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Last Updated: August 15, 2022

Fiber Optic Center NewsExhibiting Hours and Technical Discussion Schedule Released

New Bedford, MA, USA – August 15, 2022 – Fiber Optic Center, Inc., (FOC), an international leading distributor specializing in helping their customers make the best cable assemblies in the world, announces Technical Discussion Schedule, and Product Demonstrations at ECOC. Book your Appointment Today!

Schedule here to speak with one of our Technical Experts; or email Kathleen Skelton at kskelton@focenter.com.

The European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) is one of the leading conferences on optical communication, this year taking place in Basel, Switzerland, 18–22 September 2022, presenting breakthroughs from materials and devices to systems and networks. Fiber Optic Center’s technical experts and product specialists will be available at the exhibition to discuss their exclusive best practices and solutions.

Fiber Optic Center, Stand 160, will host Technical Discussions with their leading experts over the three-day event, September 19-21, 2022:

Monday, September 19: 1030:
DISCUSSION: Adhesives Supply Chain Stability Solutions

Presented by: Kelly Barker
Discussion on new Heat Cure Epoxies options to offer short lead times and proven consistent dot size dispensing solutions for fiber optic applications.

  • Proven options for fast curing, high temperature optical connector adhesive with extended Pot Life of 8-10 hours
  • Best practices for low viscosity system producing a very high strength bond for glass, metal, ceramics and most plastics and utilizing most popular chemistries for terminating connectors.
  • Best temperature cycling capabilities that withstand high humidity environments.

Monday, September 19: 1230:
DISCUSSION: Cleaning and Inspecting MPO-Type Connectors

Presented by: Fiber Optic Center Technical Team
MPO cleaning guidelines and how characteristics of MT ferrules differ from standard cylindrical ferrules with.

  • Understanding cleaning-product versions for MT ferrules
  • Best Practices for guide-pins and holes
  • Product selection process for cleaning and inspection from handheld tools to bench-top instruments

Monday, September 19: 1500:
DISCUSSION: Standard Polishing Procedures

Presented by: Fiber Optic Center Technical Team
The exact recipe for polishing procedures depends on certain factors and each will be discussed:

  • Materials
  • Equipment
  • Methods
  • Environment
  • Goals

Tuesday, September 20: 1030:
DISCUSSION: Testing Tips

Presented by: Fiber Optic Center Technical Team

  • Determining cause of high loss
  • Ferrules check
  • Negative IL values are IMPOSSIBLE
  • Protecting the detector
  • Test Lead Quality Steps
  • Equipment Connector Check and
  • Cleaning before the test

Tuesday, September 20: 1200:
DISCUSSION: Lapping film options

Presented by: Fiber Optic Center Technical Team
The use of films with pressure-sensitive adhesives, films for polishing zirconia ferrules and the special products needed to polish polymer ferrules in MPO-type connectors.

  • Choosing between PSA-backed and non-PSA-backed lapping film
  • Choosing the right film to polish zirconia ferrules
  • Three stages of polishing
    • Epoxy removal
    • Shaping the ferrule
    • Final polishing
  • MPO-type connectors
    • Different Requirements for MT ferrules polishing procedures
    • Making MPO-type assemblies

Tuesday, September 20: 1330:
DISCUSSION: Fiber Optic Cable Splicing Explained

Presented by: Fiber Optic Center Technical Team

  • Discussion on splicing types, benefits and applications for cable assembly houses, field installations and severed buried cable solutions.
  • Full view of both mechanical and fusion methods of splicing and impacts on lowering insertion loss compared to fiber connectors.

Tuesday, September 20: 1500:
DISCUSSION: Best Practices to Validate Epoxy Curing Schedules

Presented by: Fiber Optic Center Technical Team
Discussion on controls of the bonding process including epoxy mixing, application, curing, and testing.

  • Best practices to validate your curing schedule including the starting point, characterizing the oven ports
  • Best practices for epoxy preparation and dispensing

Wednesday, September 21: 1030:
DISCUSSION: Optical Fiber Coatings Explained

Presented by: Kelly Barker
Discussion on optical fiber manufacturing processes, providing an overview of coatings for a wide range of standard communication and specialty optical fibers. Deep Dive into:

  • Coating functions and dimensions
  • Key properties of optical fiber coatings
  • Importance of Tensile Strength
  • Coating characteristics and specialty fibers
  • Fibers for power delivery

Wednesday, September 21: 1200:
DISCUSSION: Installation and Cleanliness: It Counts

Presented by: Fiber Optic Center Technical Team

  • How to verify connector end-faces that meet or exceed industry standards on end-face cleanliness (IEC 61300-3-35).
  • How to identify the number of ways in which the end-face can (and do) become contaminated
  • What Causes Poor IL/RL?
  • The art of cleaning: specific cleaning techniques during fiber optic cable assembly manufacturing and installation

DEMONSTRATIONS:
Technical Process & Product Demonstrations:

  • Fiber & Cable
  • Interconnect
  • Cable Prep
  • Hand Tool Best Practices
  • Epoxy
  • Crimp
  • Cleave
  • Film
  • Polish
  • Test

ECOC is the key meeting place to share knowledge, exchange ideas, foster innovation and start collaborations on a global level and Fiber Optic Center, Inc. is participating in discussions on the industry needs and visions for the future.

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