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Solutions for predictive maintenance and condition monitoring

smart plastics enable Industry 4.0 energy supply and plain bearing technology

In the future, automation solutions across different industries will all have digitalisation. Our smart plastics give you two ways of approaching the issue. The simple way to smart energy supply or plain bearing technology, and the one that tends to be analogue, is condition monitoring, which offers simple integration with the highest levels of safety. 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 B. and optimise such items as maintenance, predictive maintenance is just what you need.
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 Industry 4.0-capable.

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smart plastics news 2021 ...

... Tech up, cost down. It's our job.

Tech up, cost down: we will always give you at least one of the two. That is our profession and what we have offered you for many years. The immense challenges of the current pandemic time have spurred us on to even greater efforts.
Experience all smart plastics innovations 2021 such as the new i.Cee:plus for predictive maintenance in drylin W profile guides or reliable condition monitoring on bus cables for the first time without extra sacrificial cores right here.

2021 smart plastics news - overview

These products can be equipped with smart plastics technology

smart plastics general overview

The brochure provides a quick overview

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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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

You can discover more opportunities for the predictive maintenance area in the Smart Factory in our news overview.

Industry 4.0: successfully implemented in practice




Automotive production

Predictive maintenance in automotive production

In automotive production, the conveyor belt never stops. Intelligent concepts in the form of predictive maintenance have been established in these production lines for some time.

Crane industry

Condition monitoring of cranes

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.



Bread wrapping machine

Bread wrapping machine

"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.

Austrian automotive supplier

Austrian automotive supplier

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

Aluminium oxide production


"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"

Train washing station

smart plastics train washing station

Trains that are always clean, and a safe and reliable energy supply thanks to predictive maintenance.

Linear robots

smart plastics Güdel

Due to the integration of smart plastics sensors into the energy supply, the customer's condition monitoring system is supplied with data.  

Sewage treatment plant

smart plastics in sewage treatment plants

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.

smart plastics FAQs

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:

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Further information material:

smart plastics catalogue

Stay up to date with our latest product catalogue including all facts and figures for smart plastics: 


Every year, more than 3,000 tests are carried out to collect sufficient data for the service life algorithm. 

Recycling programme

Ask igus to recycle your energy chains, irrespective of the manufacturer. How does it work?

Online seminar

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