New CableEye M2Z

New CableEye M2Z


Announcing the new CableEye M2Z

The all-new CableEye M2Z entry-level tester from CAMI Research provides essential continuity measurement in cables and small wire harnesses.

It is ideal for cables carrying digital signals or any electronic signalling where small amounts of resistance in the cable or connections will not affect the function of the equipment to which the cables are connected. The CableEye M2Z cable tester includes a 128-point fixture, a probe port, and electronics permitting it to test cables with up to 64 conductors.

Measurement for a typical cable completes in less than a second, with results displayed by LEDs on the tester as well as on the PC monitor.

We use industry-standard 64-pin dual-row latch headers as an interface to our plug-in connector boards and external test fixtures. Presently we have over 60 Connector Boards (CB) and most of them are directly compatible with the new CableEye M2Z

A standard Windows (7 and up) PC with one free USB port is all that is needed to use the powerful software supplied with the CableEye M2Z… exactly the same software used by the top-of-the-range CableEye testers.

cableeye m2z

The price includes a board set (CB15c), probe, operating software, power module, USB cable, Getting Started Guide, Software Introduction Booklet, User’s Manual (PDF), and Product Support Subscription.

cableeye m2z

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How to make easy CableEye backups

How to make easy CableEye backups

Easy CableEye backups

Working with any programmable equipment really needs a way of keeping data secure. This page will show you how to make easy CableEye backups for your CableEye M2/M3/HVX tester from CAMI Research.

CableEye includes a built-in Backup and Restore function that has a number of uses:

  1. to make secure regular backups to avoid data loss
  2. to make a secure backup prior to upgrading any software
  3. to copy the correct folder structure between computers
  4. to send essential data to us for support

In the following video we are creating a data file for backups, but the process is the same for support requests or transferring data to another machine.

Of course, as CableEye is a PC based system, it is just as easy for you to send your backups to a network drive that is also included in your Company’s IT backup process, thereby creating another layer of security for your investment.

How frequently you make backups depends on how often you make changes in your software; however, as the process is so simple you should look to do this at least once per week. Perhaps at the close of business on Friday; however, our recommendation is daily.

Making life easy for our customers is a cornerstone of what we do at Cimbian UK.

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Generate test reports quickly and easily with CableEye

Generate test reports quickly and easily with CableEye


In these days of traceability the ability to generate test reports is essential, but how easy can it be?

With a manual test using a buzzer, bulb or semaphore, generating test reports is also manual, generally involving a clipboard and a pen. Manual tests are normally restricted to ‘GO NOGO’ testing only unless a fault is suspected. What this means is that a positive connection from end-to-end marks a pass; however, it does not test for stray connections on other pins/cores in the cable. So an open circuit is a NOGO, and a short circuit is a GO. The potential, here, for allowing ‘False Accepts’ is huge.

Wiring mistakes, tin whiskers, faulty materials can all lead to shorts within the cable and are unlikely to be found. Overall, Manual testing is far from desirable, particularly if having to test AND generate test reports at the same time.

So, we come to ‘system’ testing of cables. Again, there are some products that will test GO NOGO on individual cores, albeit simultaneously. Aside from speed this kind of tester is no better than manual testing and is best avoided. The report may be generated by a simple ticket printer or the ubiquitous clipboard and pen.

Let’s now get a computer involved.

A computer will switch test points much faster and much more reliably than manual testing and can, therefore, test for connections that should NOT be present. Really good computer-based cable testers will also learn the connections (and resistances) from a known-good cable so there is no real programming involved.

Obviously, once we involve a computer we can generate test reports… or can we?

With an embedded computer this can often be a time-consuming task, particularly if it uses an operating system where printer drivers are not readily available.

Enter CableEye, from CAMI Research!

CableEye is Windows PC based where the ever-increasing power and speed of PCs can, and does, positively affect the overall performance of a test station. CableEye will generate test reports and print to just about any printer that has a Windows driver and will print to label printers for labels or A4 printers for generating test reports.

This video will demonstrate the ease and speed of loading a cable, testing a cable, getting the result and generating test reports:

animated gif showing how to generate test reports

Now THAT is cable testing…

For more information or the loan of a demo system, get in contact with us.

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Unique Braided Shield Cutting Machine

Unique Braided Shield Cutting Machine

Today we shipped another shield cutting machine, this time to Korea.

Because of automotive cables being under stress and in a generally harsh environment, it is critical that cables are produced and terminated correctly. As well as this, it’s also essential to avoid damage to the insulation of the inner cores.

Companies like Prettl, Korea, decided to invest in the BSF1004 shield cutting machine for their cable assembly operation in Kyunggi-Do, Korea.

braid cutter

The BSF1004, from Boewe Elektrik, offers a unique solution to a problem faced by most cable assembly companies, and that is, removing shielding, tapes, and liners etc. quickly, and without damaging the insulation of the inner cores.

With a wide range of different milling heads (cutters) for different diameter cables, the BSF1004 shield-cutting machine is versatile and provides totally repeatable results, even in the hands of low-skilled operators.

How do I use this machine?

The process is simple.

  • Remove the outer jacket
  • unbraid (using A BSB1005/B shield-brushing machine)
  • fold all the unwanted parts back over the jacket
  • place the inner conductors into the milling head
  • start the machine and push the bundle onto the cutter
  • Job done, and with no damage to the inner insulation!

Take a look at the video of the BSF1004 in action and judge for yourself: Click this link for video

We’d be happy to run a sample using your own cable, and video the process for you. Just drop us a line.

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Use your Cirris adaptor boards on your new CableEye

Use your Cirris adaptor boards on your new CableEye

We are often asked to replace old (or not so old in some cases) Cirris cable testers with our CableEye system, often due to improved flexibility through the Windows PC control that it has.

One stumbling block is the number of interface adaptors that have been produced by the customer over the years; clearly not something they would like to do again.

What is needed is a Cirris converter…

CAMI Research has developed the CB34 Cirris converter board-set; a direct interface replacement that means it is normally a plug-and-go operation to reuse the old interface adaptors but with the benefit of using an up-to-date, PC-controlled system that self-learns cables, provides easy reports, data logs to a network and remote use of the data via internet… a true 21st century Windows application.

The CB34 (Item #764 – Set of two boards) will accept one 64-point Cirris Adapter board or two 32-point Cirris adapter boards, and show results as a 64-pin header numbered 1-64 on each bank.

cb34 cirris converter

The CableEye software does not compute the board or cable signature or automatically identify which Cirris board is connected but it is a simple and quick task to use the PinMap software (Item #708), to obtain a proper graphic and pin numbering.

Most Cirris-made boards are numbered so that the test point number corresponds with the connector’s pin number, so the pin numbering shown on the 64-pin header will be correct even if the graphic is not.

You may use the CB34 Cirris converter with CableEye HVX systems. It has been certified to operate at test voltages of up to 1500vDC and 1000vAC, assuming that a suitably-rated Cirris board is also used.

It is now a simple and low-cost option for you to get a new, modern and very fast cable tester without the worry of losing your investment in all those adaptors. Drop us a line and we’ll do the rest.

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Kevlar braid is no problem for our brushing machines

Kevlar braid is no problem for our brushing machines

Kevlar braid – A first for us!

Another Boewe cable brushing machine ordered but this is for one very special application. A Kevlar braid cable that hangs out of the back of a helicopter!

This process generally takes upwards of TWENTY hours per cable end when done manually. The unbraiding must be done to a very high standard as its purpose is to support a large mass from the back of a helicopter in flight and its associated drag.

bsb 1005b with autostart sensor used for kevlar braid

Bsb 1005B With Autostart Sensor

Switching across to using the BSB1005 we were able to reduce this time to the point where ≈ 95% of the work was done in 25 five minutes!

kevlar braid - before

Kevlar Braid – Before

kevlar braid - after

Kevlar Braid – After

Boewe Elektrik constructed a special support plate but the brushes are standard, as is the rest of the machine.

You can see this in action in our YouTube video here:

kevlar brushing

And you can learn more about the BSB1005 braid brushing machine by clicking here.