CABLEBUILDER

Cable Design

CableBuilder is a Cable Design software application for every type of cable, from standard power cables to fiber-optic cables. It is a feature-rich application that helps you reduce design and maintenance time, produce professional 3D/2D drawings, datasheets and catalogues, improve manufacturing instructions and reduce rework and scrap.

The intelligent architecture of CableBuilder allows you to use standard templates for various cable types (e.g. an IEC standard). With this approach all relevant parameters for a complete range of cables are captured, which reduces the occurrence of human errors and also minimises the effort required to produce a design and quotation for a customer.

CableBuilder allows you to give non-technical staff restricted access to the design functionality. It closes the gap between the sales and design departments and in the case of relatively simple configurations a sales person is able to respond immediately to customer demands.

The software is modular and segmented based on functionality. A key aspect of CableBuilder is flexibility and it allows you to deploy the core Design & Production module and introduce additional modules as need and requirements dictate.

Quotations

The quotation module enables the rapid production of sales quotations for your prospects and customers. Quotations are generated into your preferred format and layout to ensure a full set of sales documentation is automatically produced for every customer. This not only saves time but ensures a consistent level of professionalism is maintained across the whole organisation.


Other key features include:-

  • Cable cost by customer requested length
  • Sales taxes, Margin adder, Book Prices for customer requested length calculation
  • Price adjustment based on current LME/COMEX/CAMDEN metal prices
  • Quotation report production, packing list etc.
  • Packaging material selection, shipping & transportation methods & cost calculation
  • Accessories & Ancillaries (connectors, excess material charge etc.)

Manufacturing Simulation

The Manufacturing Simulation Module (MSM) is used to reflect the actual manufacturing conditions on the shop floor and understands the manufacturing flow and the losses associated with material and time. It is designed to model the real world through flexible, user configurable, machine and production rules in order to minimise losses based on machine capabilities and product attributes.


Once the rules are defined, production costs and capabilities can be simulated through them leading to improved production efficiency as well as:-

  • Accurate quotations based on the exact cost of manufacturing to the customers required length
  • Produce simulated production order costs
  • Generate length specific manufacturing instructions
  • An engine to allow ERP to produce real production orders by taking into account scrap and production capabilities
  • Simulates reality based on customer requirements
  • Allows for the automatic selection of spools & machines
  • Order sampling tests
  • Calculates material and machine requirements per given length
  • Generate accurate production orders with little need for adjustment
  • Indicates if an order is not viable due to production limitations
  • Accurate manufacturing instructions specific to every order to reduce occurrences of under length

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance is a fundamental requirement for all cable manufacturers, any issues with quality need to be picked up and rectified immediately. The impact of quality issues not being identified can have significant ramifications on both profits and reputation. A single repository for all quality checks with a complete audit trail ensures your reputation is never compromised. The Quality Assurance module enables you to systematically track and audit production quality, manage non-conformances, and generate test certification.


  • Electronic storage of testing results
  • Production of test certificates and other testing related reports
  • Automatic integration of required test results with cable design module
  • A convenient mechanism to search previous test results based on part number or customer


Reporting

Datasheets & Reports

CableBuilder offers integrated datasheets and reporting which are auto-populated with live data which ensures key documentation is always up-to-date. CableBuilder has multiple reporting types and formats available to users including RTF (Microsoft Word), PDF, Microsoft Excel and HTML.

Datasheets are developed using XSL stylesheets or Crystal Reports and can be fully maintained by users, following some simple training from Cimteq.


Drawings

CableBuilder offers drawing capabilities across the full range of cable types including Power Cables, Telephone Cables, Optical Fibre Cables, Sectored Cables and many more. The created images are scaled versions of the exact parameters that exist as designs within CableBuilder.

The resulting colour images are auto-generated from the design data in either 2D or 3D depending on the chosen implementation and saved in either JPEG or SVG file format. Users can also add in further detail to the image by selecting different levels of labelling to the drawings.

Once generated the drawings are stored and can then be used across all documentation such as quotations, technical datasheets and product catalogues which are easily accessible by anyone with the required user access rights.


ERP Integration

CableBuilder integrates to a host of ERP system, from industry leaders such as SAP, Oracle and CableERP to more niche deployments such as Infor and Logo as well as bespoke custom built systems. The integration is done with a variety of methods that are available depending on the capability of the host system and the requirements of the customer.

  • ERP platform independent
  • Complete Bill-of-Materials, items and routings, product characteristics can be transferred on design approval
  • ERP Sales order can automatically be generated directly from quotations
  • Intelligent, auto-generated production orders based on length and losses
  • Full data integrity throughout the product lifecycle


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