How to Choose a Fiber Optic Tool Kit

Fiber Optic Tool Kits, What Kind Do You Need? Fiber optic tool kit is a very big category including tools for finishing a variety of jobs in fiber optic industry. So before looking further, please ask yourself: what do I want to do using this tool kit?

There are kits available for traditional epoxy and polishing connector termination, quick connector termination, fusion splicing, mechanical splicing, optic cleaning, fiber optic testing, and many more.

So let’s take a quick look at each type and their functions.

1) Traditional Epoxy and Polish Connector Termination Tool Kit

This type of kit sometimes is also called universal connectorization epoxy tool kit. They include all the tools necessary for hand-polishing termination of epoxy optic connectors such as FC, SC, ST, LC, etc. The following list shows all essentials items that should be included.

a) Fiber cable jacket stripper to remove outer jacket from optical cables
b) Fiber stripper to remove fiber coatings (900um tight buffer or 250um UV coating layer) to expose the bare fiber cladding
c) Kevlar scissors to cut the yellow strength member inside fiber jacket
d) Fiber connector crimp tool for FC, SC, ST, LC
e) Fiber scribe tool to scribe the bare fiber
f) Epoxy for fixing the fiber inside the connector, empty syringes for epoxy dispensing into the connector
g) Glass polish plate so you can place rubber polish pad on top of it
h) Rubber polish pad so you can place the lapping films on top of it
i) Lapping films (several grits included, typically 12um, 3um, 1um and 0.5um)
j) Connector hand polish pucks for FC, SC, ST, LC
k) Inspection microscope so you can inspect the quality of your work
l) Heat cure oven to cure the epoxy (either 220V or 110V)
m) Other misc. items for cleaning such as Kimwipes, Isopropyl alcohol, etc.

2) Quick Termination Connector Tool Kit

90% of quick termination connectors don’t require polishing. They have a factory pre-polished fiber stub inside the connector body, all you need to do is strip your fiber, clean, cleave the fiber and then insert the cleaved fiber into the connector body, with or without assembly tool assistance, then finally crimp the connector with specialized tool.

There is no universal quick termination connector tool kit, since each connector is designed differently by their manufacturers and requires proprietary assembly tool. The major brands in the market include:

a) 3M Hot Melt connectors

Although 3M Hot Melt connectors are categorized as quick termination, they actually require polishing. The connectors have hot melt epoxy pre-injected in the body, you just heat the connector, insert your fiber, scribe it, let it cool down, and then polish the connector. The process is very similar to traditional epoxy polish connectors, but the epoxy mixing and dispensing steps are removed which reduces termination time to less than 2 minutes. 3M Hot Melt connectors are a popular choice among installers.

b) Corning Unicam Connectors

Corning Unicam connectors are typical pre-polish and mechanical splice on connectors. They have a pre-polished fiber stub inside connector body, with index matching gel inside too. You just strip, clean and cleave your fiber, and then insert the cleaved fiber into the connector body, finally crimp it on with Unicam assembly tool.

They are also very popular among fiber optic installers and contractors.

c) Tyco/AMP LightCrimp Plus connectors

AMP LightCrimp Plus connectors are similar to Corning Unicam. They also pre-polished and mechanical splice on, although designed differently and needs corresponding LightCrimp plus assembly tool. They are less popular than Unicam connectors.

d) There are also many new types of quick termination connectors from AFL, Leviton, Fitel and other manufacturers. So it is worth keeping a close eye on this technology.

Ideas for Finding Jobs Overseas

How to Look for Jobs Overseas Working in a foreign country is not a simple task because there is a lot of paperwork you have to complete. There are many rules and regulations concerning the extent to which foreigners can get employment in a particular country. Additionally, you should also check whether your qualifications are valid in the new country.

One of the first steps you need to put into thought as you search for international jobs is to investigate requirements for actually working and living there. Generally a work permit can be granted after you have secured your job.

In Italy, the rules are similar, but you also need to be able to explain why you want the job – in Italian! Whichever country you choose, it is important you know what you need before you apply for a job; otherwise you end up wasting both your time and theirs.

A job search abroad can take much time so you should bear in mind you would have to exercise patience. Depending on your reason for traveling to another country, you may find it easier – if it’s affordable – to first visit for several weeks, and later try to find a job.

You will have fewer hassles, if you understand in advance the rules and regulations regarding work permits. For that you need to contact the embassy within the country to which you are traveling and bring all necessary documents with you before you go abroad.

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is thinking that having problems is a problem. Rekindle that dream of working abroad and put in more energy to your efforts in securing a job overseas.

It’s enticing to find jobs overseas. Whether it is a job you are qualified to do or not, the idea of working abroad just sounds tempting. There are some things you need to put into consideration as you search for international jobs

Is to decide on where you want to go. The place you wish to go and work in should be somewhere you can adapt to easily, where you won’t have difficulty settling down. It should be a place that is friendly so that you have a positive ambience to work in.

This makes you closer to the country of your choice; hence you feel at home and secure. It is reassuring that you have people you are familiar with who can be a shoulder in times of need.

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