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Factors Affecting Fiber Optic Patch Cord Management
Jul 21, 2017

With the large number of applications in the data center 40G / 100G network, Fiber Optic Patch Cord on-site installation and management becomes more and more important, Fiber Optic Patch Cord management directly affects the overall data transmission, management of Fiber Optic Patch Cords can not only reduce the entire fiber Network operating costs, but also increase the network operation and maintenance of the reliability and flexibility. Below, we will briefly introduce the factors that affect the Fiber Optic Patch Cord management and how to manage Fiber Optic Patch Cords. Hope to be able to help everyone.

1, bending radius

As we all know, the fiber is the raw material of glass, so more fragile than the copper, in the operation and management often need to get more attention and protection. The reliability and performance of the fiber are closely related to its bending radius. If the fiber is over-bent, the optical signal transmitted inside the fiber is liable to produce a refraction, overflowing to the fiber cladding, resulting in a decrease in the intensity of the optical signal. The resulting loss is called bending loss. In addition, bending of the fiber, especially in the installation and drawing of Fiber Optic Patch Cords when bending fiber may also lead to micro-cracks in the fiber, and even cause permanent damage to the fiber. In general, there are two types of fiber bending: micro-bend and macro bend (Figure 1), the bending radius of the macro bend than the bending radius of the micro-bend.

It should be noted that the bending radius of the Fiber Optic Patch Cord is not significant at the beginning of the installation of the Fiber Optic Patch Cord, since the number of Fiber Optic Patch Cords initially routed to the fiber patch panel is small. However, as more and more new Fiber Optic Patch Cords are mounted on the previous Fiber Optic Patch Cords, problems with bend radius may follow (Figure 2). You will find that a good performance has been a good jumper will appear damping rate surge problem, or greatly reduced the service life.

2, Fiber Optic Patch Cord path

The path of the Fiber Optic Patch Cord is closely related to the bending radius and has a far-reaching effect on the performance and maintenance of the jumper. Therefore, the path of each Fiber Optic Patch Cord should be clearly defined. If the Fiber Optic Patch Cord routing is not correct, it may cause the terminal panel to become overcrowded and increase the risk of excessive bending radius. On the contrary, if the Fiber Optic Patch Cord management is good, there will not be anywhere bending radius is too large, and you can more quickly and more accurately find a specific Fiber Optic Patch Cords.

3, Fiber Optic Patch Cord accessibility

The third factor is the availability of Fiber Optic Patch Cords. If you can easily find the installed Fiber Optic Patch Cords, then the Fiber Optic Patch Cord maintenance work will become much faster, and this can also provide the correct bending radius protection. In the process of network reconfiguration, accessibility plays a vital role in directly affecting the reliability of the network and the cost of network reconfiguration.

4, physical protection

Routing The Fiber Optic Patch Cord between the devices can greatly affect the reliability of the network. If the Fiber Optic Patch Cord is not properly physically protected, the skilled worker and the equipment can easily damage the Fiber Optic Patch Cord. Therefore, it is important to perform physical protection of the installed Fiber Optic Patch Cords.