Our vast experience of the cable industry spans many industry sectors. We are familiar and comfortable working with companies from all specialities
Depending upon the sector in which your company operates your requirements and the challenges you face will have sector specific considerations. At Cimteq we are familiar with these needs and make it a priority to ensure that the cable design and manufacturing software solution we provide is mindful of these parameters.
The energy cable market is diverse but well-structured in terms of design specifications. Most energy cable designs adhere to international and national standards such as IEC, BS and UL. However, the diversity of plant capabilities, innovation, and end user applications adds another dimension to the structured world of the standard. Design management and maintenance is not only a slow and time consuming process, but if done wrongly can lead to scrap, non-conformance, or worse, it can lead to litigation against the manufacturer.
Manufacturers pay great deal of attention to material utilisation as it forms, on average, 80% of the cost of the end product. Material control is vital from the moment an enquiry is received to the moment the product is shipped to the customer. During manufacturing, material consumption needs to be monitored and controlled with warnings when material variance between design and actual reaches a threshold.
Cimteq products provide a tool to control the manufacturers business in design, quotation and manufacturing. They provide design and production traceability, speed up the design and quotation processes, reduce costs and improve product quality.
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.
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 to 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.
Industrial cables cover instrumentation and control cables. The production of industrial cables is characterised by the use of a large number of similar cores or pairs in the cable with varied coverings, colours and sizes. It is essential that stock levels are maintained to adequate levels to maximise reactivity and minimise inventory cost. It is also essential to maintain traceability and quality control of production.
Cimteq’s CableBuilder helps the design engineers produce an accurate model of the cable right from the start, at the quotation stage very quickly and easily. There is no need to industrialise the design, and BOM and routings are sent to ERP at a touch of one button. Manufacturers that use CableBuilder make huge savings on time and remove data and calculation errors that can cause delays and scrap.
Cimteq’s CableMES help give production accurate instructions of what to produce and when and to what specifications to produce it. CableMES also collects progress, material usage, machine usage, quality and traceability information to help companies truly manage the complexity of a multi component environment.
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.
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.
The application for offshore cables is diverse, they range from shipboard cables which are similar in character to industrial cable to subsea power cables for wind farms, to umbilical cables. They all share a common requirements, they are all expected to safely perform in harsh or very harsh environments.
CableBuilder helps offshore cable manufacturers in many ways. It helps them design the cable including variation of design along the length of the cable. It helps engineers construct a cross section of the cable with all their customer’s requirements however diverse they are. CableBuilder also helps quote the cable, by simulating the manufacturing process using rules to determine the lengths that can be produced, material losses and the number of joints needed. CableBuilder also provides 2D and 3D drawings of the cable with a datasheet of construction and performance.
CableMES is essential in monitoring the manufacturing process. Every measurement taken manually or electronically is recorded against a point along the length of the cable, including any cuts and repairs.
Speciality cables demand a high level of flexibility in manufacturing. Design engineers need to intimately know their factories process capabilities and understand what operators need to know to accurately create the cable to the design.
CableBuilder significantly speeds up the process of design. Design engineers tell CableBuilder through flexible rules what is the capabilities of their process, so the system can check the design against it to avoid quotation and manufacturing mistakes. CableBuilder allows the designer to visually lay the components of the cable to minimise diameters. It also suggests filler, and other component sizes. Once designed, CableBuilder can simulate the production to get an accurate cost for the customer required length, that is then combined with datasheets that contains 2D and 3D drawings before presenting to the customer.
During manufacturing Cimteq’s CableMES instructs operators of what to do, monitors their progress, the machine performance, quality and material usage. CableMES makes it very easy for production managers and design engineers to understand their process capabilities through analysis charts to make sure future orders are processed as efficiently as possible.