Modern automation applications, such as high-speed pick-and-place, often take standard electrical cables beyond their limits. As a result, they can suffer from corkscrew-like deformation, broken copper strands and damaged jackets. When this happens, electrical disruption or failure is possible and, in the worst-case scenario, production stoppages can occur. In order to prevent cable failures, energy chain specialist igus developed its own fully optimised cable range called chainflex. In this week’s video, igus demonstrates the differences between standard and chainflex cables.