Environmental Stressors Are Real

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By Paul Neveux

Be Diligent About Your Optical Fiber Selections —

There are cables designed for every environment. One might argue there are too many options and that deciding between designs is not simple. Choosing a cable not only requires fiber type and count, but also confirming that the cable will last for the expected lifetime of the application.

Cables need to resist mechanical and environmental stresses both during the installation and where the cable is finally placed. Since installation is a significant portion of the overall cost of a cabling system, selecting the right cable mitigates expensive replacement costs.

Fiber optic cables face heat, cold, sun, rocks, critters, and even steam. Talk about needing a tough exterior! Learn which ones you need for your application.

Originally published on isemag.com December 1, 2020