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Bus, motor, control and FOC cables for energy chains

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The "Triflex R" robot energy chain system has more than 200 available components, in order to cover a whole range of applications from large-scale welding to small palletizing robots. There is now a complete matching "Chainflex" cable range available for all torsional applications. It is available from Treotham .

The "Chainflex CF Robot" family transfers energy and data reliably in highly dynamic applications using the multi-axis energy chains.

Twistable bus cables for the most popular industrial bus systems (Profibus, CAN-bus, Industrial Ethernet) have been developed.

Particularly torsion-resistant materials are used for the cable insulation, which is always extremely sensitive in such bus system cables. In addition, these are protected by damping elements and a matching PTFE gliding layer.

The braided shield has an optical coverage of 85 per cent. The pressure-extruded outer jacket is extremely abrasion-proof, oil-resistant and is made of a flame-resistant, halogen-free PUR mixture.

igus has also developed a range of new twistable motor cables. Starting with the shielded single-core cables already available, the company now also supplies 3 and 4-core cables with cross-sections from 1.5 to 35 mm². The twistable PUR motor cables can be supplied in either shielded or non-shielded versions. Particular importance was attached to the damping elements protecting the elements as they twist.

With the shielded types, the use of high-grade PTFE gliding layers has been continued in order to provide a sturdy basis for the special torsion-resistant insulation.

This allows for the most demanding of twisting applications. The new "CF Robot" control cable program is based on four design characteristics: torsion-resistant insulating materials, damping and gliding elements as well as a highly abrasion-proof outer jacket to provide protection from all environmental conditions.

The new twistable fibre optic cables have been matched to real-world robot requirements. On a test structure 1m long in the company's own technical centre, the FOC cable presented in Hanover has already carried out more than 4 million strokes. At a torsion angle of +/- 180°, there has been no change in the great data transfer behaviour, says igus.

The cable has 2 optical fibre cores, is resistant to oil, bio-oil and UV light and remains flexible in the cold. The FOC cables with high-tensile aramid fibres and dampers are stranded firmly around the GRP core. The pressure-extruded outer jacket is made of a halogen-free TPE mixture.

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