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QUESTION:

How tight is the buffer on the cable that I am providing?

 

ANSWER:

I have been asked about this so many times, I wrote a blog article on this exact question.

Is it a “true tight buffer” or is it “semi tight” or “loose tight buffer” or one of the other various terms thrown around such as tight bound,  tight strippable, bonded, or even tension centered, etc.   The biggest single concerns are in how the fiber will react in termination processing either for connectorization, preparation for fusion splicing, mechanical splices or sealing into an enclosure or furcation tube. The reason for all of the concerns about how tight the buffer is placed on the fiber deal with whether or not there is enough gap or separation to allow independently removing the buffer from the coating or preventing the coating and buffer interstitial space from absorbing epoxy from connectorization or other termination operations.

 

READ THE FULL BLOG ARTICLE HERE:  Defining type and semi tight buffers as opposed to loose tubes in optical cables

 

 

  Answered by AskFOC Technical Team April 13, 2018

 

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