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Manufacturers have all kinds of solutions for industrial networking connections. No one solution is best, except the one that meets the connection requirements of your particular application.
Schaible sums up how to prevent connector and termination problems. “Research and specify your connector and cabling systems, just as you would the hardware components. Never leave these details to chance.”
A fiberoptic installation normally requires field terminations. Here are some tips your installer should know:
These are the more common connector styles used in networks:
Custom cable/connector assemblies (made at the factory or by a specialty shop) allow elimination of tedious connector assembly in the field, where it’s tougher to get right. This can result in serious cost-savings up-front, plus increased reliability for the life of the installation. Consider this for projects that you can plan in sufficient detail to know the needed cable lengths and which connectors to use with each one.
Custom connectors with modular inserts can solve oddball problems. Depending on the scope of your project, you might find it cost-effective to “mix and match” the housing of one connector with the guts of another rather than doing a major redesign.
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