Tying it all together through strong partnership
Nov11

Tying it all together through strong partnership

The implications of choosing the wrong software partner are costly. Not only is time and expense wasted in abandoning an implementation that isn’t working, it causes reputational damage in the eyes of both customers and staff. Five questions to help avoid selecting the wrong partner from the outset: Is the company committed to product development? Your chosen supplier should have a clear roadmap that is responsive to client feedback...

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Seventh new appointment for 2019 signals Cimteq’s scale of ambition
Nov08

Seventh new appointment for 2019 signals Cimteq’s scale of ambition

Cimteq is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Latacz as their newest Application Support Developer. Anna is the seventh new recruit for Cimteq this year following appointments to roles across the company in Development, Project Management, Commercial and Finance. Anna will act as first-line support to Cimteq customers, with a particular focus on customisation of CableBuilder and CableMES. Her new role builds on a career...

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Weighing in on electrical harnesses
Oct31

Weighing in on electrical harnesses

Wire harness or cable assembly? Whilst the terms are used interchangeably by many, there are some fundamental differences between the two. Since individual cables are already protected by their own exterior sheaths, a wire harness presents a simple and cost-effective exterior sheath to bundle the wires and protect them from their environment. Cable assembly on the other hand provides a more heavy-duty material which not only keeps...

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Leading cable manufacturer reduces wasted time and expense with all-in-one bespoke solution
Oct31

Leading cable manufacturer reduces wasted time and expense with all-in-one bespoke solution

Moving heavy and awkward loads from an inside production area to outside containers ready for shipping was proving a challenge for a world-leading manufacturer of cables. Reliance on forklift trucks meant that valuable loads were not secure when being lifted and transported – putting staff at risk through lack of visibility and the danger of overbalancing. Meanwhile, ensuring the necessary clearance when using overhead cranes was...

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Video of the Week – What is the alternative to busbars for storage and retrieval systems?
Oct30

Video of the Week – What is the alternative to busbars for storage and retrieval systems?

The narrow, compact and fast movements found in storage and retrieval units are common usage scenarios for busbar systems. However, a big disadvantage is that they can only be used for power transmission. With the advent of smart warehousing, being without control and data signals is not an option. The micro flizz MF10 energy chain system overcomes this by guiding power, data and other media, such as fluids, simultaneously in the...

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New universal clamp for energy chains and corrugated hoses ensures increased safety and reliability for collaborative robots
Oct29

New universal clamp for energy chains and corrugated hoses ensures increased safety and reliability for collaborative robots

When humans and machines stand shoulder to shoulder on the production line, safety at work is a critical issue. To ensure cables and hoses are reliably and compactly guided on cobots, igus has developed a universal clamp. The Lean Robotics retaining fixture, which is injection moulded, is available in one universal size, making it very cost-efficient. It is easy and simple to install using a Velcro strip. A slim design with...

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Cimteq webinar on Industry 4.0
Oct28

Cimteq webinar on Industry 4.0

Cimteq is pleased to announce that its next webinar will take place on 6 November at 10:00 GMT.  The topic will be ‘Applying Industry 4.0 to the Cable Factory Environment’. It follows the publication of a paper on the same subject at September’s IWCS 2019 Cable and Connectivity Symposium in North Carolina. The webinar will be personally hosted by Yufei Du, Cimteq’s Business Development Manager for APAC. Its aim is to dispel some...

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HARTING to showcase innovative products at the Smart Factory Expo
Oct25

HARTING to showcase innovative products at the Smart Factory Expo

HARTING UK will be showcasing their range of innovative Industry 4.0 products and solutions at the Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool on the 13th and 14th November 2019. The importance of Industry 4.0 is highlighted by the many benefits it can bring to businesses. Predictive maintenance, energy monitoring and flexible production methods help manufacturers to revolutionise their facilities and make them more adaptable. HARTING’s MICA...

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Crossheads that fulfil all your options
Oct24

Crossheads that fulfil all your options

Maillefer has a complete program of crossheads which fulfils the variety of needs in wire & cable manufacturing. Often included in our line configurations, they are also in demand for performance upgrades and component replacements. The THX and ECH models form the two large families of extrusion heads that respond to a variety of applications. THX models dedicated to power cable The THX series of triple layer crossheads are...

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I, Robot – where robotics present an opportunity for cable manufacturers
Oct21

I, Robot – where robotics present an opportunity for cable manufacturers

The use of robotics in manufacturing has come some way since the first industrial robot patent in 1954 and General Motors’ early adoption in 1962. Performance of countless roles in the factory environment are better suited to robots: where parts are too small for human eyes and where workers need to be protected from high-risk tasks are two notable examples. Where work too is mundane or repetitive, using robots brings the added...

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Applying industry 4.0 to the cable factory environment
Oct15

Applying industry 4.0 to the cable factory environment

The 2019 IWCS Cable and Connectivity Symposium in North Carolina may have come to a close but the debate on how best to deploy Industry 4.0 methodologies within the factory environment certainly continues. In support of the symposium format where delegates had the chance to learn about basic and emerging technologies, Cimteq launched its own paper on ‘Applying Industry 4.0 to the Cable Factory Environment’. A top of the mind...

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Rittal supplies bespoke panels for critical controls
Oct11

Rittal supplies bespoke panels for critical controls

The East Midlands Instrumentation Company Ltd (EMI), an electrical, instrumentation and control installation contractor for the power generation, power transmission, rail and industrial markets based in Gainsborough, had a complex specification from a client.  The client needed specially designed panels to protect critical equipment that controlled a remote pumping station and dam.  A complex control and distribution system...

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Leading cable manufacturing software provider shortlisted for regional business awards
Oct08

Leading cable manufacturing software provider shortlisted for regional business awards

Wrexham-based Cimteq, leading software provider to the cable manufacturing sector, has been shortlisted for Digital Innovation in a regional business awards. The West Cheshire and North Wales Chambers of Commerce has selected the launch of Cimteq’s new online learning resource centre (RLC), the Cimteq Academy, as one of the shortlisted entries into its 2019 Recognition Awards.  Cimteq has designed and developed the Cimteq Academy...

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It’s electric! How cable is powering the cars of the future
Sep30

It’s electric! How cable is powering the cars of the future

Our carbon emissions are overheating the planet and causing immeasurable damage to ice caps, sea levels and, in turn, every organism on the planet.  Governments across the world are looking at ways in which to support a carbon-neutral economy. No more so than in the car industry where a consumer backlash over the emissions scandal and a growing awareness of the direct impact of dirty air on our health is driving industry change....

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Are your staff sufficiently skilled?
Sep20

Are your staff sufficiently skilled?

How do you define skills? The ability to perform a role well is perhaps what springs to mind first and foremost. But progressive companies know that the most valuable employees are also accomplished in interpersonal skills such as communication; decision making; time management; the ability to work under pressure; adaptability; and negotiation – all of which are required to succeed in the Industry 4.0 environment. Most companies...

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igus introduces the world’s first modular energy chain made of steel and plastic
Sep19

igus introduces the world’s first modular energy chain made of steel and plastic

igus has developed its first plastic-steel hybrid energy chain for telescopic applications, such as cherry pickers, telehandlers and boom lifts. Compared to conventional steel energy chains which are sometimes used in these applications, the new YE.42 e-chain is half the weight. It also provides up to 10m unsupported travel, which is 50% more than for plastic energy chains. “Previously, mobile machine builders...

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Calling all women!
Sep09

Calling all women!

Women continue to be an untapped resource in manufacturing. According to 2018 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than a third of the US workforce in this sector is made up of women. Other countries report similar imbalances. For the cable and wire factory of the future – where skills such as communication, teamworking and analysis are becoming increasingly important – a business that is not reaping the...

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How to bring about successful implementation of cable design software
Sep06

How to bring about successful implementation of cable design software

The majority of good ideas fail because of improper implementation of the ideas rather than the idea itself being flawed. Take, for example, implementing a new software system.  A company purchases some high-end design software; rightly, it is expecting to use it to its fullest potential to get maximum return on investment.  The company employs its best experts and brightest brains to plan and start the implementation of the...

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Who will succeed in your business?
Aug27

Who will succeed in your business?

Succession plans do not usually feature highly on the priority list for small businesses. Yet failing to plan in this area can have a seismic impact on a business – particularly where the business owner’s departure is through unexpected illness, or worse. The benefits of planning in this area are numerous. For staff, it provides a clearer vision for the future. For investors, it provides reassurance that there is contingency in place...

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Cimteq to showcase Industry 4.0 capabilities at international conference
Aug16

Cimteq to showcase Industry 4.0 capabilities at international conference

The Cimteq team are exhibiting at the IWCS 2019 Cable and Connectivity Symposium, which is taking place at the Charlotte Convention Centre in North Carolina next month (29 September – 2 October).  The company will also be part of the Symposium’s poster presentation, with a paper – ‘Applying Industry 4.0 to the Cable Factory Environment’ – prepared by Yufei Du, Cimteq’s Software Implementation Manager. The presentation, based on...

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Cimteq’s energy efficient factory checklist
Aug12

Cimteq’s energy efficient factory checklist

Improving your factory’s efficiency not only supports your reputation as a responsible business, it ultimately improves your bottom line. Here’s Cimteq’s handy list on how to implement some simple changes: Lighting Capitalise on natural light by maintaining clean windows and skylightsWhere possible, relocate staff and most regularly employed machinery to areas enjoying the most natural lightEducate the workforce on turning off lights....

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L-com debuts new UL listed NEMA-rated equipment enclosures
Aug09

L-com debuts new UL listed NEMA-rated equipment enclosures

L-com, an Infinite Electronics brand and a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has introduced a new line of UL listed, NEMA-rated equipment enclosures. The new enclosure line consists of three new models: the NB181608-100-UL which features an aluminum mounting plate with surge protected duplex 120 VAC outlets; the NB181608-10FS-UL which includes the same...

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Powering the offshore winds of change with Cimteq
Aug08

Powering the offshore winds of change with Cimteq

The benefits of wind energy are mainfold. Wind is a reliable and endless renewable which dramatically cuts carbon emissions. It is creating millions of new jobs across the world and creates an energy independence for those countries relying heavily on imported gas, coal or oil. Offshore ambition The UK’s offshore wind industry is still the largest producer of offshore wind energy in the world. Last year it announced its 2030 vision,...

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Southwire to amplify high-voltage cable production with Maillefer Round Premium Package
Aug07

Southwire to amplify high-voltage cable production with Maillefer Round Premium Package

Southwire Company LLC, a leading manufacturer of high-voltage underground cable systems, aims to boost cable production and quality with the Maillefer Round Premium Package. Slated for installation later this year as an upgrade to an existing line, Southwire will be the first in North America to employ this capability. The company will be able to produce rounder cables as large as 6 inches (152mm) in diameter that weigh as much as 25...

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Ready with the next generation EKP
Aug06

Ready with the next generation EKP

In order to best serve our existing and future customers in the telecom field, we have prepared a next generation EKP for launch during fall 2019. Take-up in launch position The series of versatile EKP Automatic Dual Take-ups – EKP 5, EKP50 and EKP 63 – are well designed in serving telecom applications. These well-known dual take-ups, which have helped define industry standards, are facing component obsolescence. For several...

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What’s keeping cable manufacturers awake at night?
Jul29

What’s keeping cable manufacturers awake at night?

Cable and wire manufacturers are facing unprecedented global challenges. Strong competition in particular is growing from countries with access to lower raw material and labour costs and greater Government subsidies.  Protecting market share against such aggressive pricing is at the forefront of every factory owner’s mind. Cimteq has shaped its software over some 20 years to help address the four key issues keeping cable...

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Video of the Week – How to manage cables and hoses safely on cherry pickers
Jul26

Video of the Week – How to manage cables and hoses safely on cherry pickers

igus has developed its first plastic-steel hybrid energy chain for extending applications, such as cherry pickers, telehandlers and boom lifts. Compared to conventional steel energy chains, which are sometimes used in these applications, the new YE.42 e-chain is 50% lighter. It also provides up to 10m unsupported travel, which is 50% more than for plastic energy chains. The hybrid solution has particularly high...

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3D development places CableBuilder customers firmly ahead of the curve
Jul18

3D development places CableBuilder customers firmly ahead of the curve

Cimteq is pleased to announce the latest upgrade to its cable and design software CableBuilder 3D. Cimteq’s CableBuilder software manages the complete cycle of cable design and manufacture through typical workflow milestones of Design, Customer Quotation, Ordering, Production, Quality Assurance and ERP. By freeing up engineer time to work on more innovative activities, CableBuilder customers are able to shorten the time to new product...

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Cimteq welcomes two further additions to its burgeoning team
Jul19

Cimteq welcomes two further additions to its burgeoning team

Cimteq is pleased to announce a further two additions to its team, further consolidating its growth ambitions for the coming five years. It follows the appointments of Cimteq’s new Financial Director, Development Manager, Project Manager and Office Administrator earlier this year. Frederik Becker has been appointed as Regional Sales Manager and will be responsible for new business sales of CableBuilder and CableMES across EMEA....

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Video of the Week – How igus tests cables in energy chains at sub-zero temperatures
Jul18

Video of the Week – How igus tests cables in energy chains at sub-zero temperatures

Only real long-term tests under realistic conditions provide useful information about the reliability and service life of cables in energy chains. In this weeks’ video, we head over to Cologne to visit our climatic test chamber. Here chainflex cables move continuously in energy chains where they are subjected temperatures down to -40°C; this is not done just once but millions of times. Travelling over a distance of...

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