Important: Creating a loop in the cable of 150 to 200 mm (6-8 inches), between the top cable guide mount and the Y-axis stage, protects the cable and increases cycle lifetime.
- cable ties
- cable tie mounts
Use cable ties (provided in CGxxT kit) to loosely secure cables to the prongs on the CGxxT as shown, to restrict their motion.
Create the loop of cable using at least 150 to 200 mm (6-8 inches) of cable, for each cable as it exits the guide.
For cables to Z/theta and end effector devices, route the cable(s) beside the Y-axis stage and use an adhesive-backed cable tie mount (provided in the CGxxT kit) and a cable tie to hold the cable in place as shown.
To create the upper strain relief tighten two cable ties on the upper prongs of the CGxxT and the cable. The cable ties should be loose enough that you can move the cable though them fairly easily by hand, but tight enough to constrain the external cable jacket. This allows the internal cable wires to move through the strain relief to relieve bending stresses during motion.
The cable ties in this image have been overtightened and are pinching the cable jacket. Remove ties and start again if needed.
Adjust the cable position inside the guide.
1. The cable should be in the centre of the guide, not pulled tight against the inner radius or pushed against the outer radius of the bend.
2. Holding the cable gently on the controller side of the cable, move the stage along its entire range of travel several times and ensure the cable runs freely in the guide.
Tighten the cable tie on the second CGxxT prongs to create the lower strain relief, matching the snugness of the first termination.
Trim the ends of the cable ties.