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chainflex® - Flexible cables for movement

Failsafe flexible cables for energy chains - with guarantee
The chainflex® flexible cables are unharnessed cables for moving applications in energy chains or for robot applications, fail-safe with 36 months guarantee. Our industrial cables meet the requirements for EMC safety as well as the standards and guidelines such as UL, CSA, VDE, EAC, CTP, Interbus and Profibus. Various jacket materials are available. The product range includes everything from control cables, servo cables, motor cables and robot cables to bus cables, data cables, encoder cables and fiber optic cables. The chainflex® automation cables for energy chains work flawlessly over long periods even with many cycles, high speeds and accelerations as well as very extreme ambient conditions.

Information & background details

Why chainflex® cables?

Special cables for e-chains®
As an expert in energy chain systems, igus® supplies all components from a single source - including the cables. The design principle of the chainflex® cables dispenses with problems such as "corkscrews" and core breaks in cables in moving applications and machine downtimes are thus prevented. In contrast to the frequently offered "chain-friendly" cables with braiding in layers, igus® manufactures chainflex® cables according to the principle of braiding in bundles. The material and manufacture of shield and jacket of chainflex® cables are also specifically designed for use in energy chain applications. Since 1989, this has proven itself millions of times in practice around the world.
In our own test laboratory at the Cologne site, about 650 series of tests with cables have been carried out in parallel over the past 25 years on an average under the most difficult operating conditions. These results are continuously incorporated into product development and the online service life calculator. This allows us to give our customers planning safety and thereby also become the only manufacturer to extend a guarantee of 36 months or over 10 million strokes.
No contradiction: good cables cost less
Quick availability throughout the world is a significant purchase criterion. With cable production on three continents and 14 storage and assembly centers around the world, the customer gets the exact cable he needs from stock. The advantages for chainflex® cables are the presence of igus® in over 40 countries and the availability of cables from stock. This saves time, money, storage capacity and applies to each one of our 1,354 cable types which you can order without any minimum quantity purchases, surcharges or cutting costs.

36-month chainflex® guarantee

Predictable reliability
For over 25 years, we have been conducting tests in the largest test laboratory for cables and energy chains. This allows us to make reliable statements regarding the durability and service life of our cables used in moving applications.
Guaranteed service life - calculable online
For each of the chainflex® cable series, you can calculate online the service life expectancy of the cable selected for your application using the online service life calculator. For the guarantee to be valid, the cables must be operated in accordance with the application conditions specified for the respective cable series. They constitute the parameters of temperature, movement type such as unsupported, sliding, hanging or torsion, media influence and bending radii.

CFRIP® - Faster cable stripping

The principle is simple. With a few movements by hand, the jacket can be opened like a zipper to the desired length by simply pulling the inner CFRIP® tear strip. Subsequently, the outer / inner jacket can be removed from the cores. This not only saves you time but also additional tools. The cables are designed in such a way that the thread does not damage the jacket or cores even after millions of cycles of movement.

Flexible cables for automation

As experts in the cable carrier and industrial cable industry, we know how important cables in energy chains are, especially where continuous movement under extreme conditions is concerned. Standard cables in moving applications often corkscrew, underperform, or break, which is why we developed the chainflex® product line. chainflex® cables are specially designed for use in motion. Our flexible cables last for millions of cycles in moving applications. Our e-chain® is designed to hold all of the automation cables that we offer including servo cables, data cables and bus cables. chainflex® cables are flame-retardant and oil-resistant and are therefore able to cope with the most difficult conditions of use. More chainflex® cables:

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Flex Cable Highlight:
chainflex® servo cables can be supplied with a PVC or PUR jacket and have a bend radius starting at 7.5 x d. They reach a speed of up to 10 m/s. Due to the special structure of the chainflex® cables, millions of cycles in e-chains® are not a problem. Moreover, the long service life and the weight enable low-maintenance designs in extremely different areas of use. With chainflex® cables, you are always well prepared.

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Application Assistance

For further questions or product information, please contact:

Don Nester

Chainflex® Product Manager


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