Best Practice Bulletins

As technology evolves, standards are not keeping up. They can take 5 years (or more!) to develop! Many technicians in the field could benefit from easy access to information in a format that works well on a phone or tablet. Best Practice Bulletins (BPB) can help fill these gaps. BPBs are an easy to understand application-specific document that you can view in an easy to understand format. While training is always needed, a refresher on your phone could mean the difference between success or failure!

Check out the full Best Practices Bulltetins presentation by ETA Executive Board member Bill Woodward, FOD, for a more in-depth overview.

1/26/16 Cleaning MIL-DTL-38999 Connectors - courtesy of Brian Teague and Microcare
5/18/17 Maintaining Cleanliness of High Density Connectors - courtesy of Brian Teague and Microcare
8/28/18 3 major Issues with Duplex LC Connector style Cleaners - courtesy of Brian Teague and Microcare
8/31/18 Cleaning MPO Connectors With A Cassette Cleaner - courtesy of Brian Teague and Microcare
12/11/18 Best Practices for Maintaining & Cleaning Fiber Optic Connectors - courtesy of Brian Teague and Microcare
1/5/19 Best Practice for Visually Trouble Shooting Fiber Optic Connectors - courtesy of Brian Teague and Microcare
2/26/20 Best Practice for Cleaning FC/APC Connectors - courtesy of Brian Teague and Senko
2/26/20 Best Practice for Cleaning MIL ST and MIL PRF 29504/14 Terminus - courtesy of Brian Teague and Senko
4/30/20 Importance of Having a VFL (Visual Fault Locator) - courtesy of Brian Teague and Senko
6/5/20 Cleaning & Inspection Training - courtesy of Brian Teague and Senko


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  • Episode 2 - 4 types of cable designs; Distribution and Breakout styles used in the Premise/enterprise side of the industry and are commonly connectorized; Loose Tube and Uni-tube/central core cables used in the Outside Plant side of the industry which are commonly fusion spliced together and terminated by splicing pigtails on/to the fibers.
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Photonics and Precision Optics

Employment Resources
Reference & Training Materials
SPIE publications in their “Field Guide” series. They are mainly aimed at engineers, but they could be useful to technicians also:
SPIE open access self-study resources: Fundamentals of Photonics, 10 tutorial modules written by experts, part of a project funded by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) and the Scientific and Technological Education in Optics and Photonics (STEP), and supported by SPIE and other organizations.
Optipedia, a collection of encyclopedic articles on key topics in optics and photonics. Text, equations, and graphs were originally published in SPIE Press books.


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