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Fiber Optics Splicing: What You Need to Know

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The process of joining two separate fiber optic cables together is known as fiber optics splicing. During most new installations, fiber optics splicing is a faster, more efficient process for restoring fiber optic cables after a buried cable accidentally gets severed.

Fiber Optics Splicing: What You Need to Know

There are two different types of fiber optics splicing, and each is associated with different pros and cons:

  • Mechanical splicing—During the mechanical splicing process, two or more optical fibers are aligned and then held in place by a mechanical device that holds the fibers in place moving forward. The splice itself is usually less than a few centimeters long. It is important to note that the fibers are then permanently joined by the mechanical cover, and it is highly unlikely they will separate in the future.
  • Fusion splicing—The fusion splicing process is more of an investment when compared with mechanical splicing but is has a longer lifespan for severed fibers. During this process, we use a specialized fusion splicer machine that precisely aligns the ends of the two fibers using an electric arc or heat.

Either way, mechanical splicing and fusion splicing can restore your fiber optic network and allow you to return to your normal operations quickly. If you need a reliable provider of fiber optics splicing, turn to us at GP Associates, Inc. We can successfully complete your fiber optics splicing project to restore your network and ensure it performs as expected moving forward.