Why fiber coatings matter
Fiber coatings have two very important functions:
- Allow fiber optic wire and cable makers to physically work with very delicate strands of glass fiber, which are about the size of a human hair.
- Allow fiber to carry signal at a tremendous rate of speed with as little interruption or distortion as possible.
Coatings not only protect fiber from outside environmental stresses like temperature extremes, but on the inside coatings ensure the reliability of the signal being carried.
When you consider costly fiber networks that have to last 20-30 years in the field, while handling greater and greater through-put demand, you quickly realize that coating quality is key.