Lower-cost chainflex data cable with UL approval

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Lower-cost chainflex data cable with UL approvaligus is introducing the CF8821 data cable as a cost-effective alternative to standard chainflex cable for builders of equipment with low duty cycles, such as adjustment devices, encoder units, and wood or stone processing machines. With the new series, machine builders can save up to 30 per cent cost and still get a cable with UL approval.

Justin Leonard, e-chain director, igus, says: “One of the biggest challenges for international plant manufacturers is the different technical standards and norms for OEMs and operators in North America. Organisations in Europe and America have been trying to harmonise their regulations for years. Thanks to UL approval, machine builders can export their equipment to the US more easily and commission them without any problems.”

Offered with small cross-sections, the new cable is suitable for use in e-chains with a bend radius of 12.5 × diameter. EMC shielding protects the cable from interference. The highly flexible PVC outer jacket is silicone free and flame retardant, which maximises service life in e-chain in many diverse applications. Like all cables from the motion plastics specialist igus, the new data cable has also been tested in the in-house 2,750 m2 test laboratory. This makes igus the only manufacturer on the market to offer a 36-month guarantee on its entire cable range. For the CF8821 data cable, igus promises a service life of up to 5 million cycles.

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