Optical Fiber Splicing
Over the many years of service that MHD Communications has offered networking solutions throughout the Tampa Bay Area, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve our many customers. Each and every client we serve offers MHD Communications a unique opportunity to bring about a real change in their business growth and success. In accord with that fact, MHD Communications has discovered that as our clients grow so do we. With this practical growth philosophy in mind, MHD Communications brings to its customers Optical Fiber Technology.
Whether your needs are the highest quality core alignment single fusion splicing, high quality mass fusion ribbon splicing, single-mode or multi-mode cables, one way or bi-directional post splice OTDR testing, fiber reel testing, power loss testing or a complete comprehensive fiber network audit, MHD Communications has the expertise to professionally handle any and all of your fiber optic needs. With over twenty years of practical application, it goes without saying that our technical staff can handle all facets of this technology. Experts in OTDR and power loss testing, handling aerial and underground service, as well as hot cutovers to keep your business flow uninterrupted, our technicians use a ‘zero defects model’ when working for your business.
- Single Mode and Multi-Mode Fiber CablesMost ISP (inside plant) commercial applications use multi-mode fiber due to the shorter distances covered and the lower cost of its operational equipment. While virtually all OSP (outside plant) telephone, cable television and data/internet companies make use of single-mode fiber, because of its greater distance abilities and better overall performance. MHD Communications offers both single-mode and multi-mode fiber splicing.
- Single Fusion and Mass Fusion SplicingAlthough “Single Fusion” fiber splicing (utilizing the core alignment method) offers the absolute highest quality fusion splice available, very often fiber systems are designed allowing for the “Mass Fusion” (utilizing the profile or cladding alignment method) of 12 or 24 fiber ribbons. This method of fiber splicing offers the ability to splice a large number of fibers efficiently and dramatically quicker, while still maintaining high quality fiber splices. Whether the fiber is aerial (lashed or strapped to a high-tension strand) with existing overhead utilities cable, direct buried underground, or underground in conduit our technicians at MHD Communications are equipped and experienced to handle any scenario.
- Hot CutoversDuring times of emergencies or scheduling updates it may be necessary to perform a service cutover in a less than optimal environment and/or timeframe. Ensuring that your comm/data pipeline remains virtually undisturbed and operational, MHD Communications offers an array of tools and technologies that are virtually transparent to the client. These skills are the results of over twenty years of hands-on experience and expertise in fiber optic splicing and technical services.
- OTDR TestingPost splice fiber testing is accomplished utilizing an OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer). After a fiber run has been spliced it is important to check the splice loss and reflectance of each fusion splice. Technicians can do either single direction single wavelength or bi-directional dual wavelength OTDR shots. This type of fiber testing must be handled by skilled and seasoned technicians in order to pinpoint potential issues within a fiber network. MHD Communications technical troubleshooting staff are well aware of all possible degradation scenarios and are well versed in both the troubleshooting use as well as the post-splice testing use of the OTDR.
- OPGWA marvel in technology Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) offers a two-fold service to the communications field. First, the cable offers grounding capability when run between the tops of overhead power lines. The dual functionality of steel strands for strength and aluminum wires for conductivity brings about a perfect earth grounding synergy. Since the internal glass fibers are virtually unaffected by things such as induced current, transient voltage and electrical interference even up to the point of a lightning strike, placing single mode fiber within the OPGW’s sturdy conductive sheath is a perfect marriage. The distinctive challenges presented by the splicing of this type of cable can tax even the most seasoned technicians, so it is imperative that the expertise of the splicing crew be top notch. We, at MHD Communications, take pride in the fact that our splicing technicians have decades of experience and expertise in fiber optic splicing, testing, trouble-shooting and repairing as well as fiber network auditing.
- Mechanical SplicingThis form of fiber splicing is typically utilized in emergency “quick fix” situations where fusion splicing is not readily available. Mechanical fiber splicing, simply stated, takes two fiber strand ends and joins them together using either a mechanically actuated fastener, clamp or adhesive. The two ends are simply held together and not fused into a single connection. This type of splicing brings about a host of possibilities for signal loss including, unmatched core due to bad concentricity and signal flashing due to the fiber end not being precisely cleaved. Although these types of splices do work, they are of lesser quality and are very delicate. They are usually quickly replaced with the better performing and more permanent fusion type splice as soon as possible.
- Fiber Reel TestingIn order to ensure that a reel of fiber optic cable is free from degradation and or breaks it is prudent to test it. Typically, fiber reels are tested using a cam splice stand or a Divot bare fiber tester in conjunction with a fiber test box and an OTDR. It is a simple process to test the fiber reel. MHD Communications offers these testing services to all of our clientele and can immediately go onsite to test any fiber reel whether it be multi or single mode.
- Single Mode and Multi-Mode Fiber Cables
- Fiber Reel Testing
- Hot Cutovers
- OTDR Testing
- Single Fusion and Mass Fusion Splicing
- Mechanical Splicing