"Ribbonizing" fiber for splicing vs individual fiber splicing
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Posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 7:43 AM
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For fusion splicing a 12-strand single-mode non-ribbon fiber cable to an LC splice "cassette" that is available with either a ribbon pigtail or with individual pigtails, which would be the best approach: "Ribbonizing" the fiber and using the pigtail cassette, or just splicing the individual fibers, under the following conditions:

1) Assume cost is not a primary factor and splicing equipment is available.

2) Minimize time spent in the equipment room to perform the work.

3) For this particular manufacturer's cassette, link polarity will be managed by choosing a version of the cassette that requires reversing the wiring order at one end of the link. This means that at one end the fiber colors will match those of the pigtails in the cassette and at the other end the colors will not match. The thought is that this procedure would be less error prone with ribbon than with individual splices because the ribbon version only needs to be "flipped over" at one end while with the individual fiber approach more attention is required to be sure each pigtail is matched to the correct other color.

Don't know if we're overthinking this, or if one approach would be better than the other, so would appreciate any input.
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