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Control cables for energy chains

What is a control cable?

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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chainflex® control cable options

chainflex® control cable CF130.UL

CF130 control cable

  • Flame retardant
  • Silicone-free
  • For medium duty applications

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chainflex® control cable CF77.UL.D

CF77 control cable

  • Hydrolysis and microbe-resistant
  • Flame retardant
  • UV-resistant

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chainflex® control cable CF9

CF9 control cable

  • Low-temperature-flexible
  • Hydrolysis and microbe-resistant
  • For heaviest duty applications

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chainflex® control cable CF140.UL

CF140 control cable

  • Flame retardant
  • Silicone-free
  • For medium duty applications

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chainflex® control cable CF78.UL

CF78 control cable

  • Outer jacket: PUR
  •  For heavy duty applications
  • Oil-resistant according to DIN EN 50363-10-2

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Overview of chainflex® cables

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Product finder

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Service life calculator

Service life calculator tool

Calculate the service life of any chainflex® cable

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chainflex® wiki

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chainflex configurators

Special cables configurator

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We rely on cores wound in bundles.

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. 

Applications with control cables


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