The challenge of designing and making Fibre Optic cables is in the management of the optical and physical performance of the cable. Optical cables have a diverse form and applications from OPGW to loose tube, to duct cables to ribbon cables, etc. Like other communication cables manufacturers obtain competitive advantage through product and process innovation. The management of innovation needs to be strictly controlled and its benefits maximised to improve new product designs and existing designs. The modular nature of Optical cables means that manual design and manual production order preparation is both slow and tedious. It is also prone to errors.
The heart of the Optical cable is a very fragile component, the optical fibre. Most manufacturers measure and trace the performance of the cable after each process to make sure that faults are detected as early as possible. The measurement, collation and the management of non-conforming products are essential for traceability purposes to demonstrate the pedigree of the cable to a customer and to analyse quality issues in order to design a solution to solve them.
Cimteq’s cable design and its design configuration solution help design engineers design Optical cables very quickly and helps sales quote the customer very quickly with accurate costs, technical drawings and datasheets. When an order is taken, CableMES will take over to instruct operators of what they need to make, when they need to make it and how to make it. It will also collect all the progress and quality measurements without the need to handle a mountain of paper trail. If there is a fault it can pinpoint when the fault happened, the process conditions of when it happened and what was done about it.
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