Fiber tools series notes for fiber telecom project staff (summary)

“FOT Blog now is sharing a full fiber optic tools list for a FTTx project managers or engineers, who may be interested in this wide fiber network area.”

FTTH Project outdoor and indoor cables

   FTTH networks require many different kinds of fiber optic cables, because such networks cover indoor and outdoor sections, but also the transition in between. To fulfil these requirements outdoor, indoor-outdoor as well as indoor fiber cable designs are necessary.

Indoor Fiber Optic Cable (FOT Blog)

Indoor Fiber Optic Cable (FOT Blog)

Learn about fiber pen tester (Visual Fault Locator) in a few minutes

What is a fiber pen tester?

  The fiber pen tester (also called VFL: Visual Fault Locator) is a tool to identify fibers from end to end and locate polished connector endfaces easily. A red laser shines through most yellow-jacketed fibers to help you pinpoint breaks, bends, faulty connectors, splices and other causes of signal loss.

Where to use this tool?

10mw visual fault locator

10mw visual fault locator

  The pen tester tool is specially designed for field personnel who need an efficient and economical tool for fiber tracing, fiber routing and continuity checking in an optical network during and after installation. It includes: finding the breakpoint, poor connections, bending or cracking in fiber optic cables, finding the faults of OTDR.

  These handy locators have up to 10km~30km distance range (depands on the light power)and a wavelength with excellent visibility and the highest attenuation.

Instructions of OTDR buttons and display panel

  OTDR, Optical Time Domain Reflectometry is a new generation of intelligent optical-fibre communication instrument. OTDR is widely used in the construction, maintenance, measurement, emergency repair of optical-fibre communication system works. Let’s take a brief guide to OTDR buttons and display panel.

OTDR frontal view

OTDR frontal view

(1) AUTO: auto measurement
(2) HOME: display entire curve
(3) Input English letters and numbers
(4) Switch input methods
(5) Power indicator
(6) ON/OFF: power ON/OFF the machine
(7) Measuring indicator
(8) START/STOP: start/stop measurement
(9) ENTER: confirm
(10) Direction buttons, zoom in/out and move waveform, move cursor, select event point
(11) Function buttons F0-F5
(12) CANCEL: cancel and exit
(13) FILE: file management
(14) SETUP OTDR: set the machine
(15) RESULT: testing results

FOT Lesson: Checking list of a Optical Fiber Tool Kit

“fiber optic tool kit, fiber optic splicing kit, fiber optic termination kit, fiber optic stripping tool”

Fiber Tool Kit TK26

Fiber Tool Kit TK26

  A high quality fiber optic tool kit is mandatory “hand” for our fiber project staff. With different types of tools which is used during installation of fiber optic systems. It usually contains dozens of tool items, then how to check the list is our basic preparation work.

  Today, FOT blog is going show a full list for a Optical Fiber Tool Kit, let’s make TK26 as the example. (More details in the link of the topics title above)

Arc Calibration and Operations of Fusion Splicing

“Fusion splicing, Arc calibration, Fiber diameter, Fiber laser, Specialty fibers”

  The arc calibration method plays a critical role in assuring the quality of splices, in automatically selecting correct arc power, and in enabling the optimized splice parameters to be transferable to multiple splicers in production lines for achieving consistent splice results.

5 steps of Operations of Splicing:

  • Step1 Install optical-fiber heat shrinkable tube
  • Step2 Cleaving and cleaning of optical fibers
  • Step3 Cleave optical fiber
  • Step4 Place optical-fiber
  • Step5 Splicing

Understand the handheld fiber optic microscope in minutes

What is a digital microscope?

Handheld Video Microscope portfolio

Handheld Video Microscope portfolio

  A digital microscope is a variation of a traditional optical microscope that uses optics and a digital camera to output an image to a monitor, sometimes by means of software running on a computer. … Since the image is focussed on the digital circuit the entire system is designed for the monitor image.

Technical Parameter

Display3.5 ” TFT-LCD, 320 x 240 pixels
Dimensions170mm x 100mm x 40mm
Weigh(including battery)200g
Power SupplyReplaceable battery or universal input 5V DC adapter
BatteryRechargeable Li-Ion, 3.7V / 1450mAh
Battery life> 3 hours (continuous)
Charger/AC adapterUS, EU, UK and Australian versions available
Image / Video Storage8GB SD card
Operating Temperature-20 ° C to 50 ° C
Storage Temperature-30 ° C to 70 ° C

Fiber optic microscope application

Fiber optic microscope in use

Fiber optic microscope in use

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