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Fibre optic cleaving

Fibre optic cleaving tools

What is a fibre optic cleaver?

In order to achieve good results when splicing fibres together, whether using fusion splicing or mechanical splices, it is essential that the fibres are prepared carefully and the ends are cut square. The process which is used to get good square ends on the fibre is called cleaving. The tool which is used to cleave an optical fibre is called a fibre optic cleaver.

There are a variety of fibre optic cleaving tools available from very basic tools to high precision units which automatically catch the fibre offcuts.

Learn to cleave optical fibre

On OTT’s Certified Optical Fibre Installer (COFI) courses you can use a range of different tools and learn about common cleaving problems and their causes. After the course it is good to practice and practice is free of charge.

The COFI core course is designed for installation and maintenance staff working on core telecom fibre optic networks. On the COFI core course you will learn to prepare fibre optic cabling for splicing within splice closures and ODFs and learn to terminate fibre optic cables by splicing on pre-terminated pigtails or splice on connectors in an ODF.

The COFI Enterprise course is designed specifically for installation and maintenance staff working on enterprise, datacomms, local area (LAN) networks. The course provides the skills and knowledge required to install, terminate and test internal fibre optic cabling networks.

What cleaving tool should you buy?

Below you will find links to major manufacturers of fibre cleaving tools and some example tools.

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AFL Global

AFL manufactures a range of fibre optic products and equipment, including a range of cleavers for different applications. You can see the full range here.

The CT-30 Cleaver is available for either single fibre or ribbon fibre splicing (up to 12 fibres) applications. It has three scrap collection options which can store fibre offcuts until they can be disposed of safely.

The CT-32 is a modified version of the CT-30. The CT-32 allows use of a spacer system to enable a range of acceptable cleave lengths and to allow for a reduced cleave length of 8mm on 900μm jacketed fibres and as short as 3mm on 250μm and 400μm coated fibres.

Furukawa Electric (FITEL)

The S326 cleaver is a lightweight cleaver with a reduced lid size and a wide opening angle to make loading the fibre easier. It is a one-touch operation to complete the cleave and automatically collect the waste.

Sumitomo Electric

Sumitomo offer a wide range of cleavers to suit all needs. You can see the full range here.

The FC-8R is a one-step fibre cleaver with automatic blade rotation and a digital cleave counter. It has a simple cleaving operation and an extra large collection bin for fibre offcuts.

Tell me more about the COFI course

The Certified Optical Fibre Installer (COFI) training courses are delivered under license by OTT's approved partners in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Oman. Please complete the form to be put in contact with your nearest partner.

Please put me in touch with OTT partners offering the COFI course

You can also email us if you'd like to provide more details about your enquiry: sales@ott.co.uk

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