Miller MB02 safely slits, strips fiber cables; is made official tool of AFL, Corning

Nov. 18, 2021
Currently being used by UK's Openreach, the MB02 is approved for official use with two major cable types: AFL Fujikura and Corning MiniXtend cables.

Ripley Tools this month announced it has designed and manufactured a unique cable slitting tool to help speed up the UK's big fiber broadband push. 

According to the company, a bespoke version of the Miller MB02 is already in use by the UK's Openreach as part of its full-fibre broadband rollout. 

Ripley Tools said the digital network provider is benefiting from the tool speeding up its operations, reducing the room for human error and, importantly, delivering high safety levels for its large workforce.

The Miller MB02 is billed as an innovative tool that's currently making cable stripping faster, easier and safer for UK fiber installation engineers.

Ripley Tools says the MB02 is unique in its ability to make precise incisions on two sides of a cable without touching the encased fibers. The company says the tool's enhanced design speeds up the cable stripping process and stands to improve service quality levels. The MB02 tool is spring-loaded and has steel-armored blades capable of cutting cable jackets up to 15.25 mm in diameter.

The MB02 is approved for official use with two major cable types, AFL Fujikura and Corning MiniXtend cables. When creating the new tool, safety was a top priority for Ripley, the company noted in a statement, which added:

The engineering team designed the MB02 with a lock which can be utilized while the tool is being used or in storage, which means an engineer’s hands should never come into contact with the blades. Key to increasing safety was making sure the cable slitter was easy to hold, so the MB02 benefits from improved ergonomics to sit comfortably in the hand and minimize the risk of strain or fatigue. In line with the full range of tools from Miller, the MB02 is highly durable to give it a longer life cycle. The tool also benefits from being simple to use, so it can be quickly rolled out across a remote workforce.

Keith Badger, Director of Global Marketing, at Ripley Tools, concluded:

“We designed the Miller MB02 to not only get the job of cable slitting done quicker and more effectively but also to make it safer and more comfortable for engineers in the field. The practical elements of how our tools impact engineers are really important to us, as well as knowing we are giving businesses an advantage to get the job done in better time. The MB02 is truly unique and I’m pleased we can finally share it with the industry.”

The Miller MB02 is available now. Learn more at https://landing.ripley-tools.com/MB02.html

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