Fiber optic splicing involves joining two fiber optic cables together. The splicing process consists of four basic steps.
- Stripping Fiber. Stripping is the act of removing the protective polymer coating around optical fiber in preparation for splicing. The splicing process begins by
- preparing both fiber ends, which requires that all protective coating is removed or stripped from the ends of each fiber.
- Cleaning Fiber. The customary means to clean bare fibers is with alcohol and wipes.
- Splicing Fiber. A fusion splicing machine is used to precisely align the two fiber ends. The glass ends are “fused” or “welded” together using some type of heat or electric arc. This produces a continuous connection between the fibers enabling very low loss light transmission.
- Testing Fiber.