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Highly flexible Ethernet igus cables for e-chains with CC-Link IE Field certificate

New chainflex CAT5e and CAT6 cables with guaranteed service life and certification for CC-Link IE protocols

CAT5e or CAT6 cables are generally vital to meet the goals of Industry 4.0 for automation. igus has now developed two highly flexible Ethernet cables, CFBUS.045 and CFBUS.049, for use in energy chains. The new cables have now been tested by independent institutes and received the certificate for CC-Link IE protocols for the Asiatic region as well as UL certification, increased to 600 volts, for the American market.

Industrial Ethernet is the future step for the digitised factory of tomorrow. Many studies show that the world of fieldbus is stagnating, and the number of Ethernet nodes is increasing, with high double-digit growth rates. This is true in Asia but increasingly in Europe as well, and users are choosing CC-Link IE (Industrial Ethernet) technologies. These systems offer seamless data exchange on all levels of a production facility, from the highest control level to the manufacturing levels. The CC-Link IE controller network has been designed for the rapid exchange of large amounts of data in a factory or production plant, whereas the CC-Link IE field network has been optimised for connection of a wide range of devices and their connection to other existing networks such as the standard CC-Link. These increasing requirements for industrial Ethernet communication nodes call for a secure and long-lasting connection between the components to meet the continuously growing amounts of data being transferred. The CAT5e and CAT6 chainflex Ethernet cables are exactly the right choice to ensure this communication. This is because igus has been developing and testing cables for more than 30 years in the industry’s largest laboratory, these cables being specially designed for use in energy chains. With more than 2 billion test cycles and over 1.4 million electrical tests per year, igus is regarded as the number one for moving cables in energy chains.

chainflex cables for secure and reliable data transfer

A big challenge in industrial environments is the limited life of data flows due to ageing of the moving cables.

With this in mind, igus is the only supplier to offer the CFBUS.045 CFBUS.PUR.045, CFBUS.PVC.045 (CAT5e) and CFBUS.049, CFBUS.PUR.049 and CFBUS.PVC.049 (CAT6) series of bus cables, this being the most extensive range of cables on the market that have been specially developed for use in energy chains. With over 76 million strokes and a bend radius of 9.5 x d, they have been able Test 3089 to clearly demonstrate their exceptionally long service life in the in-house igus test laboratory. A further proof of quality is provided by their certifications: All new BUS cables have been certified by the CLPA CC-Link Partner Association after extensive electrical tests, whereby the cables also have the increased 600 volt UL certification.

Ethernet cables with 36 months guarantee for industrial communication

igus supplies 1,350 types of cable, the widest range of energy chain cables is the market with the world’s most extensive selection of international certifications such as the CC-Link certificate. The motion cable specialist has also been supplying UL-certified chainflex cables for mechanical and plant engineering for more than 25 years. For exporting companies, this means simple customs clearance for easy entry into the United States. Due to the constant testing of all chainflex cables in the in-house 2,750 square metre test laboratory, igus is the only manufacturer in the world to offer a 36-month guarantee on its complete cable range, including the new Ethernet cables for CAT5e and CAT6.

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