Triflex – cable carriers to cut down on wear and tear

Mar 25, 2014

Robot cables connect valuable parts of the robot system, such as the arm to the wrist and the end effector. This is why it is important to keep these cables protected. A cable carrier such as a Triflex will help to decrease the wear and tear on these important robot connections.


There are many dif­fer­ent cables that con­nect a robot­ic arm to dif­fer­ent parts either on or near the arm itself. These cables con­nect the arm to the wrist and the end effec­tor, they con­nect the arm to the con­troller and pow­er sup­ply, and they even con­nect dif­fer­ent parts of the arm. That is why a cable car­ri­er, like those from Tri­flex, are so impor­tant for your robot. With­out cable pro­tec­tors like Tri­flex, robot cables would be out in the open where wear and tear would break them down much more easily.

Tri­flex makes dif­fer­ent mod­els of cable car­ri­ers that are flex­i­ble plas­tic cylin­ders that are able to move with every­day robot­ic motions. Accord­ing to igus, the man­u­fac­tur­er of Tri­flex, these car­ri­ers can move mul­ti-dimen­sion­al­ly to pro­tect cables from being pulled or torn by an out­side force dur­ing oper­a­tion. A Tri­flex car­ri­er is con­nect­ed by ball and sock­et joints, which makes piv­otal move­ments eas­i­er and less brac­ing for the cables.

These Tri­flex cable car­ries are used in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent robot­ic appli­ca­tions, includ­ing machin­ing, han­dling, pack­ag­ing, and sev­er­al oth­er areas where robots have to go through many dif­fer­ent move­ments and changes dur­ing one cycle. By using a cable car­ri­er sys­tem, like Tri­flex, to pro­tect cables and wires that are out­side of the robot­ic arm, man­u­fac­tur­ers are going to cut down sig­nif­i­cant­ly on the wear and tear of those cables, which also means cut­ting down on the slow­ing or full inter­rup­tion of pro­duc­tion when those cables have to be replaced. All in all, using pre­ven­ta­tive pro­tec­tants like Tri­flex cable car­ri­ers are a win-win solu­tion for any manufacturer.

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