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Application examples with smart plastics

Packaging machines

Cable monitoring for bread packaging machinery

Which smart plastics technology is used?
CF.Q = Cable monitoring 
Why is it used?
At 80 cycles per minute, several million cycles are reached within just a few months. Of course, the machine should operate for many years without failing. CF.Q does not lengthen the service life of the cables but can calculate their exact service life and thus makes maintenance 100% predictable.
CF.D animation
Animation of the application
CF.Q in bread packaging equipment
Bread packaging with CF.Q

Automotive industry

Gantries and linear robots

Smart maintenance planning for linear robots

Which smart plastics technology is used?
EC.M sensor for motion data and EC.W sensor for measuring abrasion on the energy chain

Why is it used?
The two sensors transmit the measured values via the module (now i.Cee module) directly to the Güdel condition monitoring system, which evaluates the data, making maintenance plannable. 


Sewage and wastewater treatment plants

24/7 emergency monitoring in the sewage treatment plant

Which smart plastics technology is used?
EC.P pull force monitoring system for the energy chain
Why is it used? 
The sedimentation tank surface scrapers in wastewater treatment plants operate very slowly, but do so 24/7 and it is possible that damage to the system will not be detected until hours later. In order to shut down the plant in an emergency, the EC.P module is used in many wastewater treatment plants with an energy chain, shutting down the plant in an emergency so that the damage can be rectified and total damage is avoided.  

Composting and incineration plants

Bulk handling

Safe bulk material transport with sensor-equipped energy chain

Which smart plastics technology is used?
i.Sense EC.P for continuous monitoring of prevailing push/pull forces

Why is it used? 
In order to provide additional planning security for such dimensions, the entire cable guide is supplemented with smart plastics – intelligent sensors in combination with energy chains. Damage to the cable guide can thus be countered well before it occurs.

Washing systems

Predictive maintenance in train washing station

Which smart plastics technology is used?
EC.M motion sensor, EC.W abrasion sensor, EC.B breakage sensor, i.Cee:plus for the evaluation of sensor data, i.Cee:net for the transfer of data to the i.Cee dashboard 
Why is it used? 
The purpose of condition monitoring of the built-in components is to ensure that, if damage occurs, the machine is shut down, whereby the predictive maintenance system provides an optimum maintenance plan for the built-in components.
i.Cee dashboard
Dashboard that can be called up online
smart plastics train washing station


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