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Igus has shown in tests that its Chainflex CF11 and CF211 series of cables can operate reliably and safely in smaller bending radii.

According to the company, the permissible bending radius for the CF11 TPE measuring system cable has been reduced by 32 per cent from 10x diameter to 6.8x diameter, while the permissible bending radius for the CF211PVC variant has been reduced by 25 per cent from 10x diameter to 7.5x diameter.

During the in-house tests, the cables survived more than 30 million double strokes, or 36,691km of travel, in the energy chain with a test radius of 5x diameter.

Key features

Chainflex CF11 data cable

  • Abrasion-proof, bend-resistant, halogen-free, oil- and bio-oil-resistant TPE outer jacket
  • Inner jacket also made of a TPE compound
  • Stable braiding, ensuring maximum EMC protection

Chainflex CF211 data cable

  • Made of PVC
  • Bend-resistant tin-plated braided copper shield
  • Oil-resistant and flame-retardant properties

Igus

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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