Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
This article describes an improved fiber-optic connector and a method for attaching the same to a fiber-optic conductor. The fiber-optic connector consists of a ferrule 10 with a tapered hole 12 therein. Preferably, the ferrule is fabricated from a high strength injection- molded clear plastic. A short length of fiber-optic material 14 is installed in the ferrule tip. The fiber-optic material is precision polished in the factory to eliminate polish problems in the field. The factory-finished ferrule with its fiber-optic stub is shipped to the field and can be installed, as need be, to a fiber end. To achieve installment, a hand-held cleave tool (not shown) is used to cleave the fiber (not shown) to a predetermined length. The optical fiber is then positioned in the ferrule to abut against the pre-installed stub.