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DESINA - the machine tool standard

DEcentralised and Standardised INstAllation technology (DESINA) is a recommendation of the German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW) for the standardisation of components, interfaces, and connection systems. DESINA describes a comprehensive overall concept for standardising
and decentralising fluid and electrical installation of machines and systems.
DESINA is a standard intended to bring about uniformity in mechanical engineering. Well-known machine tool manufacturers created DESINA, setting a standard for machine tools. The standardisation applies to electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic installation, which is to be simplified to accelerate installation and maintenance work. DESINA specifies the individual components for this.
The aim is to save costs in assembly and monitoring by implementing the decentralised installation concepts and using the specified components.
The exact contents of the DESINA standard can be found in ISO 23570 Part 1 and Part 2 of November 2005.

For our chainflex cables, this means the following:

In order to meet this standard, we manufacture our chainflex cable according to the recommendation of the Association of German Machine Tool Factories (VDW). More than 250 cables already have this standard. The different colours are used to standardise components, interfaces, and connection systems. As a result, our chainflex cables standardise the fluid and electrical installation of systems and machines. 
These requirements are as follows: 

Servo cable, shielded: orange, RAL 2003

Measuring system cable, shielded: green, RAL 6018

Fieldbus, hybrid fieldbus cable, shielded: violet, RAL 4001

Sensor/actuator cable, unshielded: yellow, RAL 1021

Power cable, unshielded: black, RAL 9005

Control cable, unshielded: grey, RAL 7040
This outer jacket must be resistant to the coolants and lubricants used in industry. The structure of the cable must be designed for use on machines in harsh environments. DESINA provides for a shield for certain cable types only.

chainflex user report

User report

Waldrich Coburg, a machine manufacturer, uses the CF113.028.D measuring system cable for its machines. Read the full user report here.


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