The Future is Bright

SMI helping the youth

Scientific Management International have been supporting some young people with huge potential in recent weeks.

The Andover based company which has been designing and manufacturing pressure moulded cable systems for harsh environments for over two decades attended a BCoT Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair for local employers who have apprenticeship programmes to meet young people looking for opportunities in engineering.

Scientific Management International has been running an apprenticeship programme for the last 5 years, with a series of apprentices developing on the job skills whilst advancing academically with accompanying college study.

Some have then advanced to enjoy careers with Scientific Management International, whilst others have decided to pursue additional qualifications and have enroled in degree courses at University,

Kali Davis (seen above with her instructor), who we have helped with sponsorship on her way to the World Championships in Tae Kwon Do, also let us know her good news this week – she’s passed her star grading with flying colours.

Congratulations on your achievement and good luck with the competitions.

We were also delighted to host Anneka Gordon from the Plume Academy in Essex for a week’s work experience. Anneka spent two days at the headquarters in Andover assisting the marketing team with preparations for the Farn- borough Airshow exhibition. Touring the factory there was an opportunity to understand the technologies which have been delivering fit and forget cable harnesses to submarine and surface fleets across the globe. Anneka then accompanied our General Manager Sales & Marketing, Jenny Shaw, visiting clients for technical discussions.

We were particularly grateful to JFD, Quoceant and IKM Consulting for also arranging for some of their brilliant engineers to give Anneka an insight into the variety of engineering opportunities available.

JFD is the world leading underwater capability provider, serving the commercial and defence markets with innovative diving, submarine and hyperbaric rescue, technical solutions and services. Karen Adams, Engineering Improvement Authority, and Jill Hughes,
a time-served apprentice, at JFD took time out at their Inchinnan facility to describe the exciting opportunities for young women wanting to pursue STEM subject study into a defence based career. Their enthusiasm and generosity in sharing their experiences provided
a glimpse of the passion and determination that has seen both women achieve incredible success in their careers to date.

Quoceant provide engineering design and consultancy services to a variety of clients. Three more remarkable female engineers from Quoceant, Beth Dickens, Leah Barker Ewart and Rosalind Hart met with Jenny and Anneka at their offices in Edinburgh to describe how they apply their respective engineering specialisations to the wave,

tidal and offshore wind sectors, as well as the wider offshore industries.

At IKM Consulting, Founder and Chairman, Ian Maclachlan introduced Anneka to experts from their multi-disciplinary team which included civil engineers, structural engineers, environmental engineers, geologists and

surveyors working in with many high profile clients in a variety of industries including the petrochemical sector. At IKM Visual Solutions Trisha Palmer explained how they script, storyboard and produce animated visualisations and experiences to help explain, communicate and promote technical understanding of even the most complex engineering concepts.


SMI at the Farnborough International Airshow

With Farnborough International Airshow just a few days away, we’re getting ready to showcase how 25 years of technical expertise can deliver through life economy for aerospace.
With a 25-year pedigree of producing cable systems for the naval sector, including the UK’s nuclear fleet, we are now expanding our hold on the aerospace sector. This means adapting the toughness, durability and dependability of our naval products for the particular demands of the aerospace domain. We’re making them lighter and leaner and addressing challenges around the lubricants, hydraulic fluids and other liquids found on aircraft.
Aircraft environments expose cable systems to an array of dynamic environmental extremes. Cable systems in the area have traditionally utilised off-the-shelf materials. However, these solutions are not long-term, and require constant replacement and through-life costs. Scientific Management International’s bespoke, moulded cable systems are tailored to their environment and deliver a cost-effective yet robust and reliable solution. For example, our cables were deployed to protect a proximity sensor on a fire fighting plane, confirming that the scoop for the water was fully closed and enabling the pilot to safely continue to the drop site.
Thermal expansion and contraction and pressure cycling during altitude changes can produce problems over time for power and data systems, as condensation pervades connections through traditional sealing technologies. This cannot happen with our terminations, thanks to the thermoplastic moulding technology we use.
We see scope for our cable systems across different categories of aircraft, both commercial and military, and can’t wait for the Airshow to discuss potential opportunities and ideas with companies.
We’re in Hall 4, Stand 4480 and look forward to seeing you there.


SC21 Accreditation Awarded at Farnborough Air Show

Scientific Management International, designer and manufacturer of pressure moulded cable harness system for hostile environments, has been awarded Bronze Signatory Status to the SC21, Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industry, Supply Chain Programme.
SC21 is a continuous improvement programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by raising the performance and reliability of its supply chains. SC21 companies, such as Thales UK, who were the sponsors of Scientific Management International, have signed up to a formal recognition process which reflects the contribution and commitment of their supply chain.
International competition, together with the challenges posed by Brexit, necessitates rapid improvement in the effectiveness of UK supply chains. At the same time UK industry must ensure that it delivers competitive solutions for customers whilst maintaining profitable business growth. Recognition can occur only after all of the SC21 required framework elements have been proved to meet the criteria in terms of delivery, quality, sustainable improvement and the associated improvement frameworks including business and manufacturing excellence.
Scientific Management International has a 25 year pedigree in supplying fit and forget cable systems for subsea applications in defence with a record of 10,000 installations and zero leaks. This award comes at a time when the company is applying its technologies and expertise to new aerospace applications to deliver the same reliability and through life cost reductions.
Scientific Management International’s Chairman, Martin Stillman-Jones, said “Reaching the necessary standards for an SC21 Award is not easy and this is a major achievement. I want to congratulate all concerned who put so much effort into making it happen. Achieving the SC21 Bronze Award is testament to the team and their determination to continually improve the business. Scientific Management International has shown that it can reach a tough industry benchmark, and is committed to sustained and improved business performance, as it continues to work within the SC21 framework for delivery, quality and sustainable improvement.”


Scientific Management International Accredited with Cyber Essentials Plus

Scientific Management International has been accredited with Cyber Essentials Plus in the government scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online security threats.
The full Cyber Essentials scheme, launched in 2014, was developed in collaboration with industry partners such as the Information Security Forum, the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises Consortium, and the British Standards Institution and is backed by the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and a number of insurance organisations.
The UK Government requires all suppliers bidding for contracts involving the handling of certain sensitive and personal information to be certified against the Cyber Essentials scheme. Scientific Management International recently gained certification against the more rigorous Cyber Essentials Plus Standard which requires independent auditing and testing of the company’s policies and systems.
The Cyber Essentials certification process requires that there are five technical controls in your company, and in order to pass the self-certification your organisation must meet all of the requirements:

  • Firewalls
  • Secure Configuration
  • User Access Control
  • Malware Protection
  • Patch Management

Scientific Management International has a long pedigree working with the Ministry of Defence on programmes requiring cable harness systems for long term reliability in hostile environments and remain the only manufacturer to hold 23 years continuous capability requirement for the manufacture of submarine pressure hull penetrators.
Keith Wells, CEO, said “We are proud to have completed Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. It’s a way of demonstrating that the assurances and reliability synonymous with our products extend to our IT systems and I trust it will give our customers further confidence that all aspects of their business are valued and safeguarded”.


Scientific Management International Host Director of Submarine Capability

This week Scientific Management International were pleased to welcome Rear Admiral Tim Hodgson, MBE, to their headquarters in Andover.
As Director of Submarine Capability, Rear Admiral Tim Hodgson is familiar with the work that Scientific Management International have produced over the last 25 years for the MoD as well as their 23 years of unbroken approval capability approval for the manufacture of Pressure Hull Glands.
Following a meeting at DSEI in September, the Rear Admiral was keen to see for himself how the pressure hull glands and mouldings are manufactured to ensure they deliver fit and forget performance.
After a short presentation from Chief Executive Officer, Keith Wells, the Rear Admiral was taken around the factory by Operations Director, Denise Hunt. As all the UK manufacturing and testing takes place on site, there was a lot to see and the workforce were delighted that the navy’s most senior engineer would take the time to meet the team and discuss their work and experiences.
With their recent global expansion into Australia and Europe, Denise Hunt explained how key this visit is to Scientific Management International. “To deliver long term reliability with our fit and forget assurance, every process is critical. This visit has helped reiterate that importance to colleagues and highlight the value of the work that we do here. Our apprentices took particular delight in meeting Rear Admiral Hodgson”.



Marine Tech Expo 2018

The second Marine Tech Expo is currently taking place in Plymouth and we’re delighted to be attending.

The event brings together decision makers involved in the latest marine innovations in blue technology under one roof at the University of Plymouth.
This year the focus for the expo is on autonomous marine platforms, their applications, cyber security and utilisation of data, systems and sensors.
Scientific Management International design and manufacture cable harness systems for both wave and tidal projects and both critical control systems and export power up to 13.8kV. This means we can deliver high performance and reliability, fit and forget, cable connections for any of the systems being discussed. This ensures that the critical components work when needed, and our discussions so far are proving the value of early engineering engagement in driving down through life operational costs.
Marine Tech Expo comes in the middle of a very busy period for Scientific Management International that culminates in July with the Farnborough International Airshow as we also have some exciting developments in Aerospace. Our diaries are already filling up, so if you wanted to have a chat about our systems and how we can ensure your cabling never fails then get in touch.


Scientific Management International Help Kali Make The GradeScientific Management International help local student make the grade in Tae Kwon Do

Scientific Management International are delighted to sponsor local student Kali Davis as she makes her way up from 1st degree black belt toward 1st star grading.

For the last 5 years Kali has trained twice a week in Tae Kwon Do with the Andover TAGB club and has gone from strength to strength. This year she’s competed in the Southern, English and Welsh Cham­pionships placing well in each com­petition, so hopes are high for her in the World Championships in which she will compete in July.

Scientific Management International have been following Kali’s achieve­ments as her dad is one of our longest serving members of staff. Trevor Davis, Production Facilita­tor, (pictured with Kali and CEO Keith Wells) has been with the company for over 20 years and has been a pivotal specialist in delivering over 25 years of high performance and reliability, fit and forget cable connections for hostile environments.

With our recent global expansion into Canada and Australia, it’s nice to support the local community around our HQ in Andover. We are proud of Kali’s achievements and can’t wait to see how she does in the World Championships. We wish her the very best of luck.


The Sky’s The Limit For The International Sales Team

Scientific Management International Announce Their Arrival at Farnborough International AirshowScientific Management International’s worldwide sales team met this week for their annual sales conference to discuss ongoing expansion and new opportunities in this record breaking year.

2017 was an exceptional year for Scientific Management International with record breaking sales, new offices opening in France, Canada and Australia and the company celebrating 25 years of operation. 2018 is looking to be equally as exciting. With continued growth, new additions to the team and the first manufacturing taking place in Australia there was much to celebrate. However, with ambitious growth plans there isn’t time to dwell on recent successes.

Scientific Management International who manufacture cable harness systems for hostile environments, have an unparalleled track record
in the UK with 23 years of continuous Capability Approval for the manufacture of submarine pressure hull penetrators from the MoD. The expertise that has delivered decades of value for money to marine defence is now bringing through life cost savings in aerospace, energy and transport sectors.

General Manger Sales & Marketing, Jenny Shaw, said “It was fantastic to have all the team together pooling expertise and discussing opportunities. We have such depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in this team and it is great to collaborate. We are working on many exciting projects in a range of industries all demanding fit and forget reliability in critical applications.”

The following weeks are going to be busier than ever for the team with attendance at the International Conference on Ocean Energy in Normandy in June and then exhibiting at Farnborough International Air Show in July (Stand 4480 in Hall 4).


Book a meeting with SMI at ICOEWill We See You At ICOE?

The International Conference on Ocean Energy runs from 12th to 14th of June in Cherbourg. The bi-annual event focused on the industrial development of ocean energy seeks to accelerate developments in ocean energy by encouraging and stimulating engagement between companies.

Scientific Management International design and manufacture cable harness systems for both wave and tidal projects and both critical control systems and export power up to 13.8kV.
High performance and reliability, fit and forget, cable connections are proving the value of early engineering engagement in driving down both marine logistics and through life operational costs.

We are delighted to see ICOE collocated with Seanergy in Normandy this year. In 2017 Scientific Management International opened their Paris office to support the growing renewables sector and the expanding defence customer base in Europe.

ICOE marks the beginning of 
a busy period of activity for Scientific Management International across a number of sectors, culminating in the Farnborough International Airshow in July.
If you would like to book a meeting with us at ICOE, then please get in touch with our regional Business Development Manager, Michel Renard:


Tel: +33 7 63 10 47 1


Scientific Management International Strengthen Fibre Optic Capabilities

Scientific Management International Strengthen Fibre Optic CapabilitiesMore members of the SMI team were extending their fibre expertise at a bespoke training programme today as investment in workforce continues.

SMI have been providing high quality subsea fibre cable harnesses and pressure hull penetrators for more than ten years. Fibre optic systems require high precision connectors systems to effectively deliver the bandwidth and performance of the fibres themselves, a particularly challenge when operating deep in the sea.

SMI have been instrumental in supporting future naval programmes to extend the use of optical fibres both above and below the surface of the sea. More recently SMI have been combining their thermoplastic moulding solutions for problematic aerospace applications which require not only precision electrical and fibre optic connections but also long term sealing.

SMI will be showcasing their technologies and products at Farnborough International Airshow. The trade show runs from 16th to 20th of July, and it set to be the highlight of the Aerospace calendar for 2018. SMI will be at the heart of this, exhibiting their latest innovations at Stand 4480 in Hall 4.



New appointments extend Scientific Management International’s Global Reach

New appointments extend Scientific Management International’s Global Reach

Scientific Management International have announced the appointments of key members of staff who are boosting their expansion drive across the globe.

Scientific Management International has strengthened its’ expansion programme by appointing Jenny Shaw, as General Manager Sales and Marketing. Jenny, who has been with the moulded cable harness manufacturer for three years will oversee marketing, sales and business development in Europe and Australia and will play a key role in delivering the company’s ambitious growth plans as well as building on its outstanding reputation for fit and forget cable systems.

SMI who manufacture cable harness systems for hostile environments extended their operation in 2017 to France and Australia. Working in the defence, energy and aerospace sectors, the company continues to pioneer moulded cable technologies whilst maintaining the unparalleled pedigree of 23 years continuous MoD Capability Approval for submarine through hull pressure glands. Work to transfer technology and competencies into Australia began this year with the first manufacturing taking place in Adelaide in March.

SMI are also delighted to welcome Michel Renard to the business development team in France. Michel has extensive experience in interconnect technologies and his expertise strengthens the offering to the European market.

Keith Wells, Chief Executive Office, said:

“We are excited to see the Sales and Marketing team grow in support of the business expansion and I am particularly proud that we attract the highest calibre technical specialists.

Jenny and Michel’s track records, experience and relationships are second  to none and will be vital as we grow and continue to develop bespoke cable harness products that deliver years of fit and forget reliability for our consumers.”

Science That Sticks

SMI featured in the recent Wave and Tidal magazine issue - Science that sticks

A Science Not An Art

Reliability is very much a science, not an art. They deliver unrivalled subsea cable and connector reliability by amalgamating advanced chemistry with pioneering thermoplastic pressure moulding techniques. Above all the company understands that reliability comes down to one very important technical detail: moulded terminations that will not fail; and all successful moulded terminations are based on a combination of different aspects of science and an understanding of the interaction between them. The science of adhesion lies at the intersection of physics, chemistry and mechanics.

The desire to hold different surfaces together dates back millennia. Early humans made tools and weapons using beeswax, tree resins or blood mixed with stone-based inorganics to bind different parts together. But until very recently, it was very much a case of trial and error. The emergence of modern science would revolutionise how people approached the age-old problem of binding objects together. In the 1840s, the science was sufficiently advanced that an industry of synthetic bonding agents was born. SMI stands in that tradition, but also brings it into the 21st century with innovative solutions to the challenges thrown up by modern subsea industry.

Read full story here

Kit Malthouse MP Gives Scientific Management International Seal of Approval

Scientific Management International were delighted recently to host MP for North West Hampshire, Kit Malthouse for a tour of their Andover headquarters.

Kit Malthouse MP Gives Scientific Management International Seal of Approval

Mr Malthouse was visiting following the inclusion of Scientific Manage­ment International in this years Parliamentary Review. The publica­tion is a yearly indispensable guide to industry best practice which demonstrates how sector leaders have responded to challenges in the political and economic environ­ment, and includes sector specific insight from the Prime Minister, Secretaries of State and MPs.

Scientific Management Interna­tional are representing the Defence industry and their inclusion this year is particularly pertinent for the company as they celebrate 20 years of uninterrupted Capability Approv­al from the MoD for their through hull penetrator Pressure Hull Glands – a world first.

Factory Visit

During his visit, Kit met with a number of the manufacturing staff on the factory floor where all manufacturing is completed by SMI within their Andover HQ. This highly skilled work is helping to create enviable levels of expertise within the workforce and significant training and investment into the local economy.

Kit was escorted around the factory by CEO Keith Wells and Chairman Martin Stillman-Jones as 2 mem­bers of the Scientific Management International board who were on hand to explain the cutting edge technology taking place.

Keith said “We were delighted to show Kit around our H.Q. and introduce him to our extraordinary team who are the secret behind our success. Our products are often mission critical meaning if they were to fail then lives could be at stake, but with this team of people working with us we can truly ‘fit and forget’.”

Future Plans

Another reason for Kit’s visit was to outline SMI’s plans for expansion on site due to an increased order book and continued R&D into new sectors. This expansion is great news for the local economy and is keeping the highly skilled team who are so important local.

Kit Malthouse MP meeting Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Management International, Keith Wells

Kit Malthouse MP meeting Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Management International, Keith Wells.

SMI have a 25 year unblemished record for reliability established across 10,000 installations – with zero leaks!


We are the preferred supplier for through-hull penetrators and connectors to the UK’s nuclear submarine and surface fleets, in addition to installations in telecoms, energy and rail infrastructures. ISO 9001:2008 approved we are the ONLY company to continuously hold a Ministry of Defence Capability Approval Certificate for the last 20 years.

Unparalleled product performance is accompanied by dedicated Account Management Teams who work with Customers hand in glove from an early design stage to offer bespoke, precise, best of breed solutions. Fully supported by in-house Design Teams, Pressure Testing & QA Teams and Engineering Teams,  plus state of the art 5S JIT manufacturing facilities. We provide timely delivery with “right first time, every time” deployment.


Scientific Management International

bespoke,  precise,  right first time,  every time,  fit and forget!


How SMI can help you

Scientific Management International offer dedicated Account Managers who work with Customers from an early stage to fully understand every deployment. They're backed by our in-house design teams, leading edge testing facilities and highly experienced engineering teams to develop bespoke solutions that are right first time, every time. Manufactured in our 5S JIT facility, our SC21 record demonstrates near 100% delivery on time - with zero leaks!