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Solutions for predictive maintenance and condition monitoring

smart plastics® allow quick, efficient action

In the future, automation solutions across industries will not be able to do without digitalisation concepts. If you want to entirely network the machines in your manufacturing plant with the internet of things (IoT) in order to be Industry 4.0 compatible and optimise such items as maintenance, you will need time and money.
A digitalisation strategy that begins by connecting and networking individual assemblies and components is faster and costs much less. Plant operators benefit immediately from smart component connectivity: status monitoring for automated plant can be implemented in real time without additional personnel, and maintenance can be organised predictively.
The term "smart plastics®" is used to refer to components such as e-chain systems®, chainflex® cables for dynamic applications, and dry-tech® polymer bearings that, when equipped with connectivity and sensors, make complex automation solutions Industry 4.0 compatible. Another advantage is that smart plastics® can work classically (offline), but always have the option of use in networked online processes.

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Predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance  

Maintain machines and equipment proactively before shutdown or quality losses occur.

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Condition monitoring

Condition Monitoring  

Increased safety and machine efficiency due to regular or permanent detection of the condition of machines

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New products in 2020

EC.PP new  
EC.PP trough-integrated travel measuring system

more about EC. PP

EC.I.SU.02 new  
EC.I.SU.02 service life monitoring for all
e-chain® installation types

more about EC. I. SU.02

EC.PR new  
EC.PR position-dependent push/pull force measurement

iSense EC PR

EC.W.06 new  
EC.W.06 crossbar for online lifetime monitoring

more about EC. W.06

GL.W new  
iglidur® isense

more about iglidur® isense

drylin® W isense new  
drylin® W isense

more about isense drylin® W

FAQ & Integration

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:

smart plastics FAQ  

The most fascinating projects with igus smart plastics

Indoor crane

A big German crane manufacturer relies on the isense online system to ensure optimum production. The EC.B break detection sensor, the EC.P push/pull force monitoring sensor and the CF.P chainflex tensile force sensor are used as deactivating systems.  All dynamic data are loaded into the igus cloud by the icom module via IoT. Here, "machine learning" and AI algorithms calculate the service life and display it on a web dashboard on any internet-enabled device, indicating "days until the next recommended maintenance work".

smart plastics in indoor crane

Austrian automotive supplier

An Austrian automotive parts supplier uses smart plastics from igus for its indoor gantry cranes, which handle engine blocks automatically.

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Smart placement of toasting bread in the bag

Predictive planning with CF.Q

"The machine works with really high stroke rates in a relatively small installation space. For this reason, we needed cables with high flexural strength. In addition, we had to find a preventive warning system to avoid a possible cost-intensive breakdown of this machine with its high output", explains Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Tausch, Head of Electrical Engineering, GHD required specifications.

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