SC End Face
Contamination is the number 1 reason for trouble on optical networks. A single particle mated into the core of a fiber can cause significant back reflection, insertion loss, and/or equipment damage. That is why cleaning and inspection are critical.
We offer a full range of fibre optic cleaning tools. For trade pricing please call: CALL +61 2 9808 2788
That is why JCS Technologies offer a full range of fibre optic cleaning products. Clean fibre optic components are a requirement for quality connections between fibre optic equipment. One of the most basic and important procedures for the maintenance of fibre optic systems is to clean the fibre optic equipment.
Any contamination in the fibre connection can cause failure of the component or failure of the whole system. Even microscopic dust particles can cause a variety of problems for optical connections. A particle that partially or completely blocks the core generates strong back reflections, which can cause instability in the laser system. Oust particles trapped between two fibre faces can scratch the glass surfaces. Even if a particle is only situated on the cladding or the edge of the endface, it can cause an air gap or misalignment between the fibre cores which significantly degrades the optical signal.
- A 1-micrometer dust particle on a single-mode core can block up to 1% of the light (a 0.05dB loss).
- A 9-micrometer speck is still too small to see without a microscope, but it can completely block the fibre core. These contaminants can be more difficult to remove than dust particles.
By comparison, a typical human hair is 50 to 75 micrometers in diameter, as much as eight times larger. So, even though dust might not be visible, it is still present in the air and can deposit onto the connector. In addition to dust, other types of contamination must also be cleaned off the endface. Such materials include:
- Oils, frequently from human hands
- Film residues, condensed from vapors in the air
- Powdery coatings, left after water or other solvents evaporate away
These contaminants can be more difficult to remove than dust particles and can also cause damage to equipment if not removed.
JCS Technologies offer a full range of Sticklers fibre optic cleaning products. For trade pricing please call: CALL +61 2 9808 2788