Only real long-term tests under realistic conditions provide useful information about the reliability and service life of cables in energy chains.
To ensure performance, igus has been to Cologne to visit our climatic test chamber. Here chainflex cables move continuously in energy chains where they are subjected temperatures down to -40°C; this is not done just once but millions of times.
Travelling over a distance of 4.35m and at speeds of over 0.7m/s, the cables endure 6,900 cycles every day. A cable only passes the test if it has no jacket fractures.
igus defines three different bending and temperature ranges for the jacket materials it uses. Firstly, for static cables, secondly for flexibly moving cables in accordance with VDE or IEC standards and, thirdly, for cables moving in energy chains.
To take a look inside igus’ climatic test chamber, please follow this link: www.igus.co.uk/coldchamber
For more information about chainflex cables, please visit: www.igus.co.uk/chainflex