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7 Guidelines for cable installation Learn more at The proper installation of a cable is key to get the maximum performance and service life. Simple, easy- to-follow guidelines can make the difference between thousands and millions of cycles of service life. In this guide, review 7 quick rules for proper cable installation in your next application. Before installation, many professionals and cable manufacturers will claim that it is necessary to allow for at least 24 hours for cables to be "relaxed," or "shaken out." Relaxation time is a luxury these days – most engineers are faced with increasingly tight deadlines, reduced resources, and a multitude of different responsibilities. We relax to de-stress from hectic work and family lives. Likewise, many manufacturers recommend cables to be relaxed for installation to release stress from storage on a spool or reel before installation. To allow for more relaxation time for the engineers and installation team, the igus ® cable experts agree that a Chainflex ® cable should be cut to the desired length and installed directly into a cable carrier. Our 25 years of experience in cable manufacturing and installation allows us the confidence to say that if properly designed (see the 7 seven key design features of a continuous-flex cable here), it is not necessary to waste time laying or hanging cables before their installation. Instead, use the following guide to ensure the performance of your cables quickly and easily. 1. Unspool cables properly- always allow spools to roll while unspooling cables. Do not pull cables from the flange, or uncoil from the top of the spool. This can cause unnecessary stress to cables. 2. Check the jacket materials of different cables - in some instances, different jacket materials can stick together and cause abrasion. Check to see if your cables' jacket materials are intended for use inside a cable carrier, or for use with corresponding jacket materials. Abrasion of jacket materials can sometimes be prevented with interior separation. Always allow spools to roll during unspooling. Ensure that different jacket materials are intended for use with corresponding cable jackets.

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