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Commitment to Quality




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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



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




‘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




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.”


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