The example v-groove below is a customer’s “field maintained” ribbon splicer with about 8 months of field use with more than 1,000 ribbon splices completed, the machine performed well up until the dirt in the bottom of the v-groove was large enough to interfere with the alignment, no amount of field cleaning and inspection was able to identify or clear the problem, the build-up as seen in image 3 and 4 is at 700x while the field is typically using 7x which leads the technician to consider the v-groove is clean even though it still has some dirt in it.
One of the key components is the 30um Filaments (tips) these are exposed for 500um at the end of 180um nylon stems.ne of the key components is the 30um Filaments (tips) these are exposed for 500um at the end of 180um nylon stems.
A comparison between the most popular v-groove brush for the field which uses 130um filaments and the forte E3-30 with 30um filaments can be seen in the pictures below.
130um standard bristle on the left and the forte E3-30 with 30um bristles (filaments) on the right (images approx 30x mag).
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