Robotic Cable, What & Why is it Different? 

by | Mar 11, 2022

Created for the industries where constant movement of parts and components is involved, the robotic cable was created with the sole objective of withstanding constant stress and load. When producing these cables, manufacturers must keep in mind that these cables must be strong and have flexing capabilities to endure repeated flexing cycles as well as twist movements. Due to the industries and applications these cables are a part of, many electronic manufacturers tend to opt for custom robotic cable due to the fact that they can specifically configure their cable to be resistant to substances and natural elements such as chemicals, oil and severe operating temperatures. 

Back and Forth Flexing
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Robotic Cable Varieties 

Robotic cable is divided into two categories. The first form of robotic cable is the cable that has the capacity to flex back and forth only while the second form twists and revolves around freely. 

Twist and Revolve Flexibility
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In the factory automation and robotic sector, torsion cable is typically utilized. Similar to robotic cable, torsion cable is divided into not two but three categories which are: torsional data, torsional control & hybrid torsional cables. In projects where constant revolving and twists are present, hybrid torsional cables are particularly beneficial. Torsion cable is suitable for usage in damp, arid and cold environments. 

Robotic Cable Conductor Materials 

Copper is the conductor material utilized to manufacture robotic cable. Yet, instead of thick and rough strands, thinner and delicate strands are utilized. 

PVC Pellets

Robotic Cable Jacketing Materials 

Although not ideal for use in applications where industrial lubricants are applied, the jacketing that is by far the most prevalent in robotic cable is PVC. Too, in halogen-free robotic cable, polyurethane jacketing material is prevalent. 

Polyurethane Pellets
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Industries where Robotic Cable is Utilized 

Besides the robotics sector, robotic cable is found in factory automation machinery and are commonly utilized in cable tracks. 

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