This document is intended for connectors typically found on aerospace platforms and ground support equipment. The document provides the reasons for proper fiber optic cleaning, an in-depth discussion of available cleaning methods, materials, packaging, safety, and environmental concerns. Applicable personnel include: Managers Designers Engineers Technicians Trainers/Instructors Third Party Maintenance Agencies Quality Personnel Purchasing Shipping/Receiving Production
Cleaning is crucial to achieve and maintain the best possible operation of any optical fiber based application. Far too many failures are caused by poor or improper cleaning. Contamination of contact endfaces can lead to decreased system performance and damage to the optical fiber or ferrule.