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Cat5e cable?

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by Mel Ristau, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. Mel Ristau

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    is this cable suitable for running NEMA 23 262oz-in motors at 24v? Since its 8 conductor, maybe using 4 pairs?
     
  2. dddman

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    It isn't the most flexible cable... if it moves a lot (like most of CNC applications) I the mtbf will be kind of low
     
  3. Hytech2k

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    Most CAT5 or "e" enhanced cable isn't shielded. The shielding helps eliminate EMI. I have been using regular twisted pair 4 conductor 18 gauge security wire that's shielded on a 5' x 9' machine using 960oz Nema 34's running @ 70volts DC and I run my machine 8-10 hours a day 5-6 days a week. Just for the stiffer wire try to minimize tight bends. I try and use shielded cables wherever possible to cut down on interference, like running shielded CAT6 to my ESS smoothstepper and find it helps over the 5 and 5e varieties.

    Hope this helps..

    Hytech2k
     
  4. andrew

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    I'm pretty sure it would work but too lazy to find you real numbers. It's not really designed for current, but can carry a few amps if you pair things up. + and - in each twisted pair should really bring down the EMI. Resistive losses just aren't really a big deal here. Use it if it's what you have.
     

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