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Contact Cleaner for Fiber Optic

Connector Cleaning

Introduction

Cleaning fiber optic connectors is an

 

important part of any fiber optic network

 

 

assembly operation. The goal is to prevent

 

damage to the fiber during mating of the fiber

 

optic connector ends.

 

3M™ Novec™ Contact Cleaner uses an

 

advanced 3M solvent technology that effectively

 

cleans fiber optic connectors. Typical uses include:

 

during and after processing; prior to inspection; before

 

shipping; or during field installations. The cleaner offers a number of

 

significant advantages over many conventional spray cleaners, including:

 

• Fast drying

 

• Streak free

 

• Low in toxicity

 

• Non-flammable

 

Novec Contact Cleaner also features an excellent environmental profile. The

 

product is non-ozone depleting, is exempt from the U.S. EPA’s and most state and

 

district definitions of a volatile organic compound (VOC) and contains no nPB or

 

HAPS. It is based on a sustainable technology and offers an alternative for cleaners

 

containing HCFC-141b or HCFC-225.

 

Novec Contact Cleaner is also a useful tool to help meet commitments for reducing

 

greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating the hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

 

associated with many traditional contact cleaners.

Features Novec Contact Cleaner can be applied directly to the connectors in or out of the fixture or onto a 3MHigh Performance Wiping Cloth before cleaning the

connector ends. It is ideal for use after processing your connectors with 3M’s Diamond Lapping Films and 3M’s Final Polish products on all types of connectors.

Removes particulates, oils, light grease, silicones, dust and other soils from connector end faces

Quick drying and non-corrosive

Safe for plastics and metals

Novec Contact Cleaner offers a wide margin of safety in its intended applications. The product is low in toxicity, non-flammable and non-conductive, allowing it to be safely used on energized electrical components and circuits. It is odorless, and will not dry out skin like many other solvents.

Novec Contact Cleaner makes a convenient addition to field kits. With its fast drying, streak free and effective cleaning performance, it provides clean end faces, while minimizing risk of fiber damage. The user should determine the best method for use.

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Performance Information

The photos below compare identical connectors that were wiped with isopropanol (IPA) and Novec Contact Cleaner. The Novec Contact Cleaner does not leave residual contamination on the surface that can affect fiber optic circuit performance.

Ceramic Connector

Ceramic Connector

Cleaned with IPA

Cleaned with Novec Contact Cleaner

MT Connector

MT Connector

Cleaned with IPA

Cleaned with Novec Contact Cleaner

Examples of Application Methods

In method #1, the cleaner is applied to a wiping cloth; the cloth is then used to wipe the connectors clean. This can be done in the fixture or on individual connectors during inspections. If cleaned in the fixture additional cleaning at inspection is all but eliminated.

This technique is similar to current practices with alcohol. The advantages of cleaning with Novec Contact Cleaner are that the cleaning is more complete, with no residual left behind; no odor; and minimal irritation to skin. In addition,

Novec Contact Cleaner is non-flammable. The cleaner is fast drying, which also aids in both visual and interferometric inspection.

Method 1:

 

 

 

Applying contact cleaner to cloth.

 

 

Wiping connectors in fixture

 

with cloth and Novec Contact Cleaner.

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Performance Information

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Examples of Application Methods

The second technique can be used to

Method 2:

effectively clean a complete fixture

 

 

 

 

with connectors. This technique is

 

 

appropriate for MT style connectors

 

 

that can have excessive debris. The

 

 

ferrules should be wiped clean after

 

 

the initial spray of the cleaner.

 

 

 

 

 

Applying contact cleaner to fixture with connectors.

Environmental and Safety

Properties and Exposure

Guidelines

Data compiled from published information

Not for specification purposes

Properties

 

Novec Contact Cleaner

 

HCFC-141b

Ozone Depletion Potential1–ODP

 

0.00

 

0.10

Global Warming Potential2–GWP

 

320

 

700

 

 

 

 

 

Atmospheric Lifetime–ALT (yrs)

 

4.1

 

9.2

Flashpoint

 

 

None

 

None

Flammability Range in Air

 

None

 

7.6-17.73

Exposure Guidelines, ppm (8 hr. time-weighted average)

 

750

 

500

Exposure Ceiling (ppm)

 

None

 

None

Acute Toxicity

(4 hr. LC50 [Rat])

 

>100,000

 

62,000

 

 

1 CFC-11 = 1.0

2 GWP–100 year Integration Time Horizon (ITH)

3 Vol % by ASTM E681-94 @ 100°C

Toxicity Profile

 

The toxicological testing completed on Novec Contact Cleaner shows the overall

 

 

toxicity is low. The material is practically non-irritating to the eyes, minimally

 

 

 

irritating to the skin and is not a mutagen. It is rated “practically non-toxic”

 

 

through inhalation. A 90-day inhalation study has helped establish a

 

 

recommended exposure guideline of 750 ppm for an eight-hour average worker

 

 

exposure per day. This exposure guideline was established by the American

 

 

Industrial Hygiene Association. When used as directed, in its intended

 

 

applications, there is a large margin of safety between anticipated exposures and

 

 

the exposure guideline.

 

 

Novec Contact Cleaner is nonflammable and does not exhibit flammability

Safety and Handling

 

 

 

characteristics under normal operating and storage conditions. This fluid is highly

 

 

 

 

resistant to thermal breakdown and hydrolysis in storage and during use.

 

 

Recommended handling procedures are provided in the product Material Safety

 

 

Data Sheet which is available from your local 3M representative upon request.

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Resources

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3M Electronics Markets

Materials Division

3M Center Building 224-3N-11

St. Paul, MN 55144-1000 800-251-8634

www.3m.com/electronicmaterials

3M and Novec are trademarks of 3M Company.

Used under license by 3M subsidiaries and affiliates.

Issued: 3/05

3M™ Novec™ products are supported by global sales, technical and customer service resources, with fully-staffed technical service laboratories in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Users benefit from 3M’s broad technology base and continuing attention to product development, performance, safety and environmental issues.

For additional technical information on Novec Contact Cleaner in the United States, call 800 364 3577 or 651 737 6501.

For information on other 3M fluids, coatings, gases and chemical products for the electronics industry, visit our web site at:

www.3m.com/electronicmaterials

Important Notice: Please be aware that 3MNovecContact Cleaner is considered to be experimental or developmental, which means that this product may be subject to modification or withdrawal. Future availability, formulation, performance properties, and pricing for the material are not guaranteed, and are subject to change. Any technical information should be considered representative or typical only, and should not be used for specification purposes.

Disclaimer of Warranty: 3M MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. User is responsible for determining whether the 3M product is fit for a particular purpose and suitable for user’s application.

Limitation of Liability: Except where prohibited by law, 3M will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from the 3M product, whether direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential, regardless of the legal theory asserted, including warranty, contract, negligence or strict liability.

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