Global Marine Systems, Ltd., the largest independent provider of submarine cable installation, maintenance and related engineering services in the world, announced today the commercial availability of a revolutionary technology to improve the quality of submarine cable jointing. The Jointing Automated Documentation Environment (JADE) is the first software of its kind to be developed for the submarine cable industry. Jade has been certified by the Universal Joint Consortium (UJC) an industry body which has long taken the lead in addressing developments in jointing in an effort to constantly and consistently improve the benefits to telecommunications customers.
Developed in-house by the submarine cable experts at Global Marine, this software means jointers no longer need to wade through many volumes of paper and fill out multiple reports for each joint. The software builds on the highly successful SwiftScan system, introduced by Global Marine two years ago, and the present paper system for monitoring joint quality. JADE eliminates unnecessary steps by generating a unique, on screen manual for each occasion, guiding the jointer through the build process and creating a comprehensive report as the joint progresses.
"Due to the unique nature of 'a manual for each joint', we have been able to remove a great deal of the complexity inherent in the current paper based systems and provide our jointers with only the information relevant to the joints in question," said John Golding Operations Director for Global Marine Systems. "The combination of these factors means that JADE will contribute significantly to the achievement of 'right first time' joints and represents a major investment in the improvement of jointing quality for our customers."
JADE helps to get it right the first time
The JADE software always works with the latest jointing information and is updated electronically at the start of each joint build. It monitors quality issues such as equipment serial numbers, piece part identifications and time per operation, and records all of these in a comprehensive report for the customer.
"The automation of record keeping around this very detailed, labour intensive and expensive process, will undoubtedly help to improve the quality of joint construction. It will also provide a comprehensive record of the jointing process that will be very useful in quality improvement initiatives," said Mick Green at BT Group.