Safe robotic cable retraction without looping

Retraction stroke of up to 23.6 in.

December 9, 2015   by PLANT Staff

Mounts close to the robot.

Mounts close to the robot.

Igus has developed a lightweight, automatic retraction system for cables and hoses. Triflex RSE prevents looping of the cable carrier, ensuring the safe supply of power, data and media to the end of a robotic arm.

The lightweight system is based around self-lubricating, maintenance-free DryLin linear bearings. A moving carriage guides the cable carrier, allowing for a retraction stroke of up to 23.6 in., while a durable elastic cord automatically retracts any excess slack, preventing loop formation within the system.

The low profile RSE has integrated adjustable attachment plates for mounting close to the robot.

Igus, based in East Providence, RI, is a supplier of cable carriers, motion cables, linear bearings and linear guides, plastic bushings and spherical bearings.

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