Polishing optical fibers is a critical step in manufacturing and installing optical networks. The optical fibers must be cleaned thoroughly following the polishing step to ensure that they are functioning optimally. However, traditional fabric wipers may not be efficient enough to remove all the particles from the bundle’s face. Fortunately, Foamtec’s UltraSOLV sponge wiper can significantly improve the cleaning process of polished bundles of optical fibers.
Optical fibers are bundled in a jig during polishing to improve throughput and consistency. After the polishing step, the bundle is wiped to remove any polishing compound and abrasive particles from the face of the bundle. This step is critical to prevent scratches and particle buildup between individual fibers, which can negatively impact subsequent cleaning steps.
Traditional fabric wipers are commonly used in this cleaning step; however, they may not be efficient enough to remove all particles from the bundle’s face. The UltraSOLV sponge wiper, on the other hand, is specifically designed to entrap and remove particles from polished surfaces. Unlike fabric wipers, the sponge wiper can trap and hold particles within its structure, preventing them from being driven into the individual fibers during subsequent cleaning steps.
The UltraSOLV sponge wiper is made of an open-cell foam structure that is hydrophilic, so it can trap water and cleaning solutions, ensuring a more efficient cleaning process. Its soft, non-abrasive texture does not scratch or damage the surface of the bundle during the cleaning process, making it an ideal choice for critical cleaning applications.
In addition, the UltraSOLV sponge wiper is also durable and long-lasting, making it a cost-effective solution for cleaning polished bundles of optical fibers. Its unique structure allows for easy rinsing and cleaning, ensuring it remains effective over multiple uses.
Using Foamtec’s UltraSOLV sponge wiper for cleaning polished bundles of optical fibers is a critical first step in ensuring the fibers function optimally. The sponge wiper’s ability to entrap and remove particles from the surface of the bundle reduces the risk of scratches and particle buildup between individual fibers, improving subsequent cleaning steps’ effectiveness. Its hydrophilic, non-abrasive structure makes it an ideal choice for critical cleaning applications. Its durability and long-lasting nature make it a cost-effective solution for optical network manufacturers.
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