Charlottesville, VA — GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the availability of new environmental cables for servo and spindle motors. The power cable connectors have been redesigned to be low profile and the feedback, brake and fan cables now have molded connectors instead of assembled ones.
GE Fanuc has a comprehensive line of environmental cables that are specifically designed for use in the rugged environment common to most machine tool applications. The cables cover a wide range of GE Fanuc servo and spindle motors used with GE Fanuc‚â€™s CNC and Power Mate products. Selecting one of GE Fanuc‚â€™s environmental cables will help ensure the highest quality cable assemblies are present on the final machine tool. The alternative is to spend time and effort designing an in-house cable, which will consume valuable engineering resources, and slow down time to market.
‚â€œThe common method to make cables is to use an assembled connector for the connection point to the motor,‚â€ said Paul Webster, CNC Product Manager for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. ‚â€œThe problem with this is that the connectors can leak and deteriorate over time and, in some cases, they can be weak. The new cables use a Polyurethane mold that creates the connector out of solid plastic. Molding the cables makes them very robust – they are stronger and hold up better to the harsh environment of a machine tool. ‚â€œ
These new environmental cables may be used on older machine tools as well as in newly designed machine tools. They cover a range of motors and amplifiers and will even work with older alpha servo systems. The new low profile molded power cables are designed for the compact Alpha i series, the shorter connector reduces clearance needed around the motor. New molded feedback and brake/fan cables designed for the Alpha i series improve environmental protection and reduce the connector size. All CNC System ordering tools have been updated to select suitable cables for the system being ordered.
Filed Under: Machine tool industry + subtractive manufacturing, Cables + cable management, Green engineering, Motion control • motor controls