Installing fiber optic cabling can require the splicing of two cables, also known as fiber splicing. Most of the time, fiber splicing is needed when the original cable is accidentally severed. Fiber splicing, or splicing the cable, is often cheaper and more efficient than running an entire new cable. Fiber optic cables can be tricky, which is why it’s preferred to use a fiber splicer to install and make the process easier.
What is Fiber Splicing?
Fiber splicing is the process of joining two fiber optic cables together. It is recommended when the available cable is not long enough for the required run. There are a few different methods when it comes to splicing fiber optic cables, and these include:
Mechanical splicing: This method is pretty simple, and requires manual installation. This process joins two or more fibers that are held in place by an assembly. The fibers are not permanently attached, just held together precisely so that light can pass through from one to the other.
Fusion splicing: This process requires a certain fusion splicing machine to get the job done. The machine aligns both ends of the fiber together and then fuses the glass ends together using heat.
Fusion Splicing Vs. Mechanical Splicing
Each one has both pros and cons to them and often depends on the application when deciding to use fusion splicing or mechanical splicing.
Fusion splicing requires a higher degree of permanence than mechanical fusion does. Fusion splicing tends to use more expensive fusion splicing equipment than mechanical splicing does as well. This method is typically used for longer and higher data rate lines.
Mechanical splicing doesn’t involve a significant upfront cost in tools but has a higher variable cost. The more splicing you do, the less cost-efficient it will end up being due to its high variable cost.
When it comes to performance, fusion splicing performs better since they supply a constant bond between two fibers. Overall, fusion splicing is a better alternative with lower loss and higher performance, which is why we install fiber optic cabling using fiber splicing.
What Should I Look For In A Fiber Splicer?
There are a few things you should know when considering a fiber splicer. First, you want to make sure that it has a fast splicing time. If you have to wait long, that is time wasted that you could be doing many other things! Ideally, it should be able to splice about 5-10 cables per second.
The splicer should also be compatible with most major brands. A splicer that does not work with most major brands is not the most efficient way to get the job done and is not recommended.
The third thing to consider is to look for a splicer with a minimum average loss. Single-mode cables should typically be 0.02 dB or less. Multi-mode cables should usually have 0.01 dB or less. This will ensure that you have a successful splice!
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