How to Terminate a SC Fiber Connector
There are several methods to terminate SC fiber connectors. There are Angled connectors, Cold cure method, and Prepolished/splice connectors. Each of these methods has their own advantages and disadvantages. It is important to follow the correct method for your particular application. Also, it is important to follow the proper procedure to avoid any damage to the connector.
Optical fibers can be terminated in a variety of ways, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. In most cases, singlemode fiber is field terminated using a factory-terminated pigtail. But it is also possible to install field SM connectors if you have some knowledge and experience. However, you should remember that the process is not sterile.
Generally, splicing is used in outside plant applications, such as the restoration of a damaged or deteriorated fiber. It is also used in long cable runs, especially in OSPs. This method is also used to mix different types of cables.
Cold cure method
When it comes to fiber optics, there are a number of different ways to terminate an SC fiber connector. One popular method is to use a heat-cured epoxy. The advantages of this method are low cost, quick installation, and high reliability. In addition, it’s easier to use than a cold cure method, which takes more time and skill. The epoxy is cured in an oven for about five minutes. Most of these ovens are powered by AC, but there are also some that operate on battery power.
This method is a great choice for a quick and dirty job, but requires training to ensure the job is done correctly. Some fiber optic schools, manufacturers and distributors will provide training on the procedure.
An SC fiber connector is the most common type of fiber optic connector used today. Its design is easy to use and inexpensive to produce. The locking tab replaces the latch, which makes it a popular choice for industries that frequently use fiber cables. Unlike its ST counterpart, the SC is available in duplex configuration and is covered by TIA’s FOCIS-3 connector intermateability standard.
A SC connector uses a 1.2-mm ferrule that is half the size of an LC ferrule. This makes it easy to terminate fibers with adhesive. Another popular choice is the LX-5 connector, which has a shutter over the end of the fiber. This type of fiber connector is not common in North America, but is popular in Japan.
Pre polished/splice connectors are ideal for fast terminations, but they have some drawbacks. For one thing, they have higher total loss, which includes splice loss and connector loss. The latter is a function of the quality of the fiber cleave and the strength of the crimp. Fortunately, the latest generation of prepolished connectors solves most of these problems.
Prepolished/splice connectors have angled physical contact and can be used for high-quality optical connections. They are also ideal for quick field termination. Using these connectors can save installers time and effort. The connectors are compatible with SC and LC connectors, and require no adhesive or epoxy.