Fiber Contamination, Cleaning and Inspection. Introduction.

Despite industry best practice of inspecting and cleaning fiber optic endfaces, contaminated connections remain the number one cause of fiber related problems and test failures in data centers, campus and other enterprise or telecom networking environments.

Even when users think they have properly cleaned the fiber, every connector endface either field terminated or factory terminated should always be inspected before connecting to a component or piece of equipment. This document covers the tools and techniques for inspection and cleaning of fiber end faces.