Southwire integrates CableBuilder to all its North American plants

PUBLISHED: 15 Jun 17

CableBuilder integrates with SAP to give Southwire the leading edge
CableBuilder integrates with SAP to give Southwire the leading edge

Cimteq Ltd, a leading software provider for the design and manufacturing of cables, announces that Southwire Company, LLC (Southwire), one of North America's largest wire and cable producer, is integrating CableBuilder, the flagship cable manufacturing software system by Cimteq, to all its plants in North America, transforming the efficiency, cohesiveness and productivity of their business. The new fully integrated system will drive Southwire to realise its goal of a fully streamlined system linking all plants together through common data and specifications.

Following on from the successful implementation of CableBuilder to over a quarter of its plants, Southwire has scheduled CableBuilder to be rolled out to its remaining plants by the end of 2018.

Southwire is one of North America's leading manufacturers of wire and cable used in the distribution and transmission of electricity and prides itself on its motto, We Deliver Power... Responsibly® to millions of people around the world through its products.

With Southwire's key strategic goals: to build organizational capability, drive operational excellence and accelerate growth, the company requires internal systems in place that will allow it to perform at its maximum potential.

Mr Dwayne Johnson, Director, Specifications & Standards, Southwire, commented "CableBuilder software is a strategic investment for us at Southwire. Its use as a product data management system is essential for our ERP's operation. CableBuilder software also offers us the flexibility to continuously improve our designs and our business processes."

Ali Shehab, CEO Cimteq says "When faced with selecting a system to satisfy Southwire's requirements, CableBuilder was the natural choice. The benefits that the software would bring to Southwire were clearly evident from the first demonstration. Following an intensive period of implementation at its headquarters with support from our experienced implementation consultants, Southwire is now rolling out CableBuilder across the board which demonstrates their confidence in the software."

With over 20 plants across North America, consistency is imperative in order for the company's SAP system to function effectively. CableBuilder is intuitive and flexible and can be adapted to any ERP system. CableBuilder integrates into SAP, delivering concise information enabling the system to match production to exact order requirements, reducing scrap and rework.

Furthermore, CableBuilder has allowed Southwire to take the automation process one step further by transforming activities that would be traditionally managed by a design engineer into automated processes within the system, for example, selection of materials and specification validation.

CableBuilder's unique function enables Southwire to utilise the principle of designing a product once and then rolling it out to multiple plants to the exact same specification of that original design. CableBuilder allows Southwire to optimise production and reduce costs, especially with regards to transportation. Any updates to a product are automatically implemented across all plants saving a huge amount of time on design engineering.

About Southwire
A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America's largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, utility products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. For more on Southwire’s products, its community involvement and its vision of sustainability, visit

About Cimteq
Cimteq Ltd is the leading provider of software for the design and manufacturing of cables to the cable manufacturing industry worldwide. Each installation we carry out is specifically tailored to the individual customer requirements to ensure that they gain the maximum benefit from our software solutions.

Cimteq Ltd, UK
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