A control cable is a cable that transmits switching statuses and control signals between a transmitter and a receiver. Control cables from igus® are used wherever cables are subjected to increased loads due to movement, torsion or harsh environmental conditions.The chainflex® control cables are available for a vaiety of mechanical requirements in various approvals and conformity. Depending on the type of control cable, they can be torsion-resistant, suitable for narrow radii, very low temperatures, UV-resistant, flame-retardant or halogen-free. Tested in the igus® laboratory for millions of cycles in e-chains®, they provide guaranteed safety against failure.
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Starting at 12 cores, our control cables have a special mechanical design for long service life in motion. We install so-called cores wound in bundles with short pitch lengths.
But what exactly are cores wound in bundles?
The number of bundles into which the cores are wound depends on the number of cores. These bundles are then stranded in turn. This method is necessary to absorb the pull/push forces which occur during movement. These forces arise when the cable moves around a curve (radius). The cores are compressed in the inner radius and stretched in the outer radius. We developed the cores-wound-in-bundles design to ensure that these forces do not put too much strain on the cores, since a core thus continually changes its position in the cable, balancing out the forces. It is especially important for preventing the so-called corkscrew effect, which often occurs on long travels.
In order to enable a smooth flow in the operation in a low-floor railway in Bonn, a smooth opening and closing of the door was a must. Here our control cable is used. The improved conductor and jacket materials enable dependable operation of the trains despite continuous loads and tight bending space. By using the chainflex® CF98 control cable, maintenance intervals can be reduced and considerable costs can be saved.
An international electronics company in Shanghai struggled for a long time with machine and production failures caused by the repeatedly failing control cables. The very small bend radius of the energy supply made it difficult to find a suitable cable. Since the installation of our chainflex® control cables, machine failures have been reduced and the spiral of costs terminated.