High safety for man and machine: All 1,354 igus e-chain cables meet RoHS II requirements

Published on: 7th March 2019

Online predictable chainflex cables tested for the long term are certified according to EU directive

All 1,354 chainflex cables are tested in the igus test laboratory and are RoHS II compliant. Jointly they offer maximum safety for man and machine. (Source: igus GmbH)

“RoHS” stands for “Restriction of Hazardous Substances” and regulates the use of hazardous substances in electronic devices. This EU directive aims to avoid harmful components such as lead, mercury or plasticisers in products and work environments. All of igus’ 1,354 highly flexible chainflex cables comply with the requirements of the current RoHS II directive. This ensures legal and functional safety for machine builders and safe use and disposal for the user.

With 1,354 types, igus offers the largest cable range for the energy chain with the most comprehensive selection of international approvals from stock. With over 2 billion test cycles completed per year for all chainflex cables and over 1.4 million electrical tests conducted in its own 2,750 square metre test lab, igus is the only manufacturer in the world to offer a 36-month guarantee on its complete range of cables. The chainflex cables with a predictable service life make a decisive contribution to the safe operation of moving applications. It also fulfils the “Restriction of Hazardous Substances” (RoHs) II specifications for the safety of humans and the environment. This applies to the entire chainflex product range of the motion cables specialist. Now the chainflex motor cable CF30 has been tested in test 5191 with 25 million cycles and the RoHs II conformity confirmed.

RoHs II guidelines provide planning reliability
Since the mid-1990s, throughout Europe, there have been restrictions on the use of environmentally hazardous substances for electrical and electronic equipment and their components. These ever stricter guidelines set limits for the use of industrially essential but potentially harmful substances such as chromium, lead, mercury or bromine. The extended EU Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS II) further lowered the permissible limits for hazardous substances, including phthalates. The plasticisers are preferably used when plastics need to be very supple, soft and elastic in use. The igus brand meets these requirements for highly flexible chainflex cables even without the use of these toxic phthalates. An important criterion for later recycling or disposal. For machine builders exporting to the EU, RoHS certification of the cables used will make it easier to achieve CE conformity. But companies with non-EU customers also get planning reliability regarding other standards. As similar regulations come into effect in countries such as the US, Japan or China, these standards must increasingly be met globally.

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