When planning and purchasing cable-assemblies for any installation,  it’s recommended to verify from your supplier that they provide connector end-faces that meet or exceed industry standards on end-face cleanliness (for example, IEC 61300-3-35).    If your supplier cannot ensure, or suggests an increase in cost is needed in order to meet such standards, you might want to consider a new supplier—–meeting these standards is common industry practice and not difficult to achieve.   Almost all manufacturers I’ve dealt with abide by such standards—certainly all the “big names”—-but it’s always good to include a requirement in your purchase contract or supplier drawings that such standards are adhered to.

Additional resources from the FOC team include:

Have questions about this FOC Tip?

Contact FOC with questions at: (800) 473-4237 / 508-992-6464 or email: FiberOpticCenter@focenter.com and we will respond ASAP.

FiberOpticCenter@focenter.com