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igus® Ltd.

Caswell Road

Northampton, NN4 7PW

01604 677240

Intelligent solutions for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance

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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These products can be equipped with smart plastics technology

General smart plastics 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

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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3D CAD portal for smart plastics

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 already 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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Further information material:

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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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