If properly installed, optical fibers carry lightwave signals over thousands of kilometers almost instantly. However, if the fiber cables are not installed properly, the lightwave signal may not even travel from one part of an office building to another. That should tell you the importance of fiber optic technician training.
But what makes a proper fiber cable installation? That needs a thorough knowledge of the strengths and limits of fiber cables, as well as the methods for protecting the cables both during the installation and over its lifetime.
In the cable installation process, fiber cables must endure the pulling force needed to put the fiber cables in place, as well as the environmental conditions such as cold temperature, underground moisture and so on.
The rules of thumb for fiber cable installation are to minimize short-term and long-term stresses on the cable as well as being compliance to codes governing fire safety The fiber optic cable structure must be designed to provide these capabilities. But the structural design can only be effective if the fiber cables are properly installed.
Many fiber cables are created for specific service and must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s spec. Two of the most important specs are minimum bend radius and maximum tensile rating. Both specs apply to conditions for cables being installed as well as in normal working conditions.
Fiber optic cables are available for outdoor and indoor installations. The two types of cables differ in construction. The outdoor cable is quite rugged in order to withstand the harsher environment, whereas the indoor is much less rugged but more flexible so it can be placed into confined spaces. Each type of cable, whether it is to be placed indoors or outdoors, needs different installation techniques.
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