Intelligent plastics detect when cable repairs are needed
Treotham has launched a range of igus cables, energy chains and linear bearings with added intelligence and networking to enable industry 4.0.
The cables are designed to detect the degree of wear during ongoing operation and emit an alarm as soon as repair or replacement is necessary.
Customers can increase reliability and plant availability, minimise downtime and reduce costs through condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. Through extensive testing, igus is able to accurately predict the service life of its motion plastics.
Igus plastics are self-lubricating and maintenance free, as well as lighter, hard wearing and more energy efficient than traditional materials. They offer a long service life and can be used wherever preventative maintenance is required, e.g. harbour installation, cranes, automotive factories and more.
The isense products from igus includes diverse sensors and monitoring modules, while networking with the igus Communication Module (icom) enables direct integration with the customers IT infrastructure or the igus data cloud.
Data can also be optionally shared with the igus data centre, opening up possibilities for customer service life calculation and optimisation of business processes.