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Understanding and controlling APC ferrule geometry values get a bit more complicated than with PC ferrules.  Not only are the ferrules polished at an angle, but that angle must be oriented in a specific rotational orientation (relative to the connector “key”).

Furthermore, APC ferrules vary in shape (Conical-tip and step-tip).   Controlling angle and apex values on Conical-Tip ferrules is much more complicated than with Step-Tip ferrules (the reason for this is that when polishing a cone shape, the surface area “footprint” being polished increases as more and more material is removed.  With step-ferrules—-cylinder shaped—- the surface area being polished remains constant, regardless of how much ferrule material is removed.

READ THE BLOG: Polished Connector Geometries, APC

 

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