3D Ethernet cables enabling fast robot communication

Industrial robots are widespread in large-scale
manufacturing, providing fast automation of processes and ensuring
cost-efficiency for companies. igus has now developed a new long-lasting
Ethernet cable, the CFROBOT8.PLUS designed to ensure flawless functioning of robot
communication between the axes, the control system and super-ordinate systems,
even under extreme stress. The new family of cables, available from Treotham, has
been tested under torsion for several years at the in-house 2,750-square-metre
test laboratory and has been running absolutely fault-free for more than 15
million cycles.

According to the International Federation of Robotics
(IFR), more than 3 million industrial robots will operate worldwide by 2020
just to drive automation in manufacturing. At the same time, the requirements
for safe communication between robots, axes, control systems and super-ordinate
systems, are also rising.

“The probability that the communication of the future
will be dominated by industrial Ethernet is quite high,” explains Rainer
Ršssel, chainflex cables division manager at igus GmbH. For this reason the
motion cable specialist has been working for more than five years on the
development of Ethernet cables for extreme three-dimensional stress and safe
data transmission between the robot components.

At the SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, igus presented the
CFROBOT8.PLUS cable family to a specialist audience. “With our new robot cable
we have become the only manufacturer worldwide to offer a durable and tested
torsion cable from stock, with up to ±360-degree torsion angle, and thus fill a
gap in the market,” says Ršssel.

Twistable
cables, tested and guaranteed

The CFROBOT8.PLUS has been tested for torsion in the
igus triflex e-chain series for three-dimensional motions with over 15 million
cycles, resulting in the faultless functioning of the electrical features of
Ethernet communication. The test series is still ongoing to determine the expected
maximum service life and the final results are expected in a few years. This is
because igus has been developing and testing cables for more than 30 years in
the industry’s largest laboratory, these cables being specially designed for
use in energy chains. With more than 2 billion test cycles and over 1.4 million
electrical tests per year, igus is considered the leading manufacturer of motion
cables in energy chains.

igus is the only manufacturer worldwide to provide a
guarantee of 36 months for its complete chainflex cable range including the new
CFROBOT8.PLUS. The full igus range is available from Treotham Automation.

For more information, please visit the Treotham
Automation website www.treotham.com.au
or call 1300 65 75 64.

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