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igus introduces isense 'smart plastics' systems

igus introduces isense 'smart plastics' systems

May 11, 2016 - High performance plastics for motion, or “motion plastics,” defy rain, salt, extreme temperatures, oils and chemicals, while maintaining light weight, dynamic motion, energy efficiency, and low costs. At the 2016 Hannover Messe, igus introduced “isense”, a range of “smart plastics” for Industry 4.0 with the goal of making preventative maintenance easier, reducing costs in the factories of the future.

Today, high performance plastics are used in moving applications of all types, including medical and lab equipment, bicycles, packaging lines, robotics, machine tools, and crane facilities.

Networked smart plastics, which incorporate a range of sensors and monitoring modules, can expand the possibilities of preventative maintenance and increase uptime and reduce unexpected repairs and maintenance. Intelligent Energy Chain cable management systems DryLin linear solutions, and Chainflex continuous-flex cables constantly monitor themselves, and provide an early failure warnings to plant supervisors. isense systems also have the ability to network with the igus communication module, or ICOM, a direct integration with the factory/application interface.

isense systems are capable of monitoring the service life of the Energy Chain, cable, or linear system. Through continuous distance measurements and calculations of the system’s parameters, as well as test data, it is possible to also reliably predict the functionality of the operation in real-time. If measured values exceed the set parameters, the intelligent isense products indicate the remaining product lifetime, enabling timely maintenance and/or replacement. When networked with the ICOM system, options such as the direct ordering of spare parts and maintenance commissioning can be scheduled, lowering maintenance time and costs even further.

About igus

igus develops Energy Chain cable carriers, Chainflex Motion Cables, DryLin linear bearings and linear guides, iglide plastic bushings, and igubalspherical bearings. With plastic bearing experience since 1964, cable carrier experience since 1971 and Motion Cables since 1989, igus provides solutions from over 100,000 products available from stock.