The new MOTIONLINE® CAT7 Industrial Ethernet cable from Nexans has been developed to meet the highest data transmission demands of the automation industry. It provides 10 Gigabit Ethernet capability in a flexible, wear and fatigue resistant cable designed specifically for drag chain applications. 

The new cable can withstand temperatures of up to +80°C. It is also oil and chemical-resistant, halogen-free, flame-resistant, and highly abrasion-proof. With a maximum signal frequency of 600 megahertz, it is perfect for applications such as the connection of high-resolution, high-speed cameras for process monitoring and quality assurance.

The CAT7 cable is ideal for drag chains due to its small bending radius – a minimum of 10 times its diameter. Thanks to an elaborate shield design, the highly flexible cables allow trouble-free data transmission with the high-performance variant capable of 5 million bending cycles at 12 times its diameter. The overall braided shield is made of copper, with a braided foil shield and an aluminium foil wrapped around each wire pair. For lower mechanical loads, an alternative model is available without a braided shielding around individual wire pairs, capable of at least two million bending cycles at the same bending radius. 

Both MOTIONLINE® CAT7 drag chain cable variants have been tested at the Nexans Motion Application Centre. They are RoHS-compliant (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and certified to UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and CSA (Canadian Standards Association).