Seven basic rules for good cables

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igus has more than 25 years’ experience developing and producing cables for moving applications. Over 2 billion double strokes are carried out in its 2750m2 test lab each year. Here the company sets out the seven basic rules for good dynamic motion cables.

Seven basic rules for good cables>

  • Strain-relieving core: a genuine centre cord is essential, providing protection for the stranded structure during moving applications
  • Conductor structure: stranding material must be optimised to cope with the most demanding applications
  • Core insulation: high-quality, proven insulation materials such as PVC or TPE offer support for the stranded wires
  • Cable core: individual conductors should be bundled in groups, then cabled together around the core, a design optimised to deal with compressive and tensile forces
  • Inner jacket: a gusset-filled extruded inner jacket helps maintain cable core integrity better than filler or fleece, providing a continuous base for the shield
  • Shield design: high-quality, optimised angle braided shield protects the cable from external interference, as well as shielding cable interference into the outside environment
  • Outer jacket: the outer jacket must be resistance to UV rays, oils and chemicals, as well as wear and abrasion
  • Find out more about why igus chainflex cables can be guaranteed for 36 months or 10 million double strokes by watching the video at

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