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Twist & Flex Cable for Robotic Applications

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Customizing robotic cable from the inside out for lasting performance
In the design of industrial robotics for a manufacturing environment, it is critical to maximize efficiencies and output while eliminating or minimizing down time.

Are you designing your next robotic application? Remember to consider the connectivity of your robot early in the requirements gathering phase. Great questions to consider are: What function will your robot perform? What stressors will the robotic cables endure? What will the environment be like?

Understanding your robot’s function, stressors, and environment will help a Cable Design Engineer help you select the right materials and components of your robotic application for optimal performance.

Requirements Gathering

 Identify the Robot Type

  • How will the robot move and how often?

Robot’s Environment

  • Amount of time of exposure to extreme temps or liquids
  • Temperature where robot needs to perform
  • Frequency of the exposure
  • Concentration of any liquids or chemicals

Critical-to-Quality Characteristics

  • ‘Needs’ vs. ‘Nice to Haves’

Flexibility vs. Flex Life Expectations

  • Flexibility – suppleness, a measure of how much movement a cable can tolerate at a given time
  • Flex life – how often the cable will need to flex

Underperformance of Existing Design 

  • What are the pain points?
  • What are the performance failures?

Through requirements gathering a Cable Design Engineer can evaluate and make recommendations about materials and components for optimal cable performance of your robot.