In developing the RocketRibbon™ Extreme Density Cable (1,728 and 3,456 fibers) Corning Cable Systems required a reliable tool to access fiber in mid-span applications with higher repeatability than using a field knife, which has the potential to damage cable and fiber. Extreme density cables handle critical bandwidth needs and represent a much larger investment relative to cables with fewer fibers.
Ripley Labs worked with Corning Cable Systems and developed multiple CAD designs for what would become the Miller® MB07. Leveraging Ripley Labs in-house computer-controlled flexible manufacturing and machine shop tooling, prototypes were turned around quickly. During the testing and design process, Ripley Labs conducted multiple focus group sessions with Corning Cable Systems engineers for feedback and adapted prototypes for changes in the cable design throughout the product development process. Ripley Labs application engineers also worked with Corning Cable Systems to prepare field installation training and documentation, including video training modules when the design was finalized.
The Ripley Tools MB07-7000 mid-span access tool is certified for use by Corning Cable Systems for RocketRibbon™ cable installation in their Standard Recommended Procedure. The tool is constructed with an aluminum body and enables end or mid-span cable preparation to access subunits and ripcords on 1728 fiber Corning Rocket Ribbon™ cables with no fiber damage. The design includes a safety shielded precision factory-set high-performance tool steel blade with a unique finger ‘comfort grip’ and brass guide wheel to reduce drag while performing longitudinal cuts. The ergonomic handle is designed to make ring cuts simple and easy.
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