Fibre optic cables for special requirementsigus® fibre optic cables
are specifically designed for use in energy chains. The special jacket
(PUR, PVC, TPE) and the special design allow a problem-free use in moving applications. Due to the various strain relief options, the cables withstand high mechanical loads. Here the fibre can withstand vibration, oil, gasoline or solvents equally. The igus® GmbH offers its fibre optic cables with four different fibre diameters in order to meet the high requirements in different applications, depending on the range, as well as other transmission parameters.
New applications in fibre optics
Today, the use of fibre optic cables in industrial technology is a matter of course. Many classic bus systems, such as Profibus, Profinet and Ethernet, are equipped with fibre optic cables. In particular, for long stretches in industrial equipment, such as cranes and assembly lines, information is transmitted via optical signals. If interference is caused by electromagnetic fields, fibre optics are used. The fibre optic cables resist the influences and prevent data loss during transmission. In bus systems such as USB or Firewire, fibre optic cables are more advantageous because they do not reach their limits with longer travels - compared to copper cables - and easily transmit data.
Fibre optic cables and copper cables in comparison
Copper cables are favourable only for their lower acquisition costs. Already when laying the cables, it becomes clear that the thick cable strands quickly lead to disruption and faults if they are routed too close to other data or power cables. In addition, copper is not suitable for bridging longer distances; the power is no longer sufficient after about 100 metres. Fibre optic cables are superior for their modern material, high speeds and use at longer distances (up to 80 kilometres). The fibre optic cables are resistant to interference and can easily be installed next to other cables. Fiber optic cables are more expensive in the short term, but costs are continually decreasing as they are less expensive to maintain and cause fewer failures. In conclusion, it can be said that in the long run fibre optic cables are more advantageous and compatible for the future.