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Can’t find it? We’ll build it!

Providing bespoke cabling solutions through innovative research and design.

Along with the 4,000+ products available on our website, we also specialise in providing custom made cable assemblies to suit your requirements. If you can’t find the product you need, the chances are we’ll be able to build it for you!

Bespoke Design

Whilst some projects can be fulfilled by ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions, a substantial number of our orders require a more thoughtful, creative approach to provide the right result with a bespoke product. Every project is different, therefore we believe in offering a unique solution.

We work with you to understand your priorities, immersing ourselves in the needs of your project, to ensure we suggest suitable solutions to match your needs. Because we are vendor independent, we are able to offer the full scope of the cabling market. This ensures we select the best and most appropriate products for the job. In addition, our team can research, design and develop innovative new parts based on your specifications.

This service is what sets us apart from the competition and is one of the keys to our success. We are proud to have worked on some exciting bespoke projects across a variety of industries, including marine, military, nuclear and utilities. Read more about these projects below.

If you can’t find the product you need, chances are we’ll be able to build it for you! So get in touch with the team today to discuss your bespoke requirements.

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Special Projects

Read more about some of the special projects we have worked on below

Bespoke fibre solution for National Grid

Bespoke fibre solution for National Grid

Universal provided a deployable fibre solution for temporary connectivity at substations situated throughout England for National Grid. As an integral part of the UK electrical transmission system, substations require regular maintenance to ensure the network continues to operate safely and reliably.

A vital requirement was for durable and rugged cabling and equipment, due to the conditions the engineers work in at the substations and because they are familiar with using extremely rugged and heavy power connectors. The best balance of durability and cost came from an ArmourLux-Neutrik hybrid; an ArmourLux cable and reel with Neutrik DUO sockets at both ends.  Once deployed, a 1m Neutrik DUO Advanced cable ‘patched’ the sockets to the trailer and control centre.

Read the full case study here.

RAF Shawbury high resilience network

RAF Shawbury high resilience network

A site wide intercom/speaker system was required, but there was insufficient fibre cabling infrastructure to support it. The Qsys system is highly resilient and requires redundant high speed switches to support it’s operation. Only a few are approved by Qsys and none were suitable for the design.

There were many cabling ducts and some fibre optic cabling on site, but it was unclear on routes and how useable the cables were if they existed.

Auditing of existing fibre included testing and creating new schematics. 11km of new 12 core OM3 Brand Rex fibre cables were installed to support the design. The switches selected were Allied x510 & x610 which support GbE and 10GbE and offer zero delay failover. Dual switches interconnected by resilient active routes were installed in all 37 buildings.

Bandwidth upgrade using installed cables

Bandwidth upgrade using installed cables

A floating petroleum storage ship based in the Far East was pre installed with Multimode cables which supported 100Mb. They required an upgrade to Gigabit, but the cable lengths were above the maximum supported.

The most economical solution was to install Mode Conditioning cables throughout and Singlemode SFP’s into existing network switches, thus increasing the useable distance to 550m, and avoiding the huge expense of replacing cabling.

Custom deployable fibre for Doosan

Custom deployable fibre for Doosan

Doosan approached Universal Networks (UN) looking for a compatible cabling solution to work with their upgraded data network system. After looking at the current network diagram, Liz Waterhouse, Account Manager at UN, suggested some changes to simplify the plan and eliminate the number of points of failure. Most importantly, the solution put forward to Doosan worked with the upgraded inspection system.

Read the full case study here.

Marine fibre to replace failing copper

Marine fibre to replace failing copper

On a vessel used for Seismic survey operations, a copper link was used from the bridge to a small container all the way down at the bow of the ship which housed electronic equipment that relays the seismic data back to the bridge. The cabling kept failing so we replaced it with pre-terminated armoured fibre and industrial media converters installed into an IP rated box.

One fibre cable to replace many

One fibre cable to replace many

Also a bridge to container link, this one was semi temporary and required 24 fibres. We specified a Loose Tube external fibre and terminated into a single 24 way MTP connector, glanded for secure container entry.  We used MTP to LC panels each end to enable connection to devices. The 24 fibre MTP connector facilitated quick and easy connectivity.

Multi-fibre Military Application

Multi-fibre Military Application

The application was to consolidate hut to aircraft fibre communication cables. Individual fibre cables with standard connectors were used to connect to the various telemetry devices on the state-of-the-art aircraft, which not only took a while to connect but carried a high risk of damaging the cables.

These were replaced by a single, rugged Neutrik opticalCON Advanced IP rated 12-fibre MTP cable provided on a deployable reel, with an IP rated connection boxes distributing to other connections to save time on deployment and connectivity and increase resilience.

Peli Mounted Media Converter

Peli Mounted Media Converter

To enable the user to deploy long fibre optic cables in an emergency situation and convert each end to copper to establish a data connection between a laptop and a remote camera device. We designed a weatherpoof box that housed a USB-powered fibre to copper ethernet converter.

All connectivity ports (USB, Cat6 & LC Fibre) were protected by spring-loaded IP rated shutters. The converter is powered through the USB cable from a laptop one end and bespoke Lemo cable assembly on the other end. All cables when connected were IP rated also.

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Case Studies

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FAQ

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