Staff Development Video: Fiber Optic Connectors


Since fiber optics first appeared in communication networks, the connector has been critical to the success of the fiber link. The installation of a fiber transmission system would be impossible without some way of connecting fibers with low signal loss. Early connectors suffered from poor alignment tolerances and stability problems, yet they were installed by the millions. Since these early days, manufacturers have strived to produce innovative solutions to today’s multitude of connectivity needs.

While manufacturers must adhere to strict standards and performance specifications, the final performance of a system and its links ultimately lies in the hands of the fiber-optic technician. From polishing to cleaning to visual inspection, a technician must properly terminate each fiber at the lowest loss and reflection levels possible in order to achieve optimum performance.

Yield — the number of connectors that test good after termination — is a critical concept. In general, the cost of the connector plug itself is minimal compared to the cost of the labor required to install it. Having skilled and knowledgeable technicians will increase yield and lower the total installed cost of the system.

 

Chapter

Length (minutes)

Introduction

9:32

Connector Styles

12:10

Tolerances

7:49

Bonding and Scribing

17:23

Polishing

10:14

Cleaning

14:16

Endface Verification

12:43

Testing Patchcords

10:41

Multi-fiber Connectors

14:07

Specialty Connectors

5:32

Yield

4:16