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Today's application engineers have a number of cable solutions available to them when trying to address the proper cable flex life for a particular cable track application. However, cable flex life is just one aspect of a properly designed and implemented cable track solution. For example, Intercon 1 offers its Infiniflex line of cables, which are designed for 10 million flex cycles. However, improper installation of the cable can negate the benefits offered with these high flex cables.
What are the traveling speed and distance, frequency of operation and environmental conditions that the cable will be exposed to?
Before placing the cable in the track ensure that the operation of the track will not cause the minimum bend radius of the cable to be exceeded. As you are laying the cable in the track be sure that the cable does not have any twists, bends or kinks and that the cable is positioned in its proper working position and does not weave in and out with other cables in the track. When available, use spacers within the track to separate the cables from each other. If various weight cables are being used place the heavier cables toward the outside of the track. After the cable track is installed, cycle the cable track through several flex operations. During these initial cycles observe the cable movement and check that the cable is free from any binding, rubbing or pulling. After verifying that the cable is allowed to move freely, affix the cables into their proper positions at both ends of the cable track, being sure not to over clamp the cable to the point where the cable is crushed.
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