Field Terminated Cables
If you do not have a reliable way to estimate distance, field termination is your best bet for your fiber network project. You can install as much cable as you need without coming up short or have too much ‘slack’ in the cable. Also, field splicing allows for pulling cable through tight spaces and conduit safely. However, in-field work has many disadvantages. Field termination takes time and requires a fully stocked kit of specialized tools and supplies. The connectors themselves require OTDR field testing to ensure functionality. Field terminations require skill and precision – if not handled carefully this method can compound costs. Single mode applications run a higher risk of decreased quality than multimode applications. If splicing is required for an application, we strongly advise that technicians buy pre-terminated 900um pigtails for optimum performance.
Factory Terminated Cables
A factory terminated fiber optic cable is a reliable way to ensure the quality of your network. A factory-installed cable, also known as pre-terminated fiber optic cable, is built to a specific length and fits perfectly in its application. The connector ferrule is polished to perfection, and epoxy is cured for the correct amount of time. Most importantly, there are no specs of dust or microscopic blemishes on the cable endface that could hinder data transmission. Factory terminated cables are the best way to ensure minimum insertion loss and overall quality.
To use pre-terminated fiber optic cable, you must have your cable length measurements exact. Best practice suggests allowing enough slack in a cable for minor changes in the final configuration. If your project needs flexible cable length determination, field terminated cables are the only option. You can buy pigtailed cables and trunks, allowing for one end to be factory terminated, and the other end to be spliced in the field. This is a solution that allows the benefits of factory terminations on at least half of the installation and saves time for onsite installations.
In the fiber optic industry, both factory terminations and field terminations have their place. Without the ability to terminate connections in the field, cost and often more importantly time would increase. Factory terminations are more consistent, reliable and save time in the field, meaning overall they are more cost-efficient. But, as in all industries, there are often unknowns leading up to a job and emergencies certainly happen where technicians need to be able to improvise.
At Megladon, we have deployed millions of fiber assemblies worldwide since 2000, and both our processes and our products have proven to provide customers in any application with the quality and cost-effectiveness needed for successful fiber installations. Whether your project requires factory terminations or field terminations, contact us today to see the Megladon difference for yourself.