CAMI Celebrates 30 Years of Sales and Innovation

Wiring Analyzers and Guided Assembly Systems

CAMI Research Inc. (Acton, MA), manufacturer of the CableEye® automation-ready cable harness test system, is marking 30 years since our first sale. During this time we’ve continued to innovate highly configurable test solutions for simple and complex multiconductor cables and harnesses.

Customers and Applications

CAMI provides ATE for cable and wire harness test and cable management to discerning global customers who require accurate and dependable assembly and testing in order to deliver top quality product.

Trusted by industry leaders such as CERN, Ford, GE, Hitachi, NASA, Abbott, TESLA, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Airborn, Furukawa, TE Connectivity, and the Nobel prize-winning group, LIGO, thousands of test systems have shipped globally over the years.

CableEye wiring analyzers and guided assembly systems are used for test applications of products destined for Automotive, Aerospace, Rail, Marine, Energy, Appliances, Medical Devices, Defense, Robotics, Telecom and many more sectors.

Figure 1. The Production View for Pass/Fail checks. Displayed on any sized screen you desire, the color-coded graphic-rich display provides clarity and, at the click of a button, you may visualize the wiring schematically or by netlist. Components are automatically detected and displayed (including Diode orientation), wiring faults are color-coded, and full measurement data is provided for every pin-to-pin connection. Another click provides a detailed customizable report, complete with wiring schematic and netlist, for your own records or for your customer. Here you see two errors, an open (yellow) and a short (red) for a harness test.

Forward-Thinking Development

Founder Christopher E. Strangio’s vision for CAMI Research involved developing a suite of pc-based cable testing products powered by the same intuitive software that, with the help of live, easy-to-interpret color-coded graphics, instantly identifies problems — indicating not only when there is a fault, but what type of fault and where (Fig. 1). The highly configurable nature and automation-readiness of each system is directly attributable to this advanced software.  

Initially released for DOS in 1993 and updated regularly to work with the latest operating systems, current CableEye software is compatible with Windows™ 7 through the latest Windows OS. Test engineers and managers are free to choose any size monitor they require, including Touch Screens and all-in-one computers.

Of course, development of robust and modular hardware has taken major effort too, all leading towards an automated system that can be used as a pass/fail check tester, or a diagnostic system.

Following release of our first product, which was a low voltage tester with fixed test connectors, CAMI switched to an industry-standard 64-pin header interface and developed easily-interchangeable, auto-detected, test interface fixtures known as connector boards. The software automatically displays a clear graphic of the connectors and wiring under test and the tester can be readily programmed to do the same for custom boards and fixtures using the PinMap™ fixture mapping option that was released in 1993. Connector Designer™ software (2000) is an option that allows creation of custom graphics for unusual connectors (e.g. connectorized catheters) not found in the graphics library. With a single click, the wiring schematic (see photo) can be switched to a customizable netlist view. In both views, a large PASS/FAIL indicator is clearly visible. The stackable CB35 relay board, with 10 digital outputs per board, is a popular choice for those who need to manage external devices for full control and automation of the test station.

We released our first HiPot tester, the HVX, in 2009. In 2015, the HVX-21 was launched that increased the maximum test voltage from 1500Vdc to 2100Vdc. There are now five tester models covering low voltage and HiPot requirements. Guided connector assembly is a software option that was released as Autobuild ™ in 2006 and which was augmented in 2008 by the release of the Light Director ™ accessory for light-guided connector assembly. Choose the Autobuild option if you’d like your test system to speak assembly directions to the operator, or if you need to test while you build.

Testing your cables and wire harness assemblies is only part of the solution. By combining test, fault location, design, documentation, labeling, database storage, and automation in one instrument, your CableEye test and management system covers all the bases. Use for R&D, prototyping, production (batch testing, HMLV, LMHV), diagnostics, and design.

All CableEye testers ship with comprehensive software providing test functions, connectors database, graphic wiring display, reporting, data logging, automation scripting and many more features. Truly future-ready, this software is readily upgradable so that in twenty years, your system will have even more features than when it was purchased.

Ever the innovator, CAMI will be announcing a significant product development in a few months.