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End-face quality and cleanliness
Fiber end-face defects (scratches, pits, cracks) and particle contamination have a direct impact on the performance of the connector, which contributes to poor IL/RL. Any irregularity that impedes light transmission from one fiber to the other will negatively affect...
Three Myths of Fiber Cleaning
May/June 2019   - Reprinted By Jay Tourigny  |  MicroCare Corporation Here’s what’s not a myth: Keeping fiber clean is critical to the long-term reliability of a network. The world’s need for greater connectivity continues to grow. The demand is voracious...
Establishing good cleaning techniques throughout the polishing process
QUESTION:   How do we establish good cleaning techniques throughout the polishing process?   ANSWER:   Good cleaning techniques throughout your polishing process will directly impact the quality of your process and extend the life of the...
To help establish good cleaning techniques throughout your polishing process
To help establish good cleaning techniques throughout your polishing process: You must remove residual ceramic and epoxy residue on every lapping film to maintain its cutting and polishing effectiveness. To clean lapping film, spray the film with a mild isopropyl...
Clean fiber connections
In addition to failures due to the light loss, there is the possibility of equipment failure and the nightmare of unexpected costs for troubleshooting, replacing and fixing damages.   Fiber Installation Cleanliness Resources:   Cisco had this information...
Can objects contact the bottom or sidewalls of the ultrasonic bath when cleaning polishing fixtures?
QUESTION:   Can objects contact the bottom or sidewalls of the ultrasonic bath when cleaning polishing fixtures?   ANSWER: It is important to note that the cavitation is created by physical movement of the side walls of the cleaner, and that most ultrasonic...
FOC announces the Sticklers® MicroCare Corporation microsite
New Bedford, MA, USA, February 1, 2019– Fiber Optic Center, Inc., (FOC), an international leading distributor specializing in helping their customers make the best cable assemblies in the world, announces the Sticklers® MicroCare Corporation microsite. MicroCare, a...
When cleaning polishing fixtures, does the entire object need to be submerged in an ultrasonic bath?
QUESTION:   When cleaning polishing fixtures, does the entire object need to be submerged in an ultrasonic bath?   ANSWER: Because the cavitation occurs within the water medium only, it is important that the entire object be submerged, with no air bubbles...
The art of cleaning: Follow these specific cleaning techniques during fiber optic cable assembly manufacturing and installation
Marcel Buijs, EMEA Business Development, Technical Sales, Fiber Optic Center, Inc. with over twenty five years in the photonics industry, brings this latest information on making the ultimate fiber optic product and improving process yield.   The cleaning...
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...

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