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 for millions of cycles in e-chains, they provide guaranteed safety against failure.
Dependable cables for movements in the e-chain - for many cycles, high speeds and accelerations and more challenges.
In our 3,800m² laboratory, we put our cables through their paces – and we can confidently give them an up to 36-month guarantee!
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 cores wound in bundles 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.
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 also protect the cable from adverse environmental conditions. To match this, igus® offers jacket materials made of PVC, TPE, PUR or iguPUR, whose properties differ, such as in chemical and oil resistance. 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. The electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), the coupling between cables, can be extremely problematic, which, as is often the case with energy chains, are routed in parallel over a certain distance.
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 in a dedicated test laboratory to optimise service life of the product and predict it more accurately. In an area of more than 2,750 square metres, an average of 650 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.
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.
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.
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.