Fiber optic tools are instruments used by technicians in the telecommunication industry to work on to fiber-optic cables and equipment. Some of the fiber optic tools are used for installation and others are used for repair projects. These fiber optic tools range from fiber optic test equipment to splicing tools.
There are certain fiber optic tools that are necessary for the installation of fiber-optic cables. When workers are preparing a site to put in fiber-optics, they will need the fiber-optic cable, buffer cables, optical connectors and splicing tools. Other tools used in the installation process consist of a pulling fixture to pull the cable, measuring tape and safety glasses. Technicians also use high-visibility warning signs to alert people not to dig near buried fiber-optic cable.
Technicians are never without fiber optic test equipment, which consists of tools such as a fiber optic identifier and micropulse continuity tester. These tools use lasers and low beeper sounds to find breaks in fiber-optic cables and detect signals. By using non-invasive techniques to inspect fibers, there is little risk of damaging the ultra thin cables.
One crucial type of fiber optic tools used by professionals in this business is a fiber-optic test and restoration kit. Technicians use the components in this kit to quickly diagnose and fix problems that can shut down fiber-optic networks. Most restoration kits include an fiber optic microscope to magnify breaks in fibers, a light source with visual detectors and alcohol coated fiber optic cleaning swabs to wipe down connectors.