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Getting into next-gen fiber optic splicing? 💡


When asked about the myriad of tools and solutions offered these days for ribbon splicing, I always opt for #simplicity and efficiency. However, efficient ribbon splicing begins with selecting the right cable design 💡


If you're dealing with a less-than-ideal scenario of cables already in place, then do your homework, and consult colleagues or project managers, if needed, before proceeding. Plan for the unexpected 👀 and ensure that your toolbox is complete for a smooth execution of the work while out there! 💪



OPTIX America WRX-12R Ribbon Splicer - FiberWizards Training


Some other basic stuff to remember:


- Fiber Pitch: It's the spacing between fiber cores when arranged side by side or in parallel.


- Traditional vs. Next-gen Designs: Traditional ribbons have flat matrices of encapsulated fibers with a 250μm pitch. Next-gen designs increasingly use collapsible or rollable fiber matrices, often with coating diameters ≤ 200μm for flexibility and density that might require different holders for pitch matching.


- Splicing Challenges: Different ribbon arrangements can make the splicing work problematic for less skilled technicians.


- Plan ahead: Know the cable and ribbon types involved. Take pitch converting fiber holders when needed, or even better, keep all the ones you might need in your toolbox.


- Equipment and Cleanliness: Optimal results will highly depend on equipment cleanliness and high-quality tools.


- Use The Force: Ribbon splicers lack automatic alignment so finesse and intuition are crucial during positioning of the fibers in the splicer.


- Training: Opt for quality skills-building focused training from experts, rather than "heavy on PowerPoint, light on hands-on" cramming sessions.



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In the meantime, below is a recommended video on ribbon splicing by AFL worth checking out!



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