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Lapp introduces innovative multi-cable entry system with gel insert

May 2014 Enclosures, Cabling & Connectors

The Lapp Group presented a new model of its multi-cable bushing system, the SkinTop Cube Multi, at the Hannover Messe trade fair. With the new multi-cable entry system, a particularly high packing density and optimum strain relief on the cable bundle are achieved and secure assembly is made possible. These benefits are due to the use of a high-strength gel that has previously been used in bicycle saddles. The cable is simply routed through the gel membrane. The static friction between the gel and the cable ensures a secure grip and also provides a reliable seal.

The elastic gel technology enables large, variable clamping ranges. This means it is not necessary to remove individual inserts to install the cables, thus eliminating several work steps from the installation process. Finally, the material also makes it possible to route more cables through the system than conventional methods. This increased packing density increases efficiency in another way, as housings can now be made smaller.

The SkinTop Cube Multi is intended for use in temperature ranges between -30 and 100°C. It is resistant to oil, grease, UV rays and ozone, and has protection rating IP65. To ensure the safety of the entire application, fire behaviour in accordance with UL 94V-2 can be confirmed; in the event of fire the cable bushing system is self-extinguishing.

Applications include cables and wires that need to be safely inserted into housings without the use of connectors and compressed air hoses. It can be used for the installation of cables that are not pre-assembled and of media hoses in the construction of control systems, control cabinets and apparatuses, as well as in automation technology. When it comes to packaging machines for example, numerous pneumatic and electrical cables need to be rapidly installed and routed in the smallest spaces. Systems with a high packing density provide an excellent solution for this problem.


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