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23/05/2016 - Are your fiber end-faces standards compliant?

Are your fiber end-faces standards compliant?

A fiber network failure or latent problems can cost millions to a large data center or enterprise. While the IEC 61300-3-35 standard can be used as a guideline for manually inspecting and fixing the issue, manual procedures can be time consuming and inaccurate. Instead of relying on manual assessment, automated certification solutions can automatically and quickly inspect, grade and certify fiber end-faces based on the criteria of the IEC standard. These types of devices eliminate human subjectivity and result in faster, more accurate and repeatable results to help ensure optimum fiber network performance.

FI-7000 FiberInspector™  Pro!

 2-second automated PASS/FAIL certication of fiber end-faces.
Graphical indication of problem areas due to contamination, pits, chips, and scratches.
Certify to industry standards - IEC 61300-3-35 and eliminate human subjectivity from end-face measurements.
The FI-7000 is built on Fluke Networks’ Versiv Cable Certication Platform that enables storing endface images and certication in Versiv test results and taking advantage of Versiv capabilities like ProjX™ for managing job requirements, the Taptive™ user interface for easy set-up and the multifeatured LinkWare Software for managing data and generating professional test reports.
The FI-7000’s PASS/FAIL fiber end-face certication is available to all Versiv owners by downloading the latest Versiv firmware.


Inspecting for Assurance

It is not enough to just clean every fiber end-face. Users have no way of knowing if the end-face is clean unless they inspect it using a fiber inspection tool designed  specically for that purpose. That is why the golden rule is to always inspect, clean and inspect again before connecting. This is especially a concern for multi-fiber connectors such as the multi-ber push-on (MPO) style connectors that are rapidly becoming the norm in today’s data center ber backbone channels as the required interface for 40 and 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) applications.
Consider a 12-fiber MPO interface with an array that features a much larger surface area than a single fiber connector.
When cleaning these larger surface areas, it is much easier to move contaminants from one fiber to another within the same array.


Grading and Certication via Standards

In an effort to establish consistency in fiber inspection and achieve more repeatable results for  performance across multiple end-faces, the IEC developed 61300-3-35 Basic Test and Measurement  Procedures Standard for Fiber Optic Interconnecting Devices and Passive Components.
This standard contains specic cleanliness grading criteria to assess pass or fail certification for  inspection of a fiber end-face, removing the human subjectivity factor.


Knowing What to Inspect and Clean

The best answer to the question of what to inspect and clean is everything—every end-face, even brand new ones and factory-terminated plugs and pigtails, should be inspected for cleanliness before mating. That  includes both ends of ber optic test cords, ber jumpers and pre-terminated trunk cables. Every end-face that fails IEC 61300-3-35 certication should be cleaned. If upon inspection, the end-face passes IEC certication, do not clean it. Cleaning can attract dust due to static electricity. Cleaning can attract dust due to static electricity.


Fluke Networks’ Fiber Optic Cleaning Kits Contains the Tools You Need to Eectively Remove the Toughest Contaminants

In keeping with industry best standards for fiber cleaning, Fluke Networks’ Fiber Optical Cleaning Kits contain everything you need to eliminate the #1 cause of fiber failures - contamination. With support for all connector types, the kits include Fluke Networks’ Fiber Optic Solvent Pen with specially formulated fiber cleaning solution, convenient cleaning cube/card and easy-to-use IBC Cleaners that use a simple insertion and push motion to remove contaminants from end-faces on cord plugs and within adapters or patch panels. IBC Cleaners come in three dierent sizes for cleaning 1,5mm, 2,5mm and MPO style connectors. All cleaning materials are lint-free and enable an optimal wet and dry cleaning process, while the rugged carrying case makes it easy to store and transport all the tools you need for precision end-face fiber optic cable cleaning.


Cleaning for Performance

Every fiber installation relies on proper end-face cleaning practices for good reason.  Network performance is only as good as the weakest link, and the weakest link is  wherever a fiber end-face is exposed—whether at a patch panel, equipment port or at the  end of a patch cord or jumper. With contamination being the single greatest cause of fiber  failures, spending the extra few seconds to properly inspect and clean every connector  end-face will save time and money in the long run.


If network uptime, signal transmission performance and equipment reliability are important to your business, skimping on inspecting and cleaning fiber optic end-faces can result in dire consequences. And just because you may think you properly cleaned, does not mean you can forego inspection. Not only are best practices for fiber cleaning essential, but every end-face should be carefully inspected and certified per the IEC 61300-3-35 standard prior to making a mated connection-including both end-faces and ports.By incorporating fiber inspection and certification into your process, you can eliminate human subjectivity and quickly inspect, grade and certify fiber end-faces per the standard. In doing so, there should be no excuse for network failures due to contaminated end-faces.

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