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OPTICAL CABLE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Errors in processes can lead to failures and negatively impact long-term reliability
With over 40 years of optical fiber cable experience THC can provide support in all phases of optical cable design, testing, specification creation and installation. Having designed, qualified and installed optical cables for many varied applications as well as for massive volume applications, THC is uniquely qualified to provide any level of support to questions about optical cable design, specifications and fitness for a particular use.
Also with over 40 years of optical cable manufacturing experience THC is able to provide many insights into the optical cable manufacturing process from specialized equipment designs to material choices to best practices. Being independent of any cable equipment manufacturer allows THC to provide unbiased recommendations and evaluations of all equipment manufacturers. The same is true in evaluations of cable materials and fiber type choices.
Specification Editing / Creation
Many times a company will use a manufacturer’s website data sheet as their purchase specification never realizing that the actual cable they are using significantly meets and exceeds the written specification that the company provides. When a second manufacturer or the original manufacturer changes materials or processes, the product will still meet the original specifications as printed in the data sheet but the product will be substantially changed
With 40+ years of experience and over 60 patents in cable design we have been involved in a number of different applications. Standard cable designs also require a significant amount of work not only to minimize costs but also to provide operating tolerances for meeting standardized test and qualification requirements. Specialty cables can require significant engineering to meet unique requirements and still be attainable.
Cable Testing and Qualification Support
Many times a cable is purchased based upon meeting a published standard (such as GR409) and is expected to pass specific tests called out in a detail specification (i.e. EIA/TIA 455 FOTP (Fiber Optic Test Procedure) as well as fire safety tests. External independent test labs are expensive and use specific procedures to carry out these tests.
Cable Manufacturing and Best Practices
Not all cable manufacturing processes are created the same!
In many cases each manufacturer prefers to use their proprietary methodology to lock you into their technology. THC can provide an unbiased perspective when looking at existing and new cable manufacturing processes, these include material choices, run speed increases, new machinery specifications, industry best practices, manufacturing environments, as well as design, implementation and commissioning of new processes.
Product design, manufacturing process and equipment design: we have designed many products and processes: handling equipment; fiber production equipment; fiber cable processing lines; curing ovens; facilities; and clean room facilities.
Call to learn how our design capabilities and experience can improve your product design or manufacturing lines.