Currently, fiber optic cable is being used in a growing number of applications, especially in cable television and networking. The great popularity of these wires is related to their better reliability and higher bandwidth that allows fiber optic cable to transmit data faster than traditional copper cables. Once you install optical cables, you should be aware of fiber optic termination to modify any devices or network on your own. In this article, we`ll introduce you to a quick guide on how to terminate fiber optic cable.
Fiber cable termination in a few simple steps
Turn off electricity
Before trying to terminate fiber optic cable, make sure you turn off your electric supply. It will bring you a higher level of safety.
Your next step for terminating fiber optic cable is stripping off the end of a cable once you remove the outer layer at the end of a wire. It would be better to utilize a cable stripper for this purpose. Then, be certain the bare core of a cable is seen around half an inch from a ferrule, and grab a crimping tool to secure a cable connector to a cable jacket if a fiber optic cable is jacketed. You might need some crimps for this task.
Use a connector
Get a suitable connector for your fiber optic cable – a Ferrule one is a good option. This device is needed to align a wire.
Utilize a bonding agent
You can apply some epoxy into the Ferrule connector so a bonding agent will hold all the fibers in place.
Insert a cable
The next stage for fiber optics terminations is inserting a wire into a connector. The stripped end should stick out at least half-inch of the front of a Ferrule connector.
Crimp a wire
Be certain that the hold between an outer layer of a cable and Ferrule connector is sturdy enough. You will need a cable crimper in this case.
Insert a wire into the curing holder
While inserting a cable into the curing holder, ensure that the connector faces down. Place the connected end of a cable into a curing holder to prevent a wire from being damaged during curing.
Cure a cable
Your next step is cable curing at the expense of a curing oven. Place a wire and a curing holder into an oven with the end of the cable facing downwards. Check the documentation of the bonding agent to find out the exact time and temperature for curing.
Cleave the fiber
For fiber optic cable termination, use a sharp cleaver to cleave the fiber as close to the ferrule tip as you can. Avoid any twisting at this stage.
Sand the fiber
Make sure you sand the cleaved fiber off to polish off the tip of the ferrule. To sand the tip, you first need to use microfilm between 5 and 15 microns, then utilize a film of 5 microns followed by 3 to 6-micron diamond and 1 micron. Finally, use an HX film to get the terminated fiber optic cable.