Corrugated tubing vs. triflex® R cable carriers
By Jared Worth
All robotic arms need a quality cable management system if they’re to avoid frequent downtime. Corrugated tubing is a popular choice, but there’s a better option that will keep your cables running longer: triflex® R cable carriers from igus. Read on to find out how these two industry heavyweights match up head-to-head.
Round 1: Tensile strain
How do the two products behave under tensile strain?
- Stretches significantly
- Load is transferred to cables
- Minimal stretching
- No additional load for the cables
Round 2: Defined minimum bending radius
Is there a limit to the amount of bending possible? Will damage occur if the product is bent too far?
- No minimum bend radius
- Hose and cables can be damaged during excessive movement
- Minimum bend radius of 50mm – 182mm
- Built in torsion-stops to prevent chain from bending too tightly
Round 3: Torsion
What happens when torsional forces occur?
- Little-to-no torsion occurs
- Cables can twist and abrade, leading to breakages
- 7-12.5° torsion angle per link
- Up to 900° torsion angle per meter
- Cables are protected from torsional forces
Round 4: Cable Installation
How can cables be installed?
- Can only be installed via hose ends
- Cables with plugs that are too large can’t be installed
- Can be pressed in externally
- Can install any cables, regardless of the plug size
Round 5: Length Adjustments
What options are there for adjusting length?
- Can only be shortened with cutting tools
- Cannot be lengthened
- Individual links can be removed and added with or without tools
Round 6: Replacement after damage
How can damaged areas be replaced/repaired?
- Damaged areas cannot be repaired or replaced
- Damaged links can be removed and replaced with ease