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Encoder cables for energy chains

What are encoder cables?

Encoder cables, or measuring system cables are required to transmit signals between position sensors of servo motors and their control systems in industrial plant and machines. These signals usually include, among other things, information about the position and speed of the machine.

The various signals generated by the angular encoder map the exact movement of the motor and are transmitted along with this movement. As a rule, not only the data of the encoder system is transported in the cable, but also the supply of the encoder is realised.
  • Electric design according to manufacturer standards
  • Bending radii up to 10xd
  • Jacket materials: PVC, iguPUR, PUR or TPE
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Encoder cable options

chainflex® encoder cable CF884

chainflex® measuring system cable CF884
  • Requirements: For flexing applications
  • Outer jacket: PVC
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chainflex® encoder cable CF211

chainflex® measuring system cable CF211
  • Requirements: For medium duty applications
  • Outer jacket: PVC
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chainflex® encoder cable CF113.D

chainflex® measuring system cable CF113.D
  • Requirements: Extremely heavy duty applications
  • Outer jacket: PUR
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chainflex® encoder cable CF111.D

chainflex® measuring system cable CF111.D
  • Requirements: For medium duty applications
  • Outer jacket: PUR
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chainflex® encoder cable CF11.D

chainflex® measuring system cable CF11.D
  • Requirements: Extremely heavy duty applications
  • Outer jacket: TPE
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chainflex® encoder cable CFROBOT4

chainflex® measuring system cable CFROBOT4
  • Requirements: For twistable applications
  • Outer jacket: PUR
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Structural differences by manufacturer

There are various measuring system manufacturers on the market. The electrically identical design elements also highlight the differences among the manufacturers. Core cross-section combinations, conductor identifications and element shields vary widely from manufacturer to manufacturer. At igus, we match the important elements such as the outer jacket, shield, inner jacket and much more to the movement in the energy chain. This allows us to optimise durability.

DriveCliq – the Siemens standard

DriveCliq is a digital encoder interface from Siemens. The standard has become publicly available and can be used by other manufacturers. Unlike rotary encoders commonly used in earlier generations, this encoder system is equipped with a CAT5 Ethernet element and two thick supply cores. Connection is usually with a connector solution by Yamaichi that, much like an RJ 45 connector, carries data, but has power contacts to the right and left of the notch. This pin arrangement is also in an IP20 housing for the control cabinet or an IP65 housing for the field. An M12 solution has established itself among the connectors because it is more robust and compact and eliminates the need for an expensive connection coupling.
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