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You can’t ‘Spot the Difference’ with GBC400

 

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GBC400 is as good as it gets.
So if you’re paying over the odds for your low loss cables, contact us for the best alternative.
We have been producing our equivalent cables for a number of years and we would like to show you the test results, so you can be confident that you will get the results you need, at a fraction of the price.

Click on the link below to download the data sheet, which shows the independently tested results for Electrical Characteristics and RoSH Compliance. View Datasheet here.

 


Apply for your Free Ticket today.

 

It’s going to be the seventh successive year for Gem Cable Solutions to attend the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition at Five Farnborough on the 9th, 10th & 11th February 2016.
We’ll be sharing some of our latest product innovations across the many sectors we cover including Aerospace, Satellite, Transport, Telecoms and Broadcast.  We would like to invite you to the exhibition, so please register for your FREE ticket by following the link below and come to visit us on our stand P7.

Southern Manufacturing is the UK’s LARGEST regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition.
Thousands of engineering & electronics solutions.
Full Programme of FREE technical seminars.
Pre-Register to receive your FREE Show Catalogue.
Ample FREE Parking adjacent to the exhibition hall.

Apply for your FREE entry ticket here
Watch a video of Gem Cable Solutions at Southern Manufacturing

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Free Entry to DSEI

 

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Gem Cable Solutions will be exhibiting at the World’s largest Defence and Security Exhibition this September, DSEI at Excel London, stand N3-687.
Please contact us to receive your guest code to apply for your free tickets before 31st July.
Ticket application after the 1st August will incur a charge of £50.00 rising in price each month to £175.00 in September.
As the must-attend event for 2015 with more exhibitors and educational content than ever before.

Find out more here.

 


 

Pushing Design and Manufacture

 

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The Right People

The team at Gem Cable Solutions have designed and manufactured a bespoke panel system to allow a new 64 pair connector to integrate to legacy equipment for one of its Blue Chip customers.  The panels are UK manufactured at our new facility in St Albans Hertfordshire, using our box build manufacturing cell, headed up by cell leader Tony Moss (pictured)

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The Right Product

This new interface panel can be easily and quickly terminated to the street side cabinet, reducing on site manpower requirements and also system downtime.  Gem Cable designed a 320 pair, 256 pair & 128 pair 19” Rack mount panel which seamlessly integrates between the new and old equipment. Gem Cable are now in full production with these panels and will see them be deployed across the customers network over the next few years.

If you have a requirement for bespoke UK designed and manufactured box or panel builds, please do give us a call.

 


Work Experience with GEM Cables

 

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During the period of this week, for the first time, GEM Cable Solutions have hosted a year 10 student on work experience. Liam, the student on work experience, got to participate in a variety of activities including working on the shop floor, to gain an understand what Gem produce for their customers, to filing and organising of documents, to shadowing Steven Jack (The Managing Director) for meetings, forums and open days as he visited businesses such as Virgin Media, GE, Kelvin Hughes and The Hertfordshire Growth Hub Opening . Liam proceeded to learn a vast amount of information about each aspect of the business environment at GEM Cables.

Liam said “I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience at GEM Cable Solutions as I learnt a plethora of information about the cabling business and gained experience from a wide range of working environments. I would recommend to any year 10 pupil that they do their work experience or placement at Gem Cable.”

 


GEM is now Hiring!

 

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Due to our continued expansion and growth, we have exciting new vacancies to fill.

We require both production staff and office staff. Do you have what it takes to become a GEM employee?

Find out more here and come join us…

 


The Latest in Fibre Optical Connections

 

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At the Southern Manufacturing Exhibition next year we’ll be displaying the latest in harsh environment fibre optical connections – the opticalCON system.

The opticalCON system is based on LC connectors but eliminates its weakness and guarantees a safe, dust protected and rugged connection; the system copes with the increasing need for fibre optic channels.

To find out more or request a quotation on this or any of the Products and Services that we provide, please contact the Technical Support team at techsupport@gemcable.co.uk or telephone 01727 845 750 and press 3 for Technical Support.

 


Follow Us

 

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If you’ve not found us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube yet then now is the time to get social! We’ve got an active presence on social media so we can share information with our customers in whichever way they like.

We use Facebook to post details on our current stories or events, including items on the latest Products and Services in the industries we service.

Being a company at the leading edge of industry, Gem Cable embraces all that is new in the world of technology, with the use of multiple platforms to engage with our customers. We place great value in keeping the customer informed about `what we are doing’ and letting them know `what we stand for’ and You Tube is a great way of show-casing this.

Via Twitter we can post links to specific sections of our website, such as minutes of our latest board meeting. We also contact users who are ‘tweeting’ about us, get feedback on the services we provide and spread the word about the good working we’re doing.

 


The One-Stop-Enclosure Shop

 

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We’re pleased to announce that we have partnered with UK manufacturer, Bernstein Ltd, to help offer our customers the widest range of enclosures possible.

Bernstein has an established reputation for supplying quality products that are built to last. It manufactures a wide range of control, industrial and utility enclosures, made from materials including aluminium, polycarbonate, ABS and polyester.

We can offer complete assembled systems, as well as machining service to cater for bespoke requirements.

Building on our partnership with Rittal, GEM is able to offer its customers a One-Stop-Solution for all of their enclosures requirements from the very small to large floor standing cabinets. That’s the GEM difference!

 


Apprenticeships at GEM

 

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Once again working in partnership with our local college Oaklands, Gem Cable Solutions are delighted to announce our second year of involvement with the Apprentice Programme offering young people aged 16-24 the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications in IT. Our apprentices also benefit from the programme’s broader focus on Key Skills and Business Skills including Professionalism and Customer Care, Employee Rights and Responsibilities, Developing Own Effectiveness and Health & Safety Awareness. This year’s apprentice is Lloyd Turner.

When asked about his time at Gem, Lloyd said “Being an apprentice at Gem Cable Solutions is a great way to gain invaluable experience of business and to see how a company is run. I’m working alongside a wide range of other departments within the company and I’m gaining a great amount of business knowledge.”

 


A Whole New World of Possibilities

 

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Gem Cable Solutions are now an official distributer to one of the world’s leading manufacturers of enclosures, which offers their customer’s an even greater level of service.

With manufacturing plants in 11 counties, across 3 continents this partnership gives Gem Cable Solutions the ability to deliver to all their customers a perfectly coordinated system platform.

Gem Cable Solutions and Rittal both pride themselves on providing technical support that is unrivalled throughout industry and this partnership works to enhance that customer offering.

 


Commitment to Quality

 

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For the 16th year in a row Gem are going through re-certification of ISO9001. ISO is awarded by NQA as a mark of commitment to improving performace through effective processes and working with best-practice principles.

Delivering products which last long into the future across the major industry sectors that Gem Cable Solutions service like the Aerospace, Broadcast Satellite, Transport & Telecoms industries, can only be achieved with a total commitment to quality.

 


A New Addition

 

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Our Engineering Manager, Rob Harrington is delighted to announce the newest member of the Gem Cable Solutions team, his 1st born child Alice Izzy-Rose. Alice was a healthy birth weight of 9lb 1oz, although her father did note the poor calibration of the hospital equipment compared to that used by Gem Cable her mother however just felt sheer relief!

 


Fighting Fires with GEM Cables

 

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We were delighted to be approached by leading US company Bullards – fire and safety specialists with a worldwide reputation for excellence – to create a solution designed specifically for thermal imaging equipment used in fire service training programmes. The brief was to create a new composite cable assembly capable of operating at temperatures in excess of 600 degrees C., supplying power to the cameras and linking up live video feed footage to the control room. The equipment means that instructors can see what’s happening in real time, and guide the Fire Fighters accordingly.

GEM Cable designed and developed the assembly, and verification tests took place at the West Midlands Fire Service (click this link to see video of the testing – this replicates a ‘wind driven fire’ where windows blown out either side of a building dramatically increase the temperature).

The West Midlands will be the first fire service to operate the solution, which is to be installed at their new purpose-built training facility later this year.

 


Reduced Shipping Costs on GEM Orders

 

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While reliable, tracked delivery is an essential part of the GEM service, we recognise that keeping carriage costs down is equally important! We’re pleased to let you know that we’ve negotiated between 5-10% reduction with our suppliers on delivery costs across the board, and these new prices are valid from now until December 2013. You’ll see the maximum 10% discount on our most popular services – overnight ExpressPack1 (deliveries up to 1kg), ExpressPack5 (up to 5kg) and parcels (up to 15kg).

All our delivery services are tracked – we’ll let you know when your order has been despatched and provide the tracking number. Please contact us if you need international delivery or pallet services – we’ll be happy to help. Click through to our delivery page for the UK tariff.

 


Apprenticeships at GEM

 

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In partnership with Oaklands College, we’re delighted to announce our Apprentice Programme offering young people aged 16-24 the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications in IT: Diploma in ICT Professional Competence, Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles, and the Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA).

Our apprentices will also benefit from the programme’s broader focus on Key Skills and Business Skills including Professionalism and Customer Care in ICT, Employee Rights and Responsibilities, Developing Own Effectiveness and Health & Safety Awareness. The first person on the Gem Cable IT Apprenticeship Scheme, pictured here, is Ricardas Brazauskas.

 


Southern Manufacturing Exhibition

 

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GEM took a stand at Southern Manufacturing 2013, the UK’s largest and longest established manufacturing technology exhibition. The event took place over two days at FIVE in Farnborough, Hampshire. The exhibition is always a great opportunity for us to meet our customers, and for suppliers and businesses to see the latest developments and solutions.

 


GEM Cable Sensing the Environment

 

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Meteor Communications have commissioned Gem Cable Solutions to develop the wiring harness for their range of telemetry units which use GPRS and GSM technologies. These units are optimised for low power consumption whilst having a wide range of input and control options. This enables a huge variety of sensors to be used and also interface to control equipment such as pumps, autosamplers, weir gates and dosing equipment.

The engineering teams at both Gem Cable and Meteor worked very closely together to evolve the wiring harness into its current format, making sure it meet all of the customer’s stringent requirements for life in the field. With internal power systems the units can power sensors and control remote equipment, whilst inbuilt regulators allow for direct connection of solar panels to supplement the internal power packs. Units can operate autonomously for months using their own internal batteries, or indefinitely with a small solar panel.

 


GEM Supports School Sports Fans

 

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MD Steve Jack handed over a total of 40 family football match tickets to local schools after GEM Cable teamed up with St Albans City FC. The two schools also enjoyed a visit from the team’s players, with goalkeeper Nick Jupp being closely questioned at St Alban and St Stephen Infant School! Head Teacher Paula Holden said: ‘It was wonderful for our children to meet Nick Jupp. He answered their questions about keeping fit and eating healthily in order to play well.

Many children were not aware that we have a local football club right on our doorstep and they are keen to support our local community team.’ Tickets were also donated to St Alban and St Stephen Junior School, with City’s Defender Chris Seeby coming along to the assembly presentation.

 


British Antarctic Survey Chooses GEM Cable Solutions

 

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Gem Cable Solutions was delighted to be selected to supply cabling to the British Antarctic Survey for their new research station, Halley VI. BAS Electronics Technician Nick Alford explains the station’s role and how the cable will be used: “The cable is for the MF (medium frequency) Radar which operates at 2.7MHz. It looks vertically into the sky to monitor the Ionosphere, part of the earth’s high atmosphere, which becomes charged by partials emitted by activity on the surface of the sun. This research is important as it forewarns us of high levels of space radiation which can cause damage to satellites orbiting the earth.” The BAS selected our LMR600 cables and connectors: “The LMR-600 will be used at the end of our existing antenna feeder cables as it has superior flexibility which allow maintenance work to be carried out easily.”

Based in Cambridge, the British Antarctic Survey has undertaken the majority of Britain’s scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent for more than 60 years.

 


GEM Invests in Upgraded High Spec Cable Tester

 

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With a keen eye on continuous improvement and added service value, Gem Cable Solutions has made a major investment in Cable Assembly test equipment, by upgrading to the Banair BA765 which we selected after extensive research and evaluation. This high specification tester will measure many cable parameters. As well as measuring cable resistance very accurately using the Kelvin 4-wire method, the Banair BA765 tests for shorts between pins at a low voltage. It will then perform a test to measure insulation between connections at a higher voltage – up to 1500 Volts DC with resistances of 1 to 100 Meg ohms. There are many optional tests that can be carried out including HiPot tests and AC tests at up to 2000V. It is also possible to add and LCR tester and check that capacitors and resistors have been correctly fitted.

The modular design of this cable harness connection test system provides flexibility so that it will meet both our present requirements and it can expand for our future needs. The cable harnesses and connection test results are displayed clearly on the screen; the table shows resistance values Inductance and Capacitance value, as well as Pass or Fail results for shorts and continuity Hipot DC / AC. This allows quick rework and feedback to production of the nature and position of the faults.

All the results are stored in a standard Access database format allowing production and quality control to record test results and to analyse them for AQL. We can also supply you with an electronic copy of your results for future reference.

 


GEM Three Peaks Challenge Raises Funds for Children’s Charity

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Gem Cable Solutions MD Steve Jack completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in June as part of a team which raised nearly £600 for the Children’s Society. The Three Peaks route takes in Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and must be completed in less than 12 hours.

The team of six from Gem and PH Energy Services walked the 25 miles in 10 hours and 30 minutes – and as none of them had tackled this type of challenge before, their months of intensive training had clearly paid off! The Children’s Society works with more than 44,000 children and families each year through its Children’s Centres and by lobbying for child protection policies.

“The charity fulfills a vital role for children at risk, so we were all keen to raise money for them,” said Steve Jack. “Although it was a tough challenge I thoroughly enjoyed it – and am already in training for the next one!”

 


World-Class System for World-Class Yehudi Menuhin School

 

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‘Music to our ears’ was GEM Cable’s response when asked to design a complete network infrastructure for this highly respected school for the musically gifted.

Following extensive discussions with their on-site technician, a site tour was organised to spec the work and ensure the finished product would meet the learning and development needs of both staff and pupils. Rob Harrington, Engineering Manager, explains “As with many institutions the old system had been developed on a piece-meal, stand-alone basis, our brief was to ensure a fully integrated system, accessible from any area of the site. Excuse the terrible pun, but without wishing to blow our own trumpet, the results have been welcomed by the school community and complement their new state-of-the art auditorium.”

 


Improving Security with a Lockable Jack of all Trades

 

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Another exclusive from GEM Cable Solutions, the lockable RJ45 connectors are proving an effective way of increasing network security and safety.

Steve Jack, MD, explains the thinking behind its development: “The idea came about after a lot of calls from clients concerned about the unauthorised use of vacant sockets. We responded by coming up with a lockable RJ45 – a standard registered jack with a small but significant difference: it can only be disconnected with the right tool. It’s a simple, reliable solution made even more attractive by its price. And the team have had a real boost by the feedback from our clients – and not just those in the defence and security sectors. In fact it’s worked so well we extended the range.”