Sticklers Cleaning Fiber Networks (Part 3 of 3)

Sticklers Cleaning Fiber Networks (Part 3 of 3)

(upbeat music) – Welcome to the final section of this three-part Sticklers
fiber optic training video. Here we will look at the
importance of cleaning in preparation for fusion splicing and explain the best process to follow. Dust particles that remain
on a fiber during splicing will cause alignment issues
and degrade the quality and performance of a splice. It is absolutely critical that you eliminate all
contamination before splicing to ensure the optimum
performance of a network and to save yourself from time-consuming
troubleshooting in the future. The good news is that the process required to guarantee a perfectly clean splice is extremely straightforward
and quick to perform. The cleaning fluid and
wipes found in your kit should be used to remove
any excess primary coating and clean any contamination caused during the stripping process. It is important to always clean
the fiber before cleaving. There is nothing cleaner
than a newly cleaved end face and, once you’ve followed
the cleaving process, you do not need to clean
the fiber before splicing. Cleaning after cleaving could potentially contaminate the fiber which
will not only create a spike in signal loss, but will
also create additional work for the fusion splicer
in the pre-burn phase, shortening the lifespan of what is an expensive
piece of equipment. When your fiber’s been stripped
and you are ready to cleave, open the lid of your splice
and connector cleaning fluid and remove a single wipe
from the CleanWipes box. Placing the wipe in the palm of your hand, press down once or twice to dampen. Wrap the wipe around the
bare fiber, gently squeeze, then slide along the length
of the fiber towards the end. Listen for the squeak which will indicate the
fiber is perfectly clean and ready for fusion splicing. When using your Sticklers splice and connector cleaning
fluid, you must make sure that you have placed a cleaning
wipe over the dispenser before pushing down to release the fluid. This will prevent any risk of
the fluid coming into contact with your eyes and mouth. By following these steps,
you will now be able to guarantee your splicing
is perfectly clean. Remember to always clean before cleaving and to listen for the squeak. (upbeat music)

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