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Flexible control cable


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Control cable for moving applications

A control cable is a cable that transmits switching statuses and control signals between a transmitter and a receiver. Control cables from igus® are used wherever control cables are subjected to increased loads due to movement, torsion or harsh environmental conditions. The chainflex® control cables are available for the most varied mechanical requirements in various approvals and conformities. Depending on the type of control cable, they are torsion-resistant, suitable for narrow radii or very low temperatures, UV-resistant, flame-retardant and halogen-free. Tested in the igus® laboratory with millions of cycles in e-chains®, they provide guaranteed safety against failure.

 
Torsion  
No. 1 in terms of choice, testing and guarantee

We manufacture fail-safe cables for movements in the e-chain® - for many cycles, high speeds, high accelerations and many more challenging conditions.

Guarantee  
36 month guarantee

In our 2,750m² laboratory, we put our cables through their paces - and with good confidence, we can give them a 36-month guarantee on our cables!

Tools  
Can be calculated and configured

With our tools you will find the right cable for every application - and can directly calculate the service life!

Flexible control cable in an energy chain  

Where are flexible control cables used?

Control cables from igus® are specifically designed to operate with minimal maintenance and provide long-lasting service. Control cables are mainly used in motion applications where there is a high demand on the jacket and cable cores.
 
Production facilities are becoming more complex and environmental conditions in which control cables continue to operate are becoming increasingly aggressive. In modern energy chains, a cable structure with cores wound in layers is no longer sufficient to prevent the unwanted corkscrew effect.

If the cables are subjected to high mechanical stress, core ruptures or corkscrews can occur as a result of the permanently alternating bending of the cables. With chainflex® control cables, these problems are effectively avoided by bundling cores from a number of 12 cores. The protect against cable break as well as the corkscrew effect. As a result, igus has made a flexible control cable that is durable, dependable and suitable for energy chains.
 
In addition, the jacket materials as well as the shielding of the cables are specially adapted for moving applications to defy the high material loads. The various jacket materials protect the cable also from adverse environmental conditions. To match this, igus® offers jacket materials made of PVC, TPE, PUR or iguPUR, whose properties differ, among other things, such as chemical and . All igus® control cables are available in both shielded and unshielded versions.
 
If control cables are installed together with other cables, good shielding should be ensured. Shielded cables protect the signals from electromagnetic interference from adjacent cables, e.g. motor cables. Extremely problematic can be the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), the coupling between cables, which, as is often the case with energy chains, are routed in parallel over a certain distance.

Suitable control cable for the tightest bend radii

An international electronics company in Shanghai struggled for a long time with machine and production failures. The reason for this are the repeatedly failing control cables. The very small bend radius of the energy supply made it difficult to find a suitable cable. Since the installation of our chainflex® control cables, machine failures have been reduced and the spiral of costs terminated.


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Control cables support trouble-free operation of the railway

In order to enable a smooth flow in the operation in a low-floor railway in Bonn, a smooth opening and closing of the door was a must. Here our control cable is used. The improved conductor and jacket materials enable dependable operation of the trains despite continuous load and tight bending space. By using the chainflex® CF98 control cable, maintenance intervals can be reduced and considerable costs can be saved.


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chainflex® control cables for the smallest bend radii

To counteract the lack of space, the Chinese company Shanghai Novel Color Picture Tube Co. Ltd. introduced 'lean production'. The systems work in confined spaces and are equipped with space-saving components. Our control cables, specifically developed for very small cross sections with particularly narrow radii, are ideally suited for narrow bending spaces. After installing our cables, the company has already seen significant savings in energy chain applications.


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Control cable in chainflex® test laboratory

All chainflex® control cables are regularly tested for long life under extreme loads in the igus® in-house test laboratory. For more than 25 years, igus® has been working daily in a dedicated test laboratory to optimise service life of the product and predict it more accurately. On an area of more than 2,750 square metres, an average of 650 series of tests run in parallel every day, always with the aim of checking and improving the longevity of their own control cables. The resulting test results are available online and are part of igus® online service life calculator for cables, which allows customers to calculate online the minimum number of strokes of their cable at any time before purchase. Each control cable is sold by the metre in the igus® shop and, if required, also harnessed.

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