Predict the future with the worlds first intellegent cable.

igus® takes the next step towards industry 4.0 by developing the worlds first chainflex® cable that warns the user before it fails. If problems arise, such as the threat of a core breakage, the cable issues a warning while in operation. This enables the user to replace the cable before it has a chance to fail.

A big stride for preventive maintenance and therefore,  increased plant availability. The cable will be presented at the 2016 Hannover Messe.

If you are already interested, you are welcome to gain initial experience as a beta tester.

Predict the future with the worlds first intellegent cable

Video of the Week – igus e-chains in offshore applications

Ideal steel alternative for cable carrying in harsh environments 

 

Plastic energy chains from tribopolymer specialist igus are an ideal alternative to steel, which has been the design material of choice for many decades, for working in the harsh environments of the offshore industry. igus e-chains are tougher than steel for a given size and are, of course, much lighter. They are also inherently resistant to corrosion and weathering, and the best types are unaffected by exposure to virtually every type of chemical and petrochemical as well as by exposure to UV light from the sun.

In areas where explosive vapours or gases may be present – that is, those areas where the ATEX Directive applies, as it does to many areas of offshore installations – igus recommends e-chains made of igumid ESD (ATEX material). 

 

Available in many versions, energy chains provide mutli-directional support for cables that provide power, services and communication to moving systems. Typical applications include drilling crane carriages, rig skidders and link spans.

 

 igus offers a range of e-chains in different lengths and sizes, including the world’s largest plastic e-chain, the E4.350, with a maximum fill weight of >100kg/m. This e-chain is predominantly used for the movement of large, heavy and stiff cables, such as those used on oil platforms.

 

In addition, igus holds GL (Germanischer Lloyd) approval for many of its chainflex cables and, specifically for offshore applications, including the CF11.3D and the CF27.D cables with NEK-606 (Norsk Elektroteknisk Komitee) approval are also available, including control cable CF 170 D as well as servo cable CF270.

Video of the Week – CFV easy strain relief for cables

Secure cables in e-chains quickly and easily

Energy chain specialist igus has unveiled its latest accessory for e-chains and e-tubes, the CFV strain relief element.  This offers the chance to strain relieve cables outside of the chain cross section, even in enclosed energy tubes. The CVF ensures that cables within the moving e-chain do not move around when moving and with a stepped design to secure cables of different diameters, it ensures simple installation when strain relieving several cables.

Video of the Week - CFV easy strain relief for cablesThanks to its simple quick-clip base design, the CFV can easily be installed onto the “C” profiles of the e-chain mounting brackets, but can also be used on top-hat rails for static applications in control panels and cabinets. The CFV comes in three sizes for e-chains with inner heights of 31mm, 35-42mm or 56-80mm.

For more information on igus products and to request free product samples, please contact igus on 01604 677240. For regular updates, follow us on www.twitter.com/igusUK, watch our videos at www.igus.co.uk/youtube or connect with us at www.igus.co.uk/facebook.

Video of the Week – e-spool all-in-one

Power, data, air and media all in one system

Carefully designed to guide multiple cables within confined spaces, e-spool, from e-chain expert igus, is an ingenious alternative to the classic cable drum, accommodating power, data, air and media together in one system.

Rigorously tested, both in the field and in the igus test laboratories, e-spool offers a reliable and durable guiding solution allowing movements in any direction, hence is suitable for a number of fields of application: process cranes, mobile crane trucks, sorting plants or stage applications.

e-spool uniquely combines two different energy supply systems – a standard energy chain guided by one roller, with an integrated retaining spring, that provides the correct length and tension of the energy supply system, and an igus twisterband that performs rotational movements.

To see e-spool in action in igus’ test laboratories, please watch this video: www.igus.co.uk/e-spooltesting

Video of the Week – e-spool all-in-one

For more information on igus products and to request free product samples, please contact igus on 01604 677240. For regular updates, follow us on www.twitter.com/igusUK, watch our videos at www.igus.co.uk/youtube or connect with us at www.igus.co.uk/facebook.

MACH 2014

Thanks to everyone that visited the igus stand this week. Yesterday was especially busy with visitors flocking to see our extended range of products. Customers were keen to find out how our plastic bearings, energy chains and flexible cables can save them money and time, along with increasing the performance of their machines. The team were on hand to answer any queries and provided many application solutions, which were greatly appreciated.

With two more days to go why not visit the team at the NEC on stand 4539, you can qualify for a free case of igus beer, pick up free samples or just simply have a chat and enjoy some refreshments. Whatever the reason you can expect to be welcomed by a friendly face.

Hope to see you there!

Cables, Standard vs Dynamic…is there really any competition?


igus’ chainflex product manager, James Harrison, tells us why choosing cables for dynamic applications is so crucial

As technology advances rapidly, more and more machines need moving power and data supplies. The process of selecting cables for these dynamic applications, where cables may have to move in a range of repeated strenuous motions, is definitely one that needs consideration.

The simple construction of standard cables is unsuitable because the cable may fails due to the few, yet large, conductor strands bending at a small radius and breaking. Another common problem in standard cables is the “corkscrew” effect primarily due to the compression of inner cores and the cores untwisting because of a loose fitting jacket with poor grip.

So how can you solve these problems?

Simple; purchase a chainflex cable specifically developed for dynamic applications!

Cables, Standard vs Dynamic…is there really any competitionFinely stranded copper cores, that are optimised for maximum flexibility, reduce the risk of work hardening and core fractures and even give large core high-current motor cables the flexibility required for dynamic operation. Cores are twisted with a shorter pitch and in multi-core cables the cores are braided and bundled wherever possible.  This results in the path of the core being from the outside of the cable to the inside and back over a very short optimised distance. Compressive and tensile stresses therefore cancel each other out reducing the overall level of stress and wear.

Of course, the outer jacket is greatly relied upon as a means of preventing the core from twisting, a good dynamic cable has a pressure-filled jacket rather than plain extruded!  Where EMC shielding is required a braided shield will be seen in quality dynamic cables preventing gaps opening via a shallow braid angle.

“We’re so confident about the quality of our chainflex cables, we will even guarantee a minimum number of cycles in an energy-chain. A true reflection of our chainflex guarantee program!” Enthused James Harrison.

James’ top 10 tips when choosing your cable:

  1. Make sure that the bend radius is dynamic, opposed to static. You don’t want to waste your time or money!
  2. The cable needs to be suitable for the bend radius of YOUR energy chain.
  3. Ensure that the cable is rated for the appropriate number of cycles. How can you find this out? Click onto the igus chainflex Lifetime calculator tool to see: http://bit.ly/OhGIos
  4. Know your travel length. The longer the travel, the higher the grade of cable required.
  5. Be clear on the applications speed and acceleration. This ones simple:                                                         The faster the speed/acceleration = More strain = Better quality of cable required.
  6. Have the working environment clear in your head. Exposure to factors such as dirt, oil and chemicals are all elements that the outer jacket needs to suit.
  7. Ensure cables are suitably laid in the energy chain upon installation.
  8. Check there is sufficient clearance and space between cables using appropriate interior separation where necessary.
  9. Appropriate strain relief is essential; this can be achieved simply via tie-wrap plates or for more demanding applications use igus CFX saddle clamps.
  10. Finally, order from a reputable supplier!

It was good to see you at Southern Manufacturing

We’d like say a big thank you to everyone who visited us at Southern Manufacturing this week. Despite the atrocious weather conditions that forced the show to close early on day 1, it was still a great show for visitors and exhibitors alike.

The igus stand was busy on both days even right up until the unforeseen and unfortunate premature closing at 2 pm on Wednesday. There were plenty of attractions and innovations that we had so many visitors to the stand. The team were so busy helping customers with their enquiries explaining how igus products can benefit their new and existing applications; it was a shame to have not been able to continue to the end of the day.

Fortunately the unpredictable Great British weather didn’t stop everyone from enjoying the exhibition and all it has to offer. Day 2 was really busy as the show continued in full swing. Visitors merrily enjoyed drinks, snacks and chatting with the team, it was really nice to be a part of it. Witnessing the hustle bustle on the igus and surrounding stands it was evident that everyone was just as engaged as ever and furthermore, happy to be at the show.

If you missed us at Southern Manufacturing and have any enquiries that you would like us to help you with email us at sales@igus.co.uk, or visit our website at www.igus.co.uk and we will be more than happy to do all we can to assist you.

P.S. Happy Valentines Day

It was good to see you at Southern Manufacturing