In­tel­li­gent plas­tics pre­dict when they need to be re­paired or re­placed dur­ing oper­a­tion

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

Treotham sup­plies a range of igus cables, en­ergy chains and lin­ear bear­ings with added in­tel­li­gence and net­work­ing to en­able in­dus­try 4.0. Dur­ing on­go­ing oper­a­tion, they de­tect the de­gree of wear 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 cus­tomer’s 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.

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