Fiber optic and conventional cable makers are very much concerned with manufacturing efficiency and cost optimization. Worldwide competition in the cable market is fierce, which puts significant pressure on cable selling prices. The costs of cable raw materials fluctuate widely, which further adds constraints. Cables designs have become more complex and are more specific to the application. Manufacturers are seeking designs that are different from the others and that can integrate more functions. For example, they seek cables that are compact, yet more durable, wear resistant, and chemically resistant. At the same time cable buyers want to carry more data and more power. Manufacturers of the cable making machinery must follow suit with machines that are very reliable and more flexible, as well as easy to operate and maintain. Cable makers cannot afford to have production stoppages or product losses. Cable making equipment must improve productivity, reduce power consumption, and optimize material utilization. Fewer, more efficient machines can reduce the plant space required. Lastly, cable machines must be ergonomic to reduce labor costs and to insure safety for production staff, while avoiding any interruption in production.