today’s world, there never seems to be enough time. Whether it is a working
mother of three like me bouncing from the professional world to Mother of the Year (feel the sarcasm?)
or my retired parents whose calendars are full, time has become a luxury. If
you are an installer on a jobsite, then time can mean the difference in a
satisfied or dissatisfied customer. You can miss, meet or exceed expectations
based solely on time.
selecting fiber connectors for a job, a lot more than the price can cost you. Several
criteria must be considered and here are a few:
- Which type of
technology to use?
- What is the true
cost of the connector?
- Are special tools
or training required?
- What is the quality
of the termination, aka performance consistency?
- How much time will
looking at which connector technology to use, you need to evaluate your
customer’s priorities to consider cost, time and performance. Cost is an easy
factor to look at and its importance depends on the budget for the job. In a
large project where the budget has some flexibility, the connector’s cost may
not make a difference. If you have a project where the budget is tight, the
cost could be what keeps your project on target.
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's Jennifer Duits explains several fiber optic connector criteria you should contemplate for the right job.
are some technologies (mechanical splice and fusion splice-on connectors) that
are designed to save you time. That time is only saved if you are comfortable
with those technologies and/or are willing to invest the time to get training.
Time isn’t only a factor in meeting project deadlines -- it also means hours of
labor. It could affect the overall cost of the job or lower your hourly wage
depending on how the job was bid out.
deciding between connector technologies, performance is also key factor. It is
attributed with the longevity of customer happiness. If you finish their
project within budget and on time, but they end up having network issues, then it
won’t reflect well on you.
are the common connector technologies:
- Epoxy and Polish: Bond field fiber inside connector ferrule with
epoxy, then field polish.
- Mechanical Splice: Join field fiber
to factory-terminated fiber stub using V-Groove with mechanical clamp and index
- Splice-on: Bond field fiber
to factory-terminated fiber stub using a fusion splice inside connector.
- Pigtail Splicing: Bond field fiber
to factory-terminated pigtail using fusion splice outside connector.
Termination: Factory pre-terminated fiber
has evaluated the top technologies and created a chart for easy reference. There
are often trade-offs with each technology, so it is best to know your
customer’s priorities before proceeding.
Looking at the connector technologies side-by-side
there is one that stands out as having minimal tradeoffs, the splice-on
connector. In my next blog, I’ll take a closer look at the splice on connector
and the reasons why you should take a closer look too.