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Fusion Splicer: A Good Helper for Fiber Optic Splicing

As fiber deployment has become mainstream, splicing has naturally crossed from the outside plant (OSP) world into the enterprise and even the data center environment. Fusion splicing involves the use of localized heat to melt together or fuse the ends of two optical fibers. The preparation process involves removing the protective coating from each fiber, precise cleaving, and inspection of the fiber end-faces. Fusion splicing has been around for several decades, and it’s a trusted method for per...
Posted on   April 9, 2018 By FS.COM
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Fiber Cleaver – Key to Quality Connectors and Splices

In the field of fiber optics, it is very necessary to use fiber optic cables with clean and smooth end face. The fiber optic cleaver is a crucial tools for low-loss and low-reflectance fiber optic splices or terminations, especially when using the pre-polished connectors with internal splices. The fiber cleaver usually work in conjunction with fusion splicers to do optimum splicing jobs, and is the key to quality connectors and splices. What Is Cleaving and Fiber Cleaver? Cleaving is the pro...
Posted on   March 27, 2018 By FS.COM
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MPO/MTP Connector: Difference and Cleaning Recommendation

MPO/MTP connectors provide an another alternative to LC and SC connectors, which have widely been applied to high-density applications. MPO connectors and MTP connectors are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but sometimes people would confuse differences between the MPO fiber connector and the MTP fiber connector. This article would touch the basics of MPO and MTP fiber connector, the differences between MPO vs MTP as well as the cleaning recommendation for them. MPO Connector Vs...
Posted on   November 15, 2016 By FS.COM
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Basics of OTDR (Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer)

Reliable and accessible fiber links are the very foundation of a sound optical network. So in order to assess the integrity of the infrastructure, we need accurate and faster methodologies and testing devices. OTDR (Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer) is such a powerful test instruments for fiber optic cable testing: when used properly, it not only simplifies testing requirements, but also help to increase the reliability and value of the network. What Is an OTDR and How Does It Work? OTDR is...
Posted on   December 22, 2015 By FS.COM
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Optical Power Meter (OPM): A Must for Fiber Cable Testing

Fiber optic cable is seeing broad adoption in telecom industry to feed insatiable demand for bandwidth. Test these massive fiber cables thus becomes the most frequent yet laborious task. However, some test-and-tried tools will help to make your testing work much easier. Optical power meter (OPM) is such a powerful tool made purposely for fiber cable testing, installation and maintenance, making it the perfect choice for a wide range of field applications. What is optical power meter and how does...
Posted on   November 25, 2015 By FS.COM
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How To Repair the Accidentally Cut Fiber Optic Cable?

Fiber optic cable can be accidentally damaged, cut or smashed. According to the Electronic Technicians Association, one of the main cause of optical fiber failure is “backhoe fade” , during which the optical fiber cable is cut or damaged while digging. For this occasion, you can easily look for backhoe and get the cut cable. However, if it is caused by moles, it will likely be difficult to troubleshoot it. On the flip side, it means that the cost to repair fiber optic cable might be a little bit...
Posted on   June 21, 2013 By FS.COM
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Working Principle and Characteristics of OTDR

The Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) is an essential tool used to test the integrity of fiber optic cables, which can be applied to evaluate the length of fiber cables, measure transmission and connection attenuation and to detect the fault location of fiber links as well. Based on these functions, it is commonly employed to fiber optical cable maintenance and construction. Moreover, OTDRs are most effective when testing long cables or cable plants with splices by illustrating where the ...
Posted on   May 24, 2013 By FS.COM
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How Much Do You Know About Fiber Connector Cleaning?

With the widespread use of optical fiber in high-speed communications, reliable and efficient fiber installations and maintenance are critical to the high-performance network. According to NTT-Advanced Technology, 98% of installers and 80% of network owners reported that issues with fiber connector contamination were the greatest cause of network failure. Contaminated or dirty fiber connectors can often lead to degraded signal performance or link failure, so a properly maintained and cleaned fib...
Posted on   May 16, 2013 By FS.COM
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Anatomy of Underground Cable Locator

With the accelerated process of urbanization and the rapid development of the industry, growth in network service demand is leading to buried cable placement on a huge scale. And then, cable locating has been a significant aspect of protecting the cable network, and maintaining service and profitability. In order to avoid unnecessary loss in advance of undertaking excavation works, underground cable locator is developed to perform detecting the presence and approximate location of buried cables....
Posted on   September 12, 2012 By FS.COM