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3D print designed on Cimteq’s CableBuilder


Latest 3D print from our trusted 3D printer. 10 minutes to design in CableBuilder, 20 minutes to get it ready for 3D printing, and 84 hours to print in 5 colours (200mm tall). Material cost, $12 USD. We will be printing more of these at Wire Dusseldorf on 16th – 20th April. Come and take a look at the Cimteq stand, Hall 11 D15.

Our vast experience of the cable industry spans many industry sectors. Depending on the sector in which your company operates, your requirements will have specific considerations. At Cimteq we make it a priority to ensure that the cable design and manufacturing software solution we provide is mindful of these parameters.

With Wire Dusseldorf only 4 weeks away, we look forward to meeting you there. For a free online demonstration to discover how our software will transform your company, book a free demonstration or e mail for more information.

Develop your skills in Cable-making Webinar

Cimteq is hosting a webinar on Thursday 8th March 2018 in conjunction with the launch of Business Improvement coaching in the Effective Production and Technical Management of Cable-making.

Cimteq is offering professionals the opportunity to improve and extend their capabilities in the Effective Production and Technical Management of Cable-making leading to a certified qualification.

The course has been developed to drive managers, supervisors and engineers in functional teams to achieve substantial improvement in performance through an integrated approach. The centre-piece is a combined training and coaching service that leads to a certified qualification. It will provide an enhanced understanding of the different aspects in the management of cable-making, coaching and support in the development and improvements projects and ultimately a certified qualification. It is expected that the potential benefits identified for a cell or plant during the course will more than cover its costs.

The study method is flexible and can be delivered anywhere in the world. It enables ‘out of hours’ study and catch up. The one to one support participants will receive when completing short assignments will reinforce their understanding and extend the knowledge transfer from their experienced trainers.

The course is aimed at professionals working in the cable manufacturing industry. Typical intakes includes; Production Manager, Technical Manager, Production Supervision, Technical Assistant, Manufacturing/Process Engineer, Cable Design, Owner/Managers.

Cimteq is hosting a webinar on Thursday 8th March. Bill Pearson, the course leader, will provide more detailed information on the course, including the intakes, the course modules and the study method, followed by an opportunity  for all attendees to ask questions.

Register here for the free webinar or contact Katy Harrison, Marketing Manager,


How Smart is your factory? Industry 4.0

The cable industry is now starting to adopt the principles of Industry 4.0, or the “Smart Factory”. You may think of it as a revolution, or an evolution of automated systems of the past. However, the one thing you cannot ignore is that it is an opportunity. Smart assets are here and they are becoming smarter. Smart is not just about doing things better but doing things differently. If you continue to do the same things, you will inevitably get the same results.

Ali Shehab, CEO, Cimteq, says, “There is tremendous confusion around Industry 4.0, the Smart Factory and the Internet of Things (IoT). When people think of industry 4.0, they think of technology, but when they hear the word Smart, they think of intelligence. The two concepts go hand in hand. Smart is the act of applying an intelligent solution to solve a problem and Industry 4.0 is the collection of technologies to enable this function.

Another error that people make is equating the Internet of Things (IoT) to Industry 4.0. IoT is only one of the new and evolved technologies which we collectively call Industry 4.0.

Using Smart assets in your factory does not make the factory a Smart Factory, in the same way that a person using a Smart phone does not make the person smart. A Smart Factory must exhibit the characteristics of communication, adaptability, continuous improvement and collaboration”.

The most distinguishing factors of I4.0 technologies are automation and communication. The aim of the use of these technologies is to allow the manufacturer to reduce cost, increase speed and add value.

These technologies also allow decision makers at any level to make quality decisions to help move the business forward.

But on a practical level, how do you progress the theory of Industry 4.0 into the reality of developing a factory into a Smart Factory? In a report by McKinsey Digital*, it offers 5 pragmatic recommendations for capturing value from Industry 4.0;

1. Focus your efforts on a limited number of applications

2. Don’t be afraid of “workarounds” today, but start laying the IT foundations for a more robust solution tomorrow

3. Build a portfolio of third-party technology providers

4. Build a strong internal team with an agile mindset

5. Experiment with the new business models


Industry 4.0 is not the future, it is here and yielding benefits by those that adopt its concept.

At Wire Dusseldorf 2018, our focus will be on Industry 4.0 and the Smart Factory. We will have our experts on hand to demonstrate the capabilities of CableBuilder and CableMES. Come and visit us at Booth 11/D15. Book a one to one demonstration to discover how our software can transform your business.

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Gap Analysis Workshop

Investing in software can sometimes feel like a leap-of-faith, the lack of certainty with regards the returns on investment as well as the scope of the delivered solution and delivery timescales can make it very difficult to drive the project internally.

This lack of certainty is quite typical for any software project and many feasible projects which could have delivered customers’ significant returns have been shelved due to lack of clarity around the potential gains.

We recognise that without this information, it can be very difficult for project sponsors to drive these initiatives forward through their internal budgetary sign-off process and ensure the project is given the priority it really deserves.

To help address these challenges we are running Gap Analysis Workshops on customer sites that dive into the internal systems and processes to work up a bespoke solution based on their requirements. The outcome from the workshop will be a report that defines the key deliverables and the returns on that investment to enable the senior leadership team to make an informed decision before they make a financial commitment.

The workshop will focus on defining 4 key areas:

  • The scope and costs of the proposed solution
  • Outline a plan with timelines for deployment
  • Highlight the internal resources the project will consume
  • Illustrate the return in investment between the current methods of working and the proposed solution.

If you are interested in discussing this in more detail, contact Richard Cotter at or call +44 1978 664 215 ext.543.


Cimteq Christmas Opening


During the Christmas break, Cimteq will be closing the office at 5pm on Friday 22nd December 2017 and re-opening on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 9am.

For emergency support, the helpdesk will be open during this period 24 hours 7 days a week.


We wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2018.

EU Construction Products Regulation for Cables

On 1st July 2017, the EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR) came into force. All cables supplied to the construction industry have a mandatory requirement to apply the new extended CE marking to their products.

The regulation provides a common language to assess the performance of construction products to fire. It ensures that reliable information is available to professionals, public authorities, and consumers, so they can compare the fire performance of products from different manufacturers in different countries. Manufacturers now have a legal obligation to draw up a Declaration of Performance (DoP), which identifies the product and details its intended use and reaction to fire performance characteristics. They are also required to get the product tested by an approved body.

The CE mark provides proof of this “fitness for purpose” and the manufacturer affixing the CE mark label shows that the construction product will enable the finished construction works.

Ali Shehab, CEO, Cimteq, says “There are many levels CableBuilder can help with CPR; once a DoP has been issued CableBuilder, using an identification formula, can identify which cables it applies to, saving time and the potentially costly fines of not conforming to regulations. CableBuilder can also generate the DoP document in multiple languages too”.

For more information, or to book a no obligation online demonstration, click here.

Cimteq Exhibits at CabWire

Cimteq is
exhibiting at the CabWire Industry Forum in Dusseldorf on 7th November 2017.


Be part of the
future of the cable and wire industry. Find out about the latest technical
innovations and breakthroughs that are driving that future. Join an
international network of professionals sharing information and insights on this
global platform.


Cimteq will be exhibiting on stand #6 and our industry experts
will be on hand delivering one to one demonstrations of CableBuilder and
CableMES. Click here to book a demo.


Ali Shehab, CEO, Cimteq will be joining industry
leaders speaking on the topic of “Overview of the Industry 4.0
possibilities on wire manufacturing and processing”.

Christian Scholze, Implementation Project Manager, Cimteq Ltd, will be running an Educational Fundamental Workshop on The fundamentals of Cable Design.


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Cimteq speaks at CRU’s Wire & Cable Conference

The CRU’s annual 11th Wire & Cable Conference will be held in Munich, Germany on 17-19 July 2017.

The event will open with shared
plenary sessions and then split into streams that focus on the separate Energy cable
and Communication cable issues.



Ali Shehab, CEO Cimteq, will join
leaders of some of the world’s largest cable manufacturers like Nexans, Southwire,
Prysmian and Ducab to discuss how they are preparing for next generation energy
networks and how they see developments impacting the industry in general.

Ali Shehab will be part of the wire and cable innovation closing plenary on 19th July 2017, speaking on “The Smart Cable Factory”.


About Cimteq

Cimteq Ltd is the leading provider of
software for the design and manufacturing of cables to the cable manufacturing
industry worldwide. Each installation we carry out is specifically tailored to
the individual customer requirements to ensure that they gain the maximum
benefit from our software solutions.






Southwire integrates CableBuilder to all its North American plants

Cimteq Ltd, a leading software
provider for the design and manufacturing of cables, announces that Southwire
Company, LLC (Southwire), one of North America’s largest wire and cable
producer, is integrating CableBuilder, the flagship cable manufacturing
software system by Cimteq, to all its plants in North America, transforming the
efficiency, cohesiveness and productivity of their business. The new fully
integrated system will drive Southwire to realise its goal of a fully
streamlined system linking all plants together through common data and



Following on from the successful
implementation of CableBuilder to over a quarter of its plants, Southwire has
scheduled CableBuilder to be rolled out to its remaining plants by the end of



Southwire is one of North America’s leading
manufacturers of wire and cable used in the distribution and transmission of
electricity and prides itself on its motto, We Deliver Power …Responsibly® to millions
of people
around the world through its products.



With Southwire’s key strategic goals:
to build organizational capability, drive operational excellence and accelerate
growth, the company requires internal systems in place that will allow it to
perform at its maximum potential.



Mr Dwayne Johnson, Director,
Specifications & Standards, Southwire, commented “CableBuilder software is a strategic investment for us at Southwire.  Its use as a product data management system
is essential for our ERP’s operation.  CableBuilder
software also offers us the flexibility to
continuously improve our designs and our business processes.”



Ali Shehab, CEO Cimteq says ”When
faced with selecting a system to satisfy Southwire’s requirements, CableBuilder
was the natural choice. The benefits that the software would bring to Southwire
were clearly evident from the first demonstration. Following an intensive
period of implementation at its headquarters with support from our experienced
implementation consultants, Southwire is now rolling out CableBuilder across
the board which demonstrates their confidence in the software.”



With over 20 plants across North
America, consistency is imperative in order for the company’s SAP system to
function effectively. CableBuilder is intuitive and flexible and can be adapted
to any ERP system. CableBuilder integrates into SAP, delivering concise information
enabling the system to match production to exact order requirements, reducing
scrap and rework. Furthermore, CableBuilder has allowed Southwire to take the
automation process one step further by transforming activities that would be
traditionally managed by a design engineer into automated processes within the
system, for example, selection of materials and specification validation.



CableBuilder’s unique function enables
Southwire to utilise the principle of designing a product once and then rolling
it out to multiple plants to the exact same specification of that original
design. CableBuilder allows Southwire to optimise production and reduce costs,
especially with regards to transportation. Any updates to a product are
automatically implemented across all plants saving a huge amount of time on
design engineering.



About Southwire



A leader in technology and innovation,
Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America’s largest wire and cable
producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable,
metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, utility products, OEM
wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies
assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. For more on
Southwire’s products, its community involvement and its vision of
sustainability, visit



About Cimteq



Cimteq Ltd is the leading provider of
software for the design and manufacturing of cables to the cable manufacturing
industry worldwide. Each installation we carry out is specifically tailored to
the individual customer requirements to ensure that they gain the maximum
benefit from our software solutions.



Smart Design and Manufacturing: Industry 4.0

Cimteq were among the exhibitors
showcasing their software products at  the
WAI’s (Wire Association International)
This WAI event, which will be held at the Georgia World Congress
Center, includes its trade show, the Global Ferrous Rod & Wire Symposium,
technical programs and  87th Annual Convention
Interwire Trade Exposition 2017 held at the
Georgia World Congress Centre, Georgia, Atlanta on 8-11th May 2017 ,
including the trade show, the Global Ferrous Rod & Cable Symposium,
technical programmes and 87th Annual Convention.



A year in today’s fast moving
technological society is a long time. The cable industry is now starting to
adopt the principles of Industry 4.0, or the “smart factory”. Ali Shehab, CEO,
Cimteq joined three other industry experts from Shoplogix, InnoVites and Oden
Technologies, on Tuesday 9th May to share their expertise on
Industry 4.0 in a panel discussion.



Ali Shehab, CEO at Cimteq comments:



“This was a good opportunity for
industry experts to share their expertise and opinions on Industry 4.0. It was
positive to see that the panel discussion was very well attended with over 60
people. The panellist provided different interpretations of Industry 4.0 from
their own outlook. There were lots of questions regarding the implementation of
Industry 4.0, including concerns about deskilling the work force and the cost.
Cimteq’s message was that although the cost of collecting and storing
information had not significantly changed, the information has become much more
valuable with the introduction of intelligent controls and the
interconnectivity of systems.   Industry 4.0 is not the future, it is here and
yielding benefits by those that adopt its concept. It strengthens the idea of
cooperation between systems. The principle is to leverage the strength of each
supplier in the digital thread”.



Cimteq exhibited its most advanced
cable design software, CableBuilder, and its Manufacturing Execution System,



Ali Shehab expands, “Cimteq has been
exhibiting at Interwire for several years, Interwire 2017 is one of the most
successful shows we have exhibited at in terms of referrals and the number of
exhibitors. We were pleased to meet existing customers who told us how much
CableBuilder continues to improve their design and quotation processes.  They also recommended some improvements and
new features which we have taken on board. So, look out for announcements in
the near future.  Our Manufacturing
Execution System, CableMES, received very positive feedback, the combination of
the modern platform, the simplicity and the powerful analytics and the scalability
were the main desirable features. As always, the organisation of the show was
superb and the key note speaker was inspirational with a dive into the world of
3D printing”.

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