flex cable types

The Many Faces of Flex Cables

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

When specifying the type of flex cable you desire for your application, you should be able to identify the kind of flex motion the cable will perform.  Specifying the correct cable from the beginning reduces the risk of cable failure and ensures that productivity and performance are protected.  Alpha Wire offers a broad spectrum of flex cable to satisfy virtually any application need.

Let’s take a look at the types of flex cables Alpha Wire offers in its flex cable portfolio:

  • Rolling Flex:  This flex type would be for C-track or Cartesian motions.  Our Xtra-Guard Flex 85000 and 86000 Series support this flex type, as does our Series XM, Series F, and EcoFlex cables.
  • Bending Flex:  These cables can do a “tic-toc” motion, such as hinged panels.  Once again the cables listed above support the bending flex applications.
  • Torsional Flex:  This flex type involves a flex motion such as twisting.  Industrial robot construction, machine tooling, and automobile manufacturing equipment are some examples using torsional cables.  Our Xtra-Guard Flex 87000 series provides exceptional 360° twisting.
  • Variable/Random Flex:  In addition to a bending hinge motion, random flex is exactly what it says, random.  It occurs when the cable is fixed at its two ends and the cable between these ends may bend freely when the ends are moving.  Our Xtra-Guard Flex, EcoFlex, and Series XM and F cables have variable flex application requirements.


For more information on our flex cable portfolio, please download a brochure or order a sample today!


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