How to use fiber splice trays?


With the development of fiber optic networks, the application of fiber optic terminations by fusion splicing or mechanical splicing is very common today. Since tensile force, bending force, and pressure have a great influence on the installation and application of optical fiber, the use of optical fiber splice tray can provide a safe wiring and easy-to-manage environment for fragile optical fiber splices. In the past, fiber optic splice trays were typically installed in wall-mounted boxes. Today, fiber splice trays are available in many applications in fiber optic networks. The following will explain where fiber splice trays are needed and how to use them.


What is a fiber splice tray?

Fiber optic splice trays are commonly used to secure and protect fiber optic splices. There are two main types of fiber optic connectors: one is fusion splicing, and the other is mechanical splicing. The optical fiber splice trays used for fusion splicing and mechanical splicing are different. For different optical fiber splicing, it is recommended to use a dedicated optical fiber splice tray. Another important factor in choosing a fiber splice tray is the number of fibers that can be accommodated. Most fiber splice trays can hold up to 24 fiber splices. The 12-fiber fiber splice tray is the most commonly used in fiber optic networks.


Where to use fiber splice trays?

In most applications, fiber splice trays are not strong enough to provide reliable protection for fiber splices alone, so they are often used in conjunction with other components to protect fibers. Due to its low space requirements and strong compatibility, optical fiber splice trays are usually used as accessories for other equipment, such as optical fiber splicing boxes, optical fiber splice boxes, optical fiber distribution boxes, etc. The application of optical fiber splice trays is described in detail below.

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Fiber splice trays in fiber splice enclosures

Fiber optic splice closures are widely used components in today's fiber optic networks for outdoor applications and harsh environments. It usually contains one or more fiber splice trays to provide installation space and protection for the fiber optic splice. Fiber splice trays for different fiber optic splice enclosures can have different designs and fiber counts.


In FTTX projects, fiber optic cables from service providers often need to be connected to fiber optic cables deployed near the end user. Fiber optic network installers typically connect feeder cables to end users through fiber splices. Fiber distribution boxes are commonly used in FTTX projects to distribute a single fiber to individual end users. In order to manage and protect fiber splices, fiber splice trays are usually configured in fiber distribution boxes.


In addition to the above two applications, fiber splice trays are also very popular in data centers and server rooms. In the data center, the splicing of fiber optic cables and fiber pigtails is easy to achieve. Compared with other fiber termination methods, this method requires less space and has better network performance. Fiber splice trays are usually installed in fiber distribution boxes to provide a safe, easy-to-manage environment for fiber splicing. For example: a 96-fiber distribution box with four 24-fiber adapters on its front panel. The fiber distribution box can accommodate four 24-core fiber splice trays, providing space for splicing of 96-core fibers.


The Fiber Optic Splice Tray is an easy-to-follow assembly that provides space and protection for fiber splices by fusion or mechanical splicing. It is commonly used in fiber optic splice closures, fiber optic splice closures, and fiber optic distribution boxes, and provides a safe, well-managed environment for fiber splicing.


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