Flexing flexible cables

Alpha Wire International has announced that sales of its highly successful XTRA•Guard flexible cables range have doubled in the last three years.


Alpha Wire International has announced that sales of its highly successful XTRA·Guard flexible cables range have doubled in the last three years. Sales are most prevalent in automation and control environments where robotics are increasingly being utilised in manufacturing processes.



By increasing flex life cycles, refining cable profiles and improving durability in single and multi-axis flexing applications, Alpha Wire has enlarged the performance gap between its industry-standard XTRA·Guard flexible cables and other flex cables.



The company believe that engineers are increasingly becoming aware of the fundamental difference between flexible and flexing. Flexing allows a cable to be bent and routed in order to create a dressed installation. Flexible cables allow for easier installation and simplify troubleshooting in the cabinet and equipment installation.



In many manufacturing applications cables have to withstand millions of flex cycles. Designers need to consider the type of flexing that the cable will be required to withstand, such as a single axis, torsional, multi axis or variable, because each requires a specific set of cable attributes.



‘Our customers depend on us with their most critical applications, so just as systems become more demanding we continue to improve and refine all of our products,’ said Harry Quinn, European director for Alpha Wire. ‘We understand that helping customers select the correct cable the first time is essential to overall system reliability, performance and safety. It’s also crucial that this selection is made first time to avoid cable failure, which can be very costly in terms of production levels, profits and a company’s reputation.’