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January 1994
Issue 1,  34-7035-4458-4

Fibrlok

 II 2529

Universal Optical Fiber Splice

Instructions


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Contents:

1.0

General ............................................................................................................................................... 3

2.0

Splicing Set-up ................................................................................................................................... 4

3.0

Fiber Preparation ................................................................................................................................ 5

4.0

Splice Assembly ................................................................................................................................. 6

5.0

Fiber Repositioning ............................................................................................................................ 8

6.0

Fiber Organization and Splice Storage .............................................................................................. 9

7.0

Splicing Accessories ........................................................................................................................... 11


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1.0

General

1.01

The 3M brand Fibrlok

 

II 2529 Universal Optical Fiber Splice provides permanent mechanical splices for

single- or multimode fiber having 125  m diameter cladding.  The Fibrlok

 

II 2529 Universal Splice is

designed to accommodate any combination of fibers with coating diameters from 250  m to 900  m.

1.02

All Fibrlok

 

II 2529 Universal Optical Fiber Splices are gray in

color and are marked with the 3M Fibrlok

 

II logo on the splice

cap.

Jacket

Cap

End Plug

(each end)

Fiber Entry Port

(each end)

1.50" (38.1 mm)

.150"

(3.8 mm)

0.250"

(6.4 mm)

1.03

Fibrlok

 

 2501 Assembly Tool

Fiber Alignment

Guides (2)

Toggle Arm

Fiber Retention

Pad

Splice Holding

Cradle

Mounting Holes

(4)

Base

Toggle Arm

Fiber Retention

Pad

Fiber Cleave

Length Gauge (both

ends of tool)

Finger Cutout

Instruction Label

(2)

Pivoted Handle

(shown open)


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1.04

Tools and Materials Required are as follows:
• Fibrlok

™ 

 2500 or 2501 Assembly Tool

• Plastic Coating (Buffer) Stripper
• Reagent Grade Isopropyl Alcohol
• Lint-free Wipes
• Cleaver
• Fibrlok 2505 Assembly Tool
   Mounting Adaptor (optional)
• Fibrlok

 

II Video Instruction Tape (optional)

• Tool Kit (optional)

1.05

Some Compatible Organizers are:
• 3M 2118,  3M 2524,  3M 2672
• AT&T  UC-SS/M1
• GTE Part 910470 0000,  910470 1000
• Siecor M67-070
• Keptel LightLink

Others compatible with minor modifications:
• DiTel UST 3000,  UST 3010,  UST 3500
• AT&T  846 280 626,  846 280 634,

 846 280 642,  846 280 659

• Raychem FOSC 100/TK

2.0

Splicing Set-Up

2.01

The splicing area should be clean, dry and well-lighted.
A clean, well-organized splicing area will improve splice
efficiency and minimize the risk of contamination of fibers or
splices.

2.02

Open the buffer tubes, expose and clean the fibers per your
company practice.

Note:

Storage, use and disposal of isopropyl alcohol should be
per your company health, safety and environmental
instructions.   Refer to solvent label or Material Safety
Data Sheet.

2.03

See Section 6.0 for recommended procedures for fiber
organization and splice storage.

2.04

Remove Fibrlok splice from protective package.  Load the
splice into the assembly tool by pressing firmly at the ends of
the splice.

Note:

Carefully follow health, safety and environmental
information on Fibrlok II Splice label or Material Safety
Data Sheet.


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2.05

If using the Fibrlok 2501 Assembly Tool, rotate the toggle
arms for the appropriate fiber size.

Inward – 250  m

Outward – 900  m

3.0

Fiber Preparation

3.01

Remove the minimum length of fiber required to prepare and
splice the fibers.

3.02

Strip approximately 1 to 2 inches (25 mm to 51 mm) of
plastic coating from the fiber using a mechanical stripper.

Note:

The stripper should be in good operating condition to
prevent scratches or other damage to the glass cladding.

3.03

Clean the bare glass by pulling the fiber through an alcohol
soaked lint-free wipe.  This will remove any fragments or dirt
remaining on the fiber.

Note:

Do not wipe the fibers more than two times, and limit the
time that the bare fiber is exposed to the atmosphere.

Note:

Carefully follow health, safety and environmental
information on container label or Material Data Sheet for
isopropyl alcohol being used.

3.04

Cleave fiber to 12.5 mm 

0.5 mm  (0.492 

0.020 inches).

Important: The Fibrlok

 

II 2529 Universal Splice uses a cleave length   of

12.5 mm 

0.5 mm  (0.492 

0.020 inches) for both 250  m and

900  m coated fibers.

Note:

The cleaver should be in good operating condition and used
in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.   It is
recommended that the cleaver provide a consistent cleave-
to-coating length within 

0.5 mm.   In addition, standard

cleavers should produce cleaved ends within 2

 of

perpendicular and free of major defects.   Cleavers
specifically designed to produce controlled, angled cleaves
of greater than 2

 may also be used with the Fibrlok

™ 

II

Optical Splice.

1" to 2" (25 mm - 51 mm)

(depending on cleaver)


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3.05

Check the cleave length using the 12.5 mm cleave length
gauges on the Fibrlok Assembly Tool.  Adjust the cleaver to
provide the prescribed cleave lengths.  Check cleave lengths
periodically during subsequent splicing operations.

Note:

 Do not allow cleaved end to contact tool.   Do not clean
the fibers again after they have been cleaved.

4.0

Splice Assembly

4.01

Push the fiber down into the fiber retention pad on the proper
side of the splice.

Note:

Hold the coated portion of  the fiber ONLY.  Do not allow
the cleaved end to contact any surface before insertion
into the splice.

4.02

Grasp the coated fiber about .25 inches (6 mm) from the bare
glass and move the fiber end onto the fiber alignment guide
on the assembly tool such that the end is resting on the
alignment guide outside of the splice.

Note:

When splicing 250  m to 900  m coated fiber, always
insert the 250  m coated fiber first.

Note:

Fiber should be placed in the retention pad and inserted
into the splice immediately following cleaning to
minimize exposure to the atmosphere and reduce the risk
of contamination.

Note:

Push fiber  straight  into fiber alignment guide,

 NOT  AT  AN  ANGLE.

250 

µ

m 900 

µ

m

250 

µ

m : 12.5 mm

900 

µ

m : 12.5 mm

900 

µ

m : 14.0 mm


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4.03

Gently continue pushing the fiber into the splice until
resistance is felt.  When fully inserted, the first fiber should be
straight or have a slight bow – up to .1 inch (3 mm).

Note:

If properly inserted, bare glass should not be visible
outside of splice.  If bare glass is visible, pull back slightly
on fiber and continue insertion until resistance is met.
Never fully remove fibers from splice after initial
insertion.  Do not pull on fiber after it has been properly
inserted.

4.04

Prepare second fiber (strip, clean and cleave) as described in
Section 3.

4.05

Lay fiber into foam retention pad and begin to insert the fiber
end into the splice, as in 4.01 and 4.02.

4.06

Gently push the second fiber in small increments straight
through the alignment guide into the fiber entry port.  As the
coating of the second fiber enters the fiber entry port, watch
for the bow in the first fiber to increase.  This occurs when the
end face of the second fiber contacts the first fiber and pushes
the first fiber slightly back out of the splice.  Continue gently
pushing the second fiber until it meets resistance.

4.07

Following proper insertion, the second fiber will be
approximately straight, but may have up to a .1 inch (3 mm)
maximum bow.   At this point, the first fiber will have a larger
bow than the second fiber and larger than it had initially.

4.08

Push the first fiber back against the second fiber until there
are equal bows in both fibers.

Note:

Do not  pull on either of the fibers following
establishment of the bows in the first and second fibers.
The fiber ends must be held together by the compressive
forces induced by the bows to produce a low loss splice.

If fiber bows are NOT observed to move as described,
repeat steps 4.02 – 4.07 of Splice Assembly but DO NOT
fully remove fibers from the splice.  If bow movement is
still not observed, remove fibers, strip, clean and re-
cleave, checking for proper cleave length.  Re-splice per
splicing procedure using a new splice.

Do not attempt to "tune" or optimize the splice as this
may result in higher splice loss.  The Fibrlok

™ 

II Splice is

not designed to be "tuned."  Fiber alignment does not
occur until the splice is activated.


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4.09

Pivot the handle of the Fibrlok Assembly Tool down until it
contacts the cap of the Fibrlok Splice.  Squeeze the handle of
the assembly tool as shown in order to close cap and
actuate the splice.  When possible, secure the tool to a
work surface for added support. 
  A snap sound will be
heard when the splice is actuated.

4.10

Remove the Fibrlok Splice from the assembly tool by first
removing the fibers from the foam retention pads and then
lifting the splice from the splice holding cradle.

Note:

In the event a splice must be refabricated, simply cut the
fibers at each end of the splice (this will remove 1-1/2" of
fiber from the loop) and re-splice per instructions.  Splice
fabrication will require a new splice and a length of 2
inches on each fiber.

DO NOT REMOVE FIBERS AND RE-USE FIBRLOK SPLICES.

5.0

Fiber Repositioning

5.01

If high loss is observed after splice has been actuated, it is
possible that the fiber ends are separated.  In this case, lift the
splice cap and reposition fiber ends, as instructed below.

NOTE:

DO NOT COMPLETELY REMOVE FIBERS FROM
FIBRLOK SPLICES.

5.02

While the splice is in the splice holding cradle, insert the short
prongs of the Fibrlok II Splice Cap Lifter into the two holes
on the side of the splice.  The cap lifter will be at an angle to
the splice.  The long prongs will be resting against the top of
the splice cap.

5.03

Slide the bottom of the cap lifter inward until it is in a vertical
position, lifting the splice slightly out of the cradle.


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5.04

Hold the cap lifter in place with one hand and push down on
the ends of the splice with the other hand.  This action should
reseat the splice into the holding cradle and lift the cap at the
same time.

5.05

Repeat fiber centering and splice actuation (See step 4.06 –
4.09.)  If after two attempts an acceptable splice loss is not
obtained, remove fiber, strip, clean and re-cleave.  Re-splice
using a new splice.

6.0

Fiber Organization and Splice Storage

6.01

When storing fiber slack in a splice tray, the spliced fiber ends
will twist one full turn for each full loop of fiber being stored.
This rotation places stress on the fibers.  This rotational stress
makes fiber organization more difficult and may affect fiber/
splice performance, particularly in 900  m coated fibers.  The
stiffness of the 900  m fiber does not distribute this stress in
the same manner as 250  m coated fiber.  The following
procedure is strongly recommended when splicing 900  m
coated fibers and will improve fiber organization when
splicing all fiber types.

6.02

Secure the buffer tubes of the fibers to be spliced to the tray
so that the fibers are free to rotate through the point of
attachment.

6.03

Select the first two fibers to be spliced and lay them into the
tray.  Trim the fibers so they are the right length for splicing
plus approximately 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) for fiber end
preparation.

6.04

Place the splice assembly tool close to or on top of the splice
tray.  Match the orientation of the tool to that of the splice
holder or tray whenever possible.


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6.05

Remove the minimum amount of fiber required for fiber
preparation and splicing.  Remove less than one loop if
possible.

6.06

Prepare fibers and complete splice as described in Section 3
and 4.

6.07

Carefully lay the splice on top of the holder without securing
the splice into the holder.

6.08

For 250 to 250  m and 900 to 900  m splices:

a. Store the shorter of the two fibers in the tray.
b. Observe how the splice lays in its relaxed state.  Rotate the

splice through the smallest possible angle to install it in the
tray.

c. Store the second fiber.

6.09

For 250 to 900  m splices:

a. Store the 900  m fiber first.
b. Grasping the splice by the 900  m fiber, observe how the

splice lays in its relaxed state.   Rotate the splice through
the smallest possible angle to install it in the tray.

c. Store the 250  m fiber.


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7.0

Splicing Accessories

7.01

The 3M Fibrlok

 2524 Splice Organizer Tray holds up to 24

Fibrlok Splices and provides superior fiber and splice
organization.  Easily installed, the tray will accommodate up
to eight buffer tubes holding up to 48 fibers (250  m or 900

m coated fibers) and can be adapted for fusion splice

storage.

7.02

The  2524 Splice Tray fits and mounts into the 3M 2177 Fiber
Optic Splice Closure, the 3M 2178 Fiber Optic Splice Case
and the 3M 2190 PST Fiber Optic Splice Closure.  It is also
compatible with a variety of non-3M closures.

7.03

The 3M Fibrlok

 2505 Assembly Tool Mounting Adapter

permits mounting of the Fibrlok Assembly Tool on standard
3M MS

2

 Splicing Rigs, conventional camera-type tripods,

and other standard telco splicing rig components.  The 2505
Mounting Adapter provides the ability to mount the Fibrlok
Assembly Tool on a variety of surfaces, and in any
orientation, for splicing in difficult locations such as
manholes, aerial splice points, pedestals and distribution
frames.

7.04

3M Fiber Preparation Kits provide all the tools necessary for
the assembly of the Fibrlok Splice.  Fiber Splice Preparation
Kits are available in a variety of combinations with or without
the Fibrlok Assembly Tool and/or cleaving tool.

Fiber Splice Preparation Kits:

                    3M Stock Number

#2530 Kit with all components listed below and Thomas & Betts Cleave Tool ..................... 80-6104-5390-6
#2531 Kit with all components listed below ............................................................................ 80-6104-5317-9
#2533 Kit with all components listed below excluding Fibrlok Assembly Tool ..................... 80-6104-5319-5

Splice Kits Components Listing 

(available separately)

Fibrlok 2501 Assembly Tool .................................................................................................... 80-6105-8187-0
Cable Strippers ......................................................................................................................... 80-6104-4314-7
Cleaning Alcohol Bottle ........................................................................................................... 80-6104-4329-5
Scissors ..................................................................................................................................... 80-6104-4754-4
No-Nik Stripper (.008) ............................................................................................................. 80-6104-4808-8
Micro Stripper (.006) ................................................................................................................ 80-6105-7250-7
Lint Free Cloth (100/pkg.) ....................................................................................................... 80-6104-4324-6
Magnifier, Cleaved Fiber Inspection ........................................................................................ 80-6104-4799-9
Coaxial Cable Stripper ............................................................................................................. 78-8073-7415-8
Instruction Manual ................................................................................................................... 78-6900-1905-0


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