Intuitive tension monitoring ... with the smart sensor option for autoglide 5

A spring can be retrofitted so that the correct cable tension can be intuitively set.

SMA AG5 smart sensor option With the smart sensor option, the correct cable tension of the autoglide 5 can be easily set.
Carrying energy safely over long distances at a cost-effective price - that's the autoglide 5. The autoglide 5 energy chain system is designed especially for horizontal use in material handling and on crane systems. The energy supply system is quick to install as it requires no guide trough. Instead, it runs on a steel cable gripped by the e-chain contour.

And that's what this novelty, the AG5 smart sensor option, is all about. This is installed on the rope at the end of the travel and serves as a cable tension indicator so that the correct cable tension can be set intuitively. 
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Tech up

Tech up

  • Easier, more intuitive adjustment of the cable tension
Cost down

Cost down

  • Visual monitoring of cable tension to avoid failures


  • Tested in the igus® in-house high-bay warehouse


  • Avoidance of unnecessary servicing work

3D animation of the sensor and the connection to the autoglide 5

Intelligent condition monitoring implemented successfully

i.Sense from smart plastics in practice

Wastewater treatment plants and wastewater operations |
Port and container cranes
Conveyor and bulk handling


"Less effort, greater availability"

i.Sense EC.P in use "Less maintenance effort, greater availability, the capability of guiding all different cables and hoses in a single system, intelligent i.Sense condition monitoring … I would definitely choose the intelligent igus energy chains again!"

Dipl.-Ing. Fabian Wilhelm, Project Manager for AOS Stade GmbH

Customer applications worldwide

Overview of i.Sense examples Whether in international automotive production, the global crane industry or regional wastewater plants: i.Sense systems are successfully used and maintenance costs are saved and machine downtime prevented.

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White paper: Energy chain with steel-rope guide as an alternative to a busbar?

Up to now, many users have been relying on busbar systems to supply power to indoor and outdoor cranes, electric trains and storage and retrieval units. A similar price to that of a busbar system but with advantages in regard to installation, modularity and maintenance. autoglide 5 combines the best of both worlds. Read more in the white paper "Energy chain with steel-rope guide as an alternative to a busbar system?"
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How does it work?

The metal rope included in delivery is stretched across the floor. Alternatively, guidance via a plastic rope or a profile is also possible. The e-chain can move safely on a cable. The underside of the chain links has a guide element in the middle, so that the energy chain can rest safely on the rope. The autoglide elements ensure wear-resistant and precise rolling of the upper run of the chain.

The installation of autoglide 5 and the interview with the company Beewen
Installation video of autoglide 5. Assembly in just a few steps.

General smart plastics overview

Insight into the entire igus Industry 4.0 product portfolio

Table of contents for this free brochure:
  • Condition monitoring (i.Sense)
  • Condition monitoring systems
  • Advantages of condition monitoring systems
  • Condition monitoring application examples
  • Predictive maintenance (i.Cee)
  • Systems for predictive maintenance
  • Advantages of predictive maintenance systems
  • Application examples for predictive maintenance
  • Data flow in modern smart factory concepts

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