GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) is thought by many to be the future standard for vision systems, likely to replace FireWire, USB and CameraLink in many applications. Camera manufacturers are already presenting camera-specific cables for the consumer market, but the industrial market for visual automation demands that the Ethernet cables must tolerate high mechanical loads. Igus has therefore developed what is believed to be the world’s first GigE cable for continuous dynamic use in energy chains.
The new Ethernet special cable Chainflex CFBUS.044 provides higher data rates in severe industrial environments and results in a long service life even at very high cycle rates. Developed, for example, for quality and process monitoring applications, the oil-resistant GigE cable has already been successfully fatigue tested over 100m of travel (50m of cable length).
This means that the energy and data supply experts at Igus are now offering FireWire, USB and GigE cables specifically for highly dynamic use in chains. The cable's bus pairs, which are manufactured with harmonised special insulation, are stranded together with an optimised short pitch. This extremely flexible tinned copper shield results in high damping stability even at high cycle rates. The high-pressure extruded, abrasion-resistant and flame-retardant TPE outer jacket also offers the necessary protection to prevent core breakage. The new cable is UL- and CSA-certified and conforms to DESINA standards.