FireWire cable technology works without any problems with short transmission lengths in the consumer sector, since there is hardly any movement involved.
The same cannot be said for industrial uses such as robot applications where energy chains guide and protect cables over distances of travel of up to 10m.
In such cases, the cables often fail mechanically after as little as two or three metres on account of their structure, or they are not in a position to achieve such transmission lengths at all due to their lack of flexibility.
Tests on the cables now make industrial energy chain applications with a data volume of up to 400 Mbit per second (transmission rate) possible.
At the recent Hanover Industrial Fair in Germany, igus presented its new Chainflex CFBUS.055 FireWire cable to the automation sector.
The bus pairs and supply wires in the cable are twisted together with particularly flexible shields and an optimised pitch length. The gusset-filling extruded, flame-resistant, TPE outer jacket provides the protection the cable needs to prevent core ruptures.
As well as having UL and CSA approval, the FireWire cable is also DESINA-compliant.