igus cabling solution helps speed up X-rays in hospital emergency rooms

Royal London Hospital needed an X-ray machine for its resuscitation unit that could be transported across bays quickly, allowing many bays to be accessed rapidly in mass emergency cases, and to help with the fast and efficient diagnosis of patients’ conditions. The hospital turned to Xograph Healthcare for its expertise in developing specialist X-ray equipment. Xograph Healthcare’s team of engineers designed the BuckyStar Resus system, a highly effective, ceiling-mounted X-ray tube support system that can be moved rapidly from bedside to bedside, without having to move the patient. The BuckyStar Resus is suspended from the ceiling to keep the floor area as free as possible from obstruction, with no trailing cables, and is motorised, giving quick multi-bay coverage. The position of the BuckyStar Resus can be pre-programmed; nurses simply enter the bay number on the control panel and it automatically moves to the desired location.  This reduces manual handling, allowing nurses to concentrate on other tasks. However, one of the challenges Xograph Healthcare faced in designing the new X-ray system was how to contain the high voltage and intelligent communications cables as they travelled over large distances.  After considering various options, Xograph Healthcare chose igus’ e-chain cable management system. “Typically, X-ray machines in hospitals cover an area of 16m2,” says Nigel Darwell-Stone, Business Development Manager at Xograph Healthcare.  “However the new X-ray equipment needed to be able to cover 38m2.  This meant that there was a much greater distance over which to carry the cabling.  We were looking for a neat and simple solution, which was easy to install, and could offer reliable high performance, and in fact our...

igus NFPA 79-2012 compliant chainflex cables for dynamic applications

Dynamic cabling expert igus UK now has a complete NFPA-compliant range of control, bus, motor, servo and measuring system chainflex cables with more than 650 versions available from stock within 24 hours.  Conforming to the 79-2012 standard (Chapter 12.9) of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), mechanical engineers can use these specifically designed flame retardant cables for energy chain applications without compromising on durability or safety. igus chainflex cables are reliable and flame retardant, resisting the spread of fire into a new area.  The company puts its chainflex cables designed for dynamic applications in energy chains through a tough life test program of around two billion test cycles annually at its technical centre.  This guarantees that the cables are perfect for the respective application and also comply with international standards such as NFPA 79-2012 and UL 758 without problems. The NFPA standard defines which cables and conductors can be used in an industrial environment. Before the NFPA standard’s update in 2012, the use of Appliance Wiring Material (AWM) cables was not allowed according to the NFPA 79-2007 standard.  Nevertheless, AWM cables have been used for years in many different applications within the industry.  In high-dynamic applications, such as those found in energy chains, NFPA 79-2007 compliant cables did not meet with the demands in relation to durability, reliability, lifetime and safety – thus a call for action was needed. The NFPA recognised the necessity for an approval of AWM cables under specific conditions and the compliance with the flame test classification VW-1 or FT-2. The result is the NFPA 79-2012 standard, which gives mechanical engineers more freedom with regards...

igus CFRIP cable for rapid cable stripping

Flexible cable innovator igus has developed CFRIP, a unique new cable with an integrated stripping cord for the rapid and safe stripping of cables, even those with gusset filled extruded jackets. The benefit of this cable is that it requires no extra tools for cable stripping and reduces cable strip back times of around 50%, which is great news for electrical engineers and panel fitters. Stripping back cables is really easy; all that’s required to open the outer jacket is to simply pull the special integrated tear strip to the desired length and see the jacket fall away. Furthermore, igus has designed the tear strip so that it doesn’t cause any damage to the cores or outer jacket of the cable. This new technology is offered in chainflex ranges CF5 PVC control cable family and chainflex CF6 shielded...

Free flexible cable guide and sample box from igus

igus UK, the energy chain and cable specialist, has launched a free guide and sample box for its reliable, highly flexible and cost-effective chainflex cables.  With over 950 cables to choose, igus supplies cables for almost all requirements in dynamic applications and the guide has been designed to help electrical engineers specify the most effective cable for movement. The simple-to-use guide from igus outlines the common failure modes of cables and explains how chainflex cables are designed to overcome these.  Full technical details of various chainflex cable types, from copper to fibre optic cables, for measuring systems, robot, servo, power, bus, data and control systems are in the included catalogue.  The catalogue also gives many real life application tests and results.  In addition, samples of different chainflex cables are included, clearly showing the special construction that guarantees the cables will last millions of cycles in moving applications.  The whole box offers engineers a clear understanding of why igus claims “chainflex lasts”. igus has been developing its cables for over 20 years and its chainflex cables have been designed with demanding moving applications in mind, giving reliable performance with high cycle rates, compact design spaces, and very small bending radii of up to four times the outer cable diameter.  chainflex continuous-flex cables are ideal for use in igus energy chain cable carriers and have also been tested extensively to validate service life over time. chainflex cables are classified according to criteria for requirements, oil-resistance and travel distance. Manufactured from PVC, oil-resistant PVC and abrasion resistant jacket materials such as PUR, and TPE for extreme loads, the cables are reliable with...
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