Softing unveils XpertClean fiber-optic cleaning kits

Jan. 22, 2019
As a complete in-field solution for fiber-optic cable certification, network management, and troubleshooting, the Softing XpertClean fiber-optic cleaning kits include the company's CleanWash solvent pen, CleanMachine push-and-click cleaner for bulk cleaning, as well as its CleanSwabs and CleanStrips for hard-to-reach areas.

Softing Inc. has introduced its XpertClean line of fiber optic cleaning kits, complete with a cleaning process for fiber cable certifiers, IT managers, and network troubleshooters. The XpertClean kits come with cleaning essentials targeted for 2.5 mm ST, SC, and FC connectors, 1.25 mm LC connectors, and MPO fiber optic connectors. XpertClean kits contain the required fiber optic cleaning tools as part of a complete in-field solution when used with the Softing line of testers, including the WireXpert, NetXpert and FiberXpert models.

Per the company, "Fiber optic cleaning is always required before connecting and before testing a fiber optic cable. In the past, gathering the right set of cleaning supplies, and understanding their use, required time and research. Now, with Softing's XpertClean kits, fiber optic cleaning is bundled and easy. Kits include a CleanWash solvent pen, a CleanMachine push and click cleaner for bulk cleaning, CleanSwabs and CleanStrip for hard to reach areas. The XpertClean process saves you time cleaning and troubleshooting, resulting in clean fiber optic end faces and maximum network performance."

MPO connector basics and best practices

“Softing found that field technicians cleaning fiber optic cables ranged from non-existent to wiping the end face on a shirt before testing or troubleshooting,” says Deane Horn, Director of Marketing for Softing Inc. “Many people don’t realize, for example, that any method of dry rubbing creates a static charge, which attracts enough dust particles to make a fiber optic cable fail. Proper fiber cleaning is easy with the right tool set and can eliminate over 90% of fiber problems. The XpertClean process saves time in the field, and by snapping a picture of the clean end face, you can document your work, and leave a verification report for the customer.”

The XpertClean kits complement the Softing portfolio of measurement and test tools for fiber optic cables. The company's test tools for fiber include the WireXpert cable certifier, NetXpert XG cable tester and active network manager, and FiberXpert Tier 2 fiber optic troubleshooter.

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