Lesson 6. Hands-On Termination And Splicing Laboratory
Objectives: Learning to install fiber optic connectors on fiber optic
cables. Hands-on training on cable preparation, termination and splicing with
specific vendors’ products.
Student Assignment: Read the references and take the quizzes (Test Your Comprehension) Complete the lab exercises.
Presentation Slides: Advanced: Termination PPT, Splicing PPT
Online FOA References:
Termination PPT tutorial
Termination video (epoxy/polish)
Adhesive/polish connectors VHO: Epoxy/Polish, Anaerobic, Hot Melt
VHO: Prepolished/Splice termination
VHO: Singlemode termination
The Fiber Optic Technicians Manual: 6
Data, Voice and Video Cabling Installation: 13, 15
Student Manual, Termination Section
Fiber Optic Toolbox, cables, connectors, adhesives, polishing film,
etc. (see materials list in student manual) Splicing machines
and splicing should be covered in a manner relevant to the class.
Premises installers may not require fusion splicing nor outside plant
installers require direct termination on a fiber, as these practices
are not common in each application. Covering only the relevant
material in a lab is acceptable as long as the classroom sessions
cover why each method is used and where.
In this session, the students should terminate 3mm simplex cable and 900 micron buffered fiber with a
standard ST, SC or LC type adhesive/polish connector
(epoxy, hot melt and/or anaerobic), since this is the most basic
connector. Additional connectors
can be done by other adhesive methods or prepolished/splice connectors
can be done. Prepolished/splice connector labs are highly recommended
as these are becoming more popular. At least cover the PPTs on them.
Experience has shown that using a 2m patchcord for termination practice
allows students to test their connector as soon as it is finished,
since the other end of the cable has a connector already installed. A
2m section of 900 micron buffered fiber can be used also, but must be
terminated first by the instructor or students in Session 7 of a prior
should be covered in a manner relevant to the class. Outside plant
technicians should ideally be exposed to both single fiber and ribbon
fusion splicing. A lab with three stations, one for single fiber
splicing, one for ribbon and one for testing each splice made with an
OTDR allows each student to rotate among stations to get experience in
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