igus Introduces Chainflex CF98 Continuous-flex Control Cable

July 292005
igus Introduces Chainflex CF98 Continuous-flex Control Cable
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – July 2005 – igus® Inc., industry-leading developer of Energy Chain® cable carriers, Chainflex® cables and iglide® plastic bearings, offers Chainflex CF98 continuous-flex cables that have a recommended bend radius of four times the outer diameter, the smallest of any Chainflex cable. Chainflex CF98 is equipped with unique-alloy conductors, which have higher tensile strength than standard copper.

Igus Chainflex continuous-flex cables are designed specifically for use in Energy Chain Systems® and withstand the stress of tight bending radii to deliver longer extended life at a lower cost. CF98 can withstand more than 30 million up-and-down strokes when installed properly in an Energy Chain.

Chainflex CF98 can meet the tightest space restrictions with a recommended bend radius of four times the outer diameter. It’s an ideal cable for automatic doors, ATM machines and high-speed, pick-and-place robotic applications. The combination of CF98 with the igus Energy Chain E2 Micro series creates a complete Energy Chain System that can squeeze into any application.

The unique alloy conductors used in Chainflex CF98 replace traditional copper conductors. When tested, the cables with alloy conductors delivered a life span 19 times longer than those with standard copper. The copper cables withstood 1.4 million cycles before strand breakage, while the new alloy cables performed through more than 28 million cycles with no visible signs of wear.

The alloy can endure higher temperatures than copper and offers a higher tensile strength. It has a flex life seven times higher than copper. When soft, copper has one of the lowest tensile strengths among conductors. In flexing applications with larger bend radii, copper provides sufficient flexing ability. With tighter space restrictions, the mechanical stress on the cable is greater, which increases the tendency for standard soft copper to work harden. The unique alloy combines the advantages of copper—electrical conductivity, elongation and mechanical processing—with the advantages of high tensile strength, exposure to variant temperatures and extended flex life, for a superior solution.

Chainflex CF98 is part of igus’ family of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) cables. Cables with TPE jackets are abrasion-resistant, oil-resistant, flame-retardant, bio-oil-resistant, UV-resistant and halogen-free. Because they are completely halogen-free, Chainflex TPE cables are ideally suited for use in high-traffic, human-contact applications such as subways and elevators. Igus offers an extensive line of cables, in more than 600 sizes and styles.

Chainflex CF98 is CE certified, rated for 300 volts and offers many conductor combinations. It is currently available in three sizes with additional sizes forthcoming.

About igus
Igus Inc., founded in 1985 and based in East Providence, R.I., develops and manufactures industry-leading plastic cable carriers, continuous-flex cables, plastic bearings and linear guide systems. With more than 28,000 products available from stock, the company meets the motion control and machinery component needs of customers worldwide. Product lines include Energy Chain Systems to protect and house moving cables, Chainflex continuous-flex cables, iglide self-lubricating, oil-free, plastic bearings, DryLin® linear guide systems and igubal® spherical bearings. For more information, contact igus at (800) 521-2747 or visit www.igus.com.

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