Guaranteed 5 million cycles at a low price with slim igus control cables
Published on: 20th December 2019
New chainflex M control cables have a 20 per cent thinner structure and save space in the energy chain
With its advanced chainflex M cable series, igus now proves that quality and low price are not mutually exclusive. After four years of research, the motion cable specialist presented the new control cables CF880/CF881 and CF890/CF891 at SPS. An up to 20 per cent thinner cable structure ensures lower bend radii. This allows the user to save installation space, space inside the energy chain and costs. The chainflex M series has a tested service life of five million cycles and comes with a 36 month guarantee.
A good e-chain cable at a small price! That was and still is the promise that drives the chainflex M series of cables, which igus introduced for the first time in 2013. Since then a lot has happened not only in mechanical engineering but also in cable development. Due to the increasing automation in the industry, faster and faster machines are called for. Accordingly, the development of lighter and smaller cables is required to reduce high accelerated masses. That is why igus is keen on further developing its cost-effective cable series without increasing costs. The first breakthrough came in 2015: instead of one million guaranteed cycles, the manufacturer promises a service life of over five million cycles, and all at the same price. Just in time for SPS, igus presented its next development success: “Thanks to a new structural design, we can produce chainflex M control cables that are up to 20 per cent thinner. Our customers benefit from this because the cables have a smaller bend radius and take up less space in the energy chain. The user can save costs in this way”, explains Rainer Rössel, head of chainflex cables at igus GmbH. The new chainflex M cable series is now available as control cables with PVC (CF880/CF881) or igusPUR outer jacket (CF890/CF891) with or without shield. The cables are very suitable for short travels on simple classic machines such as stone, paper or wood processing, for example.
Reliability guaranteed at cost-effective price
For more than 25 years, igus has been a specialist in the development of cables intended for use in the energy chain. The company tests its products under realistic conditions in the company’s own 3,800 square metre test laboratory in Cologne – and these tests go on all the way until they fail completely. igus has been investing in the further development and long-term testing of its established chainflex M cable series for four years. The laboratory tests have shown that the cables can easily handle five million cycles. On all cables, including the optimised chainflex M series, igus issues a unique guarantee of 36 months worldwide based on its test data.