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Telecom Zone – Ep 001 – “ICE-T” Inspect, Clean, Evaluate, Test

Telecom Zone – Ep 001 – “ICE-T” Inspect, Clean, Evaluate, Test. This procedure should be completed every time you mate or demate your connectors. In our first episode of the Telecom Zone, Sonny and Joe talk about the different cleaning methods and how to verify the connector or ferrule end-face. Don’t forget to like and subscribe in order to get updates for future episodes. Comment your topic suggestions below for future episodes.

Video Highlights:

  • Dry cleaning methods – 1:05
  • Wet cleaning methods – 8:38
  • Video Inspection Probe – 10:29
  • Example of Transference – 15:34

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  • VIP-45 Video Inspection Probe
  • 1.25mm and 2.5mm Quick Clicks
  • Connector Cleaner (Water-based Solvent) (P/N: PRO-CC-AQ )
  • Lint Free Wipes (P/N: PRO-LFW-100 )
  • Cleaning Cassette (P/N: PRO-CT-001 )
  • 1.25mm and 2.5mm Wrapped Cleaning Sticks

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Telecom Zone – Ep 002 – Field Terminations

We have a lot of choices out there for field connectorization and termination. In this episode, product manager Joe Cairone goes over the different options. Joe breaks it down into three different groups: Mechanical, Anaerobic & Epoxy, and Splice Variety. Within each of those groups, there are different options we have.

Mechanical splices and mechanical connectors provide a low initial cost but are not typically meant for permanent fixes. Anaerobic and epoxy connectors offer mid-range pricing but can be time-consuming. An advantage of anaerobic and epoxy connectors over mechanical is their long life-span. Anaerobic connectors are assembled and cured using an adhesive hardener and primer, whereas epoxy connectors may require heat to finish curing. Lastly, splice-type field terminations require a high initial cost, but the result is higher quality, faster preparation/installation, and less attenuation.

Video Highlights

  • Mechanical Splices – 1:15
  • Mechanical Connectors – 6:33
  • Epoxy & Anaerobic Connectors – 10:35
  • Epoxy Based Connectors – 15:15
  • Splice-type Terminations – 20:30

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Telecom Zone – Ep 003 – 5 Tools Every Fiber Technician Should Have In Their Toolbox

In this episode, we’re going to be looking at five tools that every technician should have for doing troubleshooting. Having the right tool regardless of what job you’re in is really important. As a technician, you want to make sure that when you are out in the field, you have everything you need. Time is money, so being out on a job and not being able to complete the job by not having the right tool is not good. And obviously, having the right tool can save you a lot of time on the job in regards to troubleshooting.

Video Highlights

1. Visual Fault Locator (VFL) – 1:35

A visual fault locator or VFL allows you to test for continuity from point A to point B. VFLs come in a variety of styles: hand-held/pocket, pen-style, 2-in-1 PM/VFL. They can also come in different power levels (mW). Higher power will allow the VFL to travel longer distances.

2. Optical Fiber Identifier (OFI) – 6:52

An Optical Fiber Identifier (OFI) identifies several things. It lets you know whether the fiber is live (has traffic) or dark (has no traffic), what direction the traffic is flowing, and how much power is on the fiber. The OFI-30 Optical Fiber Identifier also features frequency detection. When paired with a light source, a tone can be injected along the fiber and the OFI-30 can identify that fiber within a patch panel.

3. Light Source/Power Meter (Optical Loss Test Set) – 11:55

A fiber optic light source can be used to transmit a signal over a fiber. A fiber optic power meter is connected to the other end of the signal to read the amount of power received. The difference between the transmitted signal and the received signal is the loss (attenuation) of the fiber. Whether the loss is acceptable or not, depends on the provider’s loss budget.

4. Optical Break Locator (OBL) – 20:14

An Optical Break Locator (OBL) utilizes much of the same technology used in an OTDR, such as a displaying the distance to the first fault, but at a much lower price point than an OTDR. If your network is properly mapped, the distance reading should allow you to know exactly where the break/fault is located.

5. Video Inspection Probe (VIP) – 24:22

The majority of problems in fiber optic spans are due to dirty or damaged connectors. A video inspection probe allows you to inspect and evaluate the connector endface. With the ability to save the image of the endface, you can include your results in any closeout package.

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Telecom Zone – Ep 004 – Fusion Splicer Overview

In this episode of the Telecom Zone, we go over various types of fusion splicers, benefits of using a fusion splicer and considerations when using a fusion splicer.

Video Highlights

1. Safety considerations – 1:13

2. Advantages of using a fusion splicer over mechanical splice – 3:03

3. The difference in loss between fusion splice and mechanical splice – 3:47

4. Single vs. Mass/Ribbon Fusion Splicing – 6:38

5. Core Alignment vs. Cladding Alignment – 8:00 6. Types of Fusion Splicers – 10:03

7. Using Splice-on Connectors – 11:17

8. Splicer Maintenance – 12:59

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