LC Crimp & Cleave Fiber Optic Connectors for
2.2mm Jacketed Polymer Coated Fiber (PCF) Cable
Part Numbers: FLCSHMIG, FLCDHMIG
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
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COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION
CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY
PCF LC
Connector
SIMPLEX
Dust Cap
FLCSHMIG
Boot Assembly
DUPLEX
FLCDHMIG
Duplex Clip
ITEMS REQUIRED FOR TERMINATION
ITEM
PART NUMBER
DESCRIPTION
1
PCF-LCCLT
PCF LC Cleave Tool
2
FG26954A01
Fiber Jacket Stripper
3
CJAST
Cable Jacket Stripping Tool (Ring Cutter for Breakout Cable)
4
DCET010
Fiber Cable Scissors
5
FCRP5
Crimp Tool (with 0.128" hex die)
6
FWP-C
Lint-Free Wipes
7
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Isopropyl Alcohol (Reagent Grade, 90% minimum concentration, not available from Panduit)
8
FSTY
Fiber Safety Tab Stickers (for fiber scraps and endface cleaning)
9
FG26948A01
Fiber Buffer Stripper
10
FG26995A01
Fiber Conditioning Rod
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page(s)
Safety Precautions
2.2mm Jacketed Cable Termination Instructions
Cleave Tool Cleaning and Maintenance
Buffer Stripper Cleaning and Maintenance
2
3-5
6
7
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INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
1. SAFETY GLASSES
WARNING: IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT SAFETY GLASSES BE WORN WHEN
HANDLING BARE OPTICAL FIBER. THE BARE FIBER IS VERY SHARP AND CAN EASILY
DAMAGE THE EYE.
2. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
WARNING: ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL IS FLAMMABLE. CONTACT WITH THE ALCOHOL CAN
CAUSE IRRITATION TO THE EYES. IN CASE OF CONTACT WITH THE EYES, FLUSH WITH
WATER FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES. ALWAYS USE ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL WITH PROPER
LEVELS OF VENTILATION. IN CASE OF INGESTION, CONSULT A PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY.
3. DISPOSAL OF BARE FIBERS
WARNING: PICK UP AND DISCARD ALL PIECES OF BARE FIBER WITH STICKY TABS. DO
NOT LET CUT PIECES OF FIBER STICK TO CLOTHING OR DROP IN THE WORK AREA WHERE
THEY ARE HARD TO SEE AND CAN CAUSE INJURY.
4. LASER LIGHT PROTECTION
LASER LIGHT IS INVISIBLE. THE INVISIBLE LIGHT IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO DAMAGE
YOUR EYES. SERIOUS DAMAGE TO THE RETINA OF THE EYE IS POSSIBLE. NEVER LOOK
INTO THE END OF A FIBER WHICH MAY HAVE A LASER COUPLED INTO IT. SHOULD
ACCIDENTAL EYE EXPOSURE TO LASER LIGHT BE SUSPECTED, ARRANGE FOR AN EYE
EXAMINATION IMMEDIATELY.
5. CABLE HANDLING
WARNING: FIBER OPTIC CABLE CAN BE DAMAGED BY EXCESSIVE PULLING, TWISTING,
CRUSHING OR BENDING STRESSES. CONSULT THE APPROPRIATE SPECIFICATION SHEETS
AS PROVIDED BY YOUR CABLE VENDOR. ANY DAMAGE MAY DECREASE OPTICAL
PERFORMANCE.
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INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
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2.2mm Jacketed PCF Cable Termination
1.
Load Connector into Crimp Tool
1.1 Remove Dust Cap
1.1.1 Remove dust cap from PCF LC Connector.
1.2 Load / Orient Connector
1.2.1 Orient connector with connector latch in upward position
as shown. Open the crimp tool die set and insert rear
metal portion of connector into 0.128" hex die pocket of
FCRP5 Crimp Tool.
1.2.2 Tighten crimp tool to hold connector securely in hex die.
DO NOT compress beyond one audible detent after
compression begins.
1.2.3 Set pre-loaded tool aside for later use.
2.
0.128"
hex die
Orient
connector
as shown
1.2.1
1.2.2
Prepare Cable
Boot Assembly
2.1 Apply Boot
2.1.1 Slide boot assembly onto cable.
2.2 Strip Jacket
2.2.1 Using “2.0 - 2.4mm OJ” die of Fiber Jacket Stripper, strip
off approximately 2" of jacket from the fiber cable.
2.1.1
2.0 - 2.4mm OJ
2.3
Buffer Pre-conditioning
Polymer coated fiber is covered with a 500µm OD layer
referred to as buffer.
2.3.1 Buffer is to be pre-conditioned to reduce potential damage
to the fiber coating during the stripping process. This
helps to separate the buffer from the fiber coating. To
pre-condition the fiber, tightly wrap the entire 2" length of
buffered fiber around the preconditioning rod.
Jacket
2.4 Strip Buffer
2.4.1 Insert pre-conditioned buffered fiber through guide tube
of fiber buffer stripper until the jacket bottoms out. Hold
cable firmly, squeeze handles to cut buffer, and pull
quickly and straight to remove the buffer.
Note: Buffer should be removed as close to cable jacket as
possible. Buffer should not protrude by more than 1/16"
(1.6mm) from end of cable jacket.
Note: Inspect fiber for damage from improper buffer stripping.
(i.e. white dusty white). If damage is visible, cut off the
damaged fiber and repeat from step 2.2.1.
Pre-conditioned
Buffer
2.4.1
[Not to scale]
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2.2.1
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2.5 Clean Fiber
2.5.1 Clean polymer coated fiber using an isopropyl alcohol
soaked lint-free wipe.
Note: To avoid contamination, DO NOT touch fiber after
cleaning. Avoiding contact with the fiber will prevent finger oils
from contaminating the glass fiber and eventually the gripper
pads. Contaminated gripper pads will slide along the fiber
when the tool attempts to apply and hold tension during the
cleaving cycle.
3.
2.5.1
Insert Fiber and Crimp
3.1 Insert Fiber
3.1.1 With crimp tool in one hand loaded with PCF LC
connector per step 1.2, insert fiber into rear metal portion
of connector until jacket bottoms out.
3.1.1
3.2 Crimp Fiber
3.2.1 While holding fiber jacket in place, crimp connector
completely. Rear metal portion of connector should be
hexagonal in shape and tightly gripping both jacket and
fiber after crimping.
3.2.1
4.
Cleave Fiber
4.1 Insert Connector
4.1.1 Carefully insert connector into cleave tool while ensuring
the fiber is located between the gripper pads. To help
prevent fiber breaks, DO NOT angle the fiber drastically
while inserting into the tool.
4.1.2 Slowly slide the connector into place by holding the rear
metal portion of connector while aligning the ferrule to the
hole of the cleave tool until it is fully inserted.
Gripper pads
Note: Insert connector with minimal left to right movement.
Variation can cause fiber damage resulting in a visible long
protrusion. If fiber gets damaged prior to cleave, cut off
connector and repeat from step 2.2.1.
4.1.3 Make sure connector is FULLY SEATED with the connector
latch snapped in place and fiber is located between gripper
pads.
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4.1.2
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4.2 Cleave Fiber
4.2.1 DO NOT hold connector during cleave. To prevent fiber
protrusions, refrain from holding the latched connector
during the cleave process. DO NOT pull on the cable or let
cable weight pull on the connector. Hold cleave tool with
connector side up and SLOWLY press lever (3-5 sec) to
cleave fiber. Supporting the cable prevents potential
damage to the tool. To prevent fiber scrap from retracting
onto ferrule end face, DO NOT release lever at this step.
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Connector
latch
Lever
4.2.1
Note: The slow actuation of the trigger is critical. In order for the
diamond blade to do its job as a flaw initiator, the tool operator
must depress the trigger slowly (3-5 sec). Depressing the
trigger too quickly will crash the diamond into the glass fiber and
may break the blade.
4.3 Remove Connector and Fiber Scrap
4.3.1 With cleave tool lever still depressed, unlatch and remove
connector from cleave tool.
4.3.2 Release lever and remove fiber scrap.
4.3.2
Note: Removing the connector before releasing the lever allows
the blade to return to its correct position without contacting the
fiber scrap.
4.4 Apply Dust Cap and Install Boot Assembly
4.4.1 Do not touch ferrule endface after cleaving. If endface
becomes contaminated, clean by pressing onto adhesive
side of FSTY tape. Multiple cleaning cycles may be
required.
FSTY
4.4.1
4.4.2 Apply dust cap onto ferrule.
Dust cap
4.4.2
4.4.3 Fully deflect connector latch and slide boot assembly,
applied to cable in step 2.1, onto connector until it snaps
into place over the latch.
Connector
latch
4.4.3
4.5 Attach Duplex Clip (Optional)
4.5.1 For each PCF LC connector, insert square portion of
boot assembly into the top opening of duplex clip.
Duplex
clip
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4.5.1
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Cleave Tool Cleaning and Maintenance
5.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The cleave tool contains movable parts, wear items, and a
diamond blade that require regular maintenance or
replacement in order to perform properly. Damage can
result if recommended procedures are not followed.
5.1 Clean the gripper pads
5.1.1 If the gripper pads have any dirt or oil residues on them,
the pads will likely slip along the fiber, preventing the
correct tension from being applied. The gripper pads and
diamond blade should be cleaned after every 50 cleaves,
or more frequently if slippage is detected. Use the Cleave
Tool Cleaning Kit (Part No.: CA32512A01) which contains
the appropriate cleaning solvent and cleaning swabs.
Gripper
pads
5.1.2 With moistened swab, clean gripper pads. (Use only
cleaning solution recommended.)
Never use isopropyl alcohol to clean the gripper pads. Isopropyl
alcohol will deteriorate the gripper pad material.
Never insert any tools, brushes, or swabs other than those
recommended in the Cleave Tool Cleaning Kit in the area of the
diamond blade due to risk of damaging the diamond.
5.1.1
5.1.3 Dry gripper pads with a new, dry swab.
5.2 Replace worn gripper pads
5.2.1 The gripper pad material is a wear item on the tool. Over
time a noticeable groove wears into the pad material where
it grabs onto the glass fiber. When this groove is visible, the
pads need to be replaced. Send tool to Panduit for service.
5.3 Clean the diamond blade
5.3.1 Clean diamond blade with swab moistened with cleaning
solution.
Diamond
blade
5.3.1
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Buffer Stripper Cleaning and Maintenance
6.
Buffer Stripper Blade Replacement
6.1
6.1.1
6.1.2
6.1.3
Remove installed blades
Using flat end of push tool, remove fiber guide lock by pushing out from the back side of tool head.
Remove fiber guide from tool.
Using prong end of push tool in small holes on back side of tool head, eject blade set.
IMPORTANT! Do not remove cutter blades while fiber guide is still in tool.
6.2
Install new blades
(Furnished in a matched set for blade precision. Snap apart before installation.)
6.2.1 Install with “ears” pointing toward top of tool and recess marks visible. Push firmly with flat end of push
tool until both blades are seated.
6.2.2 Insert fiber guide through hole in top of tool until it stops.
6.2.3 Insert fiber guide lock through slot in front of tool head.
Note: Blades are color coded and matched to diameter and color of fiber guide lock. Replace or install fiber guide
and fiber guide lock as needed. Always test strip fiber or cable after installing new blade set. Remove blades
periodically and clean with brush provided and alcohol.
7.
Buffer Stripper Cleaning
7.1 Blade Cleaning
7.1.1 Blade cleaning should be performed, with the blades still mounted in the tool, after every 10 to 20 uses.
Clean between stripping blade halves with the spiral cleaning brush provided with each tool. The brush
should be dipped in isopropyl alcohol to ensure that any debris is dislodged and flushed. Dry blade area
with clean air if available (Note: Blades may also be cleaned with dry brush after each strip if desired,
followed by daily cleaning procedures as described above). A periodic (i.e., after every 100 strip
operations) cleaning process should be performed involving the removal of the blades from the tool. With
the blade-assembly tool provided with each stripper, remove both blades by first removing the color-coded
tube lock/blade size-indicator with the shovel end of assembly tool; then, with the pronged end, line up &
insert into holes in rear of handle head and eject stripping blades from tool.
7.1.2 If after repeated successful strips the fiber breaks during the stripping operation, take blades out of tool
and clean thoroughly. Insert blade set back into tool and resume stripping. If fiber continues to break,
blades are in need of replacement.
7.1.3 The use of wrong sized blades or coating guides may result in poor stripping quality or damage to the
glass fiber.
7.1.4 Stripping blades are matched in pairs right and left. Note: do not mix blade halves. Changing of a single
blade half may result in poor stripping quality or damage to the glass fiber.
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