To allow cables to be used for moving applications on ships and offshore applications without the need for time-consuming and cost-intensive special approvals, igus® GmbH and the DNV-GL classification company developed a new test procedure with the result that a total of 387 chainflex® cables from igus® have now received type approval for permanent movement in e-chains®. Therefore, these are the world's first cables that are specifically for use in energy chains and have received this certificate.
In order to supply safe and suitable
products for these applications, igus®
GmbH from Cologne worked with the DNV-GL
classification company to develop a new testing procedure and to have
their chainflex® cables certified.
Development of new test procedures necessaryClassification companies such as DNV-GL typically issue approvals that are in line with international standards. In many cases, especially in terms of the materials, these standards refer to many properties in respect of fire behaviour or other requirements.
Over a long certification time of more than three years with very different areas of investigation, the special knowledge of the two companies led to a situation where cables were designated for use in energy chains on ships and in offshore applications for the very first time.
NEK 606 is a Norwegian standard for all cables used in offshore applications. 301 chainflex® cables from igus® are complied with the requirements of the NEK 606 standard.