Understanding Cross-Contamination Points on Fiber Optic Test Equipment

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This newest work departs again from the customary concerns of the end face and looks to the equipment as a cross-contamination source.

Ed Forrest has been actively involved in specification and applications engineering of various precision cleaning applications for more than 25 years. Previously employed at ITW Chemtronics(r), retired in July-2014, he was schooled to analyze precision and gross cleaning applications in a wide range of applications. In 2001 he began development of a program that resulted in formal approvals at all major telecommunications providers.

He has seven patents specifically in the areas or fiber optic precision cleaning with six products in production with marketing credits that include branding, training, and publication of materials. He innovated a chemical mid-span break-in for ribbon fiber. He has other patents pending.

He is active on fiber optic standards committees and is considered a SME in the study of fiber optic cleaning and inspection. His work is based on field experiences and the needs of designers, crafts persons and production line workers.

His practical thesis of "Five Zone Cleaning" is a look forward to the times when high speed and capacity of fiber optic transmission (even more) will be impacted by a contaminated or improperly cleaned connections. He has uniquely researched inspection of the 4th and 5th Zone and the influences of various debris and contamination as it is positioned on these areas of the connector.

Understanding Cross-Contamination Points on Fiber Optic Test Equipment

Further Understanding of How to Assure Quality of Fiber Optic Deployments

Authored by Edward J Forrest Jr
Edition: First

As transmission speed and capacity increase, it is necessary to review all potential contamination points and sources. One of these is the test and inspection equipment itself.

These instruments have various "ports" that connection the fiber assembly for test and inspection. Ports are not protected and can become "soil points" of cross contamination.

This work studies cross contamination and suggests ways and means to effectively assure that the test gear is not a "part of the problem".

Publication Date:
1507833482 / 9781507833483
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories:
Technology & Engineering / Telecommunications

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