Best practices for fiber optic installation start with inspection & cleaning

For centuries, optics have been inspected and cleaned to ensure the proper passage of light. The advent of fiber optic cabling systems resulted in one more application where optical care and cleanliness are important. While inspecting and cleaning fiber connectors is not new, it is growing in importance as links with increasingly higher data rates are driving decreasingly small loss budgets. With less tolerance for overall light loss, the attenuation through adapters must get lower and lower. This is achieved by properly inspecting and cleaning when necessary. Yet there is no reason to feel intimidated by these tighter loss budgets because inspecting and cleaning connections is straightforward and easy.