Why do we need fiber optic cleaning?

Fiber optic cabling has become telecommunication backbone of today’s university campuses and enterprises. With the prosperity of Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, ensuring clean fiber optic connections has become one of the most critical requirements for maintaining error-free communication in these fiber optic communication systems.

Repeated fiber optic connector disconnection and reconnection often leaves debris in the bulkhead adapter or receptacle. With single mode fiber core as small as 9 micrometer, even a single 1 micrometer dust particle can cause a big signal loss or even interrupt the communication, if left blocking the fiber core.

Here are some samples pictures showing optical connector contaminations.

Fiber optic connector with dust

Fiber optic connector with liquid (solvent residue) contamination

Fiber optic connector with dry residue

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