Fiber-Splice is a specialist in the cabling of data networks via fiber optics (FO). In our interview, Managing Director Patrick Heller explains how the company supports its customers and what is important when installing optical infrastructures.

Mr. Heller, what services does your company offer?
Patrick Heller: We specialize primarily in the installation of passive data networks. The focus here is on fiber optic cabling, i.e. splicing the fibers and then measuring the optical links. In the future, we will also implement solutions for active infrastructures with devices such as switches and media converters, in other words, we will offer our customers everything from a single source.

Who are your customers?
On the one hand, electrical installers who do not splice themselves, and on the other - to name just a few - industrial companies, system houses, carriers, municipalities and public utilities, for whom we implement complete optical cabling systems. Our core market is Germany, but we are also active internationally. For example, we have carried out projects in China and Turkey.

What sets Fiber-Splice apart?
First of all, we only have trained personnel who have completed all the necessary courses on splicing and measuring as well as the basics of fiber optic technology and whom we constantly train internally according to a defined training plan. In addition, we only use high-quality technology from well-known manufacturers, from the splicing and measuring equipment to the fiber optic cables, splice boxes and connectors. Last but not least, we have extensive experience in the field of optical cabling. In the past ten years, we have made more than 440,000 splices.

What do you have to pay attention to when cabling with fiber optics?
The first thing is to choose the right cable. Do you use a universal cable or a cable for outdoor use? What tensile forces and ambient temperatures are they exposed to? Which fire protection regulations must be observed? When pulling in the cables, a lot of tact is required so as not to damage them. It is also important to adhere to the specified bending radius, otherwise the physical properties of the fiber optics will be impaired or the line will fail altogether. And we usually use splice boxes to connect the end devices. This is faster and usually less expensive than assembling the connectors on site. Pre-terminated cables are also available, but we do not recommend them for longer distances because they are difficult to pull through empty conduits.

Why did you choose the splice boxes of the FIMP family?
We have tried various compact splice boxes for DIN rail mounting in the past. With some of them, you immediately notice that the housings are not made of high-quality material and the workmanship is poor. In addition, the threads for the housing screws are often poorly cut, so that they are damaged after repeated opening and closing. We did not find this to be the case with the splice boxes in the FIMP family. In addition, they are easy to handle due to the well thought-out fiber guide inside. In short, you immediately notice that the manufacturer has put some thought into it.

25Jan2022/ Julia Gieseler
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