Fiber optic cable ready to terminate

The following steps will guide you through the preparation and termination process for a no epoxy, no polish fiber optic SC connector. Following these guidelines will help ensure that you receive the optimum performance from the fiber optic cable

There are numerous other methods for terminating fiber optic connectors that can be found in our Installation Pocket Reference Guide

Tools for fiber optic cable termination: fiber stripper, ruler and marker pen.

Step 1: The tools you will need:

Measuring from the end of the fiber to 40 mm

Step 2: Measure from the end of the fiber to 40 mm and mark the cable.

Sliding the strain-relief boot onto the cable

Step 3: Slide the strain-relief boot onto the cable.

Fiber optic cable strippers

Step 4: Make sure the stripper’s cutting face is clean. Use the front, large V-notch on the cable stripper to remove the 900-micron tight buffer.

Clamping down on the jacket

Step 5: Carefully clamp down on the cable halfway down from the mark you made.

Sliding the jacket off the fiber

Step 6:  Keeping the pressure light, carefully slide the jacket off of the fiber. Be careful to avoid breaking the fragile glass fiber. Repeat step to remove the remaining 20 mm of jacket.

Left over coating is removed from the fiber optic cable

Step 7:  Carefully remove any of the leftover 250-micron coating (notice the white film on the fiber) using the smaller, back V-notch on the tool.

Fiber cloth and fiber optic cleaning fluid for cleaning the bare fiber

Step 8: Clean the bare fiber with two passes of a fiber wipe dampened with fiber optic cleaning fluid

Fiber being wiped clean

Do not touch the bare fiber after cleaning it.


Step 9: Ensure that both clamps (C) are clean and free of fiber. Squeeze buttons A and B at the same time to open clamps.

Secured fiber is aligned

Step 10: Place fiber in the slot so the bare fiber is in the V-groove, the buffer or coating is aligned with the alignment mark, and the fiber rests under the tab. Fully release button B then button A. Ensure both the bare and coated fiber is secured by the clamps.

Cutting the fiber

Step 11: Slowly turn the knob 360 degrees to cut the fiber.

Scrap fiber is removed

Step 12: Squeeze button A, remove the scrap fiber and place it in the scrap fiber bin.

Cleaved fiber is removed

Step 13: While holding onto the fiber, squeeze button B and remove the cleaved fiber.

11 mm of the fiber jacket is measured and marked

Step 14: Measure and mark an additional 11 mm on the fiber jacket.

Components in the starting position

Step 15: Ensure the components are in the starting position. If not, slide the VFL coupler back toward the cover hinge until it locks. Verify the load button is released and the connector cradle is against the travel stop. Depress the reset button to return the wrench to the start position.

Power is switched on

Step 16: Ensure the correct ferrule adapter is installed. Switch the power on. If the power light flashes or does not glow, the batteries need to be replaced.

The dust cap is removed from the connector

Step 17: Remove the dust cap from connector and squeeze the load button to move the connector cradle away from the wrench.

The connector is loaded into the tool

Step 18: With the connector oriented up, load the connector into the tool by inserting it (lead-in tube first, into the wrench).

Slowly release the load button while guiding the connector into the connector cradle.

The ferrule adapter is seated on the connector

Step 19: Slide the VFL coupler down until the ferrule adapter is seated on the connector.

Checking for the error light

Step 20: Close the cover and check for the error light. If the error light remains off, there are no problems.Insert the cleaved fiber into the back of the lead-in tube. 

Insert the fiber until you feel it firmly stop against the fiber stub. The visual mark should be within 2 mm of the lead-in tube.

While maintaining enough inward pressure, squeeze the CAM button in until it locks. Check the termination lights. If the green light is illuminated, the termination was successful. If the red light is illuminated, press the reset button, remove the fiber and repeat the termination process.

The connector is crimped and locked into the fiber

Step 21: Turn the crimp knob 180 degrees in either direction to crimp and lock the connector into the fiber.

The boot is slid up the connector to the cam

Step 22: Open the cover and slide the VFL coupler back into its starting position. Slightly squeeze the button to remove the connector.

Ensure the clear ferrule dust cap is installed. Slide the boot up the back of the connector until it reaches the cam.

Installing the outer shroud

Step 23: Install the outer shroud by lining up the date code with the key-side of the outer shroud. Using the boot, push the assembly into the outer shroud until it snaps into place.

The fiber connector is completed

Step 24: The fiber connector is completed.

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