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chainflex® Cable Test Lab

Testing the service life of flexible cables in various applications for 25 years

The 29,600 sq. ft. igus® test facility— the largest in the industry—is where chainflex® innovations are born. It is here where two billion test cycles occur annually to extend service life, eliminate maintenance, reduce costs and optimize overall performance of the cables. Individual cables, complete systems and even customer applications, upon request, are tested under real-world conditions. Factors including travel directions, torsion and abrasion-resistance are also examined.  As a baseline, igus® mainly assesses four different types of tests with the objective of providing the best possible chainflex® cable:  
 
1. Material tests on conductors, insulation and jackets
2. Inspections on new superstructures, manufacturing processes and other related impacts on durability
3. In-process quality tests according to certain selection algorithms
4. Long-term service life tests to determine actual maximum service life before failure is detected


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chainflex bus cable  
Bus cable

For special requirements in the machine industry

chainflex data cable  
Data cable

For use in energy chains and travels up to 400m

chainflex fiber-optic cable  
Fiber-optic cable

For large transmissions

Measuring system cable  
Measuring system cable

For very frequent flexible movements

chainflex motor cable  
Motor cable

For constant bending and movement

chainflex robot cable  
Robot cable

For torsional movement in applications

chainflex servo/power cable  
Servo/power cable

For abrasion-resistance

chainflex control cable  
Control cable

For high-speed movement and compact spaces

chainflex special cable  
Special cable

For high tensile strength and harsh requirements

chainflex® Product Finder  
Product Finder

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Service Life Calculator  
Service Life Calculator

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Overview of current tests

Test 4003 - CF113.02.05.02

CF113 data cable lasts more than 65 million strokes at a bending radius of 48 mm.

Test 4003 - CF113.02.05.02    

Test 3479 - CF11.D

CF11.D chainflex® measurement system cable lasts more than 66 million strokes at a bending radius of 75 mm.

Test 3479 - CF11.D    

Test 3841 - CF21

CF21 servo cable lasts more than 53 million strokes at 20% under-bending.

Test 3841 - CF21    

Test 3105 - CFROBOT5.501

Robot FOC CFROBOT5.501 glass fiber cable withstands more than 28 million cycles at +/- 180°/ft torsion.

Test 3105 - CFROBOT5.501    

Test 2233 - CF5.10.25

Control cable CF5.10.25 survives more than 41 million double strokes with 25% lower bending.

Test 2233 - CF5.10.25    

Test 3089 - CFBUS.045

Bus cable CFBUS.045 has withstood more than 76 million double strokes in the endurance test.

Test 3089 - CFBUS.045    

Test 3621 - CF98.05.04

Control cable CF98.05.04 survives more than 138 million double strokes at a radius of 18 mm (3.2 x d).

Test 3621 - CF98.05.04    

Test 4009 - CF THERMO. K001

Thermal compensation cable CFTHERMO.K001 lasts more than 97 million strokes at a 1.89 in (48 mm) radius.

Test 4009 - CF THERMO. K001    

Test 4011 - fiber optic cables CFLG.2LB

Fibre-optic cable CFLG.2LB lasts more than 50 million strokes at a bending factor of 4.2 x d.

Test 4011 - fiber optic cables CFLG.2LB    

Test 4248 – CF9.07.12

TPE control cable lasts >700,000 cycles on 2.36 in (60 mm) guide roller – without corkscrew.

Test 4248 – CF9.07.12    

Test 4428 – CFSPECIAL.182.045

Ethernet cable for extreme demands – flawless data transmission at 656.2 lbs (2,919 N) – 15,000% more than called for in the DIN standard.

Test 4428 – CFSPECIAL.182.045    

CF98 roller tests

TPE control cable with special alloy conductor for extreme demands – >2,000,000 cycles on 1.57 in (40 mm) guide roller – without core fracture.

CF98 roller tests    

Test 4956 – CF430 CF440

World premiere: 40% lighter in E-Chains®

Test 4956 – CF430 CF440    

Test 4404 - CF270.UL.D

PUR CF270.UL.D servo cable for medium loads – >25.5 million cycles at 9.3xd – without core rupture.

Test 4404 - CF270.UL.D    

Endurance test CAT7

Endurance test: igus® is testing the limits of CAT7 cables

Endurance test CAT7    

Test - CFROBOT8.060

Chainflex® guarantee for robot cable demonstrated in chain twisted by +/- 180°

Test - CFROBOT8.060    

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