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Igus has developed an optical-fibre cable, Chainflex CFLG.2LB, which is suitable for all bus systems.

This dual-core optical-fibre bus cable is designed for energy-chain applications where extremely small bending radii and high cycle life are expected without loss of data.

The fibres are designed to reduce the minimum bend radius from the traditional 10x outside diameter of the jacketed cable to 5x, or 40mm.

Because of the matched length of the fibre-optic cores and the aramid strain and torsion relief, more than 8.5 million double strokes have been proved for energy chains in a 38mm test setup.

The highly abrasion-resistant TPE outer-jacket compound protects against mechanical damage and is oil and chemical resistant.

The environmentally friendly cable is PVC and halogen free and, when dynamically moved, suitable for a temperatures ranging between -40 and 60C.

This makes them applicable across all industries, covering applications from machine tools and pick-and-place equipment to stone- and woodworking.

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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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