Fiber-optic cabling is used in many low-voltage applications today thanks to its many operational benefits. Yet misconceptions are still rampant about fiber installation and testing, according to Brian Prusinski, director of sales at West Penn Wire, one of the leading manufacturing companies of low-voltage cabling and interconnecting in the electronics industry.
“There are still myths out there that fiber is too expensive, delicate, difficult to pull, it’s susceptible to breakage like other glass objects, and it’s near impossible to terminate in the field. Let’s bust these myths,” Prusinski said during a March 31 Fire-Lite Alarms webinar titled “Myth Busting Fiber-Optic Cabling and Termination.”
Almost 70 percent of the webinar’s participants reported that their businesses barely work with fiber, and many before the presentation thought fiber should be left to fiber specialists. Following the webinar and Prusinki’s record-straightening discussion of common fiber misconceptions, many left with an enhanced understanding of fiber-optic cabling.
“With unlimited bandwidth, maximum security, a low profile and ease of termination, fiber optics is among the most viable interconnecting solutions available,” said Prusinski. “Fiber-optic interconnecting technology will continue to grow, and end-user awareness will drive the need to provide it. Manufacturing companies such as Fire-Lite and West Penn are committed to fiber optics, and will continue to develop fiber products, service and support.”
Let’s check out the benefits of fiber-optic cabled systems. They are:
- Extremely durable: Their tensile strength is greater than steel.
- Low-profile: Each strand of fiber is smaller than a human hair.
- Nonconductive: These systems are immune to lightning, ground faults and power surges.
- “Unlimited” in bandwidth: The longest transmission line to date is 9,000 miles, and a single optical fiber can carry 3 million voice calls.
- Secure: Unlike copper, fiber systems are “hack proof.” Fiber offers the highest level of security.
What’s more, Prusinski addressed the myth that fiber termination should be left for specialists. In the past, users needed to strip, measure, cut and polish the end of the cable. However, now there are specialized tools and kits that eliminate a lot of this hands-on work.
This is only a sample of what Prusinski explored during the Fire-Lite Alarms webinar. Click here to check out the webinar in full.
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Elizabeth Richards is the Manager of Communications for Fire-Lite Alarms, Honeywell Power and Silent Knight. Liz joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2003 and is responsible for the communications, collateral, messaging, and events for all three brands.