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Hybrid technology where energy and data transmission are bundled in one cable, is gaining acceptance with more and more drive manufacturers. Responding to this trend, Igus has expanded its chainflex cable portfolio with two new hybrid cables.
Firstly, the CF280.UL.H401 with a PUR jacket suitable for the modular and compact drive system ctrlX DRIVE from Bosch Rexroth for synchronous servomotors of the MS2N series. Secondly, the proven hybrid cable for Siemens SINAMICS S210 drives is now offered with a PVC outer jacket.
With over 30 different types, Igus has a large portfolio of highly flexible hybrid cables that consist of two systems: the CF280.UL with PUR outer jacket and CF220.UL with PVC outer jacket. Igus supplies these two different jacket materials so that the correct material can be selected for different applications and external conditions.
The oil-resistant PVC jacket is the ideal choice for energy chains used in high cycle numbers in dry areas, for example in woodworking machines, due to its high abrasion resistance. PVC is designed for ambient temperatures from 5°C to 70°C. The PUR material, on the other hand, has a very high notch resistance and oil resistance. This makes the halogen-free PUR cables suitable for use in energy chains with very high oil loads, for example in a machine tool. And these cables have an extended temperature range from -25°C to +80°C.
The chainflex solutions are available from stock by the metre and are assembled and designed to meet well-known manufacturer standards. “To offer our customers more and more solutions for the drive systems of various manufacturers, we are continuously expanding our cable range,” says Justin Leonard, director of e-chains and cables at Igus UK. “That’s why we now offer two new hybrid cables suitable for these popular Bosch Rexroth and Siemens drives.”
Specifically, with the PUR hybrid cable CF280.UL.H401 for synchronous servo motors of the MS2N series, Igus now has a product for the modular drive system ctrlX DRIVE from Bosch Rexroth. The new cable is suitable for applications with a bending factor of down to 15xd and therefore suitable for use in many industries – from machine tools and material handling to the automotive industry.
In addition, Igus now also offers its hybrid cable as CF220 to match Siemens SINAMICS S210 drives – the UL.H304 with a PVC outer jacket. “Our customers can now also use this proven hybrid cable with a 15% cheaper PVC jacket for applications in dry environments,” says Leonard. “This means that extra costs in the hybrid cables range can be reduced and customers have the choice between two technically identical cables with different jacket qualities depending on the area of application. This allows us to offer more choice and offer our customers further individual solutions for their applications.”
By using chainflex cables, Igus says users also save around 40% installation space in the energy chain and 43% material weight compared to using individual servo- and measuring system cables. Thanks to the reduced weight that needs driving by the system, less energy is also consumed.