The one constant that holds true to all fiber optic connectors is the importance of the surface quality of the fiber optic connector end-face. Scratches, embedded dust particles and residues in the contact zone of a mated connector pair will disrupt the path through which the light travels, as it crosses out of the transmitting connector’s end-face into the receiving connector’s end-face. The best way to get optimal performance from fiber optic connections is to proactively inspect and clean both ends of a mated connector pair.
To assure reliability and performance, and avoid potential problems such as insertion loss (weakened signal), back reflection (signal is diverted back to its source), or a total system shutdown, it’s essential that all connections are perfectly clean. This is especially important with a 5G network because every milliwatt of power is necessary for optimum connectivity and peak performance.
Better cleaning is the answer for modern fiber optic networks but the cleaning product selection process based on cost, not effectiveness. This White Paper suggests a better decision is to define the “best practice” that will “future-proof” each installation so the connectors are perfectly clean first time, every time. Better cleaning will save time and money.
Swick Designs’ new SWK Connector is a self-cleaning and self-protecting connector that accommodates polarity change with a single flip and boasts low-loss performance. A unique characteristic is the SWK’s rotating, covered Shield Shroud that cleans the ferrule endfaces and protects them from contaminants. Swick Designs says the Shield Shroud reduces debris and contaminants up to 98.99%.
These two cassettes are the latest options for cleaning connector end faces. Both feature and open cleaning window that provides the operator full and unobstructed access to the cleaning ribbon for effectively wiping the connectors. The open window and manual advancing cleaning wheel make these next generation cassette cleaners more effective with a lower cost of ownership when compared to the first generation trigger and shutter style cassettes.
To provide the kind of faultless multi-gigabyte service promised by 5G, the fibre used in networks must be properly installed and maintained correctly. Therefore, it is important to address the need for the effective training of technicians. The deployment of 5G networks will only be successful if a skilled workforce is created who understand the correct way in which to carry out all of the processes. Contamination is a threat to optical networks and cleaning fibre is an important task to help a network achieves its performance goals. Therefore, engineers should be trained in ‘best practice’ cleaning procedures to future-proof each installation.
Fibre optic cleaning techniques are based on the removal of types of dust or oily matter. Single soils are relatively easy to remove compared with ‘combination soils’ that might be dust, combined with human body oil or hand lotion. Understanding the inter-dynamic of location of debris and its physical type is critical to removal. As speeds and capacities increase, and as deployments proliferate, there is a need to consider not only future, but also, heritage installations. Designers, installers and trainers face updates and backdates.
Avoid using any type of alcohol, including isopropyl or rum to clean your fiber or your endfaces will look like the attached screenshot. Stick with solvents specifically engineered for the purpose.
A speck of dust you can’t see on an MPO connector can bring down a high-speed trunk, potentially affecting thousands of users. This video covers techniques for cleaning MPO connections using both dry and wet methods and shows how fast and easy it is to inspect them to make sure the job is done right.
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