Unassailable Fit & Forget Pressure Moulded Cable Systems for Hostile Environments

SMI Ready For Take Off at Farnborough

SMI are delighted to be exhibiting at the Farnborough Airshow from 18th to 22nd of July. We can be found in Hall 1, within the WEAF pavilion where we will be discussing our latest innovations in system critical, high exposure cable and connector systems  and how our technology can deliver maintenance free, robust and sealed aircraft cable systems. 
Our cable harnesses, penetrators and connectors reliably connect airframe systems throughout their life, delivering the performance and dependability required in the aerospace domain, while helping to make aircraft lighter and more efficient. Thanks to our ‘fit and forget’ approach, system maintenance requirements are negligible, minimising through life service costs for a lower total cost of ownership.

Through life solutions for high altitude power, control and data connectivity. 

Visiting Farnborough International Airshow?

If you’re visiting the Airshow we look forward to welcoming you to the WEAF Pavilion in Hall 1. If you’re yet to register for the event, this can be done here.

High Performance Aerospace Cable Systems that Minimise Through Life Costs

Download our free whitepaper and learn more about how the use of thermoplastic polyethylene moulded cable systems can address some of the design challenges that aerospace engineers must solve to deliver net zero aviation.

SMI Unveils Team that will Deliver Future Growth Plan

As Scientific Management International celebrates being the only company worldwide to hold 27 years’ continuous Ministry of Defence Capability Approval and 30 years of building “fit & forget” cable harness systems for hostile environments, we’re proud to announce a number of management changes to strengthen our expansion path.

Keith Wells moves to SMI Group to focus on Special Projects, working closely with Group Chairman Dr Martin Stillman-Jones. Denise Hunt becomes Group Operations Director.

Martin said

“I want to both congratulate and thank and Keith for 30 years’ service at Scientific Management International Ltd (SMI), most as CEO. I’m very happy to see him moving away from the day to day to focus on a number of special projects we have under way”.

He will remain available to Scientific Management International Ltd if needed.

Meanwhile, at SMI, Commercial Director Jenny Shaw is promoted to Chief Executive Officer Designate. Progressively from 1st July to the year end, Jenny will assume full operational responsibility. Her remit currently includes Marketing, Sales, Compliance & Engineering.

Jo Burke is promoted to UK Sales Manager based from Andover, joining Michel Renard, International Sales Manager based at the Paris office. SMI Canada, Australia & USA are unchanged.

Martin further added:

“I’m particularly pleased to announce Jenny’s appointment as CEO Designate. Since she joined the company as Business Development Manager 8 years ago, I’ve been able to watch first hand, her exceptional grasp of our complex business where I now look forward to even greater successes”.

Shaw served as Commercial Director of SMI from 2020, adding Marketing in 21 and Compliance in 22. Previously she was part of the Business Development Team before promotion to Sales Director.

Prior to joining SMI, she held a variety of management positions across the interconnect industry in both SMEs and global multinationals. An accomplished engineer, fibre optic specialist and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, her interconnect career has spanned semiconductors, telecoms, oil & gas before focussing on defence and renewable energy. She is also a passionate advocate of women in STEM careers, championing SMI’s commitment to the Women in Defence Charter.

Shaw said she was honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the business:

“During my time on the board, I’ve been hugely impressed by the SMI team, its technical & engineering expertise, current portfolio of projects and strong order book. It has a compelling vision to transform cable system reliability in mission critical applications and to grow safely and sustainably, while always caring for its people. The board has set exciting ambitions for the next few years and I’m confident we have the people and experience to achieve those goals, while continuing to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the most hostile of application environments.”

Making a world of difference for Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK

SMI have successfully completed the last stage of our ‘Circumnavigation’ Challenge, having now run, walked, cycled and swum a total of 25,905 miles, exceeding the target needed by 1,100 miles.
Our effort was all in support of Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK, a charity close to our hearts at SMI. We were able to hand over a donation of £2,187 to Angela Smith-Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK (pictured above with SMI Finance Director, Nick Abbott) when she visited SMI Headquarters in Andover.
To our great delight, our partners at at Simex Defence Inc in Canada joined us in the SMI Challenge. While we were travelling East to West across Canada, they travelled the other way from Halifax to Victoria, BC. The Simex team has walked, run, and cycled over 3,300 miles since May 2021.
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a rare, genetically inherited neuromuscular condition. It causes progressive muscle weakness and loss of movement due to muscle wasting (atrophy). 
Established for over 35 years, Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK are a charity providing accurate information and a wide range of support services, while working to improve access to the best care, services and drug treatments today and funding research projects that can change tomorrow.

Supporting Ocean Sustainability

Today is World Oceans Day, an environment that we are passionate about. The sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem drives a global economy which can benefit us all.
Our work, designing and manufacturing cable harness systems for this most challenging environment supports businesses across ocean science, aquaculture, marine energy, transport & tourism, oil and gas, ocean mining and defence. Our fit and forget product reliability keeps critical systems operational and reduces through life costs. The properties that make plastic pollution in the oceans a long term challenge are the same ones that see us championing the use of polyethylene for life long reliability to reduce the needless consumption of other plastics that need regular replacement.
SMI design and manufacture underwater cable systems for the most hostile applications on the planet, including naval defence, wave and tidal power and marine science. Our cable harnesses that can carry data, controls and up to 33.6kV of power. Ensuring that these systems remained sealed and with optimal performance over the life of the system draws on a technology which has established the company as world leaders in polythene cabling connectivity. 

Using high temperature and high pressure processes, thermoplastic polyethylene (PE) is used to bond cable jackets with connectors and glands forming chemical binds that can survive over 25 years underwater.
Invented in 1933, PE is a thermoplastic that has a unique combination of excellent dielectric characteristics, high electrical resistance, low moisture permeation, and low water absorption. Cable-grade polyethylene is essentially inert in the ocean. Processes such as oxidation, hydrolysis (chemical breakdown in water) and mineralization are extremely slow with polyethylene jacketed cables having now survived for more than 40 years immersion in sea water.
Polyethylene has been the first choice of the British Navy for cabling systems for decades where its durability foregoes the need for regular replacement unlike the polyurethane systems favoured by other nations. Cable systems which fail and have to be replaced are discarded and have a substantial environmental impact. A system delivering more than twenty years reliable service not only offers economic advantage over system life but is a responsible environmental choice too.
SMI have being producing PE cable systems for 30 years and have supplied over 10,000 installations with zero leaks and are able to offer 10 year warranties on moulding products which utilise our PE technology.

SMI support aerospace and transport in achieving net-zero

WE-Zero Virtual ZEROe 2022

SMI were pleased to be part of WE-Zero Virtual ZEROe 22, a three-day conference discussing the pathway to net Zero.

Large Backshell series 3 plug size 25 - Four Way Moulding Aircraft Cable Systems

Responding to the UK’s COP26 commitment to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions, the South West Aerospace and Advanced Engineering sectors came together to collaborate at the event hosted by WEAF (West of England Aerospace Forum).

WEAF held a virtual H2 SW summit in 2021 and launched the West of England Zero emissions cluster, “WE-ZERO”, to bring together stakeholders involved with the development of the Net Zero emission ecosystem in a regional collaborative cluster. SMI’s thermoplastic moulding technology for cable harnesses supports electrification for aerospace and offers fit and forget resilience and reliability in the most hostile transport environments.

Cost and weight-saving benefits can be achieved by migrating from hydraulic actuation to electrical controls. Historic concerns about the reliability of electrical implementation are being brushed aside by a technology proven in the marine environment for three decades.

SMI making waves in Pembrokeshire

SMI attend Marine Energy Wales 2022 event

SMI attended Wales’ only conference dedicated to marine energy this week. Marine Energy Wales brings together over 200 attendees to discuss the future of renewable energy in Wales.

The conference also showcased a number of technologies that are exploiting the natural resource of the area in an efficient, effective and sustainable way.

Jo - new employee at SMI

SMI designs and manufactures fit and forget cable systems that form the central nervous system of marine power generation equipment such as turbines, tidal arrays and wave power systems.

Business Development Manager, Jo Burke (right), was in attendance to meet with a number of our wave and tidal power partners during the conference.

A range of deck mate, penetrators and wet-mate technologies are typically integrated by SMI to deliver full system connectivity for power, data and control systems with higher bandwidth delivered with electro-optic hybrid connections. High pressure, thermoplastic mouldings ensure these systems perform reliably for decades once deployed.

Old friends & new customers provide the right blend for success at OI 22

Oceonology International 2022

The SMI Business Development team were out in force this week attending Oceanology International at the Excel Centre in London.

Running for over 50 years, Oceanology International is the leading forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the world’s marine science and ocean technology communities.

This year, the event in London saw over seven thousand attendees from 88 countries and 489 exhibitors all coming together to discuss the Blue economy.

Our pressure moulded cable harnesses, penetrators and connectors deliver reliable power export, regardless of the state of marine conditions for the entire lifetime of the platform, which makes them ideal for supporting the infrastructure of marine power generation.

GISMA and SMI at Oceanology International event 2022

Our long-established partner, GISMA, were exhibiting this year, so our Business Development Manager, Jo Burke, was also attending to support them at the event.

SMI and GISMA have worked closely together since 1998, as GISMA’s subsea connector product range and expertise is perfectly aligned with our own high quality, pressure moulded subsea cable systems.

Read more about SMI and GISMA’s relationship.

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