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Smart maintenance solutions for energy chain systems and bearing technology from igus

Extend product life & save maintenance costs with smart plastics

Automation solutions can no longer do without digitisation concepts. We offer 2 possibilities for this: the direct way is  condition monitoring, which offers fast integration with maximum safety. If, on the other hand, you want to completely network your manufacturing plants with the Internet of Things (IoT) , predictive maintenance is the right choice.

With smart plastics, this term is used to refer to components such as energy chain systems, chainflex cables and plastic bearings, equipped with connectivity and sensors. igus® uses it to pursue its goal of making complex automation solutions compatible with Industry 4.0.
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Condition monitoring (i.Sense)

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.
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Predictive maintenance (i.Cee)

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".
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What would you like?

Predictive maintenance smart plastics Are you looking for a shut-down function for your energy supply system in order to avoidcrash?
Predictive maintenance smart plastics Are you trying to avoid software for monitoring your energy supply?
Predictive maintenance smart plastics Do you want status reports to be displayed with LEDs?
Predictive maintenance smart plastics Do you want the current service life of your igus® products displayed at all times?
Predictive maintenance smart plastics Do you want to know when one of your igus® products should be maintained?
Predictive maintenance smart plastics Do you want to avoid unscheduled machine downtime?
Predictive maintenance smart plastics Do you want to make your energy supply and plain bearing technology Industry 4.0-capable?
Predictive maintenance news Discover opportunities for predictive maintenance in the Smart Factory in our news overview.
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Industry 4.0: successfully implemented in practice

Cranes Machine tools Woodworking industry Material handling Robotics Bulk handling Offshore Explore all applications
Predictive maintenance in automotive production Automotive production

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.
Condition monitoring of cranes Crane industry

Heavy loads, long periods of use, a wide range of weather conditions - all reasons why cranes must fulfil very stringent performance requirements. To ensure this at all times, reliable condition monitoring concepts are needed.
Smart condition monitoring of wastewater treatment plants Wastewater treatment plants

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.

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Topic overview:
  • Condition monitoring (i.Sense)
  • Condition monitoring products
  • Condition monitoring application examples
  • Predictive maintenance (i.Cee)
  • Application examples for predictive maintenance
  • Predictive maintenance data flows
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What new products are there?

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smart plastics new products for 2024 ...

... Experience all smart plastics innovations for 2024 such as the contactless condition monitoring for rol e-chains® EC.IT or the OTA-capable i.Sense module right here:
Industry 4.0: new smart plastics products

These products can be equipped with smart plastics technology

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Design smart energy chains in the 3D CAD portal

Design intelligent energy chain systems faster. CAD models for all smart components.

Our intelligent e-chain systems are 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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Avoid unplanned downtime – incorporate igus® smart plastics in your production line

The cosmetics industry relies heavily on their production lines in order to meet business expectations and perform successfully. Therefore, just like production line’s in any industry, unplanned downtime due to equipment failure cannot be a possibility. With industry 4.0 at igus®, you won’t have to worry about unanticipated pauses in production that can lead to huge expenses for your organisation.

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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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