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High flex cables fit C-Track, robotic systems

Posted: 03 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:high flex cable? halogen free? PUR/PVC cable?

Weidmuller has introduced a line of SAI High Flex cables designed for demanding continuous flexing applications.

These new cables include PUR/PVC cables and halogen free PUR/PUR cables that are rated for C-track applications, as well as weld slag-resistant PUR cables designed to endure the twisting motion of robotic applications.

Weidmuller designed and tested its high flex cables in C-track applications, where the cable continuously rolls back and forth, over 2,100mm at 1.75m/s and an acceleration reaching 50m/s?. The halogen free PUR/PUR cables achieved a rating of 2 million cycles and the standard PUR/PVC cables are rated at 20 million cycles, without failure.

Weidmuller's high flex robotic cables are designed to meet a minimum of 5 million cycles without failure. In addition to rolling tests over a distance of 5m at a speed of 3.3m/s and acceleration of 5m/s?, the SAI high flex robotic cables are also subjected to a special torsion test that simulates the 360? torsion twisting motion of most demanding robotic applications. These cables also feature a special PUR jacket that provides protection against melting from weld slag.

All of the SAI High Flex cables are available in 3-, 4- and 5-pole versions as plug-and-play assemblies with M12 or M8 male or female connectors, for reduced installation and maintenance time. For applications that require on-site custom cable assembly, PUR/PVC and halogen free PUR/PUR bulk cable is available in 100m lengths.

Weidmuller SAI High Flex cables are UL and CSA approved. They feature a neutral black jacket that is oil, grease and lubricant resistant, allowing them to be installed directly on the machine.

Pricing ranges from $3 per meter of PUR/PVC raw cable, to $37 each for a double ended M12 extension cord-set with weld slag resistant robotic cable in 10m length.

- Ismini Scouras

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