How and why to keep Fiber Optic Connectors clean

When dealing with fiber optic networks, it is important to know that cleaning is a key factor to keep dirt and contamination from blocking the critical light path on a fiber. Dirt and contaminates contribute to 50-80% of all fiber issues, causing networks to start dropping packets or go down all together. Keeping your connections clean keeps your network running as well as:

  • Ensure connector integrity – crucial for reliable network performance
  • Extends the life of connectors – dirt causes connector damage
  • Minimizes troubleshooting network issues – cleaning eliminates a majority of connection issues

Let’s check out a couple of easy to use products by AFL from our YouTube channel.

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How to Clean Fusion Splicer V-Groove

Today’s splicing equipment is fast, efficient, and requires minimal maintenance due to advances in splicing technology. However, contamination in the v-groove of the splicer is still a primary source of trouble for the splicing technician. This is especially problematic when splicing with a fixed v-groove fusion splicer. Environmental contamination, such as dust, dirt, and fiber coating debris, as well as, the silica deposits generated during the fusion process eventually find their way to the surface of the v-groove. This contamination will offset the fibers and degrade performance. To help control this problem, a disciplined cleaning regimen and specific tooling is required to ensure the splice is right the first time. To solve cleaning needs, AFL offers the Splicer V-Groove Cleaning Kit. This product integrates eight components into an affordable and effective inspection and cleaning solution for any fusion splicer. Small and lightweight, it fits easily into the Fujikura splicer transit case or it can be carried separately in its own carrying case.

Here’s a great look at how to clean your V-Groove for your Fusion Splicer.

Kit Includes

  • Scrubber Brush with stiff tapered nylon bristles
  • Sweeper Brush with soft nylon bristles
  • Eye Loupe with 3X to 12X magnification
  • LED Pen Light with momentary or constant on switching
  • Cleaning Fluid that is nonflammable and environmentally safe
  • Lint-free Cotton Swabs
  • Instruction Sheet with illustrations
  • Canvas Carrying Case

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Cleaning Kit for Fiber Optic Connectors

FCP2 Cleaning Kits from AFL offer a complete selection of fiber optic cleaning products for field cleaning of connector end faces in a convenient duffle bag style carry case. The Basic Cleaning Kit includes FCC2 cleaning fluid, One-Clicks for SC, ST, FC, LC and MU connectors, FiberWipes, and a Cletop SB. The carry case has room to add additional cleaning supplies, inspection scope, or test equipment.

Let’s take a look at it from our YouTube Channel.

Cleaning Facts:

  • Cleaning Saves Time and Money!
  • Dirty connectors cause a major percentage of fiber optic network failures.
  • Prevention is simple – Clean Connectors!
  • Proper cleaning saves money – by eliminating service calls caused by dirty connectors
  • Proper cleaning extends the life of connects and reduces replacement costs
  • Clean connectors maximize the performance of the network and reduce repair cost

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