Beyondtech Media Tutorials: Loose tube fiber preparation for a breakout kit

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The following videos comes with all the instructions to do a successful loose tube fiber splicing and installation of a breakout kit.

STEP 1: Prepare the loose tube fiber you will use.

Beyondtech's Fiber optic loose tube cables are designed for outdoor applications in harsh environments and extreme conditions.

There are several rigid protective tubes inside them to keep the fiber core, cladding and coating save. Also, many loose tube cables contain a water-resistant gel that surrounds the cables and protects them from moisturizing and humidity.

Generally, loose tube cables have 12 fiber optic strands, but can range from 6 up to 244 strands and be dielectric or armored if needed. We'll be using a 6 strand tube in this tutorial.

This process details step by step the procedure you have to follow when preparing our loose tube cable -or any for that matter- for either a splicing procedure or installing in a breakout kit. 

This video details step by step the procedure you have to follow to prepare a loose tube cable for either splicing it or installing a breakout kit. 

We used the following material in this video tutorial:

1. Measure tape or ruler.
2. Tape.
3. Kevlar cutting scissors.
4. Diagonal cutters.
5. Needle nose pliers.
6. Cable scissors.
7. Kimwipes.
8. Gel cleaner.
9. Gloves.
10. Safety glasses.
11. Hook-blade razor knife.
12. Coaxial buffer stripper.
13. Pliers.

    STEP 2: Doing the splicing procedure in a splice tray. 

    Once you’ve prepared your loose tube fibers, it’s time to splice it to another cable or some pigtails and in both cases.

    You will need to use a splice tray or a termination box. Splice trays are used to protect and hold fiber optic splices and store extra fiber in rack mount housings. Termination boxes keep fibers save in FTTH structures.

    This video details step by step how to elaborate a fusion splicing in a splice tray. 

    You will need:
    1. Shears.
    2. Fiber stripper.
    3. Cleaver.
    4. Fusion splicer.
    5. Fusion protection sleeves.
    6. Splice tray or termination box.
    7. Zip ties.
    8. Electrical tape.
    9. The fiber to be terminated.
    10. Screwdriver.

    Step 3: Installing a breakout kit in our outdoor loose tube fiber.

     

    Our Breakout kits are designed to provide protection and support when terminating loose tube fiber cables because they allow putting 250 um delicate fibers into 900 um buffered coatings that are suitable for numerous applications.

    Installing 250 um fibers in patch panels or splice trays, though doable, increases the risk of failures in fiber optic systems, making them less reliable and shortening their life span. So, once you have prepared your loose tube cable and exposed the fibers, it’s time to assemble them into a breakout kit.

    This is the third and final video of our technical series of how to prepare a loose tube fiber.

    The procedure for installing a breakout kit requires:

    1. Electrical or masking tape.
    2. Lint free wipes.
    3. Marker.
    4. Gel cleaner.
    5. Needle nose pliers.
    6. Fiber stripper.
    7. Wire stripper.
    8. Breakout kit.

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