New intelligent plastic solutions from igus offer many options for predictive maintenance.
Machine Learning, Big Data and Industry 4.0 - the real potential customer benefits from digitisation are often hidden behind these buzzwords. Intelligent products such as igus smart plastics, for example, enable companies to increase the reliability of their systems, plan maintenance tasks accurately and thus save costs. The way this works is demonstrated by igus with new ideas at the Hannover Messe 2018 in hall 17.
Igus has been developing a family of products since 2016 under the heading ‘isense’, where various sensors and monitoring modules add intelligence to plastic solutions such as energy chains, cables, linear guides and slewing ring bearings. They measure among other things the wear during the operation and alert the user early enough to plan repair or replacement. By networking using the igus communication module (icom), the online status and alert display, for example via a PC, tablet or smartphone, is just as possible as a direct integration into the customer’s infrastructure. These smart plastics are already predicting the service life of numerous customer applications, such as in the automotive industry. They are continuously developed in close cooperation with customers. These novelties will be presented by igus at the Hannover Messe.