Cleaning Methods and Contamination Assessment for Optical Assembly
|Publication Date:||1 December 2005|
The scope of this specification is to describe the methods of inspecting and cleaning all optical interfaces so that their interconnectivity does not result in loss of optical signal. It also describes methods of contamination prevention.
The target audience for this standard are Manufacturing Operators, Manufacturing Process Engineers, Quality Engineers and Field System Installers.
Intent The intent of this standard is not to state a specific all inclusive process or procedure for cleaning optical connectors but rather to show several processes which are used in the industry and the advantages and disadvantages for each process. It will also provide an evaluation method for each process so that each reader may test or qualify each process to find out which one works best for their application. It is not the intent of this standard to advocate any specific products even though some product names may be referenced as a matter of usage in processes/ procedures/testing discussed in each section.
Safety Cautions Operators shall ensure that there is no active laser light source generating a light signal through the fiber that is being cleaned or inspected. Remember many laser signals are invisible to the human eye
It should also be noted to never look into a ferrule end-face while the system's laser is active. It is important to understand the equipment's operating procedures and warnings.
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Caution When working in an environment that couples optical fiber and electronic components the operator must adhere to all ESD prevention rules.