New data cables for low-duty cycle machines

Treotham has introduced a new, cost-effective data cable by igus, for builders of low duty cycle machines. Data cables are used in a variety of sectors, from machine tools to robots. The cables must always withstand forces when running in energy chains.

Igus’s CF8821 data cables are suitable for applications without high mechanical requirements, such as adjustment devices, encoder units, and wood or stone processing machines.  According to Treotham, machine builders can save up to 30 per cent cost using the CF8821 data cables compared to standard chainflex data cables offered by the company.

Offered with small cross-sections, the new cable is suitable for use in e-chains with a bend radius of 12.5 x d. The highly flexible PVC outer jacket is silicone-free and flame-retardant. Igus is the only manufacturer on the market to offer a 36-month guarantee on its cable range. Treotham also promises a service life of up to five million cycles for the new data cable.

In addition to the guarantee, UL approval of the CF8821 cables opens up possibilities for machine builders exporting to the American market. UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories, which is a comprehensively accepted test organisation in the USA.

One of the biggest challenges for international plant manufacturers is the different technical standards and norms on the OEM and operator side in North America. Organisations in Europe and America have been trying to harmonise their regulations for years. The motion plastics specialist, igus, makes an important contribution towards the harmonisation with 1,044 out of the total 1,354 cables in its portfolio having UL-certification.

With more than 1,300 products, Treotham offers a wide range of energy chain cables with international approvals, including cables with the UL certification.