Fiber Optic Cabinets, Cables, Pedestals and Terminals

By Jim Pilgrim


(Blue-Orange-Green, Brown, Slate, White, Red, Black, Yellow, Violet, Rose, Aqua)

We sure do have our own secret language, don’t we? (SC, LC, APC, UPC)

Talk to our friends or family about what we do in Telecom Code and you may get some eyes that cross (end-face geometry, insertion & return loss).

I was giving a tour of our manufacturing area a few days ago where my oldest daughter works. She was putting together some 288 count fiber panels. The fiber assembly had already been end-face checked and tested for IL and RL. While loading the terminated fiber cables into the panels, she was taking one last look at the end-faces. She found one small scratch and proceeded to hand polish and clean it.

Every time I’m in the office, which isn’t very often given my travel schedule, I go back into the production area to see what she is working on and for what customer. In this case she was assembling a large order of 288 patch panels for one of our Telephone Company customers in Iowa.

I am always impressed with the amount of craftsmanship and attention to detail I see back in production. If any of you reading this are ever in the Minneapolis-St Paul area I would love to give you a tour.

I will introduce you to my daughter (Jamie). We can all talk in Telecom Code and maybe show you a pit, scratch, or epoxy ring in the mode-field of a fiber end-face; and of course how we fix it.