Fiber Optics has increasingly become a part of our everyday life over the last few decades and today is an integral part of every technological ‘gadget’ known to man.  Fiber Optics uses light pulses to transmit informationfiber_optic_connector down fiber lines rather than electronic pulses transmitting information down copper lines.  There are three types of fiber optic cable: single mode, multi-mode and plastic optical fiber (POF).  Single mode cable has one mode of transmission, carries higher bandwidths and greater transmission distances than multi-mode fiber.  This type of fiber is typically used in long-distance telephone and cable TV applications.  Multi-mode fiber provides high bandwidths at high speeds over medium distances.  The light waves are dispersed into numerous paths, or modes, as they travel through the cable’s core.  Plastic optical fiber is simply a newer plastic-based cable that promises similar performance to glass cable on short runs but at a lower cost.

                                                 Benefits of Fiber

  • Speed – FO networks operate at high speeds (up into the gigabits).
  • Bandwidth – FO cables can carry high data rates (up to 300 Mbits/second).
  • Distance – Signals can be transmitted further without needing to be refreshed or strengthened.
  • Resistance – Fiber optics has a greater resistance to electromagnetic noise such as radios, motors or other nearby cables.
  • Security – Unlike copper, FO cables are difficult to tap and to extract part of the signal without disruption to the entire communications system.
  • Maintenance – Once installed, FO cables cost much less to maintain.
  • Intrinsic Safety – Signals on FO cable will not cause sparking.  This is extremely important to our customers who have potentially explosive atmospheres in their facility.

 

1117598Additional Safety and Protection – Since FO cables do not conduct electricity, differences in ground potentials between end points do not affect the signals nor are they affected by lightning.  In addition, they can safely be placed on the same cable trays as power carrying cables.

Since the first commercial installation of a fiber optic system in 1977 to today, fiber optic applications are found in nearly every form of communication, industrial plant, university, and office building across the globe.  Power companies utilize fiber optics in monitoring their power grids and in their communication systems.  These industries rely heavily on fiber optics to keep their business and communications running smoothly.  Therefore the need for fiber optic technicians has simultaneously increased.

Precision Electric of Lakeland’s technicians are trained and certified fiber optic technicians through the Fiber Optic Association.  Our team of skilled technicians can install, terminate and test fiber optic cable to meet all of your communication signal transmission needs.  Call us today for more information or to speak with a project manager about your individual fiber optics project.