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Is fusion splicing easy?

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Yes, Fusion splicing is easy. The splicing process begins by preparing each end of the fiber to the merger. Connection by fusion requires that all protective coatings are removed from the ends of each fiber, a process called stripping. The fiber is then cleaved by using the method of the scores-and-break so that its end face is perfectly flat and perpendicular to the axis of the fiber.  The quality of each end of the fiber is then inspected with a microscope, which is done with an onboard microscope built right into the fusion splicer. Connection by fusion splice loss is a direct function...

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What is fusion splicing?

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A fiber splicer is a device that uses an electric arc to melt two optical fibers to form a single long fiber.  The result is fusion splicing, which permanently joins the ends of two glass fibers, allowing optical light signals to pass with very low loss. Before optical fibers can be merged they must be carefully stripped to their external envelopes and polymer coating, thoroughly cleaned, and then cleaved to form smooth, perpendicular end faces.  Once complete, each fiber is placed in a support.   Connection by fusion is joining two optical fibres end to end using heat. The goal is to...

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What is OTDR and how can it help me?

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OTDR stands for Optical Time Domain Reflectometer. OTDR is an optoelectronic device used to characterize an optical fiber. An OTDR injects a series of optical pulses in the fiber under test. The strength of the return pulses measured and integrated as a function of time, and applied as a function of fiber length.An OTDR may estimate the fiber length and total loss.  It can also be used to find interruptions and measure optical return loss. OTDRs have the ability to provide test automation due to their high computing power.     Proper use of ODTR equipment and the resulting interpretation of the...

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