Communication cables vary from simple Cat 5 cables and telephone cables produced in volume to specialised antenna coaxial cables. A characteristic of the communication market is innovation in the design of the cable as well as the continuous introduction of new processes and materials. Companies often design cables for categories not yet specified by international committees to meet the demands of the market. They are also experimenting with new materials, for example, the replacement of braid with an extruded compound to speed up production and reduce overall product costs.
Manufacturers often have to balance the performance of the cable with environmental and application limiting factors to get the most cost effective design. The design of communication cables is highly influenced by process engineering and the manufacturer’s equipment.
Cimteq products help the design and process engineer produce accurate representations of the cable including its manufacturing costs, and help them experiment with the constructions to improve the technical and the cost performance of the cable. CableMES will track production volume, non-conformances and quality parameters such as crosstalk through all production stages. This will help design engineers understand the impact of improvement programs and provide them with a platform for future improvement.
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