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QUESTION:   

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods of cross sectioning fiber optic connectors?

 

 

ANSWER:

All three methods of cross sectioning fiber optic connectors have advantages and disadvantages highlighted here:

  • High costs of X-Ray and Sonar inspection services in the multiple $1000s per connector versus the $300-600 cost per connector for destructive cross sectioning. Much more $ investment in equipment for X-RAY and Sonar versus Destructive cross sectioning.
  • Better internal detail of exactly how the connector was assembled and better detail for failure analysis of destructive cross sectioning.
  • Although X-Ray and Sonar are NON Destructive they offer limited internal views of critical features of the bare fiber inside connector. This includes the wicking of the epoxy thru the connector, insufficient/excess epoxy applications air bubbles and nicks/fractures in the fiber
  • Destructive Cross Sectioning is available to all companies with limited equipment requirements to monitor internal production and provide rapid failure analysis to prevent ongoing problems and defects in the connector.

 

READ THE FULL BLOG ARTICLE HERE:  Cross Sectioning of Fiber Optic Connectors: the three methods, advantages and disadvantages

 

 

  Answered by AskFOC Technical Team  August 9, 2018

 

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