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Cables for moving applications: chainflex®


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chainflex® cables from igus® in the online shop I am familiar with the chainflex cables from igus and know the required specifications and bend radii of my cables.
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Configurators and more

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Knowledge

Information on chainflex® cables I am not sure which cables to choose and require further information regarding structure, shielding and so on.
More about chainflex cables

Cable types

What types of cables are available from igus®? I am looking for cable types: control cables, bus cables, data cables, motor cables, fibre optic cables, etc.
chainflex® cables

Drive Tech

Drive technology with chainflex I am interested in chainflex cables for drive technology with and without connectors.
 
Cables for drive technology

Tech up, Cost down

Why should I go for chainflex®? I would like to save costs and know the technical requirements of my cable. Now I want to find the most cost-effective cable.
Save costs with chainflex

chainflex cables in use - exciting practical examples from our customers

Use the right cable for every industry

Cranes Machine tools Woodworking industry Material handling Robotics Offshore Explore all applications

chainflex works - guaranteed and certified!

Do you value cable safety, quality, and reliability?

We too! For many years, we have been manufacturing cables specifically for energy chains. It is particularly important to us to test all cables extensively so that they last a long time in your applications.
Today we can give you a guarantee of up to 36 months on chainflex cables. In addition, our guarantee promise is also UL verified. But how did the guarantee come about, and how was it certified?

chainflex news 2023

Discover our new products from this year here. You can expect exciting products around the topics: measuring system solutions for drive technology, a robot cable with exceptionally large torsion angle, an unprecedented service life guarantee and a new approval for TopDrive e-chains cables
Discover all innovations now

Approvals and standards

chainflex approvals and standards

We at igus make absolutely sure that our chainflex cables fulfil all guidelines and approval regulations and the most important standards worldwide. You can find out which standards and approvals are involved and in which regions of the world they play a special role here. 

Discover all standards and approvals.
For standards and approvals, click here!

chainflex® CASE – ship’n store by igus

Easy savings on delivery, storage space & reordering

One of eleven new products, the chainflex CASE serves as a simple transport and storage option. The cable can now be unreeled easily right where it will be used. 
chainflex Case

Tech up:

  • 60% faster reordering - Thanks to the label with QR code, you can go directly to the product page
  • Simple unreeling directly from the box
  • Simple storage - Stack up to three boxes where required
Cost down:
  • 84% more cost-effective shipping with UPS Standard
  • Delivery within 1-2 business days with UPS Standard
  • Storage systems and drum unreeler are no longer necessary

What are chainflex cables for motion?

Our cables meet all RoHS II and REACH requirements that are currently valid, as well as every standard in electromagnetic compatibility. They are certified according to UL, DNV, EAC, CTP and CE and are also approved and certified for use in systems according to EtherCAT, CC-Link, CC-Link IE Field, Profibus, Profinet and Interbus.
A wide range of cable types with different jacket materials ensures a high reliability in energy chains. igus chainflex cables withstand various applications with tremendous speed and acceleration, long travels and most unfavourable surrounding conditions.

What advantages do our cables offer?

  • 30 years of experience
  • 36-month guarantee
  • Tested in our own laboratory spread over an area of 3,800m², 125 test systems, over 800 ongoing tests
  • Largest range with 1,354 cables types for data, bus and hybrid systems, control system and drive
  • Predictable and configurable service life
  • Available from stock, from 1m length and within 36h
  • Cables for any type of motion: horizontal, vertical, torsion, high speed 
  • Freely available samples
  • 50% time reduction when stripping due to unique CFRIP technology
  • Optionally with intelligent tensile force monitoring from smart plastics for exceptionally heavy-duty cables

Most cables are rarely seen. They are protected against unfavourable surroundings. The application areas are primarily restricted to seabeds, masts where they function as so-called overhead cables, or underground applications. In contrast to electrical engineering, the term is becoming more and more popular in communication and information technology.
In contrast to concealed cables, we encounter exposed cables much more frequently in everyday life. Similar to concealed cables, these (usually multi-core) cables are also used for energy or data transfer. In addition to high-voltage cables as well-known and visible cable types, cables for connecting TVs to game consoles or for charging a mobile phone are common everyday examples.

Sensor for a smart cable | i.Sense CF.P

This sensor has an "affinity" for cables.

For cables that run in an energy chain, a particularly intensive "look" is required: 
  • The CF.P sensor measures the tensile forces on the cables
  • Permanently increased tensile forces can lead to cable damage and in the worst case, cable fire
  • The CF.P sensor identifies maintenance that has been carried out incorrectly on the cables

Customer application examples


readycable

readycable® harnessed cables Save process costs with ready-to-connect readycable for use in energy chains.
Ready-to-connect cables

readychain

readychain® ready-to-connect energy chains Save up to 95 % assembly time with igus ready-to-install readychains.
Energy supply systems ready for connection

More information on chainflex cables

Tested on a floor area of 3,800 m²!

Two billion annual test cycles for guaranteed safety against failure.

chainflex catalogue

chainflex® works: worldwide No. 1 in terms of testing.
 

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The terms "igus", "Apiro", "chainflex", "CFRIP", "conprotect", "CTD", "drylin", "dry-tech", "dryspin", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-skin", "e-spool", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "igutex", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "readychain", "readycable", "ReBeL", "speedigus", "triflex", "robolink", "xirodur", and "xiros" are legally protected trademarks of the igus® GmbH/ Cologne in the Federal Republic of Germany and where applicable in some foreign countries.

igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsubishi, NUM,Parker, Bosch Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mention on this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH