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Take a look at some of the neat tools we share with our CFOT Students:                          
Are Your Fiber Optics Technicians Familiar With These Tools?
Do They Know How to Use Them Properly?
Is your technician using his pocket knife, or side cutters, hack
saw, an RPG, or High Explosives to "properly" remove the
jacket from cable - especially Black PE OSP Cable?
Ask one
of our students for a demo of this tool!
Bi-Directional Jack Slitter
Does your technician know how to use a VFL and Bare Fiber
Adapter to spot check the continuity of optical fiber before
he/she spends all day pulling in bad cable?
 Our students
Is your "experienced" technician knowledgeable about how to
use a VFL to locate faults in an accessable LAN fiber Optics
network too close for an OTDR to see?
 Our students can!
Bare Fiber Adapter
Can your 30 year fiber optics technician use a Power Source and Light Meter along with Method B to identify which connector has the
highest loss.  Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between a .75dB and a 1.75dB connector.  This process would avoid cutting off
both connectors and re-terminating each one hoping to get the right one.
Our students can!
Is your basic technician or even your experienced one capable of
reading the OTDR trace to the right and identifying each event.  
Do they know what a Gainer is and it's causes.  Are they familiar
with the attenuation testing limitations and discrepancies of the
OTDR?  Can they identify "ghosts" and do they know the
causes?  Do they know about the LSA's and how to use them?
Our students can!
We challenge you to ask your Fiber Optics Technicians (30-year and 1 year) these simple, basic questions below.  Our
graduating techs can answer them - can your technicians?
  1. Per ANSI/EIA/TIA-568B.3, what is the maximum attenuation allowed per mated pair of connectors?  What is the
    maximum attenuation allowed for a mechanical splice?
  2. Which multimode fiber cable provides for 10GbE at 300 meters?
  3. How does one perform a Link Loss Budget Analysis for a fiber optic system?  In other words - how does one
    analyze the resulting attenuation of a fiber segment?  Is the Power too high or is it too low and what does a good
    technician do about it in both respects?
  4. Using a Power Source & Light Meter, do you know how to determine which connector has the higher attenuation
    when testing a fiber segment?
  5. Do you know how to use a Bare Fiber Adapter and a VFL?
  6. Do you know how to read an OTDR Trace?  If so - what is a Gainer? What are LSA's?
  7. What is the maximum pulling tension for installing indoor fiber optics cable?
  8. Considering reference cables, can you explain Method B? Can you explain Method A?
  9. What are the 4 elements that make up a fiber optic transmission system?
  10. Erbium-doped optical fiber is used for what purpose?
"If your fiber installation technicians can not answer the basic questions listed above, why not
enroll them in our CFOT program so they can do a better job for you AND for your customers."
~ Bob Ballard, CFOI
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MEET OUR TEAM                                                                                                          
Dr. Peter Morcombe
Peter Morcombe
Tom Rauch
FOA Master Instructor
***Class Schedule***
Bob Ballard
Founder | Consultant
Patrick S. Pittard
Jessica Ramirez
We provide our students with a thorough understanding of fiber installation standards. BDI
Datalynk is a Standards-Based Company offering FOA Sanctioned, Fiber Optics Training
Courses.  Each of our courses consists of hands on skills labs paired with lecture and book
learning to prepare for the respective FOA Certification Exam. For example; in our CFOT
Basics class, we teach long distance (Single Mode) fiber installation, testing and
troubleshooting along with information on how and when to use the OTDR and Power
Source and Light Meter.  Students are able to use and practice with field equipment in class
through hands on skills labs.  Students are taught the 3-step polishing process using 12, 3
and .3 micron polishing film.  This process yields the highest quality, lowest loss, anaerobic
or epoxy polish ceramic ferrule connector in the industry.  Our students have been able to
obtain between 0dB and .3dB across two connectors, single or multi-mode, on a consistent
basis.  Per standards, each connector must meet certain requirements for retention, back
reflection, and attenuation. We teach our students these standards.  As a result, our
students are familiar with the minimum industry requirements no matter what connector
system is used.

DO NOT BE FOOLED! Many manufacturers offer free fiber optics training certifications.  
These 1-2 day programs teach the technician how to install the manufacturer's products for
warranty purposes.  When asked specific questions about fiber network installation, testing,
troubleshooting, and maintenance it is evident that these students will not have learned
what we teach in our courses, but rather only manufacturer specific material.

OUR PROGRAMS ARE LOW COST: BDI Datalynk is proud to offer a low cost, content rich
solution to an industry running amuck with high priced installations and low quality
workmanship. CF

For more information about each of our courses click on the links below...  

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