Fiber Storage – Are you doing it wrong?

This white paper discusses the results of using faulty, ineffective means and products that are inappropriate for aerial fiber optic storage and presents a solution for remedying the critical problems associated with those applications. It presents the history of fiber optic storage and other methods of storing cable that can cause cable twisting, cable pinching, adverse cable memory, cable stress, and compromising of the bend radius. Fiber optic storage is a critical component to the correct installation of the overall line system. By using inadequate products that do not protect cable, systems experience failures that result in attenuation, diminished, lost and interrupted signal strength, and damage to fragile fibers. Additionally, using methods of storing cable that are not approved for use by the cable manufacturers potentially voids the warranty when damage occurs to the cable. It is often necessary for contractors to revisit a line for service and/or splicing for new builds. Splicing is an expensive and often a time consuming task. Problems can arise when trying to revisit cable stored in a way that is not favorable for optimal fiber storage protection. By using systems that are safe and protect the cable, splicing is simplified and storage in a unit with an outward facing channel safely nestles the fragile fiber cable on the line in such a way that is conducive for long-term storage success.