Cleaning Military Fiber Optic Connectors
This is a detailed, 25-page PowerPoint about the unique cleaning issues associated with military fiber optic connectors. It offers a very cogent explanation of the sources of contamination on fiber end-faces, and in particular the problems with cross-contamination. It explains, with microphotographs, the method by which click-to-clean tools work and highlights differences between inferior cleaning tools and high-quality cleaning tools. The presentation also explains the optimal circumstances under which a field tech should use a clicker tool versus using a cleaning stick/swab. There is specific guidance for cleaning MIL 29504/5 sockets and MT termini, which are very tricky to clean properly. Lastly, there is a very thorough discussion of the problems with using IPA alcohol on end-faces. This presentation was presented at the JAVFOWG conference. JSWAG/JAvFOWG is a technical group established and chartered by NAVAIR and the Air Force with support from the Army, Coast Guard, NASA and NATO allies.