Highly Flexible Ethernet Cables

April 21, 2020
igus' chainflex CAT5e and CAT6 cables provide predictable and guaranteed service life and certification for CC-Link IE protocols.

igus has developed two highly flexible Ethernet cables for use in energy chains that have been tested and certified for use in North American markets.


The cables, CFBUS.045 and CFBUS.049, are indispensable for the implementation of Industry 4.0 in automation. The cables have UL certification for North American markets and received the certificate for CC-Link IE protocols for the Asiatic region.


The CC-Link IE controller network has been designed for the rapid exchange of large amounts of data in a factory or production plant, whereas the CC-Link IE field network has been optimized for the connection of a wide range of devices and their connection to other existing networks such as the standard CC-Link. These increasing requirements for industrial Ethernet communication nodes call for a secure and long-lasting connection between the components to meet the continuously growing amounts of data being transferred. The CAT5e and CAT6 chainflex Ethernet cables are exactly the right choices to ensure this communication. With over 76 million strokes and a bend radius of 9.5 x d in test 3089, they have been able to clearly demonstrate their exceptionally long service life in the igus test laboratory.


igus is the only supplier to offer the CFBUS.045 CFBUS.PUR.045, CFBUS.PVC.045 (CAT5e) and CFBUS.049, CFBUS.PUR.049 and CFBUS.PVC.049 (CAT6) series of bus cables. The most extensive range of cables on the market has been specially developed and tested for use in energy chains. igus provides a 36-month performance guarantee for chainflex cables. The company can do this by using data generated from the test lab to allow users to calculate the service life of cables.


Further proof of cable quality is provided by the certifications: All new BUS cables have been certified by the CLPA CC-Link Partner Association after extensive electrical tests. These cables also have UL AWM for 600V applications