Where Should Your Cables Ride in the Carrier?

At Tsubaki/Kabelschlepp, we understand that the most costly part of your machine is likely to be the replacing of cables and hoses that are incorrectly installed in the carrier. Overcrowding and twisting/rubbing of cables is a definite killer, but one thing that is often overlooked is the cable placement within the carrier.

Cables should be able to bend to the radius spec of the carrier without any force being necessary. They must also be able to move freely in the longitudinal direction of the carrier while not exerting any perpendicular forces to the carrier. The cables should ride in the center of the carrier whenever possible, and in the case of layering, enough clearance needs to be considered so they are not pressed up against the wall of the carrier. All this is accomplished by ensuring the right length of cable is installed into the carrier.

Clearance for cable carrier systems from Kabelschlepp Canada.

Adjusting the cable length:

  • Push the chain in Thrust end position 
  • Fix the cables at Fixed point provisionally

Thrust end position for cable carrier system from Kabelschlepp Canada.

  • Check with the lowest possible driver speed, if the chain can reach its intended end position without excessive forces acting on the carrier.

Pull end position for cable carrier system from Kabelschlepp Canada.

  • Finally, adjust the length of cable in the carrier as needed so that they float freely in the middle.

Comparison of correct and too short lengths for cable carriers from Kabelschlepp Canada.