Why come to us?

  • Over 20 years’ dedication to meeting the global needs of the most demanding fibre optic specialists
  • Our focus on delivering customer satisfaction; attention to detail, expert advice and competitive pricing
  • We distribute only the best quality brands with no minimum order
  • ISO 9001:2008 certified production and distribution
  • Next-day delivery for all stocked items for customers throughout the UK and Europe
  • Two-day delivery for customers based outside Europe
  • Rapid sourcing of special and high-value capital equipment not already in stock
  • All products available for personal collection from our trade counter 8.30am-5.30pm
  • OEM accounts
  • Blanket and scheduled orders welcome – just ask
  • In-house expertise and training capability in all types of fibre terminations, including complex terminations, expanded beam and harsh environments

 

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Estimating and bidding

Estimating is necessary to figure out what the job will cost you. First of all you'll need to set up a simple chart of all the details: the items you will need to purchase (i.e. cable, connectors, etc) and their costs. You will also need to add labour cost.

Do your homework - be sure to have an accurate idea of how long it takes for each step of the installation.

For instance, when dealing with connectors, if a manufacturer says you can terminate his connector in 3 minutes, test it for yourself in the office before you go to the site. Not only do you want to know how long it will take, but also how many good ones you get. Are you working on a "tried and true" method such as using epoxy or anaerobic adhesive with ST or SC connectors where installation estimates are well documented, or a new system such as MTRJ connectors or a "cleave and leave" connector you have never done before? Big difference! The newer or more specialised the connector or the installation process, the more unpredictable the timing can be. This rule can apply to all the materials and equipment you will be using. Try to identify who will answer your questions from the companies who sold the connectors, cable and the other materials before you go to the job site. This will help avoid serious delays if you run into trouble.

Consider yield. You will never get every connector or splice right the first time. If you get 90% good in the field, you are a hero! Magazines periodically publish articles about the yield of various connectors tested in the field - the yield for certain connectors can be as low as 30%!

Be sure to visit the job site - you have to see for yourself what the job looks like. Get as much information as you can - walk the route carefully and note things such as:

  • What other cables there are and whether they will have to be removed?
  • The condition of the building and any potential problems with moisture or excessive heat or cold
  • Any inconsistencies from the architectural drawings
  • What other work is being done at the same time and how it will effect what you're doing
  • Can you easily get your equipment where it needs to be?

Bring a camera if the customer will let you - take lots of pictures! Trust us, we have seen every mistake made and more! Double - then triple check everything. You won't regret it.

Talk to the customer - be sure to understand exactly what will be required of you. You must know what types of cable, connectors, splices, hardware etc the customer wants (including brands - if specified). Does the customer want employees to be trained? Get all the details on this up front also. Don't be afraid to suggest alternatives that will save him (and you) money. Research the customer - how long have they been in business? Do they pay their contractors on time? Ask around - if there is a problem, it will probably surface.

Read the specifications carefully - if you see something that doesn't make sense (like the all-too-common one of asking for OTDR test data on short LAN cable runs), tell the customer your concerns before you bid. Don't bid blindly.

Once you have gathered all your information, you will need to bring your maths skills into play and create a document (usually a spreadsheet) that allows you to transfer all this information into a "map" of the job that you and your workers can follow. Refer to chapter 14 of "The Fiber Optic Technician's Manual" for an excellent guide on how to create this document.

Bidding

Bidding is closely related to estimating, but adds in the profit margin you need to stay in business - don't forget that! If you bid accurately, you will never regret losing a job to a lower bidder, because you know that the winning bid is close to or losing money and that is not the goal of running a business. Bid accurately and you will stay in business!

Documentation

Knowing where every cable, connector, splice, patch panel etc goes and the length of every cable is more than helpful. It can help you in bidding, buying, installation, testing and restoration. After installation, keep test data to refer back to when you have problems. Smart installers understand the value of documentation and understand it can lead to higher bids, but good documentation pays for itself. Smart users understand it too and are willing to pay for good documentation.

Estimating software

Today you can get several great programs that automate the estimation process. They can access databases of costs, aggregate components and do lots more to simplify the process. Evaluate all these products - a contractors trade show is a good place to start looking at them - to see if they meet your needs.

Adhesives

Cabling

Cable assemblies

Cleaning

Components

Connectors

Enclosures

Harsh Environment

Kits

Media converters

Polishing films

Splicing

Supplies

Testing & inspection

Tooling

About

Tech Optics Ltd provides leading companies worldwide with an extensive range of the best available fibre-optic communications products, customised cable assemblies and fibre-optic expertise. We will give you our best possible service, technical assistance and support along with competitive pricing on our world-class range of products.

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Unit 6, Tannery Road
Tonbridge
Kent TN9 1RF
England