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The Importance
Of Ultrasonic Cleaning


Since its development in the 1970s, fiber optic communication has revolutionized the way information is sent and received. The method is achieved by transmitting pulses of light down an optical fiber, which then forms a carrier waveform that is modulated to send a signal.

Due to the narrow diameter of the fiber, fiber optic connectors must be cleaned in order to remain effective. A contaminated fiber connection may eventually cause failure of the component, and in some cases, the entire system. Even common microscopic debris such as dirt or dust can block optical signals from being transmitted. Additionally, certain particles can damage the glass surface, creating unnecessary downtime and costly servicing.    


Common Debris Found on Connectors 

●Dust and Dirt: Dirt and dust are common contaminants found on connectors. Virtually unavoidable, dirt and dust can be can be spread airborne or by human touch.


Oil: Oil is often found on connectors as a result of contact with human skin. Human skin produces naturally occurring oils that will contaminate the connector if gloves are not worn. Additionally, if lubricants such as WD-40 are used, it will also cause contamination. 


●Metallic Flakes: Fibers and connectors are often housed in plated metals. Even under normal usage, the plated metal may shed particles that can affect the connector. Furthermore, if the connector was wiped with a dry cloth, this will charge the connector, making it a magnet for the metal flakes.

Why Fiber Optic Connectors Need to Be Cleaned


The sensitive nature of optical fibers requires accuracy and a structured system to be in place when it’s cleaned. Operators should always inspect the fiber optic connectors before beginning the cleaning process.

Cleaning Fiber Optics:
Always Inspect