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Harsh Environments & Industrial Automation
As much as possible, system designers should reduce the number of moving components and the friction among these components to achieve a low particulation cable system that will last for tens of millions of cycles.
Using GORE Trackless High Flex Cables allow automated equipment manufacturers to eliminate cable track substantially reducing costs in several ways. First, the flat construction eliminates the need for dividers and shelves in cable chains, which decreases the total weight of the cable system. Up to three cables can be stacked together reducing the overall footprint.
Second, the lightweight ePTFE used in jacket constructions is 1/2 to 1/3 the thickness of most round cable jackets and meets UL requirements for safety and flame resistance. A smaller cable chain can often be used — or even eliminated completely — further reducing the overall cost of the moving cable system. Gore’s trackless cables also provide increased positioning accuracy, faster speeds, quieter motion, reliable installation and cleaner operation.
Certified according to ISO Class 1, GORE Trackless High Flex Cables can be reliably used in cleanroom and vacuum environments that require low particulation. Using the calculations defined in VDI Guideline 2083 and ISO 14644-1, the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany determined our cables have less than 0.1 percent probability of emitting particulates. These cables maintain low particulation levels for repeated flexing in cable carriers. Outgassing is also eliminated because of the inert characteristics of the insulation materials.
Complete details on the Fraunhofer Institute’s study are available at gore.com/particulation.
Proven Flex Life
GORE® Trackless High Flex Cables eliminate many problems associate with cable track, like particulation and vibration.
GORE Trackless High Flex Cables provide a simple cable management system in applications where flex-life reliability and excellent signal integrity are critical, and other cables fail. With a proven flex life greater than 10 million cycles at a 50-millimeter bend radius, these cables are easy to install, improve reliability and decrease downtime.
GORE Trackless High Flex Cables are engineered to perform reliably in a variety of automation applications, including:
- cable moves in machine visions system (Camera)
- control network
- digital video cameras
- display interconnects
- external wirings
- high-speed data links
- high-speed image scanning/processing
- laptop screens
If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.
Features & Benefits
We have engineered features for GORE® Trackless High Flex Cables that make them more durable in demanding environments. Features include:
- flat construction that is self-supporting with no dividers and shelves
- proven flex life greater than 10 million cycles at a minimum bend radius of 50 millimeters
- low-friction, chemically inert and non-particulating insulation materials
- certified for ISO Class 1 cleanroom and vacuum environments
- standard and custom configurations available with mounting clamps
GORE Trackless High Flex Cables provide manufacturers with many benefits that improve electrical and mechanical performance such as:
- reliable signal transmission in challenging environmental conditions
- no particulation and outgassing due to unique jacketing and shielding materials
- eliminates vibration caused by traditional cable chains and tracks
- easy installation due to lightweight, flexible cables with a tight bend radius
- reduced maintenance, downtime and total costs over equipment lifecycle from proven flex life
For more information about the features and benefits of our cables, please contact a Gore representative.
|Maximum acceleration [G (m/sec2)]||4 (39)|
|Speed [in/sec (m/sec)]||Up to 100 (2.5)|
Mechanical / Environmental
|Maximum self-supporting stroke length [in (mm)]1||60 (1500)|
|Minimum bend radius [in (mm)]||1.0 to 4.0 (25.0 to 101.0)|
|Overall width [in (mm)]||1.05 to 2.60 (26.7 to 66.0)|
|Core Types||Signal, power, fiber optic and Pneumatic|
|Temperature Range (°C)||-40 to 80|
|Certifications||UL2, CSA and CE|
1 Base plate required
2 UL Style 21090: 80° C, pneumatic tubes are not UL recognized
Due to the ongoing challenge of COVID-19, IMS2020 has been moved to virtual with live streaming. A key topic at the symposium is 5G connectivity, and Gore will present a portfolio of reliable microwave/RF test assemblies for 5G testing. We’ll describe how our cable assemblies provide durable, stable, and consistent performance to ensuring accurate and reliable testing results.
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