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Fiber optic splicing equipment

With increasingly developing optical fiber access networks, telecom technicians and installers often need to realize fusion splicing works. To provide them with reliable accessories, Telenco distribution offers fusion splice protection sleeves available in different lengths, for different diameter sizes and in various colors. When to use these accessories? Discover hereafter our smart tips for you.

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Splicing techniques

Splices are required by a diverse type of situations. For instance, the most commonly met occasion for realizing a splice is when an optical cable already installed is not long enough for the new run to create. In this typical case, skilled telecom technicians and installers have the possibility to splice up together two fiber optic cables in order to create a permanent connection.

According to your jobsite needs you can choose between realizing a mechanical splice or a fusion splice. If you hesitate between the two techniques, then here are our smart tips for you:

  •         Mechanical splices are used for creating quickly connections. However, the level of light loss is
            on average of 10%. To realize a fiber optic mechanical splice telecom professionals need to strip
            the outer sheath of the optical cable, decontaminate it with the proper equipment and then
            perform a precision cleave or cut. The cleaving step is extremely important for the success of
            the entire operation as the cut needs to be remarkably clean, made exactly at right angles to
            the axis of the fiber. Then, the fiber ends are placed into a precision sleeve with an accurate
            alignment and clamped. This entire operation can take technicians about 5 minutes.

  •        Fusion splices on the other hand offer very low levels of signal loss. Thus, to preserve the
           reliability of fiber optic access networks we recommend you to adopt fusion splices whenever
           you have the opportunity to use a professional equipment.

When choosing to realize a fusion splice, you need to insert a suitable smoove or fusion splice protection sleeve on one of the optical cable ends. Remove the coating and decontaminate the fiber. Optical ends need to be cleaved afterwards with a cleaver that will help you realize precise perpendicular cuts. Then place the two ends into a holder : they will be inspected with the use of a magnifying viewer and automatically aligned. The splicer cleans the area to be spliced by sending a small electrical spark, then a larger spark that will raise up the temperature of the glass in the optical fiber above its melting point in order to fuse the two ends together.