Fiber optics are used everywhere: in the medical field, in the military, in transportation, even under the sea. The uses for fiber optics are endless. But with all of the advanced technology that has been developed in the field of fiber optics, there is one thing that everyone struggles with, and that is contamination. Contamination on the endface of the fibers can result in failure of either the individual piece or the entire system. The only way to ensure that your fiber optics is working properly is to provide regular examinations and cleaning. But how do you do this when you're working with something so small? Here you will learn how to clean your fiber optics so you don't end up having to replace them.
Cleaning Supplies: One very important factor when cleaning your fiber optics is the cleaning supplies used. If you mistakenly think that you can use your clothes or your finger to wipe them down, you will only be adding additional contaminates. The only supplies you should use to clean your fiber optics are the products specifically designed to clean them. Avoid water based solutions because they take too long to dry and cause contaminates to stick to them. Also avoid pure alcohol to avoid a potential bad reaction. High purity cleaning fluids are your best bet, so when you're shopping look for those.
Method of Cleaning: The two methods that are used to clean your fiber optics are a wipe for the male connectors and a swab for the female connectors. Use the cleaning fluid to remove the larger particulates. Use the same cleaning fluid on the wipes and swabs, combined with a little bit of elbow grease to clean off the salt left behind.
Safety Reminders: To avoid risk to yourself or the fiber optics tools, there are a few things to keep in mind. Before cleaning, make sure you turn off any power sources and that the cable is disconnected. Always inspect every piece you plan on cleaning before you start and make sure all laser sources are turned off. It's also a good idea to wear safety glasses when dealing with lasers, so make sure yours meet the appropriate guidelines that match the lasers you're working with, even if you turn them off first.
Fiber optics is an amazing technology that has so many different applications. Keeping them clean and contaminate free is the best way to ensure that they will keep working properly. Just be sure to use the correct cleaning supplies, follow the previous method of cleaning, and as always, safety first.Share
1 July 2015
When it comes to ordering industrial equipment for a new business or big project, it can be tough trying to keep track of everything that needs attention. Not only do you have to make sure that your new equipment is in proper working order, but you need to learn about the warranties and insurance plans that come with them in case of an accident or breakdown. You also have to make sure that employees are properly trained about how to manage and maintain the new equipment. There is no need to invest in costly training programs for successful implementation of your new equipment – you can use the tips and tricks on this blog to get the job done.