A builder of fishing and offshore support vessels in Alabama was having issues with the cable it used to supply power to crane controls. Due to extreme flexing and environmental hazards, the cable needed repair every 3 months and replacement every 6 months, on average. Each time cable failed, the cost to replace it was $264 plus labor.
A manufacturer of complex surface ships for naval and commercial clients was experiencing routine failure of commodity cable used on two reeling applications. The cable was being repaired monthly and replaced every 3 months, on average, due to flexing and tension issues. Each time cable failed on the two reels, the cost to replace it was $476 plus labor.