Mechanical vs. Fusion Fiber Optics Splicing

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As you can guess from our name, we at Airo Splicing, LLC, specialize in fiber optics splicing. Many people rely on fiber optic cable for their internet connectivity, but few understand how it works. To help expand your knowledge at least a little, in this article, our team at Airo Splicing, LLC will be going over more about what fiber optics splicing is, as well as its two main types.

Mechanical vs. Fusion Fiber Optics Splicing

  • What Is Splicing? Simply put, fiber optics splicing is a method of joining two fiber optic cables together. There are a number of ways to join fiber optic cables, but splicing is one of the fastest methods and is usually preferred in the field for this reason. Fiber optic splicing is done using one of two main methods: mechanical and fusion splicing.
  • Mechanical Splicing. In mechanical fiber optic splicing, two fiber optic cables are not actually joined, but are instead held precisely together so that light can travel from one end to the other, allowing information transmission to continue. To align the cables properly and keep them in place permanently, adhesive or snap covers are used. This method is an easy and convenient way to make quick repairs, but the results won’t last as long as those of fusion splicing.
  • Fusion Splicing. Fusion fiber optic splicing, as you can probably figure out, physically fuses the two cables together, joining them permanently. We at Airo Splicing, LLC, use specialized splicer machines that precisely align the target cables, then use heat to melt the bare ends and fuse them together, similar to welding metal. Not only does this method produce longer-lasting results, it also makes for less light loss across the two cables.