Fibre Optic Termination, options available to you
There are a few fibre optic termination options that are available for you to choose from. And it will become necessary to join two fibres together at some stage in a fibre optic network. This can be either fibre to fibre (known as splicing) to continue a fibre run or by Connectorisation (known as a termination). A Fibre Optic Termination will allow you to interface to other fibres, optic networks transceiver equipment and cable management products such as patch panels. Your aim is to have low signal losses and as little reflection as possible.
Fibre Optic Termination methods available to you
– Direct Fibre Optic Termination – Splicing a pigtail onto a fibre – Rapid Connect TM a connector onto a fibre
Direct Fibre Optic Termination
An easy fiber termination kit provides most of the tools required to prepare the fiber optic cable. Once the cable has been prepared you simply glue a connector onto the fibre with epoxy. You then set the epoxy overnight or you can cure it in an oven to quicken the process.
Once cured or set you can scribe the exposed fibre and polish with special polishing films. This can be done by hand or a polishing machine.
This process provides the most reliable connection. Has the lowest losses (less than 0.5 dB typically ) and lowest costs (if you have all the equipment you need), especially if you are doing a lot of connectors.
Splicing a pigtail onto a fibre
There are two types of splices, a fusion splice and mechanical splices.
A Fusion splice provides a permanent joint between a pigtail and the fibre and can be quite cost-effective and time-efficient. As these pigtails have been factory-made to strict specifications, you can expect very low loss connections. When working with fibre, relying on factory-terminated pigtails can offer you several other advantages, including savings in labour, material costs and installation time. Having a good quality rapid termination tool such as a cleave-tool is the most important part of both of these processes. The capacity of a 16 times rotation blade would be about 48,000 cleaves. You then simply replace the blade for the next 48,000 cleaves.
Rapid Connect TM a Fibre Optic connector onto a fibre
We offer connectors that have a short stub fibre already epoxied into the ferrule and that are polished perfectly. You just cleave a fibre and insert it like a splice. This makes for easy connectorisation without the need for curing ovens which might delay the process. They are able to be reused for up to 10 times as well. With an insertion loss of less than 0.5dB and a tensile strength of greater than 50n, they do a great job.
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When it comes to Fibre Optic Termination, in today’s ever-changing market you are spoilt for choices. Depending on the tools available to you at the time you can easily find what suits you best. Each method for connecting fibre offers different advantages depending on your existing equipment and your skill level. You should try to balance cost and reliability, not just for the installation but for the entire life of the network, when choosing the best method for your needs.
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