Fibre Management: Common Problems Of Fibre Optic Cables

Are you going through issues with your fibre optic cables? The most common issue is related to cleaning. Of course, this won’t always be the only issue that you should expect. Below are some of the most common problems that you’ll encounter when it comes to fibre optic cables. Make sure that you know them so you can take advantage of your fibre management system in an efficient manner.

Unclean Equipment

Unclean equipment makes it harder for your devices to maintain a cooler temperature. When dust accumulates, the temperature will rise faster. This can cause irreparable damage to all of your equipment including your fibre optic cables. When this is the case, the only course possible is to replace the damaged equipment.

Instead of having to spend money replacing damaged equipment or spending the next quarter’s budget on digging up the tunnels and foundations for the fibre optic cables affected, maintain the cleanliness of the equipment that you use. You will be able to prevent the risk of decreasing the longevity of all your equipment which includes your fibre optic cables.

Wear and Tear

Nothing lasts forever. Even fibre optic cables made with the toughest and densest materials can break down after enough wear and tear. For this, you should look to replace the affected cables as soon as possible. This will help reduce the strain on the entire network. If you leave the affected cables straining the entire system for too long, you run the risk of damaging a lot more.

The wear and tear of your fibre optics can appear in the form of a split or torn cable. If you shine a laser pointer through the connector and you can’t see the light from the pointer on the other end, then you can assume that the cable isn’t transferring as it should. You can also use an Optical Power Meter and Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer to test your cables.

Not Having Standardized Hardware and Software

If you use hardware and software that aren’t actually meant to work with each other, then you are leaving a lot of the burden to your fibre optic network. Even if you have the most optimized network built around your facility, the devices that you use matter as well. It is important that you ask the system operators if there adjustments that can be made to have system unity.

You can also use a fibre management system to ensure that you are using the most up to date hardware and software. Up to date doesn’t always mean that you update every time there is a new release. You have to consider whether updating isn’t the best course of action when it comes to the compatibility of software to hardware and vice versa.

Forcing an Expansion

When the cables have already been laid down and they’ve been covered, trying to dig them back up to expand the right way can be seen as a costly approach. However, trying to overstretch the cable can actually leave them even more damaged.

If you are looking for an effective but cost-efficient fibre management system, contact 3-GIS today. We offer solutions trusted by experts across the globe.