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Oakham School Students win Innovation Award

Oakham School Students win Innovation Award

A group of students from Oakham School have a won a prestigous ‘Innovation Award’ after working with our design team on improvements to the Airstream Cable Blowing Machine as part of the Engineering in Education Scheme (EES). The team of 5 students, pictured with Technical Manager Andy Sibun, Managing Director Robert Davidison and Mechanical Design Engineer Arron Graham, were tasked with improving the already reliable Airstream after MD Robert, who had previously heard about the scheme, contacted the school offering them the chance to work on a project with CBS. The School has a long history of working with local engineering firms to take part in the scheme, which specifically challenges students to work with an engineering company to solve a real-world problem, and CBS would be keen to work with the school again on future projects.  To read more click on the link below.

https://www.oakham.rutland.sch.uk/Oakhamians-win-Engineering-Innovation-Award?returnUrl=/Latest-News

 

CBS Portable Duct Rod Pusher

CBS Portable Duct Rod Pusher

The Portable Duct Rod Pusher is designed to assist with rodding operations and makes placing pulling lines or fibre cables into old or occupied conduits that much easier—even with fewer personnel.

Designed specifically to work well with our durable and high-performing 14mm Duct Rod (sold separately), the hydraulically powered Duct Rod Pusher powers the Duct Rod into and out of conduits, pushing and pulling with forces of up to 220kgs at 60bar. The Pusher is able to reach rod speeds of up to 30 metres per minute, when used with the C-1203-F Powerpack, and uses a totalising counter to keep accurate measurements of distance. Each unit is fitted with an extendable tilting boom, reducing the initial bending and potential damage of the Duct Rod, and chamber clamp for stability during underground use.

CBS Pneumatic Airstream Cable Blowing Machine – Where ease and efficiency combine

CBS Pneumatic Airstream Cable Blowing Machine – Where ease and efficiency combine

Compliant, double belt drive configured blowing machine, the CBS Pneumatic AirStream is trusted by installers for fast and efficient installations in the world of fibre to the home networks.

Compressed air is required for cable blowing which also powers the AirStream’s pneumatic motor, making the CBS AirStream a versatile choice that doesn’t require an external power source. Designed around a tabletop design, the AirStream is ergonomic and comfortable for using with a variety of microduct and microfibre combinations. Easy to use speed and torque controls, and an electronic display of speed or distance, the AirStream is the perfect choice to provide your team the tool they need to get the job done.

Robust construction, high reliability, and a low maintenance requirement helps to keep the AirStream and your team productive throughout the day, week in, week out which is why it’s trusted by the leading fibre installation companies.

 

CBS GentL Air Cable Blowing Machine – Practical and Safe

CBS GentL Air Cable Blowing Machine – Practical and Safe

Built to safely and efficiently install blown fibre into microducts using a battery operated drill and compressed air, the CBS GentL Air Blowing Machine is a portable and affordable solution that still offers a powerful array of features.

Designed around 1-3mm diameter cables in duct sizes of 4-7mm, the GentL Air is ideal for installing today’s popular small size fibre optic cables. These small cables can be delicate which is why the GentL Air is designed to put as little stress on them as possible. Supplied with a built-in clutch mechanism, the GentL Air protects the cables during installation and is fully adjustable so you can find the right settings for optimised blowing.

We recommend using a crash test to determine the clutch settings before blowing – simply take a piece of duct, put a cap on the end and run fibre into the duct until it hits the dead end. Start the test at a low clutch setting, increasing over time to find the optimal setting without over pushing the cable.

Due to its compact natural and external power source, the GentL Air is easy to transport between jobs and is supplied with a travel bag. Optional accessories include a tripod mount, and a drill stand for sturdy placement while blowing helping to make using the GentL Air Blowing Machine easier than ever.

CBS Tornado Blowing Machine Maintenance Guide – Lubricating the Drive Chains

CBS Tornado Blowing Machine Maintenance Guide – Lubricating the Drive Chains

Keeping the CBS Tornado Cable Blowing Machine maintained is critical to keeping it working at peak efficiency, and is a relativity simple task for your team to carry out. In this blog we’ll cover the most important maintenance that is often overlooked – the proper lubrication of the drive chains.

Every time that you or your team use the Tornado Blowing Machine, the following lubrication should be carried out, this will help prevent the chain from running dry and inefficiently – causing increased job times and wear on the components of the Tornado. We suggest using Metaflux Spray Grease 70-80 – the same grease we send with the Tornado from the factory.

Follow these steps below to properly lubricate the chains of your Tornado Cable Blowing Machine:

  1. Run the Tornado at 45m/min without any cable or applied air
  2. Carefully insert the spray tube from the canister into the red painted holes on the operator side of both the top and bottom aluminium drive castings until the chain can just be felt
  3. Withdraw the spray tube 20-25mm and spray for approximately 1 second

Warning: Do not over lubricate the Tornado’s chains as this can lead to the drive belts becoming contaminated with lubricant. If contamination does occur thoroughly wipe the belts clean before attempting to blow any cables. Do not use harsh solvents. Do not use WD40 or similar sprays as these contain solvents that will wash away the graphite lubricant in the bearings.

This simple maintenance service on the Tornado is necessary to keep the machine in pristine condition and will prevent down time and lost revenue in the future.

Meet the Whisper – CBS Product’s Versatile Blowing Machine

Meet the Whisper – CBS Product’s Versatile Blowing Machine

More and more cables are on the market than ever before, so you need one machine that can be adaptable to all types of cables and sizes – meet the CBS Whisper.

Designed around being adaptable to different cable sizes ranging from 2-8.5mm in diameter, the Whisper provides a single solution for installing cables at the end of the infrastructure network with its unparalleled flexibility and simple to use design. In addition the Whisper can be configured to be compatible with flat drop fibres with or without tracers.

Powered by an external drill, we recommend using a variable speed model with adjustable torque setting powered by an 18-20 volt battery. Additionally a brushless type drill manufactured by an industrial grade manufacturer will ensure a long life for both the blowing machine and drill.

[The Whisper] works well, is easy to use, and offers value [unsurpassed] in it’s price range.

Chris Gemme

Manage of Product and Customer Support Engineering, CommScape