SKINTOP® multi-cable entry systems are used wherever many cables need to be inserted simultaneously in a tight space. Our product portfolio includes solutions for assembled and non-assembled cables of a wide range of diameters, thus covering the full spectrum of application areas. This guarantees reliable protection even under extreme loads.
What is a multi-cable entry system or multiple cable gland?
Basically, all cable glands fulfil the purpose of inserting a cable or a wire into the housing of a machine or control cabinet.
Our LAPP multi-cable entry systems are designed for inserting multiple cables. In our portfolio you will find products with up to 30 occupiable bushings.In addition to this, we at LAPP offer you a wide range of high-quality single-cable entry systems if you are planning to feed in only 1 cable or wire.
The LAPP multi-cable entry systems are available for assembled and non-assembled cables.
Cable + connector = assembled cable
Cable without connector = unassembled cable
In principle, LAPP multi-cable entry systems are suitable for almost every type of cable:
- Power and control cables, in shielded or unshielded versions
- Data cables
- Fibre optic cables
- Pneumatic or hydraulic hoses and other media hoses
Only the clamping ranges specified for each feed-through point must be observed.
The best thing about this is that the LAPP multi-cable entry systems don’t need any accessories!
What is the difference between multi-cable entry systems for harnessed and non-harnessed cables?
insertions of non-assembled cables into a housing:
If cables with a free cable end are to be routed, we can offer multi-cable entry systems for unassembled cables. They are made of a hard component that can be firmly screwed in a rectangular or round design with an absolutely reliable gel seal. This highly elastic gel membrane is unique on the market and enables extremely simple, fast and safe installation of unassembled cables (also suitable for AS-I bus cables).
The individual bushings are clearly marked and clearly legible with the appropriate clamping range in millimetres (mm). You can’t do anything wrong!
Insertion of assembled cables into a housing:
A cable with an already mounted connector cannot easily pass through a cable gland. The connector always has a significantly larger cross-section than the cable. It is not possible to produce a seal that leaves enough space for inserting a connector while still being able to seal the cable against the narrower outer sheath.
Our engineers at LAPP have developed the innovative SKINTOP® CUBE system for pre-assembled cables (also for AS-I bus cables). It consists of a closed frame and quick-locking modules, which are inserted into the frame. Two halves of a module each hold a cable.
This enables the assembly clamped with the module to be guided through the generous frame of the multi-cable entry system and quickly fastened to it. Individual exchange is easy at any time thanks to the separately operated lower holders.
Too much time required and a lot of space – introductions from yesterday.
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What technical added value does a multi-cable entry system offer?
In addition to the obvious benefit of inserting a cable into the housing of a control cabinet or machine, our LAPP multi-cable entry systems also offer other essential technical properties:
- The multi-cable entry system reliably protects the housing against oil, dust and moisture (the respective degree of sealing is indicated with IP protection classes).
- The seals in a multi-cable entry system fasten the cables in the desired position. These strain relief properties of the multi-cable entry system ensure that pulling on the cable or bending too sharply has no effect on the safe connection inside the housing. Strain relief is even stronger if a cable tie is attached around the cable bundle inside the housing.
- The seals of the multi-cable entry systems attenuate vibrations that should not be passed on to the cables inside.
Is EMC protection possible for multi-cable entry systems?
In order to keep external interfering signals safely away from your cables and your application, the copper braiding should be permanently contacted at the housing entry. The cables form a closed connection with the cable gland and the metallic housing wall. This ensures constant conductivity.
And how can this be done in the case of a multi-cable entry system? - Exactly!
Be impressed by our easy-to-install EMC add-on, which offers your cables the perfect EMC protection at any time.
Which innovative ideas is LAPP pursuing with the multi-cable entry systems?
An increasing number of control cables are to be inserted in increasingly better networked machines in tight spaces. The technology to be developed must accompany the development of the market, which is increasingly moving towards miniaturisation due to industrial communication.
The demands on as multifunctional yet simple products are high. What do you want as a user?
- A high number of bushings, large clamping ranges for heterogeneous cable diameters, maximum housing sealing, cable insertion including connectors and little to no accessories.
Why does the SKINTOP® MULTI-M win the Eddie Lapp Award 2020?
The Eddie Lapp Award is LAPP’s in-house innovation prize and is awarded annually to the best innovation in the field of a product, process or business model.
With the SKINTOP® MULTI-M we have kept pace with market developments: the graduated funnel technology is used to maximise the clamping range, while IP 68 also achieves optimum sealing of your cables. The gel seal used protects the cables during insertion and seals itself if bushings have not been used.
Which standards apply in connection with multi-cable entry systems?
Standards play a major role for the LAPP engineers in the development and design of electrical components. The exact standards according to which design has taken place can be found in the data sheets of our products. The most important standards with regard to our multi-cable entry systems are as follows:
- DIN EN 62444 or VDE 0619:2014-05 describes the designs, requirements and design tests of various cable glands for electrical installations.
- UL approvals from the US organisation Underwriters Laboratories are particularly important for multi-cable entry systems used in North America. The UL50/UL50E standard sets similar requirements to the European IP classification according to DIN EN 60529:2014-09 or VDE 0470-1:2014-09, which meets the information about the protection class and thus the leak-tightness of a product. The safety standard UL 508 A for industrial system controllers can also be included here. It defines the functional requirements for control cabinets, for example, defines the types of circuits and stipulates the corresponding protection and control functions. Product conformity with these standards allows a wide range of applications for you.
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