The Two Main Types of Fiber Optics Splicing

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Fiber optics splicing refers to the process where you join two fiber optic cables together. Typically, fiber optics splicing must occur after a cable is severed accidentally or when the cabling needs to be lengthened for expansion purposes. Without fiber optics splicing, it would be nearly impossible to respond to rapid infrastructure growth and meet the demands placed on today’s telecommunications infrastructure.

The Two Main Types of Fiber Optics Splicing

There are two types of fiber optics splicing that can be used to repair and lengthen fiber optic cabling:

  1. Fusion splicing—To complete this type of fiber optics splicing, a fusion splicer must be used. This process is safe and easy and involves joining the two fiber ends together by producing an electric arc. When produced, this arc essentially welds the two ends together.
  2. Mechanical splicing—Unlike fusion splicing, mechanical splicing does not need to have a fusion splicer device to complete the splicing process. During the mechanical splicing process, an adhesive piece or clasp is used to hold the two ends of the cable in place. Because this process does not require any welding, it is an easy and fast way to lengthen or fix fiber optic cables.

There are advantages and drawbacks to both fusion splicing and mechanical splicing. If you need to lengthen an existing line of fiber optic cable, or if your cabling was damaged in a certain spot, call us for help. We offer fiber optics splicing solutions that can restore connectivity or help you expand your network.