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FOC Tips: fiber stripping blades

Fiber Stripping: If the blades are dull, coating edge at the stripped boundary may be rough and jagged.  Such a rough coating edge can lead to lateral forces on the fiber when it is inserted into the ferrule holder /...

FOC Tips: SMA High Power application

For high power connectivity, where epoxy-less free-standing SMA’s is used, most companies use supportive wax like CrystalBond in the SMA connector to prevent the fiber from breaking during polishing while it need to be removed afterwards which is a time...

FOC Tips: solutions for clean connections

There are solutions to ensure that clean fibers will provide clean connections. Very simply, in addition to using clean test cords and keeping them clean at all times, the step of cleaning connectors during the installation phase must become a...

FOC Tips:  cleaning is critical

Cleaning is critical – The act of polishing removes material, similar to sanding wood. To prevent contamination, it’s vital to thoroughly clean the fixture and ferrules between every polishing step. Contamination causes scratching and will negatively impact visual...