New England Wire Technologies Corporation announces CableSuite rollout

New England Wire Technologies (NEWT) is the first global wire and cable manufacturer to go live with the complete cable business application, CableSuite.

With over 400 employees working across three sites, this New Hampshire company has been producing one-of-a-kind wire and cable solutions for over 100 years. This agility is supported by the fact that all proprietary equipment and tooling is designed and built inhouse; allowing it to respond quickly to product modifications as and when needed.

The sectors across which NEWT operates is incredibly broad: from medical electronics to military and defense, industrial manufacturing, communications, robotics and automation. Such diversity of market requires cable software that can flex accordingly. The company’s desired outcome in investing in this area was pretty singular: achieving long-term competitor advantage through streamlining of business process, enhancing resource productivity and ensuring a single version of truth.

NEWT identified no fewer than 17 High-level Differentiators (HDIs) as its key priorities in ERP business software. Examples included project structure for NPD, quoting and order entry, bill of materials, forecasting for material planning purposes, defective material reports, inventory management and multi-language options.

The natural choice in fulfilling these HDIs was CableSuite, an integrated solution of three industry-leading products: Cimteq’s cable design and manufacturing software CableBuilder and CableMES, and InnoVites’ CableERP.

Mike White, Business Analyst at NEWT, explains the company’s decision: “A project of this magnitude demands attention to even the smallest of detail. When shortlisting our suppliers, there were two criteria we considered critical. It goes without saying that the software needed to be robust and accommodate our continuing plans to create cutting-edge products. Equally as important for us, however, was to put our implicit trust in that software partner. What we found that in the Cimteq and Innovites partnership was a highly committed and qualified project team and we were delighted to confirm that January 2020 marked our go-live.”

Matt Rowlands, Cimteq’s Manufacturing Systems Engineer, and Albert Groothedde, CEO at InnoVites have been heavily involved to support NEWT with the go-live. Matt comments: “Retiring old processes as well as transforming working practices in cable design and manufacture takes a serious amount of time and commitment. Never more so than when a full suite of software is being rolled out as is the case with the CableSuite.

This project has been collaboration at its best: strong risk assessment, clearly defined roles and responsibilities; and, above all, effective communication. It’s a significant milestone for all three parties.”

Further information on CableBuilder and CableMES and their journey to implementation is available from Katy Harrison, Marketing Manager, Cimteq, [email protected]

Frederik Becker

Why is Atlanta such a hub for cable manufacturing?

As Cimteq prepares for February’s Argus Advanced Wire & Cable North America, it’s a fitting time to consider what makes this city such a magnet for the cable manufacturing community.

Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the US state of Georgia. The city was rebuilt to become a modern economy less reliant on agriculture following widespread burning during the Civil War. Its status as the unofficial capital of the ‘New South’ continues to this day and its rapid early expansion created the foundations for a great place to do business:

• Connectivity. Atlanta is home to the busiest passenger airport in the world, with 80% of the US population living within a direct two-hour flight of the city.

• Business community. It has the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the US with dominant sectors in aerospace, transportation and IT.

• Technological ambition. Initiatives such as AT&T Mobility’s Smart Cities initiative, which sees a partnership with the mayor’s office and the Georgia Institute of Technology, capitalise on the exciting possibilities of the Internet of Things and how the integration of smart technology supports infrastructure, manages traffic, and creates a better quality of life in the city.

• In the Global Cities of the Future Index 2018-19, it featured in the top ten according to Human Capital and Business Friendliness indices.

Cimteq has a strong client presence in the Atlanta area and look forward to joining the debate at Argus Advanced Wire & Cable North America on the economic and political mega-trends affecting development of the regional cable market.

Frederick Becker, Regional Sales Manager  EMEA and Chris Huntly, CableBuilder Product Owner, will be on hand to offer one-to-one demonstrations of cable design and manufacturing software CableBuilder and CableMES at Booth #1. For further information, please contact Katy Harrison, Marketing Manager, Cimteq, [email protected]

How do we improve internal communications?

A lack of communication is universally cited as a reason for things going wrong within a company; it’s raised in grievances, exit strategies and in day-to-day engagement amongst colleagues. A workforce that doesn’t feel informed on their company’s direction and strategy quickly becomes disenfranchised which ultimately costs the business in terms of productivity and staff turnover.

So how can a company improve its internal communications?

It starts with breaking down this catch-all term into its different components. Typical types of communication include:

· Top down
Where communication is driven from senior management. Once the most common (and sometimes only) form of communication within a business, it still has an important place in shaping culture and direction. Its form can vary from a corporate newsletter to a video stream.
· Information Where the message relates to training tools or compliance requirements. Most suitable for the Training or Compliance Officer to either share directly or via managers to make more relevant to their own departments.
· Change For most individuals, regardless of the level at which they operate in business, change is invariably something that is feared and not embraced.
Knowing how to communicate change begins with understanding and addressing staff concerns. Since a restructure, merger, office closure or the decision to discontinue products will affect different teams to different extents, it’s important that the communications are tailored to audience; take place at the right time; and provide a forum for staff responses.
· Crisis However unfortunate, there will be times when there’s little opportunity to prepare, such as when dealing with a technological crisis such as an outage or with a misdemeanour at company level. What a company is able to plan for, however, is how it can communicate this news, ensuring that there is a mechanism in place to broadcast to all staff at the touch of a button.
· Culture Typically led by the HR team, culture communications are part of the onboarding process for new members of staff and set out the company vision. Regular communications in this area –
whether that be celebrating an individual or team’s contribution or the company’s wider CSR activity – helps to remind staff that they are part of a community.
· Bottom up The most powerful communication of all is perhaps two-way or bottom-up communication. Staff members who do not feel their voice is being heard will start to create a narrative of their own which, once it takes hold, can be incredibly damaging to staff morale. Staff blogs, suggestion boxes and surveys present sound platforms to feed ideas back to senior management. It goes without saying that inviting feedback is not enough; staff need to see their suggestions being pursued.

These communication types present the pillars for a clear internal communications strategy. Like most initiatives seeking to change human behaviour, however, true success lies in their continual, practical application.

Cimteq’s acclaimed Academy: a commitment to digital transformation

Expert knowledge about all things cable is at the very heart of the Cimteq cable design and manufacturing business. In a bold move to share this knowhow more broadly, Cimteq embarked on an ambitious digitisation plan.

The aptly-named Cimteq Academy was launched in the Summer of 2019 and seeks to help build skills in digital transformation across the global cable and wire industry.

The Academy includes a wealth of learning materials such as:

· White papers which offer thought leadership from Cimteq and its partners on industry trends such as Industry 4.0
· Case studies describing how Cimteq products have been successfully implemented across the globe
· FAQs answering questions on Cimteq, CableBuilder and CableMES functionality and best practice on software implementation
· Videos on Cimteq in action
· Elearning courses including a quiz on assessing digital transformation readiness
· Webinars on subjects that matter most to the cable and wire industry, to be accessed at a time and pace at the viewer’s own convenience

As well as being well received by its clients, Cimteq’s hard work in this area received acclaim when the Academy was recognised as a Finalist in the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce’s Award for Digital Innovation.

Ali Shehab, Cimteq’s CEO, comments: “This initiative is truly one of harvesting many years of experience and expertise within our team. As a company, we’ve always been committed to sharing our knowledge. Embracing digitisation in this way of course reflects our ethos as a company that digital technologies – particularly in relation to Industry 4.0 – can be truly transformational. More than that, the Academy allows us to give back to an industry seeking to learn, transform and excel.”
New resources will continue to be added to the Cimteq Academy over the coming month

Cimteq’s 3D Printer Showcase at Wire Dusseldorf

Cimteq is happy to confirm its support for Wire Dusseldorf 2020, and with a very exciting addition to its exhibition stand.

The event, taking place on 30 March – 3 April 2020, is considered to be the cable and wire industry’s most important bi-annual trade show. Particularly renowned for showcasing the industry’s most cutting-edge innovations, it firmly sets the scene for a new decade of transformation in the sector.

Wire Dusseldorf always proves to be a highly popular event, with the last show in 2016 attracting 1,337 exhibitors from no fewer than 53 different countries. Amongst their number was best in class cable manufacturing and design experts Cimteq. Joining Cimteq on the exhibition stand will once again be Innovites who partner with Cimteq in the delivery of CableSuite solutions including CableBuilder, CableMES and Cable ERP.

Sure to be the talk of the show will be the 3D printer on Cimteq’s stand which will demonstrate in very real terms CableBuilder’s design and 3D capabilities. As well as a tutorial of how to build a 3D cable from CableBuilder3D, those visiting the stand will have the opportunity to enter Cimteq’s competition to win their own 3D printer.

As Ali Shehab, Cimteq founder, explains: “State-of the-art technology has little benefit unless it has a very real and practical application for the people who are investing in it. If it’s not going to save our clients time and resource and make a significant return on investment, we simply won’t commit development time to it. The 3D capability of our software is the perfect example of customer-led development that we pursued because of its absolute focus on improving bottom line.”

Wire Dusseldorf will be attended by a large contingent from Cimteq, including new CEO Mike Braddock, owners Ali and Amanda Shehab, EMEA Sales Manager Frederick Becker, Technical Account Manager James Concannon, APAC Regional Sales Manager Yufei Du and Marketing Manager Katy Harrison.

Cimteq 2019: A Year in Review

2019 has arguably been Cimteq’s busiest and most successful year. Let us share with you our highlights!

January

Cimteq begins work with the Foresight Group to develop an accelerated growth strategy following a £2.5 million investment from the Foresight Regional Investment Fund. Foresight’s Investment Manager Matthew Pomroy notes the team at Cimteq’s ‘exceptional expertise in the sector’ and the ‘significant opportunity to grow Cimteq rapidly over the next three to five years.’

February
It was back to school for Ali Shehab, CEO – or at least for his students – as he hosted an ‘Introduction to Automation Systems’ workshop at the University of Southampton. This event firmly kicked off Cimteq’s commitment to learning for the year.

March

Scaled-up growth needs a scaled-up team and March saw Cimteq spring into action with its recruitment drive; the first appointment of Rob Cox as Cimteq’s new Development Manager reflecting the company’s commitment to cutting edge product innovation.

April

Cimteq clients are based across the globe so what better way to engage with them than through embracing webinar technology? April’s first session very aptly tackles Industry 4.0 and how technology is at the heart of the Smart Factory.

May

The theme of Smart Factory, Smart Mindsets continues at the Interwire exhibition in Atlanta.

Ali Shehab, CEO, Cimteq, is amongst the prestigious line-up of speakers sharing their insights into the changing face of cable and wire. He is also the personal host of Cimteq’s Technical Program at Interwire, exploring the theme of ‘Next Generation’ Industry 4.0.

June

Cimteq adds to its burgeoning team with the appointment of Regional Sales Manager, Frederik Becker whose remit is to develop Cimteq’s footprint in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A new face too in Marketing as Pippa Bindin joins to help excite the market place with Cimteq’s most innovative plans.

July

After having systematically built up a series of articles and whitepapers, FAQs and quizzes, Cimteq officially launches its online learning resource. The ‘Cimteq Academy’ is a virtual embodiment of the company’s 20-year expertise on all things cable and wire.

August

Cimteq receives regional recognition for its ambitious growth programme from  #BusinessLive’s ‘Top 25 Tech Companies in Wales paving the way’.

September

Cimteq seizes the opportunity to reach an even greater client audience at its second North American conference of the year – the  IWCS 2019 Cable and Connectivity Symposium in North Carolina.

October

Recognition once again as Cimteq is shortlisted for the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce’s Award for Digital Innovation.

November

Can there really be so much to say about Industry 4.0? Indeed so as Yufei Du, Regional Sales Manager explains in the second of Cimteq’s webinar series on this topic.

December

It’s certainly been a year of fast pace and achievement, and our sights are firmly set on the future. What better way to start 2020, than with the preparation for two significant exhibitions – Cable North America and Wire 2020 in Dusseldorf…

In the meantime, we wish you all the very best of seasonal greetings!

The power to be green

Cable and wire manufacturers face a perennial issue how can they honour their green commitment to reduce energy use whilst increasing productivity?

Companies that have invested in Cimteq’s CableBuilder and CableMES software have discovered that reducing greenhouse gas emissions and growing productivity need not be mutually exclusive. So how exactly is Cimteq helping these forward-thinking companies? Put simply Cimteq’s bespoke cable manufacturing and design software shines a light on the most inefficient practices in a factory at two key stages of the manufacturing process:

Design – CableBuilder’s ability to create sophisticated 3D digital twinning of wire and cable allows for much leaner use of materials. It presents the opportunity to test different models to identify which is most fit-for-purpose and, critically, all before committing to the costs of production. It also supports extended product lifetimes  of great appeal to cable and wire customers and custodians of the environment alike.

Production – Scrap and rework are perhaps the most costly inefficiency within the factory environment. Creating the most robust and sophisticated cable design through CableBuilder is only part of the equation. Companies extending their investment to manufacturing execution system CableMES have a clear view of when quality or non-conformance issues hit the production schedule. CableMES’ automated quality recordings and real-time alarms allow immediate response to any such issues.

At a more strategic level, phasing out inefficient machines and factories can only be achieved through regular monitoring and benchmarking. CableMES allows operators to build a picture of best and worst performing machinery across their factories, helping them to make informed choices about where to scale up production.

An integrated approach to resource management presents by far the best opportunity to minimise waste. CableBuilder, CableMES and their integration with any ERP system presents the most robust application of its kind to cable manufacturers across the globe.

Find out how Cimteq can improve your sustainability commitments by booking an online demo here