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CONNECTOR DESIGN, TEST, QUALIFICATION & ASSEMBLY
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.
While many types of optical fiber connectors exist, only a few have evolved into the standards that are used in the millions today. The others are typically used for environments that are difficult or have special requirements such as underwater mating or specific military or aerospace type applications. Others are hybrid types such as the SMPTE connector for HD TV camera or extreme environment cables for oil field exploration.
Connector Test and Qualification
Many times a connector is purchased based upon meeting a published standard (such as GR326) 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 customer compatibility tests.
When the cable and the connector meet, several things occur,
First the optical waveguide must be stripped and fixed in place within the connector,
Second, the cable strength members must be attached in such a manner that they provide complete strain relief to the optical waveguide,
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.