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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Fiber Optics

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Telcom Corner Café Podcast:
  • Episode 1 - Optical Cable types; Optical Cable Designs; Cable environments; The demands that applications are putting on cables
  • 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
  • Episode 3 - Wrapping up current Fiber Optic Cable Type Discussions; What component is use to and connects fiber strands to Passive or active component with Physical Infrastructures; Mechanical/splice-on connectors; A Traditional Connector assembly method/option; The 4 most commonly used connector style types; Connector quality variations causes; Opening discussion about Loss and reflectance effect and impact of and related to connectors; Connector Acronyms
  • Episode 4 - The continuation of Connector types; Expanding to connector grades, polishes and the application they are used in; The effects that the design differences have on networks and applications, as well and their impact, survivability and characteristics in the environments they are installed in; The use of connector adapters/bulkheads
  • Episode 5 - Wet and Dry-cleaning industry options, why it important and what the impacts are
  • Episode 6 - Inspection
  • Episode 7 - OTDR's from an entry level perspective
  • Episode 8 - Next level of OTDR feature function, why, purpose, and application needs and requirements
  • Episode 9 - Continues the discussion on OTDR's details with a focus on the magnification/zoom in functions; what they provide, how they enhance, and the tremendous benefit they provide you
  • Episode 10 - OTDR Grab Bag and wrap up episode on the topic
  • Episode 11 - Discussion of optical Test Sets; setting them up, how to use them, and differences
  • Episode 12 - Final Episode which covers: VFL’s Visual Fault Locators, Fiber Optic Traffic Identifiers, Optical Loss Test Set’s and 1, 2 and 3 cord referencing, applications for, why and how.
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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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