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Energy chain and continuous flex cable expert igus now offers a full range of Ethernet chainflex cables, qualified for CAT 5, 6, 6A and 7 standards. Each cable type has been tested for more than 40 million strokes at the igus test facility in Cologne, ensuring secure data transmission even under high mechanical demands.

The special construction of the chainflex CAT 7 cable is designed to ensure reliability and integrity in continuous flex applications. The braiding has been increased substantially and overall shielding has 90 per cent optical cover, which ensures high-level functionality, even after millions of bending cycles. In addition, the special conductor and stranding techniques used increase the cable’s overall lifetime.

The CAT 7 cable is flame retardant, as are all cables with the abrasion-resistant TPE outer jacket. In addition, the cable is UL/CSA, EAC and CTP certified and DESINA compliant. The CAT 7 range is also suitable for use in cleanroom environments and has DNV GL approval for energy-chain applications in offshore environments.

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Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Energy chains are the umbilical cord of modern machines. They minimise downtime and protect, support and extend the service life of cables and hoses. The broad range incorporates more than 30,000 innovative, low-cost products. From the smallest ‘micro’ chain to the largest chain in the world, the E4.350, Igus energy chains are capable of long and short travel distances at high speeds in all axes.

Igus also has its own cable series, Chainflex, specially designed with energy chains in mind. They are highly flexible cables, offering a long service life and very small bending radii. A wide range is available, from small signal cables to large power cables, high-speed data cables and glass fibre-optic cables.

The company’s energy chains and Chainlflex cables can be delivered as a fully harnessed and pre-assembled Readychain system, cutting purchasing, warehousing and installation costs.

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