chainflex® fibre optic conductors (FOCs) or fibre optic cables (LLK) are suitable for moving applications in industry, for example. Fibre optic conductors are used to transfer light. The light is guided through a quartz and glass mixture. Fibre optic conductors are also often referred to as optical fibre cables, whereby most people mean a fibre-optic light guide in which several fibre optic conductors or cables are bundled together. In physics, fibre optic conductors are regarded as dielectric waveguides. chainflex® FOCs are mainly used in communications technology, i.e. in IT, to transfer information, the reason being that, in the case of cable-bound communication systems, a large range and, even more important, high transmission rates are important. However, fibre optic conductors are also used in other areas, including the following:
- in energy transmission where they are used as light guide cables for the "flexible" transport of laser beams for machining purposes
- in medical technology
- for lighting in equipment and buildings
- for imaging purposes such as microscope lighting
- in measurement technology, for example spectrometers
In the main, however, fibre optic conductors are used in modern communications technology. This was not always the case; in the beginning, FOCs were associated with too much attenuation over long distances compared to coaxial cables. Fibre optic cables were therefore of no interest. In the course of time, however, this has changed. Fibre optic cables connect the world and form the backbone of global information and communications technology. A fibre optic cable has a simple structure; on the inside, there is a core, the so-called glass fibre. The fibre is enclosed in a jacket that has a somewhat lower index of refraction. The jacket has a protective coating as well as an outer shell.
Use the high-tech chainflex® fibre optic cables now and gain a technical lead over your competitors. igus® fibre optic cables have been specially developed for e-chains® (energy chains). They are of a high quality due to the special way in which they are manufactured and have an especially long service life. The service life of chainflex® fibre optic cables is very easy to determine with our service life calculator for fibre optic cables. This gives you the necessary planning security for your project. igus® FOCs are often installed in energy chains together with other chainflex® cables, the latter usually being bus cables for sensor monitoring, data cables made of copper or control cables. chainflex® fibre optic cables as gradient glass-fibre cables, "polymer optical fibres" abbreviated POF and "Hard Clad Silica Optical Fibres" abbreviated HCS, are ideal for heaviest duty applications. The fibre optic cables are available with a PUR or TPE outer jacket. In order to ensure a large range of uses, chainflex® fibre optic cables contain no metal and are resistant to coolant and oil. In addition, igus® fibre optic cables are available as UV-resistant or fire-retardant cables. If you have any questions about igus® FOCs, simply use our Chat tool to talk to us. Of course, you can also call us at any time during our business hours. If you want to contact one our fibre optic cable experts outside of business hours, please send us an e-mail. Equip your energy chain with a chainflex® fibre optic cable today and avoid unscheduled downtimes. "Downtimes" can be planned. It is not for nothing that the slogan of chainflex® fibre optic cables is: works – or your money back!
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