So that cables for moving applications can be used on ships and in offshore applications without expensive special approvals, igus and DNV-GL Klassifizierungsgesellschaft have again upgraded and renewed their jointly developed test standard for dynamically moving applications on ships in 2020.
Oil drilling platforms, gas production facilities, wind farms, port facilities or ship cranes: the sea and the waves place very special demands on secure energy and data transmission. For this reason, maritime users now have more than 370 tested and DNV-GL-certified control, servo, motor and robot cables as well as bus, data, encoder and fibre optic cables available for the reliable operation of maritime applications. As for all chainflex cables that are specially designed for movement in energy chains, igus also gives a guarantee of 36 months for cables used here.
The maritime industry - like all other industries - has to face the challenges of automation and digitalisation. Whether in navigation, shipping companies or in the offshore industry with gas and oil, the analogue world is almost history - digital structures are establishing themselves and laying the foundation for automation concepts. Complex solutions transform ships into autonomous factories, pave the way for shipping companies to become fully-fledged logistics providers and support the offshore industry in harvesting the oil and gas fields more efficiently by means of automated production processes. In all areas, the higher the degree of automation and optimisation of these systems, the more cost-effective, sustainable and secure the business operations of companies will be.
In order for automation to succeed under these harsh environmental conditions, components and parts have to meet different requirements than in conventional factory automation. This white paper presents the challenges faced by companies and suppliers alike. The article describes how companies meet the strict test criteria to have components certified by competent institutions such as DNV-GL. The white paper also provides an outlook on the opportunities that arise for suppliers, plant constructors and ultimately for operators of on-board platforms and ships through the use of certified components such as cables.
The oceans have long been part of the global economy, through wind farms as well as through the worldwide movement of goods. Thereby companies working for and in the maritime environment have to face special challenges: in addition to the Machinery Directive or the Product Safety Act, which also apply ashore, they are often bound by the contents of the Maritime Tasks Act or the Ship Safety Act.
In order to enable plant constructors and suppliers to smoothly implement the diverse legal requirements, contribute to efficient project planning, and ultimately to ensure trouble-free operation, igus has 379 chainflex® cables certified by DNV-GL for use in maritime environments that are available from stock. These are designed for highly dynamic use in energy chains for safe operation at sea. Besides having seawater resistance, the chainflex cables also operate reliably under the influence of oil. The cables are resistant according to MUD NEK606, which enables maintenance-free pumping on drilling rigs and also stands for operator safety.
In addition to the elaborate test procedures of the DNV-GL classification society, the cables have also been tested in the igus test laboratory under real conditions. You therefore have the unique chainflex guarantee of 36 months. So, for every maritime application there is an optimal solution in our product range. In the simplest case, a free chainflex price check will advise you which cable is the best for your individual needs at sea.
Get DNV-GL certificates here:
chainflex cables CF9.UL and CF10.UL (PDF), CF77.UL.D and CF78.UL (PDF)
chainflex cables CFBUS.PUR(PDF), CFBUS (PDF), CFBUS Ethernet (PDF), CFBUS.PUR Ethernet (PDF)
Fibre optic cables (FOC)
chainflex® CFLG.LB cables. PUR (PDF)
Measuring system cables and data cables
chainflex cables CF111.D and CF113.D (PDF)
CF112 and CF211.PUR (PDF) CF240.PUR (PDF)
Motor cables and servo cables
chainflex cables CF300.UL.D, CF310.UL and CFPE (PDF), CF27.D (PDF) CF34.UL.D and CF35.UL (PDF)
Resistant to sea water, tough, light, lubrication-free and maintenance-free; igus® plastic solutions for the maritime industry.
Drill ships and semi-submersibles, pipe handling equipment; Reduce downtimes - guide high fill weights reliably with on long travels.
They are used in many offshore applications: igus energy chains defy the most adverse environmental influences - in wind power plants, drilling ships or islands.
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