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Determining over polishing of the connector is difficult to gauge.   For the most part, manufacturers of connectors specify critical lengths of the end of the ceramic ferrule to the base of the metal flange.  This critical length then translates to the correct exposure in relation to the connectors’ housing and assure proper mating engagement while in the adapter.   Since there are no available length gauges to measure this correctly and the length of the ferrule in the metal flange is not typically available, the alternatives of monitoring a connectors polish life is to “count” an internal maximum times to be re-polished.

That maximum number varies with different suppliers and can only truly be determined by long term reliability testing involving vibration, environmental and other mechanical tests.

READ THE BLOG:  “How can I tell I have over-polished a connector?“ asked more often than you might think…


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Kathleen Skelton, Director of Strategic Marketing's experience includes management positions at Lightwave, KMI Research, PennWell Publishing, Beacon Communications, and Security Innovations, Inc. As a strategic marketing director, she utilizes her expertise in business development, online strategy, marketing planning, digital best practices, standard operating procedures development, and database design, management and training. Kathleen has global business and marketing experience. Outside of FOC, Kathleen is passionate about her volunteer work for several organizations and works with youth groups teaching business strategy for various community projects. In her volunteer work, Kathleen is committed to developing tomorrow's leaders through exciting, strategy-focused business education. This mission guides all of her work outside of the corporate office. Kathleen graduated from Curry College with a BA in Communications and Education and minors in English and Psychology. Kathleen resides outside of Boston, MA with her husband and four children. Follow @KATHLEENSKELTON