Proper handling of a fiber optic cable is important for the cable to last for a long time. To guide you on how to handle it here are tips that you should follow:
- Always protect the exposed fiber end from getting into contact with hard surfaces. This is because the fiber will most likely scratch or chip the end when it comes into contact with the hard surface. You should also avoid touching the exposed fiber with your finger as this will leave an oil residue that will interfere with transfer of information.
You should also avoid using high-pressured compressed air. This is because this will result to discharge of propellants to the surface of the fiber end which might bring about condensation of moisture or contaminants during use.
Whenever you insert the plug into the adapter you should ensure that you clean it. This is to ensure that the plug is always clean so that it doesn’t contaminate the adapter.
If you have to fasten the fiber using tie wraps, you should be cautious and avoid over tightening it. This is because this will result in micro-bends which will bring about excess attenuation.
It’s wise to use protective covers such as end caps and plugs. To avoid contaminating the fiber end, you should use clean covers. If the covers are dirty or you suspect that they are dirty you should dispose or replace them with new ones.
For the units to last for a long time you should clean them regularly. For ideal results you should clean them using a clean and ideal cleaning material. When using the material you should ensure that you use it only once. The reason for this is because if the materials are used more than once, they will most likely bring about contamination.
As rule of thumb you should never use your hands in cleaning the work area as this will cause the glass to be lodged into your hands thus destroying the cable.
When the cable fails to work, you should never inspect it by looking directly into the fiber end while it’s still connected to a laser source. This is because doing this will bring about eye damage. To be on the safe side you should ensure that the fiber is disconnected from the laser source before inspection.
Proper care and cleaning of the optic fiber and connectors will aid in improving the performance of the cable; therefore, you should take great care of your cable.