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Message ID: 2614     Entry time: Fri Feb 19 00:31:17 2010
Author: Jenne 
Type: Update 
Category: COC 
Subject: New ITMX guiderods glued 

[Jenne, Kiwamu, with moral support from Koji, and loads of advice from Steve and Bob]

New upgrade ITMX (ITMU03) has it's guiderod & standoff glued on, as step 1 toward hanging the ITMs.

Procedure:

1. Make sure you have everything ready.  This is long and complicated, but not really worth detail here.  Follow instructions in E970037 (SOS Assembly Spec), and get all the stuff in there.

2. Set optic in a 'ring stand', of which Bob has many, of many different sizes. They are cleaned and baked, and in the cleanroom cupboard on the bottom just behind the door. We used the one for 3" optics.  This lets you sit the optic down, and it only rests on the bevel on the outside, so no coated surface touches anything.

3. Drag wipe the first surface of the optic, using Isopropyl Alcohol.  We used the little syringes that had been cleaned for the Drag Wipe Event which happened in December, and got fresh Iso out of the bottle which was opened in Dec, and put it into a baked glass jar.  The drag wipe procedure was the same as for the December event, except the optic was flat on the bench, in the ring holder.

4. Turn the optic over.

5. Drag wipe the other surface.

6. Align the optic in the guiderod gluing fixture (Step 3 in Section 3.2.1: Applying Guide Rod and Wire Standoff of E970037).

7. Set guiderod and standoff (1 guiderod on one side, 1 standoff on the other, per instructions) against the side of the optic.

8.a.  Use a microscope mounted on a 3-axis micrometer base to help align the guiderod and standoff to the correct places on the optic (Steps 4-5 of Section 3.2.1).  This will be much easier now that we've done it once, but it took a looooooong time. 

8.b.  We put the optic in 180deg from the way we should, based on the direction of the wedge angle in the upgrade table layout (wedge angle stuff used a "Call a Friend" lifeline.  We talked to Koji.) The instructions say to put the guiderod and standoff "above" the scribe lines in the picture on Page 5 of E970037 - the picture has the arms of the fixture crossing over the scribe lines.  However, to make the optic hang correctly, we needed to put the guiderod and standoff below the scribe lines.  This will be true as long as the arrow scribe line (which marks the skinniest part of the optic, and points to the HR side) is closest to you when the optic is in the fixture, the fixture is laying on the table (not standing up on end) with the micrometer parts to your right.  We should put the other ITM into the fixture the other way, so that the arrow is on the far side, and then we'll glue the guiderod and standoff "above" the scribe lines.  Mostly this will be helpful so that we can glue in exactly the places the instructions want us to.

8.c.  The biggest help was getting a flashlight to help illuminate the scribe lines in the optic while trying to site them in the microscope.  If you don't do this, you're pretty much destined to failure, since the lights in the cleanroom aren't all that bright. 

8.d.  The micrometer mount we were able to find for the microscope has a max travel of 0.5", but the optic is ~1" thick.  To find the center of the optic for Step 5 in the guiderod and standoff alignment we had to measure smaller steps, such as bevel-to-end-of-scribe-line, and length-of-scribe-line then end-of-scribe-line-to-other-bevel.  Thankfully once we found the total thickness and calculated the center, we were able to measure once bevel-to-center. 

9. Apply glue to the guiderod and standoff.  We made sure to put this on the "down" side, which once the optic is hung, will be the top of the little rods.  This matches the instructions as to which side of the rods to apply the glue on.  The instructions do want the glue in the center of the rod though, but since we put the optic in the fixture the wrong way, we couldn't reach the center, so we glued the ends of the rods.  We will probably apply another tiny dab of glue on the center of the rod once it's out of the fixture, perhaps while the magnet assemblies are being glued.

10.  We didn't know if the airbake oven which Bob showed us to speed up the curing of our practice epoxy last night was clean enough for the ITM (he was gone by the time we got to that part), so for safety, we're leaving the optic on the flow bench with a foil tent (the foil is secured so there's no way it can blow and touch the optic).  This means that we'll need the full curing time of the epoxy, not half the time.  Maybe tomorrow he'll let us know that the oven is in fact okay, and we can warm it up for the morning.

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