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igus adds hybrid servo cable for use in energy chains

January 3, 2019
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

January 3, 2018 – igus has introduced a flexible cable for use in energy chains that delivers motor power and feedback functions through a single cable.

The new CF280.UL.H cable is a hybrid servo cable offered as an expansion to the Chainflex line of cables for moving applications. Cable can be ordered in raw cable lengths or as a connectorized readycable. The CF280.UL cable is compatible with motors and drives from over 39 manufacturers, including Siemens and Allen Bradley.

Hybrid cable technology has been introduced by drive manufacturers who have streamlined their cable connections to eliminate the encoder cable. By using bus cable technology for their encoder feedback, they have designed the system to work with one cable combining power and feedback functions.

The CF280.UL.H is suitable for applications up to a bending radius of 10 x D across all industries, including machine tool, automotive and Intralogistics. igus has tested CF280.UL.H inside an energy chain with a 7x bend radius for up to eight million cycles without mechanical failure or degradation of signal. 


The cable works in temperatures of -13 degrees to +176 degrees Fahrenheit.

A braided shield with a high covering ensures EMI protection over the life of the cable. Depending on the manufacturer’s specification, the new hybrid line has a black or orange oil-resistant polyurethane outer jacket, and is coolant-resistant and flame-retardant.

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