Cleaning

A major optical system manufacturer has stated that more than 30% of the optical boards returned from the field were found to only have contaminated optical ports. No other problem was found. Proper cleaning would have saved time and money.

What Happens If Fibre Optic Connectors Are Not Perfectly Clean?

Your choice is simple: you either can clean properly when you install the system, or you can go back (again and again) and troubleshoot the network until the problem is found and fixed.  This is particularly true for the new, high-speed fibre optic networks operating above 600mHz. The specific problems include:

Initial Cleaning. If a connector is not cleaned properly initially, the odds are that insertion loss will increase or back reflection will increase, or both. In this case the network will suffer performance problems immediately, and the problems will exacerbate when the network speeds increase.

• Reconfigurations. If network components are reconfigured without following proper cleaning procedures, it is very likely that clean connectors will be contaminated by dirty connectors. Performance problems will result, especially if the reason for the reconfiguration was to boost network speeds.

• Troubleshooting. If a network is disrupted for testing or upgrades, and proper cleaning is not performed, then once again the signal will be degraded and problems will be encountered when the network is brought back on-line.

The bottom line is this: Cleaning must be a priority for all personnel who come in contact with an optical network. If you don't clean properly, you're going to spend MORE money trouble-shooting the network and re-working the connectors.

Do it right the first time. Clean EVERY connector, every time you touch it.

 

Please note over the next months the cleaning products will be re-name branded to Sticklers.

MultiComp pre-saturated wipes

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  • Removes solder paste, flux residues, finger prints, uncured epoxy residues, light oils and grease
  • Economical
  • Ideal for cleaning fibre optic cable prior to splice and cleaning connectors.
  • Water and alcohol mix
  • ESD-safe
  • No rip, no lint, heavy duty wipe
  • Unique “slam-shut” package for extra long service life
  • Pre-saturated Wipe Container 75 - 5” x 8.5” wipes

Product Information The MultiTask Surface Cleaner -  pre saturated wipes provide fast and safe cleaning in almost any production environment. Using a strong, shred-proof disposable wipe saturated with high purity alcohol and deionized water, it is well suited for cleaning medical devices, electronics and any surface-that requires hygienic grade cleaning. Versatile, it cleans most solder pastes and fluxes found in electronics production. It also cleans organic and ionic residues, light oils and other contaminants commonly found in the manufacture of medical devices. With excellent materials compatibility it is both safe and easy to use.

This product is great for cleaning off the gel from loose tube fibre cables and cleaning your hands before working with fibre.

We have also found it to work well when preparing fibre for Splicing. More cost effective than fibre cleaners. 

 

STICKLERS Fibre Optic Splice & Connector Cleaner

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Unique Microcare 3 way Mini-Pump Dispenser

Over 400 cleans [85g] of Aircraft Safe Solvents

Non-Flammable – HFC / HFE Ozone Safe Solvents

Non-Pressurised & Non-Corrosive

Unlimited Shelf Life

bare fibre – splice and connector preparation

For all connectors, fibre - safe for glass and plastic

optical fibres, lenses and coatings.

connectors and alignment sleeves

Fibre Wipes (Tub 90 wipes)

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Convenient Lint-Free Wipes Reduce Costs, Boost Quality

  • Optical-Grade Lint-Free Wipe
  • Engineered to Work with Solvents
  • Stronger and Less Linting than Cellulose Wipes
  • Ideal for "Wet/Dry" Fibre Optic Connector Cleaning
  • Great for Cleaning Bare Fibre
  • Very Affordable Cleaning
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATION

These lint-free wipes are made from soft, hydroentangled polyester fabric, without glues or linty cellulose. Because FiberWipes are cleaner than traditional wipes, they are ideal for cleaning optical devices, bare optical fibres and fibre optic connector end-faces.

The strong fabric resists linting and tearing even on LC connector end-faces. With excellent absorbency, these wipes lift away fingerprint oils, grime, dust, polishing media and lint. Each wipe is 4" x 2" (10 cm x 5 cm), which is the perfect size for cleaning fibres or connector end-faces. They can easily be used with solvent in "Wet/Dry" connector cleaning (see MCC-FPF, right).

For photonics applications, these wipes are ideal for cleanng optical components such as lenses, mirrors, diffraction gratings, prisms, LCD displays, test equipment and even cell phones (see MCC-POC, right).

The FiberWipe™ mini-tub package is rugged and spill-proof, and each roll of wipes is protected with a plastic overwrap in addition to the tub itself. This keeps fingerprints, dust and moisture off the wipes without the expense of cartridge-style packaging. The unique "Drop-n-Stop™" packaging - the octagonal top - keeps the tub from rolling when dropped, and the small package makes them handy both on a benchtop or out in the field.

FibreAide Lint-free fibre cleaning wipes.

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Packed in bags of 50

FiberAide wipes are designed for two critical cleaning applications: (a) the one-time cleaning required during the installation of fiber optic cables, accessories or components, or (b) the installation, maintenance and repair of fiber networks in harsh environments.

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Each lint-free wipe is in a hermeticallysealed, contamination-proof packet that is opened just before use, so cleaning is fast, efficient and cost-effective. This product is simple, reliable and easy to use, even for infrequent users.

Engineered specifically for cleaning fiber optic connector end-faces, each FiberAide wipe is made from MicroCare's field-proven lint-free fabric that resists linting and tearing, even on LC connector end-faces. The wipe itself contains no cellulose, glues or bleaches which might contaminate surfaces. The foil package protects user's hands from any solvents, eliminating the need for gloves or finger cots. Each wipe can clean up to six connector end-faces.

Each package has a convenient "button-hole" so the wipes can be attached directly to cables, accessories or equipment. This enables OEM to ship these wipes with their components, thereby insuring only clean connecters will be inserted into their equipment. This improves customer satisfaction and decreases costly returns.

This product may be used with the Fiber Preparation Fluid (MCC-FPF) or Fiber Connector Cleaner (MCCFCC2) as nonflammable replacements for alcohol. Using the FiberAide dampened with either of these solvents provides convenient "wet & dry" connector cleaning which reduces the risk of static charges building-up on the connector end-faces.

One-Click Cleaner

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One-Click Cleaner

The connector cleaner is ergonomic and very easy to use thanks to its design as a pen / pencil. You can do more than 525 cleaning. It is optimal to use in FTTx applications. It cleans connectors from dust and impurities that can affect the light transmission. Designed for male and female connectors of 2.5 mm including SC, ST, FC and E2000.

Universal Cleaning & Inspection Kit

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The Universal Cleaning Kit including  x400 Field Microscope and LASER Fibre Checker.

The ideal kit for cleaning connector end faces, on patchcords and inside adaptors and for cleaning bare fibre during connector preparation or splicing.
Contains:

1 x Laser Fibre Checker
1 x Microscope Field  x400

2x Fibre Optic Splice & Connector Cleaner
2 x Lint free wipes
25 x FibreAide Wipes
30 x Cleaning Sticks for 2.5mm
20 x Cleaning Sticks for 1.25mm
1 x Case

Universal Cleaning Kit

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The NEW Universal fibre optic cleaning kit for all connector and fibre types.

The ideal kit for all fibre & connector types including plastics, ceramics, metals, lenses, adhesives, electronics, cured epoxy surfaces and optical coatings.

Contains:

2 x  Cans of Sricklers fibre optic splice & connector cleaner.

1 x Lint free wipes tub
1 x Box Cleanwipes (400)

25 x Lint free foil wrapped wipes.
30 x Cleaning Sticks for 2.5mm
20 x Cleaning Sticks for 1.25mm
1 x Orange Case (approx. 20cm x 12cm x 12cm)

CleanWipes

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High Purity lint free wipes for Wet/Dry Cleaning
Unlimited Shelf Life
Colour Coded Cleaning Channels
Absorbent Polyester
400 Wipes per CUBE

Connector Cleaning Sticks

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Price per 50 pack

For cleaning Fibre Optic Connector End-Faces within
Alignment Sleeves, 2.5mm & 1.25mm

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  • Moulded Fibrous Tip Is Cleaner, More Absorbent
  • Tip Conforms to End-face Geometry, Including APC
  • Over-sized Handle Keeps Tip Clean Until Used
  • Clean Any Connector, Any Configuration, Any Where, Every Time

Unlike cloth or foam swabs, these sticks are based on a fiberous polymer tip which is molded, not hand-wound. Molding provides a consistency impossible with other manufacturing processes, and ensures a optimal, slightly loose fit within the alignment sleeve. This enables the tip to spin off-center and improves the cleaning quality - even on the smallest end-faces (blue arrow, left).

During use, the tip's fibres spread open to trap and hold particulate (red arrow). The tip flexes to fit connector end-faces, including angled polished connectors, so no extra tools or processes are required to clean those configurations. This lift-and-grab action is enhanced by the capillary action of the fibres in the tip, so the fibers wick up oils and solvents quickly.

These sticks are the only products in the industry designed as a system to work with a nonflammable solvent such as MicroCare's Fiber Connector Cleaner II. The interaction of the solvent and the stick significantly improves cleaning results. The "Drop-n-Stop™" crimps on the sticks keep them from rolling off uneven surfaces. Packaged in convenient, colour-coded travel kits, there is a stick for every popular connector, both commercial and military configurations.

Compressed Air

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Nothing delivers compressed as well as BIG BLAST, 100 psi directly to the component. Non-corrosive and plastic safe this can be used on all optical fibre types as well as electronic components.

RoHS and WEEE Compliant

Ultra Pure; Residue Free

MCC-AIR Big Blast - 96 PSI - 7bar
Non-Flammable; Non-Corrosive
Non Toxic; Ozone Safe
392g / 325ml Compressed Air