If you have ever worked on fiber optics, you know the correct tool means all the difference in the world. You must rely on the proper fiber optic tools to quickly complete the job. So many tools are available, and choosing the correct one can be an issue. Do you have any experience with them? When should certain fiber optic tools be used? Almost every aspect of fiber optic installation requires specialized tools, for example, strippers, Cutting, and scissors come in many shapes and sizes, each serving a different purpose. Let me explain the details of several commonly used fiber stripper types as follows!
Fiber & Cable Stripper for Fiber Tools
1. FOS03 Fiber strippers remove the coating from the fiber optic cable to expose the glass fiber. Also known as optical fiber cable strippers, they hold cable within a slot, squeeze their jaws to press through the coating, and slide the coating off the end of the cable. Sharp-edged slots in the jaws are sized to strip either the jacket, the primary coating, or the secondary coating.
2. CFS-2 Fiber Cable Cutting Scissors the three-hole optical fiber cable cutting scissors uses a three-hole segmented stripper, which is small in size, light in weight, easy to operate, flat incision, and easy to carry. CFS-2 fiber cable cutting scissors are used to strip 125m optical fiber and 250m cladding, the second hole can strip the outer sheath of the pigtail; the design can be used without adjustment and can quickly and accurately strip 2-3mm, 900m to 250m, 250m to 250m 125m optical fiber without damaging the optical fiber; CFS-2 fiber cable cutting scissors is used to stripping 125m optical fiber and 250m cladding, the second hole can strip the outer sheath of the pigtail.
How should optical fiber stripper be used? There are only three steps:
First, strip the outer sheath of the optical fiber with optical fiber strippers; remove the stripped outer sheath of the optical fiber; and finally, cut the exposed aramid fiber with cable-cutting scissors.
3. RCS-0425 fiber cable stripper is a fiber optic tool that can cut a round table with a diameter of 25mm or more around the insulation layer. The cutting depth can be varied up to a maximum of 5mm. It can be used for cutting the insulation layer of general circular optical cables such as communication cables, low voltage cables (PVC insulation layer), medium voltage cables (PVC insulation layer), and optical cables.
To operate the tool, place the spring-loaded handle on the end of the cable and adjust the blade depth to the desired cutting depth by rotating the nerve head. Place the RCS on the wire at the desired stripped length and make a radial cut around the cable. Then pull up the collar of the tool to set the blade at an angle. Then slowly turn the tool in a spiral pattern and cut off the end of the cable. Use your fingers or needle-nose pliers to remove the coat. Sheath material can be removed cleanly and efficiently. This helical cutting action is also ideal for midspan sheath removal.
4. ACS Armored Cable Slitter is a professional-grade cable slitter ideal for slitting corrugated copper, steel, or aluminum armor on fiber optic feeders, center tubes, stranded loose tube fiber optic cables, and other armored cables. The tool slits the polyethylene outer sheath and armor in one pass and can perform longitudinal and circumferential (circumferential) slitting of end strippers. The blade rotates 9° by activating the lever, allowing easy mid-span preparation (ringing and slitting).
Follow steps 1-6 for cable with internal or external strength members. (LONGITUDINAL CUT)
①Loosen black thumb knob“A” completely, and rotate the blade assembly to the longitudinal position. (the picture shows the blade set for radial cut).
②Place cable in tool opening. Adjust the roller with the yellow thumb knob“B” for a snug fit.
③Tighten the black thumb knob down to position the blade for longitudinal cuts.
④Pull the tool down the length of the cable to be stripped. If working on an external strength member cable with a “lay,” the tool will follow the hardened strength members and slightly spiral down the cable. Allow the tool to follow the strength member.
⑤Loosen the black thumb knob and rotate the tool 180° about the cable. Te-tighten the black knob and perform the second longitudinal cut.
⑥The cable is now ready to be split open with pliers or screwdriver and trimmed. Stop at step 6 for cables with external strength members.
5. Coaxial Buffer Tube Fiber strippers are available in four models, 45-162, 45-163, 45-164, and 45-165 coaxial cable jacket strippers.
- 45-162 Buffer Tube Coaxial Cable Stripper is an ideal removal tool for optical fiber loose casing horizontally and can be applied for indoor optical cable sheath removal. The applicable diameter is 0 – 3.2mm. Adjustable blade depth to make sure it does not hurt optical fiber. It can be transverse cutting and can also be longitudinal cutting. It is more practical and durable.
- 45-163 Buffer Tube Coaxial Cable Stripper with adjustable blades can be set for any depth to help assure nick-free jacket entry. Can easily cut cable skins of diameter 3.2 – 5.6mm. Loose tube fiber demands a precision tool capable of cutting different buffer tube diameters without nicking the enclosed fiber. Suitable for indoor bundle cable sheath, strip cable, loose tube, and CATV micro coaxial cable, easy to cut and save time and effort. The coaxial stripper has three straight blades and one arc blade. The blade is sharp and supports transverse ring cutting and longitudinal slide cutting.
- 45-164 Buffer Tube Coaxial Cable Stripper is an ideal tool for cutting and stripping loose fiber optic tubes vertically and horizontally. The applicable diameter is 6.4 – 14.3mm. The blade depth is adjustable to avoid damage to the fiber. Two straight horizontal blades and one longitudinal round blade can cut horizontally or slide vertically. Lightweight, small in size, and easy to operate. Suitable for twisted pairs, tightly twisted pairs, CATV cables, CB antenna cables, SO/SJ/SJT, and other power cables.
- 45-165 Buffer Tube Coaxial Cable Stripper is suitable for stripping cable sheaths with diameters from 4.8mm to 7.9mm. Includes three straight-edge cutters and one arc blade cutter. The blade’s cutting depth can be set freely, ensuring safe outer skin peeling without damaging the core, and is suitable for cables of different diameters and thicknesses. It can be cut horizontally or vertically. Suitable for indoor dendritic cable sheath, ribbon cable loose tube, and CATV micro coaxial cable. Small in size and easy to carry. It comes with a spare sipe to avoid losing spare blades. A rebound device can automatically restore the original state after use.
- Measure the outer insulation thickness of the coaxial cable to be tripped.
- Set shallow blade depth to cut through outer insulation.
- Measure the distance from O.D. To the inside conductor.
- Set deep blade depth to cut to the conductor
- Place cable into the open cutting head and release spring tension.
- Rotate the cable stripper in a circular motion until it cuts cleanly through to the conductor,
- Remove slugs and make a crimp connection.
- MSAT Mid-Span Access Tool quickly and easily accesses fibers buffer tubes in a mid-span location without fiber damage.
6. MSAT Mid-Span Access Tool provides quick and easy access to fiber in 2mm, 2.5mm, and 3mm buffer tubes at the midspan without damaging the fiber. The tool design incorporates a buffer tube size gauge integrated into the tool body to select the proper tube separation channel easily. All blades are factory installed in pipe-cutting media and require no adjustments by the installer.
7. MSAT 5 Mid-Span Access Tool is designed to easily access fibers of multiple buffer tube sizes without adjustments or die changes. Unlike most access tools which slit the butter tube to access the fiber, the MSAT-5 accesses the fiber by shaving a window into the buffer, allowing for safe and easy access to the thread. The MSAT-5 is manufactured of high-density polymer and designed to access multiple loose tube buffer sizes with no adjustment. With 5 stripping channels ranging in size from 1.9 to 3 mm, the MSAT-5 offers unique versatility and value not available in other tools.
Selecting the correct stripping size
Ensuring the tool is closed, with its intuitive design, the MSAT-5 invites the user first to select the correct stripping channel using the sizing slots on the tool’s face or top.
Starting with the smallest channel number 5, find the correct slot where the tube is fully seated.
Access the fiber
Once the correct size has been determined, it’s time to delete the buffer.
To open, hold the tool so the set screw and shaving notch are facing up and the sizing gap is now facing away from you.
Push the protruding locking tab from left to right, and the tool’s lower jaw will release.
Place the buffered fiber into the channel corresponding to the preselected size notch and close the tool.
Grasp the handle of the tool and slide the tool along the tube with slow and steady pressure.
During shaving, the residual buffer will drain through the slot at the top of the tool.
Once the desired strip length is, cut the shaved buffer tube from the strip channel using a Miller 9150 Diagonal Cutter.
The peeling process is completed by opening the tool by pushing the protruding locking tab from left to right.
Choice of Fiber Strippers, Fiber Cable Cutting Scissors, and Fiber Cable Strippers
Believe you that based on the above extensive introduction to the three major categories of fiber optic tools: fiber strippers, fiber cable cutting scissors, and fiber cable strippers, everyone should know when to use which fiber optic tools:
- When splicing optical fibers, use a fiber stripper to remove the tightly wrapped fiber.
- When the aramid fiber in the optical cable is spliced, use fiber cable cutting scissors to cut it off.
- When cutting the outer optical cable, use a fiber cable stripper to peel off the loose insulation layers, such as the central tube and PE/PVC outer sheath.
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