Why is Atlanta such a hub for cable manufacturing?
Jan23

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...

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How do we improve internal communications?
Jan20

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...

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CRU brings its global gathering of cable makers and thought-leaders to London for the first time in its history
Jan14

CRU brings its global gathering of cable makers and thought-leaders to London for the first time in its history

CRU, leading provider of cable news, analysis and consulting is to hold its 14th CRU Wire & Cable Conference on 8-10 June 2020. Attracting over 200 key executives, the conference is well established as the premier meeting place for the world’s cable makers and the insulated wire and cable supply chain. The event is set to take place in London for the first time in its history, close to CRU’s headquarters and promises to draw on...

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Cimteq’s acclaimed Academy: a commitment to digital transformation
Jan13

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...

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Madem-Moorecraft Reels has now doubled its production capacity in Tarboro, NC
Jan13

Madem-Moorecraft Reels has now doubled its production capacity in Tarboro, NC

Madem-Moorecraft has just completed the installation of a new, fully automatic production line for nailed wooden reels.  This new line utilizes the latest technology for automated CNC machines and our proprietary ink jet printing system. The new investment will increase the annual sales capacity for the company to $35 million dollars. Additionally, Madem-Moorecraft will potentially serve more than 25 cable manufacturers in the...

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Cimteq’s 3D Printer Showcase at Wire Dusseldorf
Dec23

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...

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Cimteq Executive Board strengthened by appointment of new CEO
Dec19

Cimteq Executive Board strengthened by appointment of new CEO

Cimteq has strengthened its Executive Board with the appointment of Mike Braddock as its new CEO. The appointment marks a new chapter in the company’s history as it embarks on an ambitious programme of growth for the next decade. Mike’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Cimteq. Only 12 months on from a £2.5 million investment from the Foresight Regional Investment Fund, Cimteq’s growth strategy has already accelerated with an...

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Cimteq confirmed as Bronze sponsor of Advanced Wire and Cable North America
Dec16

Cimteq confirmed as Bronze sponsor of Advanced Wire and Cable North America

Cimteq is delighted to announce its Bronze sponsorship of Argus Advanced Wire and Cable North America 2020. The conference, taking place on 3 February – 4 February 2020 in Georgia, is considered to be one of the world’s leading events in exploring new technologies in cable and connectivity materials, products, processes and applications. Supporting such key conferences is a cornerstone of Cimteq’s ambitious three-year growth...

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Step into Maillefer’s circle at wire 2020
Dec16

Step into Maillefer’s circle at wire 2020

You will want to be present at the most important industry event happening in Düsseldorf, Germany from March 30 to April 3, 2020. Everyone who is anyone in the cable industry will be there. We are keeping with the biennial tradition of inviting our customers and visitors to Maillefer stand 10 / C22, where they will be greeted with innovation, exciting technology, smart solutions and, most importantly, a competent and welcoming face....

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Cimteq 2019: A year in review
Dec12

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...

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DHC Crosshead for rubber cable production
Dec12

DHC Crosshead for rubber cable production

DHC 60/90 /Enter crosshead A perfect solution for single and dual layer extrusion of LV and MV rubber cables. With the quick change of tools, products can be programmed with minimum down time of the production line. The conical design allows improved contact between parts with improved centering, sealing and heat transmission. Conical parts are also easier to assemble and dismantle. Large flow channels minimize the melt pressure. The...

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WAI to add two new technical advisors to further its mission
Dec12

WAI to add two new technical advisors to further its mission

The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. announces the appointment of Dane G. Armendariz as the association’s first Technical Advisor, in a role that commences on January 1, 2020. In this position Armendariz will serve as consultant to help assemble ferrous-related educational programming for upcoming conferences. He will also be a resource for WAI members in need of technical expertise within their organizations. WAI plans to...

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A factory environment that welcomes all
Dec09

A factory environment that welcomes all

The legal framework surrounding diversity and equality sets minimum standards to ensure that no individual is placed at a disadvantage because of their age, disability, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or social background. Celebrating diversity in fact has benefits beyond simply being legally compliant; it is recognised as improving staff wellbeing and engagement. Initiatives that work for one company may not...

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Van Oord / Cablel awards First Subsea Cable Protection System
Dec02

Van Oord / Cablel awards First Subsea Cable Protection System

Van Oord / Cablel has selected First Subsea to supply cable protection systems (CPS) for the Export Cables and Cross Over Protection for TenneT’s Net op zee Hollandse Kust (zuid) (Offshore Wind Farm located 20 kilometers off the coast of The Hague in the Netherlands). First Subsea will engineer, test and supply a CPS for the protection of the 220 kV Export Cables and the 66 kV Interlink Cable between the J-tube at the offshore...

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Explore the optimum path to the smart cable factory with Cimteq’s webinar
Nov15

Explore the optimum path to the smart cable factory with Cimteq’s webinar

Cimteq is pleased to announce that its webinar on ‘The Optimum Path to the Smart Cable Factory’ will take place on 12 December 2019. The webinar will be hosted by Frederik Becker, Cimteq’s Regional Sales Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Its aim is to explore the steps needed to implement this methodology in the cable factory environment. Frederik Becker, Regional Sales Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa It...

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New DCX Optical Distribution Frame from Belden optimizes fiber infrastructure ROI
Nov22

New DCX Optical Distribution Frame from Belden optimizes fiber infrastructure ROI

Belden is excited to announce its new DCX Optical Distribution Frame (ODF), a high-density cross-connect solution designed to optimize fiber infrastructure ROI. Ever-increasing data center bandwidth requirements, IP migration in broadcast environments and new stadium technology deployments (such as 5G and IoT) all require more fiber connections. These fiber connections need to be supported effectively while also ensuring easy access...

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Individual buy-in to health and safety is essential
Nov21

Individual buy-in to health and safety is essential

Feeling valued by your employer is one of the most powerful staff motivators. Nowhere is this more important than in health and safety.  A poor health and safety record has long-lasting repercussions beyond the factory. One incident not only has a significant and often life-changing impact on an individual and his or her loved ones; it also damages trust in the company amongst colleagues and customers. A company may believe that...

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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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