The FastConnect technology for chainflex Profinet cables ensures fast connector harnessing. (Source: igus GmbH)

igus now offers a new chainflex Profinet cable for fast cable harnessing in the field. For this purpose, igus relies on FastConnect technology, which ensures that the cable can be stripped easily in just a few steps. This allows assembly time to be reduced by 46%. At the same time, the new Profinet cable has a long service life, especially in dynamic use in the energy chain, and a guarantee of up to 36 months.

Profinet is the most widespread industrial Ethernet communication system in the world. Thanks to Profinet technology, even large amounts of data can be transmitted at up to 100Mbit/s on the basis of the Ethernet protocol. Profinet cables are often used in combination with an RJ45 connector in machine tools, packaging technology or in the field of handling. While many machine and plant operators already rely on ready-to-connect readychain energy chain systems, users in the field need cables from the drum which they adapt to the length and harness themselves. This may be the case, for example, if the cable has to be guided through a screw connection into the switch cabinet. Here, the only thing that fits through is the cable but not the connector. To quickly join the connector to the cable, igus has now developed FastConnect technology for its highly flexible chainflex Profinet cables. It ensures that the new CF898.061.FC can be stripped and fitted with a connector in just a few steps.

FastConnect for precise and secure plug connections

The cable, a connector and a stripping tool: that’s all the electrician needs for the harnessing. For this purpose, igus has designed the inner jacket, the shield and the outer jacket in such a way that the user only has to set the tool once, then remove the cable, insert the connector and close it. The whole process saves 46% time compared to the conventional stripping of a classic cable with pliers and a knife.

“With the new Profinet cable, we can offer users a highly flexible cable solution that is quick to assemble and at the same time has a long service life in moving applications,” explained Andreas Muckes, head of product management chainflex cables at igus GmbH. Like all igus products, the CF898.061.FC is also tested in the company’s own 3,800 square metre test laboratory.

“Real tests in real applications are important to us, because only in this way can we reliably prove and promise our chainflex service life guarantee of up to 36 months,” said Muckes. In the still ongoing tests in the e-chain, the Profinet cable has already successfully exceeded the mark of 7.8 million strokes.