Go/No-Go Gauging: Streamlining Precision in Fibre Optic Assembly

A Go/No-Go gauge is a simple tool used to highlight two areas – one sized exactly to the desired fibre tail length including tolerances ("Go"), and another slightly shorter/longer ("No-Go"). These simple gauges provide a quick and reliable way to verify if a cut meets specifications.

Posted by Gavin On 11 July 2024

Advantages of Go/No-Go Gauges in Fibre Optic Assembly

  • Speed and Efficiency: Compared to traditional rulers or callipers, Go/No-Go gauges offer lightning-fast, pass/fail checks. This reduces inspection time and keeps production lines moving.
  • Reduced Human Error: Human error is inevitable in any manual process. Go/No-Go gauges remove the possibility of misinterpreting measurements, leading to a significant reduction in incorrectly cut cables and wasted materials.
  • Improved Quality Control: By catching incorrect cuts early, Go/No-Go gauges prevent defective assemblies from reaching later stages of production, saving time and materials.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: These gauges are relatively inexpensive compared to more complex measuring tools. Their simplicity also minimises maintenance needs.
  • Training Efficiency: Gauges are user-friendly, requiring minimal training for operators to use them effectively. This allows for faster onboarding of new team members.

Lessons Learned

At Leader Optec, we've learned that Go/No-Go gauges are a valuable addition to our quality control toolbox. They offer:

  • Improved First-Pass Yields: Catching errors early minimises rework and scrap.
  • Enhanced Customer Satisfaction: Consistent quality translates to reliable fibre optic assemblies that meet customer expectations.
  • Streamlined Production Processes: Faster inspections and fewer errors contribute to a smoother production flow.
  • Efficient Manufacturing Control: Continued improvement, keeping accuracy high and costs to a minimum, maintaining competitive pricing for the customer/project.

Conclusion 

Go/No-Go gauges are a valuable asset for any fibre optic assembly manufacturer. Their simplicity, efficiency, and affordability make them powerful tools for streamlining quality control and ensuring consistent, high-quality products. By implementing Go/No-Go gauges alongside other best practices, Leader Optec remains committed to delivering the best possible fibre optic solutions to our customers.

Leader Optec employs multiple Go/No-Go gauges for the same or similar products to ensure customised configurations meet specific customer needs. For example, Customer A may require 35mm staggers between tails, while Customer B may require 45mm staggers. Therefore, separate Go/No-Go gauges are used, each clearly identified and labelled to meet these distinct requirements.

If you would like to know more, please contact a member of our Team on 01745 586600 or email sales@leaderoptec.com

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