There are three different methods of accessing individual fibers in a ribbon.
The first method is a Peelable Ribbon Mid-Span Access Kit (TKT-060). This kit is used to remove a section of ribbon matrix from peelable ribbon. A section of cloth tape is placed on a plastic strip and drops of Loctite adhesive are placed on the tape at a regular interval. The ribbon is then placed over the drops of glue until they are completely dry. When pulling on the ribbon, the matrix will adhere to the tape and peel from the fibers.
The second method is a Ribbon Mid-Span Access Kit (TKT-050). This kit contains a matrix softener compound that is applied on the ribbon to chemically remove the matrix.
The third method involves using a ribbon splitting tool (RST-000). The splitting tool allows a craftsperson to perform the following splits on the ribbon in a mid-span access situation: 12/12, 6/6, 4/8, 2/10, 4/4, 2/6, 2/4 and 2/2.
Yes, there are two methods for splicing ribbons to individual fibers.
The first method involves the use of a Fiber Organizer Tape Applicator or FOTA kit (p/n TKT-026). This kit allows a craftsperson to field ribbonize loose/bundled 250 µm fibers into a ribbon made of tape. The ribbonized fibers can then be spliced to the ribbon using a mass fusion splicer. This method will allow you to obtain the full time saving benefits of mass fusion splicing. If you need to splice a ribbon cable to 900 µm tight-buffered fibers, the second method must be used.
The second method simply consists of separating the individual fibers from the ribbon. Each fiber can then be spliced using a single-fiber fusion splicer.