The Importance of Clean Fiber Optic Termini

When clean fiber optic connectors are undisturbed the optical path can be preserved for years. However, during installation, maintenance, reconfigurations and equipment upgrades, those pristine connector end-faces often are exposed to the environmentand the end-face may become contaminated. It’s been estimated that connection points are the source of about 70% of the optical network failures, and 70% of those failures are a result of simple contamination of the end-face. The author explores better ways to clean and inspect fiber end-faces, saving time and money in the process.