November 19, 2007 -- Japan's Oki Electric Cable Co., Ltd. has introduced "a shielded high-bending resistance" Cat 5e LAN cable, designed to provide high flexibility for Gigabit Ethernet transmission.
The company says the cable is especially designed to enable analog to digital high resolution image transmission at Gigabit (1-Gbit/sec) speed, as this method becomes standard for machine vision applications in industrial equipment and industrial robots. The cable is also suitable for security applications.
Conventional LAN cables can have low flexibility, contends the company, making it difficult to transmit images over internal industrial wiring and in high-sliding, robotic environments. The Oki Cat 5e LAN cable is desinged to achieve high-bending, high-sliding and high-twisting performance, optimized for use in moving parts. The cable's connector employs a screw lock for use with RJ45 common shielded modular units and for secure camera attachment to avoid separation.
"We plan to actively provide this cable to FA systems, and for use in industrial equipment such as robots, and the security market such as for monitoring cameras," comments Takashi Hattori, president of Oki Electric Cable. "By adding a high-speed digital interface cable to our lineup, in the fiscal year ending March 2009 we aim to achieve net sales of three million US dollars from cables for Gigabit Ethernet LAN and other machine vision cables."
The cable was exhibited at this month's Vision2007 tradeshow, in Stuttgart, Germany.