Staff Development Video: Fiber Optic Splicing


Since fiber optics first appeared in the 1970s, the industry recognized that for it to become a viable transmission technology, reliable splicing methods had to be developed. The ultimate goal was a process that did not require excessive skill or expense to perform yet resulted in a low-loss, low-reflectance, optical joint with high mechanical strength and long-term reliability.

Today, better fibers, tolerances, and equipment are available to users through a multitude of splicing products and techniques that have been designed to meet their specific needs and applications. Newer fusion splicers have been developed to handle the application-specific optical fibers used in optical sub-assemblies.

The DVD covers PAS, LID, and fixed V-groove fusion splicers for ribbon, FTTx, and premises applications, as well as mechanical splicing for emergency restorations and premises applications. The correct methods of preparing, cleaving, splicing, and protecting optical fibers are also demonstrated. Lab, manufacturing, field, and close-up footage and detailed graphics make this an essential tool for today’s splicer.

 

Chapter

Length (minutes)

Introduction to Splicing

5:58

Splicing Applications

9:02

Fiber Preparation

4:34

Cleaving the Fiber

9:42

Fusion Splicing Techniques

17:55

Mechanical Splices

18:34

Outside Plant Splicing

10:05

Multimode Splicing

5:37

Specialty Splicing

5:21

Splice Optimization

7:27