Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Overcoming Fiber-Optic Signal Loss with MicroCare's Sticklers Cleaners

Two of the biggest challenges to creating and maintaining a quality fiber-optic connection are insertion loss and back reflection. MicroCare's Sticklers™ products provide an inexpensive, easy way to ensure clean, uninterrupted connections and protect against problems like these.

Insertion loss is probably the most common type of signal loss in fiber-optic networks. Contamination, caused by dirt, chips, or scratches, is the most frequent type of fiber-optic signal loss.

Back reflection is another widespread problem faced when building and operating a fiber-optic system. Also known as "return loss," back reflection occurs when there is a gap between connectors. This gap, which can often be caused by dust particles, then causes the signal to be reflected back to the originating laser.

Two ways to avoid insertion loss and back reflection are to use Sticklers cleaning products like CleanStixx™ Fiber Optic Connector Cleaning Swabs and the CleanWipes™ 3200 Fiber Optic Cleaning System. CleanStixx swabs are made to grab particulate that otherwise would be difficult to lift or dislodge and CleanWipes are a cleaning tool created for high-volume, high-speed manufacturing of fiber-optic jumpers and patch cords.

Perhaps the most efficient and money-saving way to ensure clean fiber-optics, is to use MicroCare's Sticklers Fiber-Optic Cleaning Kit. Containing cleaners, swabs, and wipes, this kit was specifically created to aid field techs in cleaning fiber-optic networks as quickly and reliably as possible.

To learn more about MicroCare Sticklers, please visit our Web site, read our blog, send us an email, or give us a call (800-966-6020). Q Source was proud to have been named a MicroCare Sticklers Featured Distributor for the spring of 2011.

Sticklers are a product of MicroCare Corp., a leading manufacturer of precision cleaning products. MicroCare was founded in 1983 and is based in New Britain, Connecticut.

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