The Challenge

Feed, measure, cut and present cable to a bespoke laser marking unit to prepare cable lengths for use in aircraft.

The Approach

A short Design Study and Risk Assessment determined this application called for cost efficient design, and that the end users demanded a simple interface for the entire system.

The Solution

We used a sand cast chassis to minimise assembly times during development before recommending the client should transfer to die casting to reduce part cost once production volumes rose. Standard components were sourced and adapted wherever possible to minimise development.
We worked closely with the specialist laser system supplier that the client had specified to ensure a seamless integration with the cable handling system and to create a single user interface for the entire system.

The Result

A batch of cable marking units was made, allowing the client to evaluate the market for the product. The market demand was such that the client installed a dedicated production facility.