Why do I need to clean my fiber optic connectors before mating?
It is critical to clean both end of the connector pair to prevent damage during the mating process and get the optimal optical performance. Contamination that is not removed will cause an unnecessary signal loss in a best case scenario and can also cause permanent damage the surface of both connector end faces. The IEC 61300-3-35, IPC 8497-1, and IEC 62627-01 list the same process for visually inspection and cleaning both connector end faces before mating.
Answered by AskFOC Technical Team WITH the Sticklers MicroCare Corporation Team June 24, 2017
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