I got a piece of fiber optical cable that is in the form of a "ribbon cable" (see pictures). I have seen tools and procedures for making connections on a single strand of optical fiber. I would like to know how to work "ribbon" type of optical fiber cables and what tools I would need.


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  • \$\begingroup\$ @thephoton maybe you'd have an idea? \$\endgroup\$ – Voltage Spike Aug 12 '19 at 19:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ What do you want to do with it? \$\endgroup\$ – The Photon Aug 12 '19 at 19:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ I would assume you would split the wires back and connect ST connectors on them like normal single-strand cabling. Do you have the polishing/connector tools to work with the cable otherwise? \$\endgroup\$ – Ron Beyer Aug 12 '19 at 20:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @thephoton I want to launch light through a slit into a monochromator. These fibers are already aligned. So it comes handy. But the fiber ends need to cleaved in unison. These fibers come from a construction site. So there must be some quite standard tool and procedure for working it. \$\endgroup\$ – user1596683 Aug 12 '19 at 21:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ You will need a cleaving tool and probably a polishing tool. These tools must exist somewhere, but looking on the sites I know that have fiber termination equipment, I don't see they carry these tools for ribbon fiber. You might be best off finding a local vendor who does fiber terminations and ask them to cleave and polish this fiber for you. \$\endgroup\$ – The Photon Aug 12 '19 at 21:54

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