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Energy & data combined

05 May 2022

WITH DRIVE manufacturers increasingly relying on hybrid technology to save space, igus has developed the CF280 hybrid cable especially for motors from As result material handling companies can now rely on a durable cable specially developed for e-chain use.

Hybrid cables for drive technology are characterised by combining energy and data transmission in one cable, halving the number of cables required. In the case of the new SEW motors with a MOVILINK DDI interface, the drive manufacturer relies on a coax element for the data transmission of motor information.

“The challenge that cables with coax elements have is that they are susceptible to interference under high dynamics,” says John Barker, product manager of chainflex cables at igus UK. “We have set ourselves the task of developing a durable and flexible system that also works reliably in motion.”

Motion plastics and cable specialist igus can draw on 20+ years of expertise in the field of coax cables for highly dynamic applications, in developing the new CF280 hybrid cable with four power cores, with one coaxial core and two control pairs that have now been merged. By merging two cables into one, users can save 40% of space in the energy chain. This reduces the weight that must be driven by the system, consuming less energy. The new cable, with a PUR coating outer jacket, can be used for applications with a bending factor down to 15 x d (diameter) and is therefore suitable for a wide variety of industries, from machine tools to material handling and for cables in automotive applications.

With 28 different hybrid cables for motors from Siemens, Beckhoff, SEW and Bosch Rexroth, igus already has the largest portfolio of hybrid cables for energy chains in stock. With the expansion of the CF280 series, igus is moving with the trend of hybrid technology, combining energy with data to save space and weight. igus also offers its CF280 cable series with a PVC outer jacket as the CF220 model, by doing so reducing additional costs in the hybrid cable segment. The chainflex cables can be assembled or purchased by the metre. As with all its cables, igus offers a warranty of up to 36-months on the new SEW hybrid cable.