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There is no automation without digitalization: The direct route is condition monitoring with i.Sense, which offers rapid integration with maximum reliability. If, on the other hand, you want to completely network your manufacturing plants with the Internet of Things (IoT), predictive maintenance with i.Cee is exactly the right choice.
With smart plastics – energy chain systems, chainflex cables, and plain bearings equipped with smart sensors – igus is pursuing the goal of making complex automation solutions Industry-4.0-compatible as easily as possible.
Tech up, cost down: we always want to deliver at least one of the two. That is our profession and what we have offered for many years. The immense challenges in the current period are spurring us on even more.
Experience all our smart plastics innovations of 2022, such as the new i.Sense EC.W service life sensor and the first-ever predictive maintenance system for cleanrooms, right now, right here.
This case study illustrates how EMO B.V. is able to achieve over 375,000km on its STS cranes with igus chains for cranes®.
Condition monitoring is the fastest, simplest way to combine many igus® products to form a self-monitoring smart plastics product. Sensors are mounted to measure values (such as temperature, forces and sound waves/vibrations) within pre-defined limits. Values outside the limits result in an alert or at least a notification. This information provides the basis for taking subsequent steps, such as maintenance or shutting down the system. As desired, values outside defined limits can directly trigger a system shut-down in order to prevent damage that is expensive to repair.
At igus®, we use the term "i.Sense" to refer to condition monitoring.
Predictive maintenance uses sensors, software, and the elements of condition monitoring to create a system that allows dynamic service life calculation and determines the best times for the maintenance of igus® products. This makes predictive maintenance the next step in achieving a comprehensive concept for smart energy supply and bearing technology. This predictive maintenance system is called "i.Cee" and is available in a wide variety of designs, offering a high degree of individuality. The goal is always to maximise system and user safety and product service life.
We call our predictive maintenance system "i.Cee".
You can find more predictive maintenance area capabilities in the Smart Factory in our news overview.
In automotive production, the assembly lines never stand still. Smart production concepts in the style of predictive maintenance have long been established in these production lines.
Heavy loads, long periods of use, and a wide variety of weather conditions – cranes must present a fantastic performance. To ensure this at all times, reliable condition monitoring concepts are needed.
Wastewater treatment plants demand a lot from the components used: continuous operation, weather and dirt. Our intelligent energy chain systems are designed for fail-safe operation at all times under all conceivable conditions.
"igus® CF.Q condition monitoring can prevent failure of machines with high output", says Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Tausch, Head of Electrical Engineering, of GHD's required specifications.
An Austrian automotive parts supplier uses smart plastics from igus for its indoor gantry cranes, which automatically handle engine blocks.
"If movement of the chain is excessively hindered by dust or dirt, the push/pull monitoring shuts down the system before any damage can occur"
Always clean trains and safe energy supply thanks to predictive maintenance with igus i.Cee.
Due to the integration of smart plastics sensors into the energy supply, the customer's condition monitoring system is supplied with data.
No nasty surprises thanks to conditioning monitoring in especially slow applications, where damage is difficult to see and usually only become visible when it is too late.
What are igus smart plastics? What is Industry 4.0? In our blog, you will find answers to the most frequent questions on this topic:
Our intelligent e-chain systems are already reliably in use in hundreds of thousands of applications worldwide - from beverage machines and CNC machines to steel mills. Unsupported lengths can be bridged without problems and long travels are conceivable for the most varied of industries.
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Every year, more than 3,000 tests are carried out to collect sufficient data for the service life algorithm.
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