Materials Testing / Replicating Field Service


Several independent test labs, such as Kinectrics (affiliated with Ontario's Hydro One utility), can test materials to industry standards such as the IEEE standards for fiber optic cable and hardware. Such tests are usually conducted at the vendor's expense to prove materials meet the standards. (Fiber Planners, in fact, requires all fiber cable vendors submit such reports from independent test labs before putting them on our approved list.) Many vendors also have in-house test lab capabilities.


If desired by a client, Fiber Planners can witness such tests at either manufacturer or independent labs as an independent observer.


As part of a failure analysis, we can also setup custom tests at independent labs to replicate actual field conditions and prove the actual mode of failure.


An independent lab is important when you don't know the cause of a failure. The material suppliers' labs are not a suitable test lab when you're looking for a cause that could point a finger at them. Use an independent lab for independent results. If you need help locating a suitable lab, call Fiber Planners for assistance.


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