6 Mistakes About Fiber Optic Fusion Machine You've Never Been Told

The fiber optic fusion machine is one of the most important equipment for internet providers, so we brought in this post the 6 main mistakes when using and how to avoid them.

The fiber optic fusion machine is responsible for joining the fibers, indispensable for both the construction and maintenance of optical networks. Due to its importance, it requires certain care to guarantee its proper conditions of use. What to do then to ensure the quality of this equipment? We have selected 6 essential attitudes to prolong the longevity of your machine and your company.

1- Cleaning

In most cases cleaning the machine solves several problems, which are usually caused by lack of cleaning. Outdoor use only subjects the fiber splicing machine to dust, pollution, wind, etc., so it is recommended to clean the electrodes after finishing each job. In this way, we extend the life of the equipment.

2 - Maintenance

Electrodes have a useful life that comprises, on average, 3 thousand fusions (information that can be read on the machine's counter). With the possibility of performing the “electrode replacement”, however, we must be careful as they are delicate pieces. Do not forget to know the equipment well before performing maintenance, knowing each limit.

3 - Cleavage

Before placing the fiber in the machine, it is necessary to carry out the cleavage process. The fiber also undergoes a pickling and cleaning process. These procedures are very important to get the fiber into the machine's recognition pattern so that failures do not occur. Failing to do any of the above processes can be extremely detrimental to the quality of the merge. Regarding cleavage, a very important aspect concerns the diamond blade that needs to have the perfect cut. But it is important to know that as soon as it loses the cut, it must not be replaced immediately, turning it so that it works normally again is the correct option, only after that, to use it completely, which must be exchanged. 

4 - Types of fiber

The machine must be configured for the type of fiber used, either singlemode or multimode. Proper machine configuration guarantees the quality of the splice. Whether due to lack of knowledge or a mere rush to complete the configuration, this step is completed in the wrong way, which can undoubtedly harm the provider's plans. 

5 - Placement and positioning of fibers

The moment of placing the fiber in the machine is very delicate. Care must be taken so that its tip does not hit the walls of the equipment, causing it to be damaged. In this case, the device may deny the fusion or even do it with poor quality. Another care is that the fibers are close to the electrodes, but without touching them. The approximation needed to make the fusion is done by the engines of the fusion machine.

6 - Alignment

One of the aspects that must be observed when buying a fiber optic fusion machine is alignment, which can be by the core or by the shell. For single-mode fibers, the ideal is that it is through the core, as it offers more precision when performing the splice. The shell alignment system, also called Fixed V-Groove, solves well for cases where the fibers are of the same standard and/or manufacturer.

These were tips to build a network in the field, and for the mapping and management of the online network, count on OZmap.