Splicing Fiber Optic Cable is Mechanically Achievable

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What does Splicing Fiber Optic cable mean?

Splicing Fiber Optic cable is the process that joins two or more fibers.

This can be either permanent or temporary.

While there are other methods of connecting fibers, splicing fiber cable is largely preferred because of its consistent low-loss results.

Technicians who are involved in telecommunication fields must learn the technique of fiber splicing to be able to connect different fibers.

Basically, there are two ways of splicing fibers being fusion or mechanical splicing.

see below for images of each

  • Fusion Splicing
open Y90 fusion splicer
Splicing fiber optic cable showing electrodes

splicing fiber optic cable – Fusion

vs: -splicing fiber optic cable – Mechanical

  • Mechanical Splce
    Mechanical Splice

Splicing Fiber Optic Cable – Mechanically

While both methods are known for connecting fibers perfectly, they differ in procedures, cost, and overall performance.

The objective of both methods is to develop a secure connection between fibers.

This will ensure that the optical signals travel between the fibers effortlessly and with minimal loss and reflection.

The fusion and mechanical splicing process are not the same. They use different mechanisms to achieve a secure connection.

In this post, we will talk about the process, purpose, and benefits of the mechanical splicing process. Read on.

Splicing Fiber Optic Cable

In the fusion splicing process, operators align and weld the fibers either manually or automatically.

The mechanical splicing process closely resembles fusion welding but does not require heating or welding.

Essentially, mechanical splicing positions and aligns two or more fibers so their ends are perpendicular to the fiber axis.

The index matching gel in the mechanical splice transfers light from one fiber to another. This gel is specially designed to enhance and fortify the connection between fibers while reducing back reflection.

Now, let’s explore the advantages of using the mechanical splicing procedure over fusion splicing.


Benefits of a Mechanical Splice

Depending on your industrial requirements, both the fusion splice and or the mechanical splice can prove beneficial.

Here we have listed the top benefits of the mechanical splicing technique.

  • A Fiber cleaver, as well as a fiber stripper, are the only items needed to carry out the mechanical fiber optic splicing process. In fact, most of the mechanical splices need only these two tools to join the fibers.
  • There is no power supply needed for the mechanical splice to run and carry out the fusion process.
  • Mechanical splices are specifically known for quick performance. It joins the fibers within minutes. While they might not be suitable for companies that require a permanent fiber optic cable solution, they can be of great use for temporary connection requirements.
  • Mechanical splices can join the fibers in situations where using the fusion splicing technique is nearly impossible.
  • The machine and overall cost of the procedure are far less than fusion splicing (which can cost anywhere up to $15,000 and onwards). The initial cost of the mechanical splice is approximately $1,000 to $3,000. Which is mainly for the cleave tool.
y17 Cleave Tool
Splicing Fiber Optic Cable
Cleave tool



Mechanical splicing doesn’t require a costly investment in tools.

Therefore, they offer a cost-effective solution for technicians.

They are simple to install with minimal losses, providing a great alternative in the splicing market.


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Fusion VS Mechanical Splicing

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