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 new 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....

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What place for cable in a wireless world?
Jul10

What place for cable in a wireless world?

Wireless is becoming increasingly prominent in industries from energy to consumer goods and food processing. Indeed, it also has a place in Cimteq’s own technology – CableMES’ remote sensors that monitor machinery performance and reduce maintenance costs as a result being one such example.  The benefits of wireless are numerous. As there is no mechanical wear and tear, downtime is reduced. It can also access new environments...

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Wire & Cable Verona Italia 2019 technical conference program set to include 22 presentations, two plant tours, tabletop exhibits, and gala receptions
Jul15

Wire & Cable Verona Italia 2019 technical conference program set to include 22 presentations, two plant tours, tabletop exhibits, and gala receptions

The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. announces its participation as one of two organizers and several supporters of Wire & Cable Verona Italia, slated for October 21-22, 2019, at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Verona, Italy. This technical conference features 22 presentations, dedicated to both ferrous and nonferrous topics, which will address the most critical issues in global wire and cable manufacturing. Attendees...

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Cimteq Academy opens to learning
Jul03

Cimteq Academy opens to learning

With its 20-year pedigree, the team at Cimteq presents a wealth of knowledge on all things cable and wire manufacture.  This expert knowledge and insight now has a new virtual home. The Cimteq Academy launches today with the aim of supporting skills growth in digital transformation across the cable and wire industry – not only to improve today’s factory environment but to build resilience in the factory of tomorrow. The Academy...

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Tape folding tools for smooth operation
Jul03

Tape folding tools for smooth operation

Maillefer has added a Longitudinal Tape Applicator unit into its product portfolio recently. With this unit, customers have the means to apply a radial water blocking feature for various cable types. Water blocking barriers are usually aluminium, copper or plastic based water swellable tapes. The longitudinal tape is applied during the same process as final sheath. Smooth and even tape forming The unit supports single or dual pay-offs...

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Oceanteam Solutions extends subsea cable storage contract with one of Europe’s biggest cable manufacturers
Jul02

Oceanteam Solutions extends subsea cable storage contract with one of Europe’s biggest cable manufacturers

The 6-months extension plus two times 3 months options follows a successful two years of cable storage in Oceanteam’s 1100t carousel at its cable storage facility in Velsen, the Netherlands. This extension is part of a contract that also includes long-term storage of client’s subsea cables in Oceanteam’s 5300t carousel. In 2017, Oceanteam Solutions was awarded a contract to supply its client with port facilities, loadouts and storage...

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Book at Bedtime charity secures support from Cimteq
Jul05

Book at Bedtime charity secures support from Cimteq

Leading worldwide provider of software solutions specific to the cable manufacturing industry, Cimteq is working with other businesses across its local region to support Book at Bedtime. The company is holding an auction of laptops and other high-tech equipment at its head office in Wrexham to raise funds for the North Wales-based charity. Book at Bedtime aims to provide as many bookcases and books as possible to women’s refuges...

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Leoni offers smart robot mounting solution for all picking, packing, and palletizing applications
Jul01

Leoni offers smart robot mounting solution for all picking, packing, and palletizing applications

Leoni, a global provider of energy and data management solutions in the automotive sector and other industries, expands its product range in the field of cable management solutions dedicated for packaging applications. With the LEONI B-Flex P³, the company now offers a flexible, slip-resistant attachment solution for industrial robots especially for the Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, and globally, for the General Industry; serving...

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Bridging the cable industry’s skills gap
Jun17

Bridging the cable industry’s skills gap

In 1982, the total number of jobs in UK manufacturing was nearly a quarter of the working population. Fast forward to 2002 and this figure dropped to 12%. Recent statistics show that this figure has now dropped to 8%. This is not unique to the UK – in fact, all industrialised countries, with the exception of Brazil, have seen manufacturing jobs decline since the 1990s. Over the last 20 years in particular, factories...

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Where the Smart Factory meets the Smart Workforce
Jun12

Where the Smart Factory meets the Smart Workforce

The biggest change to the manufacturing industry since The Industrial Revolution? That’s how the collection of improvement technologies commonly known as Industry 4.0 is often described. Whilst a huge advocate of Industry 4.0, Cimteq’s CEO Ali Shehab knows that investing in this area needs to extend beyond the purchase of the technology alone. Unless implemented in an intelligent way the concept of The Smart Factory can never...

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Does embracing Industry 4.0 really optimise growth?
Jun05

Does embracing Industry 4.0 really optimise growth?

Industry 4.0 is the collection of technologies that employ computer controls, modelling, big data and other automation to improve manufacturing efficiencies. Increasingly, it is being adopted by cable and wire manufacturers who recognise its immeasurable value in improving bottom line. Leading worldwide provider of software solutions specific to the cable manufacturing industry, Cimteq has been an advocate of Industry 4.0 for...

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Video of the week – How to manage power and control cables reliably on automatic stacking cranes
Jun05

Video of the week – How to manage power and control cables reliably on automatic stacking cranes

Container handling is a vital element in global logistics, from European ports along the North Sea to the ports on the east coast of China. Here automatic stacking cranes work 24/7 to arrange containers in columns, side by side and stacks. They can travel distances of up to 800m and speeds of 600m/min, which can be a challenge to reliably manage power and control cables.P4 roller energy chains can safely guide power, bus, fibre optic...

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Wire Russia calling
Jun05

Wire Russia calling

At Wire Russia 2019, Maillefer takes the next step in the digitalization of manufacturing and introduces the Smart Factory. With the Virtual Reality application, a visitor can simulate different production parameters and set-ups applicable in Maillefer factories. You will also experience demos of the Quick Conductor Splicing technology, which will provide you with faster and more reliable conductor splicing...

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Quieter, stronger and faster to fill: New igus e-chain standard for small and medium sizes
May28

Quieter, stronger and faster to fill: New igus e-chain standard for small and medium sizes

The new E2.1 range has now become the igus standard for small to medium sizes. Previously only available for special applications, this energy chain offers a long service life, quiet operation and easy filling. The E2.1 is suitable for use in general engineering, woodworking and metalworking industries, and in machine tool construction. The two-piece design offers fast filling, opening from the side or top along the inner or...

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The power to be green
May27

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...

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Mission accomplished at Interwire 2019
May27

Mission accomplished at Interwire 2019

May’s Interwire exhibition in Atlanta may have drawn to a close but the conversation on innovative cable and wire manufacture has only amplified for key sponsor Cimteq. There were a number of objectives for Cimteq’s support of this event: Sponsorship of the Georgia Tech visit: 40 lucky delegates were invited to join Cimteq to view the new Georgia Institute of Technology Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility (AMPF). This new joint...

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WAI’s Interwire 2019 “Next Gen” inspires visitors with new program content,  allied focused events, strong industry support
May24

WAI’s Interwire 2019 “Next Gen” inspires visitors with new program content, allied focused events, strong industry support

The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. reports that its Interwire 2019 engaged 3,514 wire and cable industry professionals representing 39 states and 47 countries. The biennial event included WAI’s 89th Annual Convention, the Interwire Exhibition and new Interwire Conference, the concurrent Global Continuous Casting Forum, the Fundamentals of Wire Manufacturing course, and the co-located International Fastener Manufacturing...

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