Fibrlok II 2529 Universal Optical Fiber Splice

Fibrlok II 2529 Universal Optical Fiber Splice
Fibrlok™ II 2529
Universal Optical Fiber Splice
Instructions
January 2007
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Contents:
1.0
2.0
3.0
4.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
8.0
General........................................................................................................................................................... 3
Splicing Set-up............................................................................................................................................... 4
Fiber Preparation............................................................................................................................................ 5
Splice Assembly............................................................................................................................................. 6
For splicing any combination of 250 µm coated fiber and 900 µm buffered fiber:...................................... 8
Fiber Repositioning...................................................................................................................................... 10
Fiber Organization and Splice Storage........................................................................................................ 11
Splicing Accessories..................................................................................................................................... 12
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1.0 General
1.1
The 3M™ Fibrlok™ II Universal Optical Fiber Splice 2529 provides permanent mechanical splices for single- or multimode fiber having 125 µm diameter cladding. The 2529 universal splice is designed to
accommodate any combination of fibers with coating diameters from 250 µm to 900 µm.
1.2
All 2529 splices are gray in color and are marked with the
3M Fibrlok™ II logo on the splice cap.
Cap
End Plug
1.50" (38.1 mm)
0.250"
(6.4 mm)
.150"
(3.8 mm)
(each end)
Jacket
Fiber Entry Port
(each end)
1.3
3M™ Fibrlok™ Assembly Tool 2501
Pivoted Handle
(shown open)
Splice Holding
Cradle
Fiber Alignment
Guides (2)
Fiber Retention
Pad
Toggle Arm
Toggle Arm
Fiber Retention
Pad
Finger Cutout
Mounting Holes
(4)
Instruction Label
(2)
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Base
Fiber Cleave Length
Gauge (both ends
of tool)
1.4
Tools and Materials Required are as follows:
• 3M™ Fibrlok™ Assembly Tool 2501
• Plastic Coating (Buffer) Stripper
• Reagent Grade Isopropyl Alcohol
• Lint-free Wipes
• Cleaver
• 3M™ Fibrlok™ II Video Instructions (optional)
• 3M™ Fibrlok™ Tool Kit (optional)
1.5
Some Compatible 3M™Organizers are:
• 3M 2522, 3M 2524-A, 3M 2523
3M 2527
CAUTION
May cause minimal eye irritation.
Contains: Phenylmethyl silicone (63148-58-3), hydrophobic silica (68611-44-9).
Precautions: Avoid eye contact. Wash hands before eating or smoking.
First Aid:
Eye Contact: Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water while holding eyelids open and continue flushing for ten minutes.
Call a physician.
Skin Contact: Wash with soap and water.
Production Information Source: Material Safety Data Sheet or 3M Company, St. Paul, MN 55144-1000, (612) 733-111-: Operator 55
2.0 Splicing Set-Up
2.1
The splicing area should be clean, dry and well-lit.
A clean, well-organized splicing area will improve splice
efficiency and minimize the risk of contamination of fibers
or splices.
2.2
Open the buffer tubes, expose and clean the fibers per
your company practice.
Note: Storage, use and disposal of isopropyl alcohol should
be per your company health, safety and environmental
instructions. Refer to solvent label or Material Safety
Data Sheet.
2.3
See Section 6.0 for recommended procedures for fiber
organization and splice storage.
2.4
Remove Fibrlok splice from protective package. Load
the splice into the assembly tool by pressing firmly at the
ends of the splice.
Note: Carefully follow health, safety and environmental information on Fibrlok II splice label or Material Safety Data
Sheet.
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2.5
If using the 3M™ Fibrlok™ Assembly Tool, 2501 rotate the
toggle arms for the appropriate fiber size.
Inward – 250 µm
Outward – 900 µm
3.0 Fiber Preparation
3.1
Remove the minimum length of fiber required to prepare
and splice the fibers.
3.2
Strip approximately 1 to 2 inches (25 mm to 51 mm) of
plastic coating from the fiber using a mechanical stripper.
Note: The stripper should be in good operating condition to
prevent scratches or other damage to the glass cladding.
3.3
Clean the bare glass by pulling the fiber through an alcohol soaked lint-free wipe. This will remove any fragments
or dirt remaining on the fiber.
Note: Do not wipe the fibers more than two times, and limit the
time that the bare fiber is exposed to the atmosphere.
Note: Carefully follow health, safety and environmental information on container label or Material Data Sheet for
isopropyl alcohol being used.
3.4
Cleave fiber to 12.5 mm ±0.5 mm (0.492 ±0.020 inches).
Important: The Fibrlok™ II Universal Splice 2529 uses a cleave
length of 12.5 mm ±0.5 mm (0.492 ±0.020 inches)
for both 250 µm and 900 µm coated fibers.
Note: The cleaver should be in good operating condition and
used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. It is recommended that the cleaver provide a consistent
cleave-to-coating length within ±0.5 mm. In addition,
standard cleavers should produce cleaved ends within
2° of perpendicular and free of major defects. Cleavers
specifically designed to produce controlled, angled
cleaves of greater than 2°, but not more than 6°, may
also be used with the Fibrlok™ II optical splice.
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1" to 2" (25 mm - 51 mm)
3.5
Check the cleave length using the 12.5 mm cleave length
gauges on the 3M™ Fibrlok™ Assembly Tool. Adjust the
cleaver to provide the prescribed cleave lengths. Check
cleave lengths periodically during subsequent splicing
operations.
Note: Do not allow cleaved end to contact tool. Do not clean
the fibers again after they have been cleaved.
250 µm 900 µm
250 µm : 12.5 mm
900 µm : 14.0 mm
900 µm : 12.5 mm
4.0 Splice Assembly
4.1
Push the fiber down into the fiber retention pad on the
proper side of the splice.
Note: Hold the coated portion of the fiber ONLY. Do not
allow the cleaved end to contact any surface before
insertion into the splice.
4.2
Grasp the coated fiber about .25 inches (6 mm) from the
bare glass and move the fiber end onto the fiber alignment
guide on the assembly tool such that the end is resting on
the alignment guide outside of the splice.
Note: When splicing 250 µm to 900 µm coated fiber, always
insert the 250 µm coated fiber first.
Note: Fiber should be placed in the retention pad and inserted
into the splice immediately following cleaning to minimize exposure to the atmosphere and reduce the risk of
contamination.
Note: Push fiber straight into fiber alignment guide,
NOT AT AN ANGLE.
4.3
Gently continue pushing the fiber into the splice until
resistance is felt. When fully inserted, the first fiber
should be straight or have a slight bow – up to .1 inch
(3 mm).
Note: If properly inserted, bare glass should not be visible outside of splice. If bare glass is visible, pull back slightly
on fiber and continue insertion until resistance is met. Never fully remove fibers from splice after initial insertion. Do not pull on fiber after it has been properly
inserted.
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4.4
Prepare second fiber (strip, clean and cleave) as described
in Section 3.
4.5
Lay fiber into foam retention pad and begin to insert the
fiber end into the splice, as in 4.01 and 4.02.
4.6
Gently push the second fiber in small increments straight
through the alignment guide into the fiber entry port. As
the coating of the second fiber enters the fiber entry port,
watch for the bow in the first fiber to increase. This occurs
when the end face of the second fiber contacts the first
fiber and pushes the first fiber slightly back out of the
splice. Continue gently pushing the second fiber until it
meets resistance.
4.7
Following proper insertion, the second fiber will be
approximately straight, but may have up to a .1 inch (3
mm) maximum bow. At this point, the first fiber will
have a larger bow than the second fiber and larger than it
had initially.
4.8
Push the first fiber back against the second fiber until there
are equal bows in both fibers.
Note: Do not pull on either of the fibers following establishment of the bows in the first and second fibers. The fiber
ends must be held together by the compressive forces
induced by the bows to produce a low loss splice.
If fiber bows are NOT observed to move as described,
repeat steps 4.02 – 4.07 of Splice Assembly but DO NOT
fully remove fibers from the splice. If bow movement
is still not observed, remove fibers, strip, clean and recleave, checking for proper cleave length. Re-splice per
splicing procedure using a new splice.
Do not attempt to “tune” or optimize the splice as this
may result in higher splice loss. The 3M™ Fibrlok™ II
Splice is not designed to be “tuned.” Fiber alignment
does not occur until the splice is activated.
4.9
Pivot the handle of the Fibrlok assembly tool down until it
contacts the cap of the Fibrlok splice. Squeeze the handle
of the assembly tool as shown in order to close cap and
actuate the splice. When possible, secure the tool to a
work surface for added support. A snap sound will be
heard when the splice is actuated.
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4.10
Remove the 3M™ Fibrlok™ Splice from the assembly tool
by first removing the fibers from the foam retention pads
and then lifting the splice from the splice holding cradle.
Note: In the event a splice must be refabricated, simply cut the
fibers at each end of the splice (this will remove 1-1/2"
of fiber from the loop) and re-splice per instructions. Splice fabrication will require a new splice and a length
of 2 inches on each fiber.
Note: Do not remove fibers and re-use Fibrlok splices.
5.0
For splicing any combination of 250 µm coated fiber and 900 µm buffered fiber:
5.1Keep Fibrlok splices clean. Do not remove splices from
sealed cavity until ready to use.
5.2Place Fibrlok splice into splice holding cradle in assembly
tool.
5.3If using the 3M™ Fibrlok Assembly Tool 2501, be sure that the retention pad toggle arms are in the
inward position for 250 µm fibers and in the outward position for splicing
900 µm fibers.
5.4Strip and cleave first fiber to 12.5 mm ± 0.5 mm (0.492 ±
0.20 in).
5.5Taking care not to touch fiber end face, place fiber into
foam retention pad.
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5.6Insert first fiber into the end port until coating bottoms
out. If splicing 250 µm coated fiber to 900 µm buffered
fiber.
5.7 Strip and cleave second fiber to 12.5 mm ± 0.5 mm
(0.492 ± 0.020 in).
5.8Taking care not to touch fiber end face, place second fiber
into the other foam retention pad.
5.9Insert second fiber into the other end port of splice until it
contacts the first fiber.
5.10Push the first fiber back against the second until there are
equal bowls of approximately 5 to 8 mm (0.2 to 0.3 inches) in both fibers.
5.11Push down the assembly tool handle until splice cap snaps
closed.
5.12Lift handle, remove the fibers from the foam retention
pads, and remove completed splice from the tool.
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6.0 Fiber Repositioning
6.1
If high loss is observed after splice has been actuated, it
is possible that the fiber ends are separated. In this case,
lift the splice cap and reposition fiber ends, as instructed
below.
Note: Do not completely remove fiber from Fibrlok splices.
6.2
While the splice is in the splice holding cradle, insert the
short prongs of the 3M™ Fibrlok™ II Splice cap lifter into
the two holes on the side of the splice. The cap lifter will
be at an angle to the splice. The long prongs will be resting against the top of the splice cap.
6.3
Slide the bottom of the cap lifter inward until it is in a vertical position, lifting the splice slightly out of the cradle.
6.4
Hold the cap lifter in place with one hand and push down
on the ends of the splice with the other hand. This action
should reseat the splice into the holding cradle and lift the
cap at the same time.
6.5
Repeat fiber centering and splice actuation (See step 4.06
– 4.09.) If after two attempts an acceptable splice loss is
not obtained, remove fiber, strip, clean and re-cleave. Resplice using a new splice.
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7.0 Fiber Organization and Splice Storage
7.1
When storing fiber slack in a splice tray, the spliced fiber
ends will twist one full turn for each full loop of fiber
being stored. This rotation places stress on the fibers.
This rotational stress makes fiber organization more difficult and may affect fiber/splice performance, particularly
in 900 µm coated fibers. The stiffness of the 900 µm fiber
does not distribute this stress in the same manner as 250
µm coated fiber.
Note: The following procedure must be followed when splicing
900 µm coated fibers and will improve fiber organization
when splicing all fiber types.
7.2
Secure the buffer tubes of the fibers to be spliced to the
tray so that the fibers are free to rotate through the point of
attachment.
7.3
Select the first two fibers to be spliced and lay them into
the tray. Trim the fibers so they are the right length for
splicing plus approximately 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) for
fiber end preparation.
7.4
Place the splice assembly tool close to or on top of the
splice tray. Match the orientation of the tool to that of the
splice holder or tray whenever possible.
7.5
Remove the minimum amount of fiber required for fiber
preparation and splicing. Remove less than one loop if
possible.
7.6
Prepare fibers and complete splice as described in Section
3 and 4.
7.7
Carefully lay the splice on top of the holder without securing the splice into the holder.
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Note: In order to minimize torsion on the fiber, perform the
following:
7.8
7.9
For 250 to 250 µm and 900 to 900 µm splices:
a.Store the shorter of the two fibers in the tray.
b.Observe how the splice lays in its relaxed state. Rotate
the splice through the smallest possible angle to install
it in the tray.
c.Store the second fiber.
For 250 to 900 µm splices:
a.Store the 900 µm fiber first.
b.Grasping the splice by the 900 µm fiber, observe how
the splice lays in its relaxed state. Rotate the splice
through the smallest possible angle to install it in the
tray.
c. Store the 250 µm fiber.
8.0 Splicing Accessories
8.1
The 3M™ Fibrlok™ Splice Organizer Tray 2523 holds up
to 24 Fibrlok splices and provides superior fiber and splice
organization. Easily installed, the tray will accommodate
up to eight buffer tubes holding up to 48 fibers (250 µm or
900 µm coated fibers) and can be adapted for fusion splice
storage.
8.2
The 2524 splice tray fits and mounts into the 3M™ Fiber
Optic Splice Closure and the 3M™ Fiber Optic Splice Case
2178. It is also compatible with a variety of non-3M
closures.
8.3
3M™ Fibrlok™ Splice Kits provide all the tools necessary
for the assembly of the Fibrlok splice. Fibrlok splice kits
are available with or without a fiber optic cleaver.
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3M™ Fibrlok™ Splice Kits:
3M Stock Number
2559 Splice Kit.............................................................................................................................. 80-6113-2375-1
2559-C Splice Kit with 2534 Cleaver........................................................................................... 80-6113-2376-9
Splice Kit Components (available separately)
2501 Assembly Tool...................................................................................................................... 80-6105-8187-0
6365-ST Stripping Tool................................................................................................................. 80-6113-0460-3
Kevlar Snips................................................................................................................................... 80-6113-0462-9
Cleaning Alcohol Bottle................................................................................................................ 80-6104-4329-5
Lint Free Cloth (100/pkg.)............................................................................................................ 80-6104-4324-6
Instruction Manual..................................................................................................................... 78-8128-0163-3-E
2534 Cleaver.................................................................................................................................. 80-6113-2377-7
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