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SYSTIMAX®

INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE

LESSON 5

SYSTIMAX FIBER OPTIC STII TERMINATION

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Table of Contents

ST II CONNECTOR INSTALLATION EZ METHOD ...................................................................... 1


General Information ........................................................................................................................... 1
Connectors ........................................................................................................................................... 1
Tool Kit ................................................................................................................................................. 2
Consumables ....................................................................................................................................... 3
ASSEMBLING ST II CONNECTORS ON 250-µM BUFFERED FIBER ........................................... 5
ASSEMBLING ST II CONNECTORS ON 900-µM BUFFERED FIBER ........................................... 7
ST Connector Installation 900-µm Buffered Fiber ....................................................................... 11
CLEAVING THE FIBER ....................................................................................................................... 13
POLISH CONNECTOR ENDS .............................................................................................................14
INSPECTION ......................................................................................................................................... 17
Repairs ................................................................................................................................................ 18
SUMMARY OF EZ POLISH PROCEDURES .................................................................................... 19

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ST II Connector Installation EZ Method


General Information

ST II connectors are available for multimode and singlemode


fibers. The standard connector assembly includes the
connector body (plug) with protective cap, crimp sleeves, and
boot assembly for single fiber cable and buffer support and cap
extender for buffered fiber.

CONNECTOR BUFFER SUPPORT BUFFER


BODY (BUFFERED FIBER) CAP

Connectors

Connectors are available for multimode and singlemode fibers.

Applicable Type End Face Buffer or Jacket Material ID


Connectors Mode Geometry Size (mm)
P2020C-Z MM Domed 0.9, 2.4, 3.0 700004328
P2021C-Z MM Domed 0.9 700004310
P3020A-Z SM Domed 0.9, 2.4, 3.0 700011067

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1032F1 Tool Kit (Material ID 700005929)

Contains the following tools and materials for assembly of


ST and SC Fiber Optic Connectors.

Kit Description Kit Description


Qty Qty
1 1510B Crimping Tool 1 Acrylic Polishing Plate
1 300B Microscope 1 Sheath Removal Tool (R-4366)
1 1510A1 Polishing Tool 1 Instruction Manual
12 600B Connector 15 Micro Clips (1043A)
Holders
1 700A Stripping Tool 12 1510C SC Connector Holders
1 1026A Heat-Strip Tool 1 Rubber Polishing Pad
2 971A Holder Blocks 1 1039A Cut-Length Template
1 975A Cleaving Tool 1 1039B Cut-Length Template
1 Scissors 1 Water Bottle
1 Alcohol Bottle 1 Magnifier

1032H Mini Tool Kit (Material ID 70005838)

Contains the following tools and materials for assembly of


LC, ST II and SC Fiber Optic Connectors. These items are
packed in a small soft case.

Kit Description Kit Description


Qty Qty
1 300B Microscope 1 LC & ST Microscope Adapter
2 LC Polishing Tools 1 Sheath Removal Tool (R-4366)
2 ST Polishing Tools 1 Magnifying Glass
12 ST Connector Holders 12 LC Connector Holders
15 Micro Clips (1043A) 12 1510C SC Connector Holders
1 Micro Stripping Tool 1 1039B Cut-Length Template
1 Polishing Plate 1 LC Cut-Length Template
1 975A Cleaving Tool 1 1039A Cut-Length Template
1 Scissors

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Consumables

Kit –C-UNIV-M-100 Multimode Consumable Kit (Material


ID 760006720)
Kit –C- UNIV-S -100 Singlemode Consumable Kit (Material
ID 760006738)
Each kit contains enough consumables to install approximately
100 ST/SC/LC connectors using the EZ method. They includes
the polishing papers, syringes and needles but no connectors.
Paper can be purchased separately.

Paper H. 25 sheet pack for polishing 100 connectors.


(Material ID 760066969)

Other required or optional materials are as follows:


• Reagent-grade isopropyl alcohol 91% or better (99.7%
recommended). The fluid must contain isopropyl alcohol
and water only.
• The D181755 kit (Material ID 70006117) contains PVC
buffer tubing that is used to individually buffer fibers if
OSP 250-µm before connectors can be mounted.
• Type F polishing Paper (For repairing Flaws) (Material
ID 700006695)

Adhesive and Primer Preparation

For the EZ installation, use the following Loctite products: -


• 648 Retaining Compound
• 7090 Solventless Primer
Adhesives may be purchased directly from SYSTIMAX using
Material ID 760000810 (Adhesive Kit) or purchased directly
from a Loctite distributor. Small bottles can also be ordered if
required to decant the materials. Loctite is a product
manufactured by Henkel. For a list of distributors worldwide
more information can be found at: - www.loctite.com
Safety
• Safety glasses should be worn at all times while performing
the installation procedures.
• Avoid skin contact with adhesive.
• Disconnected optical connectors may emit radiation if the
far end is coupled with a working laser or Light-Emitting
Diode (LED). Do not view the fiber end of a cable or plug
with an optical instrument until absolute verification is
established that the fiber is disconnected from any laser or
LED source.

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Assembling ST II Connectors on 250-µm Buffered Fiber

250-µm fiber is used in some OSP cables and if direct


termination is required, 900-µm tubing must be placed
over the 250-µm fiber. This is mandatory for the
installation to comply with SYSTIMAX standards.

1. With 250-µm fiber, expose sufficient length for the


patchpanel into which it is to be terminated and for the
connector installation. Typical length is approximately
24-36 inches. (0.6 to 0.9 meters)

2. Place the appropriate length of 900-µm buffered tubing


from the D-181755 Kit over the 250-µm fiber to be
stripped until they are aligned together at the end.

3. Slide the cap extender, small end first and the cable
support boot, onto the buffered fiber.

Buffered Buffer support


tubing

Fiber Buffer cap

4. 250-µm Buffered Fiber with 900-µm jacket. With the


Micro-strip handles open and the buffered tube aligned
with the end of the fiber, insert both fiber and buffer
tubing through the guide tube opening enough to allow
about (19 mm) 0.75 inch of buffer and fiber coating to be
removed. Close the handles and pull the buffer away
from the tool with a smooth motion. Pull the fiber from
the tool with one smooth motion, cleaning it afterwards
with a wipe dampened with isopropyl alcohol to remove
any residual coating.

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Assembling ST II Connectors on 250-µm Buffered Fiber (cont)

5. Set Aside Prepared Fibers−Place the prepared fiber into


the grooves of the 971A holder block (provided with the
tool kits).

6. The fiber is now ready for the installation and


termination of the connector. See page 11 onwards.

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Assembling ST II Connectors on 900-µm Buffered Fiber

900-µm Buffered Fiber Cable (Premises/Building)

1. Remove outer jacket using the R-4366 sheath removal


tool. Ring-cut the outer sheath the required distance
from the cable end and remove outer jacket. Typical
length is approximately 24 to 36 inches (0.6 to 0.9
meters).

IMPORTANT: Do not cut into fibers.

Note: The buffered fiber should be long enough to:


• Allow for placement into the patchpanel
• Allow for flexibility during the polishing process
• Prevent stress on the fiber during connector application.

R-4366 sheath removal tool−Ring-cut cable jacket.

2. Slide the cap extender, small end first and the cable
support boot, onto the buffered fiber.

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900-µm Buffered Fiber Cable (Premises/Building) (cont)

3. Measure and mark the buffered fiber (19mm) 0.75 inch


from the end and remove using the Micro-strip tool.

4. Pull the fiber from the tool with one smooth motion,
cleaning it afterwards with a wipe dampened with
isopropyl alcohol to remove any residual coating.

5. Place the prepared fiber into the grooves of the 971A


holder block (provided with the tool kits).

6. The fiber is now ready for the installation and


termination of the connector. See page 11 onwards.

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Adhesive and Primer Preparation

For the EZ installation method, use the following Loctite


products: -

• 648 Retaining Compound


• 7090 Solventless Primer
• 495 Superbonder
Adhesives may be purchased directly from SYSTIMAX using
Material ID 760000810 EZ Adhesive or purchased directly from
a Loctite distributor together with small bottles if required to
decant the materials.

1. Shake the bottle of adhesive vigorously. Remove the cap


from the bottle of adhesive and if the adhesive has not
been opened, cut tiny tip off end of nozzle.
Twist a syringe tip onto the nozzle making sure that it
fits snugly. Alternatively draw adhesive into a 3cc
syringe then twist on syringe tip.

2. Shake the bottle of primer vigorously. Twist a syringe


tip onto the nozzle or alternatively draw primer into a
3cc syringe then twist on a syringe tip.

Safety: - If syringe tips (blunts) have been twisted onto


the tops of the bottles, these will sit vertically on the work
surface and care should be taken that they do not become
a ‘stick’ hazard.

Note: Once the installation procedure has been


completed, any extra primer in the syringe may be
returned to the original bottle. However, the syringe tip
should be removed to avoid getting adhesive, which may
be on tip, mixed in with primer. It is not recommended
that the adhesive be returned to the bottles as this could
cause contamination!

Tip: If the small bottles of primer are used with a syringe tip
(blunt), if the bottle gets accidentally knocked over, no primer
is lost.

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Connector Installation

Connector–900-µm Buffered Fiber Assembly


1. Apply primer to (6mm) 0.25 inch of the buffer. Avoid
getting the primer on the fiber. If several connectors are
being terminated, it is recommended that all of the
buffers be primed before moving on to the next step.

2. Make sure that the hole in the connector tip is clear of any
foreign matter by inspecting it visually against the light.
Use music wire to clear the hole if necessary. Place a
clean wipe on the worktable and place a drop of primer
onto it. Wipe the end of the connector through the primer
once then insert the connector into the 600b holder.

3. Insert the adhesive via a syringe tip into the tube at the
back of the connector body ensuring it bottoms. Inject the
adhesive until a small bead forms on the tip of the ferrule.
This bead should cover at least one-half of the ferrule end
face. Slowly withdraw the syringe tip from the connector.

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Connector–900-µm Buffered Fiber Assembly (cont)

4. Immediately insert the fiber whilst rotating the connector


to allow the fiber to pass through the connector body
without hanging up. Ensure the buffer is completely
seated against the ceramic inside the connector body.

5. Slide the cable support boot onto the connector barrel


and rotate to allow for proper adhesive distribution.
Apply a drop Loctite Super Bonder to the threads of the
cap extender. Screw the cap extender into the back of the
connector housing.
Check the fiber is still seated and place a micro-clip on
the buffer support as shown.

6. Place the assembly in the 971A holder block and allow the
adhesive to cure for at least 1 minute.

7. The connector is now ready to be polished. See cleaving


and polishing procedures from page 13.

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Cleaving The Fiber

1. It is important that the connector is cleaned with


alcohol to ensure that all traces of primer and/ or
adhesive are removed. The adhesive is anaerobic and
cures by the exclusion of air. If the connector is put into
the polishing tool without cleaning there is a
possibility that it could stick rendering the tool and
connector useless.

2. Remove the 600B holder from the connector body.


Carefully wipe any uncured adhesive around the fiber
where it protrudes from the adhesive bead using the
edge of a wipe.

3. Using one stroke with the cleaving tool, score the fiber
close to the crest of the epoxy bead. Safety: - Ensure that
safety glasses are being worn for this operation. Gently
pull the exposed fiber off the end of the connector. If it
does not pull first time, re-score on the opposite side of
the fiber.

Cleaving tool
Fiber

Adhesive
primer bead

4. Ensure the scrap fiber is put into a ‘Sharps ‘bin or similar.

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Polish Connector Ends

Singlemode and Multimode Connectors

1. Items required for polishing are as follows: -

Isopropyl Alcohol
Lint free wipes
SC/ST 1510A puck
Type H polishing paper (Dark green)
Type E polishing paper (White) Singlemode only
Type F polishing paper (Light yellow) Repairs only
Glass or Perspex polishing plate.

Clean the polishing plate with alcohol and ensure the


polishing papers are clean.
Important: Foreign material can cause scratches on the
end face of the ferrule if the polishing plate or paper is
not properly cleaned.

2. Hold the Type H polishing paper (dull side down) over


the connector. Point the connector ferrule upward and,
using light figure-8 strokes, polish the cleaved end of the
fiber until it feels smooth.
Note: This will reduce the risk of breaking the fiber
during the first polishing.

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Polish Connector Ends (cont)

3. Carefully place the connector ferrule into the polishing


tool but do not push all the way through.

Connector
assembly

1510A
polishing
tool

4. Using light pressure, start to polish the connector on the


Type H paper using figure-8 strokes, allowing the
connector to gradually make contact with the paper until
all adhesive has been removed. A difference will be felt
once this has happened. When polishing smoothly,
remove the connector from the tool and clean the
connector with a wipe dampened with isopropyl alcohol.
The connector is now ready for inspection with a scope.

If the sheet is
divided into four
equal divisions,
each area will Type H
polish one polishing
connector paper

Plate

5. Start with a fresh area of the polishing paper for each


connector to be polished. Each sheet will polish 4
connectors.

No further polishing is required for multimode


connectors.

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Polish Connector Ends (cont)

Additional steps for singlemode connectors only

To achieve optimum return loss, place the Type E paper over a


sheet of Type H (green) polishing paper (glossy side down).
1. Add a small amount of water to the portion of the Type E
paper that will be the working area. Using the polishing
tool, work the water into the polishing paper.
2. Place the connector ferrule into the polishing tool and
polish the connector ferrule for 6 to 8 strokes; each stroke
should be approximately 2 inches (51 mm) in height.

Type E
polishing
paper
Type H paper
beneath Type E

Plate

WARNING: DO NOT exceed 15 strokes.


3. The connector is now ready for inspection.

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Inspection

Using Microscope to Inspect Fiber

1. Insert the connector tip into the bottom of the


microscope. Open the microscope barrels to illuminate
the connector tip, and use the side wheel to focus. A
high-intensity light may be used at the other end of the
fiber to illuminate the core area.
Caution: Do not use a laser or LED to illuminate the core
area for viewing.

The core may not necessarily illuminate if an adhesive


film or bead still exists on the connector end face.
2. Inspect the ends. An acceptable fiber end is free of cracks.
Voids or scratches must be avoided in the core area. If
the end is unacceptable it must be re-terminated.
3. If the connector is not to be used immediately, cover the
end with the protective cap.

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End Face Inspection for Connectors

Repairs

When the fiber is cracked or scratched in or near the core, the


ferrule in some instances can be repaired.

1. Place Type F paper over the paper polishing pad and the
rubber polishing pad. Type F polishing paper is available
by ordering Material ID 700006695. (5 pk) Add a small
amount of water to the portion of the paper that will be
the working area. Polish the connector for 20-40 strokes
or until the flaw has been removed. No further polishing
is required for multimode connectors.

2. For singlemode connectors, once the flaw has been


nd
removed, repeat the 2 polish described on Page 16 for
Singlemode Connectors.

3. Snap the connector grip onto the polished assembly and


cover the end of the connector with the protective cap.
This completes the procedure.

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Summary of EZ Polish Procedures For STII & STII+ Connectors


ST II Connector Polishing Guide

Table 1.
1st Polish 2nd Polish Repairs
Product P2020C-Z P3020A-Z P3020A-Z P2020C-Z P3020A-Z
Code
Ferrule
Type MM SM SM MM SM
(Zirconia)
End Face
Geometry Domed Domed Domed Domed Domed
Pad Type None None H Type H paper Type H paper
Paper H H E over H F over Type H F over Type H
Type
Polishing None None Distilled Distilled water Distilled water
Solution water
Polishing Remove Remove 8 strokes Until flaw is Until flaw is
Time or all all removed (40 removed (40
Number of adhesive adhesive strokes max) strokes max),
Strokes then E over Type
H pad, 8 strokes

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