Highly flexible Ethernet cables for e-chains with CC-Link IE Field certificate

April 8, 2020

New chainflex CAT5e and CAT6 cables with predictable and guaranteed service life and certification for CC-Link IE protocols

April 8, 2020 – igus has developed two highly flexible Ethernet cables for use in energy chains that have been tested and certified for use in North American markets.

The cables, CFBUS.045 and CFBUS.049, are indispensable for the implementation of Industry 4.0 in automation. The cables have UL certification for North American markets and received the certificate for CC-Link IE protocols for the Asiatic region. igus, based in Germany, runs its North America operations out of Providence, R.I.

Industrial Ethernet is the future step for the digitized factory of tomorrow.Many studies show that the world of fieldbus is stagnating, and the number of Ethernet nodes is increasing, with high double-digit growth rates. This is true in Asia but increasingly in Europe as well, and users are choosing CC-Link IE (Industrial Ethernet) technologies. These systems offer seamless data exchange on all levels of a production facility, from the highest control level to the manufacturing levels.

The CC-Link IE controller network has been designed for the rapid exchange of large amounts of data in a factory or production plant, whereas the CC-Link IE field network has been optimized for connection of a wide range of devices and their connection to other existing networks such as the standard CC-Link. These increasing requirements for industrial Ethernet communication nodes call for a secure and long-lasting connection between the components to meet the continuously growing amounts of data being transferred. The CAT5e and CAT6 chainflex Ethernet cables are exactly the right choices to ensure this communication. With over 76 million strokes and a bend radius of 9.5 x d in test 3089, they have been able to clearly demonstrate their exceptionally long service life in the igus test laboratory.

chainflex cables for secure and reliable data transfer

A big challenge in industrial environments is the increase in data errors due to cable degradation over time as the cable is continuously moving.

igus is the only supplier to offer the CFBUS.045 CFBUS.PUR.045, CFBUS.PVC.045 (CAT5e) and CFBUS.049, CFBUS.PUR.049 and CFBUS.PVC.049 (CAT6) series of bus cables. The most extensive range of cables on the market has been specially developed and tested for use in energy chains. igus provides a 36-month performance guarantee for chainflex cables.  This guarantee is unique in the cable industry.  The company can do this by using data generated from the test lab to allow users to calculate service life of cables. igus has been testing cables for over 25 years.  The igus test lab yields over two billion test cycles and more than 1.4 million electrical tests per year, igus is number one for moving cables in energy chains.

Further proof of cable quality is provided by the certifications: All new BUS cables have been certified by the CLPA CC-Link Partner Association after extensive electrical tests.  These cables also have UL AWM for 600V applications

Ethernet cables with guarantee for industrial communication

igus supplies 1,350 types of cable, the widest range of energy chain cables on the market with the world’s most extensive selection of international certifications such as the CC-Link certificate. The motion cable specialist has also been supplying UL-certified chainflex cables for mechanical and plant engineering for more than 25 years. For exporting companies, this means simple customs clearance for easy entry into the United States. Due to the constant testing of all chainflex cables in the in-house 41,000 square foot test laboratory, igus is the only manufacturer in the world to offer a 36-month guarantee on its complete cable range, including the new Ethernet cables for CAT5e and CAT6.

More information regarding the certificate for CC-Link IE protocols is available at: https://www.cc-link.org/en/index.html.