CAT 5, 6, 6A and 7 Ethernet cable standards supported for energy chains

25 May 2015

igus is now able to offer a full range of Ethernet chainflex cables, qualified for CAT 5, 6, 6A and 7 standards.

Each cable type has been tested for more than 40 million strokes at the igus test facility in Cologne, to ensure secure data transmission even under the highest mechanical demands.
Ethernet cables for energy chains are a fundamental part of the comprehensive 1,040 lines in the chainflex range. The chainflex Ethernet CAT 5 cable was introduced in 1999, with CAT 6 cable following four years later. To date, the chainflex Ethernet cable programme consists of over 17 different cables and assemblies. With the world's first CAT 7 cable for continuous moving e-chains, igus is able to offer customers cable solutions for tomorrow’s standards.
The construction of the chainflex CAT 7 cable is said to ensure reliability and integrity in continuous flex applications. The braiding has been increased substantially and overall shielding has 90% optical cover, which ensures high-level functionality, even after millions of bending cycles. In addition, the conductor and stranding techniques used increase the cable’s overall lifetime.
The CAT 7 cable is flame retardant as are all cables with the abrasion resistant TPE outer jacket. In addition, the cable is UL / CSA, EAC and CTP certified and DESINA compliant. The CAT 7 range is also suitable for use in clean room environments and has DNV GL approval for energy chain applications in offshore environments.

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