Fiber Optic Deployment Woes

We recently had a customer who reported that one of our products was reporting low RF video output power. This normally is caused by an issue with equipment setup, but everything this customer did was fine. It turned out that this particular unit had a serious ant problem in a fiber splice tray, a small box used to protect splices done on multiple optical fibers. After we cleaned out the ants, everything worked fine. How the ants caused a fiber failure is something we are still looking into. The figure below shows that the ants had found a nice, warm home.

Ants

 
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