attenuation at the visible range-of-light spectrum.
  2. Large core-to-cladding ratio and wide light acceptance angle.
  3. Excellent mechanical and environmental properties that produce durability and reliability.
  4. Excellent bending characteristics.
  5. Non-critical alignment of both light sources and fibers.
  6. Components are readily available at low cost.
  7. Related components allow fast and inexpensive terminations.
When you consider these advantages in total, they decisively define Eska™ as the product line of choice for best overall systems performance, installation and cost. We currently apply Eska™ within six broad based industry applications.
  1. Lighting
    1. Down lights
    2. Neon replacement
    3. Light piping
    4. Wet environments
  2. Signs
    1. Traffic and informational signs
    2. Video boards replacing LEDs
    3. Point of purchase (POP)
    4. Promotional products
  3. Sensors
    1. Temperature
    2. Speed
    3. Liquid
    4. Position
  4. Automobile
    1. Data communication for multimedia network
    2. Sensor systems
    3. Lighting of interiors and exteriors for both functional and decorative purposes
  5. Data
    1. Office automation
    2. Factory network automation
    3. Home network
    4. Digital audio/video appliances
    5. Data communication within and among all types of equipment
  6. Medical
    1. Illumination for medical environments, surgical sites and related equipment
    2. Sensors and operational control of equipment