Starting early in 2016, the Electronics Technicians Association International (“ETA”) will be featuring the Sticklers® fiber optic cleaners in the very first edition of their new “best practices” technical bulletins (“BPB”) distributed to all their members.
|The ETA standards are to be a quick reference,
practical guide to help the techs who need a fast answer. This publication will define
the best practices for cleaning fiber optic connectors because so many electrical
techs today are being tasked to handle fiber installations as well as electrical.
“As technology evolves, industry standards are not
keeping up,” notes Sticklers® product manager
Brian Teague. “Standards can take five years or
more to develop. That’s why these Best Practice
Bulletins (BPB) are being developed: to fill the
gaps. BPBs will be application-specific documents
in an easy-to-understand format; a quick ‘how-to’
refresher on a smartphone that could mean the
difference between success or failure.”
At Sticklers, installation problems are a story heard every day. The cleaning techniques
of decades ago are not keeping up with requirements for improved network speed
“Fibre cleaning is a very hot topic in NZ currently. Connections to the Fibre-to-theHome network [they] are building are increasing faster than they can handle. This is bringing lots of less-skilled labour into the workforce. It’s interesting that they are now starting to agree with many of the published figures about the percentage of faults being caused by dirty connectors. The good news is that they are promoting the Sticklers® CleanClicker® cleaner as the recommended cleaning device… the High Volume Cleaning Kits include the CleanClicker® cleaners as a mandatory item for their contractors.” ETA and this client both are correct: provide technicians with the right tools and they will do a better job. That means faster, more reliable networks operating at lower costs. It’s a win-win for everybody involved.
The Sticklers® team is pleased ETA has decided to feature the Sticklers® fiber optic cleaners in their first bulletin.
While this is not an endorsement or a specific recommendation by ETA, it is an indication to all of the fiber optic
techs certified by ETA that the Sticklers® M38999 training process leads the industry in every way.
Founded in 1978, ETA represents the people and the companies at the heart of the electronics industry worldwide,
from the technician to the corporate institution. ETA has more than 80 certification programs and 150,000
technicians now work more safely and more profitably with ETA certifications. ETA-certified professionals work for
many well-known companies like Motorola, Google, ESPN, Disney and the United States military.
What does the future hold? There’s always more work to be done, but ETA would like to add YouTube videos
which Sticklers® fiber optic cleaners will lend technical support. Beyond that, the sky really is the limit.