Fixing cable protection securely but gently 31 October 2017

A hook and loop fastener and a special clamp are two new REIKU fastening systems, designed for different load levels, that quickly and reliably fix cable protection systems to smooth, round robot arms without screw, flange or stop faces. 

In day-to-day practice, cables and lines are often fastened in a somewhat makeshift manner with cable ties used on the round, smooth arms of ‘cobots’ (robots which collaborate with humans without additional protection). Two new REIKU multipurpose fastening systems – designed for different load levels – now combine rapid, uncomplicated fitting with further advantages including very high slip resistance and gentle, virtually wear-free fixing of the cable protection. With their high reliability over a wide temperature range from -40°C to +80°C (with transient exposure up to 100°C), both systems help to ensure lasting, trouble-free cobot operation by largely preventing downtime due to damage to the cable protection and consequently to the wiring itself. 

The new LSDFB series is suitable for slow to moderate cobot movement velocities under low load. Fastening is by means of a hook and loop strap that encircles the robot’s arm. Available in two sizes, the LSDFB series can be used for arm diameters from 54mm to 110mm and corrugated tubing diameters from NW17 to NW29. The associated polyamide rotary plate means the cable protector can be guided as desired, using the REIKU gripping clamps made from the same grade of polymer.

The other new series, MESUB, is designed for the higher dynamic and mechanical loads typical of industrial and palletising robots and combines a stainless steel clamp with pivot bolt screw fastening and a friction enhancing rubber profile. Available in six variants, it is suitable for robot arm diameters of 54mm to 108mm and for fitting all REIKU gripping clamp variants, from NW17 to NW90, to the integral general purpose bracket. A special adapter plate enables REIKU rotary flanges to be used under the gripping clamps.

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