The Importance of Taking Care of Your Fibre Optic Fusion Splicers

Fibre optic fusion splicers are critical tools in the telecommunications industry, enabling the precise joining of optical fibres to ensure efficient data transmission. These devices are essential for maintaining the integrity of fibre optic networks, which form the backbone of modern communication systems. Given their importance, it is vital to ensure that fusion splicers are well-maintained to guarantee optimal performance and longevity.

Posted by Vibin On 25 June 2024

Why maintenance is crucial

  • Performance and accuracy: A well-maintained fusion splicer ensures that the fibres are aligned correctly, leading to low splice losses and high-quality connections. Regular maintenance helps in maintaining the precision of the device, which is crucial for the performance of the overall network.
  • Longevity of the equipment: Like any sophisticated equipment, fusion splicers have a lifespan that can be significantly extended with proper care. Regular maintenance prevents wear and tear, ensuring that the device remains functional for a longer period.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Investing time and resources in maintaining your fusion splicer can save significant costs in the long run. Proper maintenance reduces the frequency of repairs and the need for premature replacements, making it a cost-effective strategy for any business.

Common issues due to poor maintenance

  • Misalignment and high splice loss: Without regular cleaning and calibration, fusion splicers can suffer from misalignment, leading to poor splices and high splice loss. This can then compromise the integrity of the entire network.
  • Increased repair costs: Neglecting maintenance can result in more frequent breakdowns and costly repairs. Preventative maintenance is generally more affordable than reactive repairs.
  • Downtime and operational inefficiency: Unplanned downtime due to equipment failure can lead to significant operational inefficiencies and delays. Regular maintenance helps in minimising such disruptions, ensuring smoother operations.

Essential maintenance practices

  • Regular cleaning: Keeping the electrodes, V-grooves, and fibre holders clean is crucial for optimal splicer performance. Dust and debris can interfere with the splicing process, leading to poor quality connections.
  • Calibration and software updates: Regular calibration ensures that the splicer maintains its precision. Additionally, keeping the software up to date can improve performance and add new functionalities.
  • Proper handling and storage: Handling the splicer with care and storing it in a clean, dry environment can prevent physical damage and exposure to elements that could degrade its components.

Tools and materials for maintenance

  • Cleaning kits: Specialised cleaning kits designed for fusion splicers are essential for maintaining the cleanliness of critical components.
  • Calibration tools: These tools help in ensuring that the splicer remains accurate and reliable.
  • Protective cases and environment: Storing the splicer in protective cases and using it in a controlled environment can prevent damage and extend its life.

Professional maintenance services

Benefits of Professional Servicing: Professional maintenance services offer thorough cleaning, calibration, and inspection, ensuring that the splicer is in top condition.

Our Splicer Health Check and Calibration Services

As an Official Sumitomo Splicer and Cleaver Service Centre, we can help with both planned maintenance or emergency repairs. Our fully qualified engineers offer two comprehensive service and repair packages, all carried out within our North Wales manufacturing facility. Find out more here.


Maintaining your fibre optic fusion splicers is crucial for ensuring their performance, longevity, and cost-effectiveness. By adopting regular maintenance practices and utilising professional services when needed, you can prevent common issues and ensure that your splicing equipment remains reliable. Invest in proper care for your fusion splicers to enhance the efficiency and reliability of your fibre optic networks.

If you would like to know more about taking care of your fusion splicer, or for more information about our splicer and cleaver service options, please call us on 01745 586600 or email

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