Fiber Optic Fusion Splicing

As your business grows, expands, relocates or adopts new and updated technologies, Hampton Roads Communication Technologies (HRCT) is able to ensure that your business communications continue – uninterrupted.

Fiber Optic Fusion Splicing

fiber optic fusion splicerUnless you’re a tech enthusiast, fiber optic fusion splicing probably sounds like the kind of thing Dr. Frankenstein got up to on dark and stormy nights. Fortunately, the truth is far less sinister – optical fibers are made of glass or plastic that is about as big around as one strand of human hair, and fusion splicing is the act of joining them together, end to end, if they’ve been severed.

There are different methods of fusing the fibers together, including mechanically (aligning the two ends and holding them there). But which method is better for your Hampton Roads business?

Although the mechanical fusion requires less initial financial investment, it does cost more per splice, and is capable of fusing both single & multi mode fibers. Fusion splicing requires a higher initial investment but has a lower cost per splice. Fusion splicing is primarily used for single mode fibers, but offers lower light loss and back reflection.

For both methods, there are four basic steps:

  1. Prepare the fiber.
  2. Cleave the fiber.
  3. Join the fibers using your preferred method.
  4. Protect the fiber.

We hope that you’re confident enough on the subject of fiber optic fusion splicing now that you could whip out the topic at parties to impress your friends – but if you’re not, don’t worry. Hampton Roads Communication Technologies serving Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Newport News & Chesapeake has your back – we’re great at this stuff.