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Igus Chainflex flexible electrical cables are said to feature a design to make them last longer than standard ‘hi-flex’ cables in energy chains and other flexing applications.

Igus Chainflex cables do not suffer from tensile stress on the conductors, which is due to the Igus bundled and twisted design.

In comparison, the conductors in standard ‘hi-flex’ cables are only braided in layers, causing a high tensile stress – this simple braiding can also put high tensile forces on shield wire where present, which can create wide gaps and loss of EMC protection.

The Igus Chainflex system does not suffer from these problems as its optimised braided shield almost eliminates the tensile force on the shield wires; hence, no opening in the shielding and loss of EMC protection.

The Igus Chainflex system has a centre core element, unlike the ‘hi-flex’ design, which absorbs the tensile stress.

The core element is surrounded by a gusset filling that is extruded throughout.

Igus UK keeps more than 750 Chainflex cables in stock.

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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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