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Smart plastics for predictive maintenance and condition monitoring

Smart plastics eliminate downtime & prevent catastrophic failure to save costs and labor

Smart plastics for e-chain® cable carriers and chainflex® flexible cables are a group of sensor systems that detect breakage, monitor push/pull forces, cable tension, and the electrical resistance of conductors. i.Sense for condition monitoring checks for any unexpected operational states, such as a broken cable carrier link, and will either sound an alarm or shut off the system completely to prevent catastrophic failure. i.Cee for predictive maintenance incorporates software to determine the maximum service life of your igus® cable management system and when the best time is to service it.

i.Sense Condition Monitoring Sensors:

  • EC.P - Measures the push/pull forces acting on e-chain® cable carriers
  • EC.B - Detects cable carrier breakage in the early stages
  • CF.P - Measures the forces directly at the strain relief element of chainflex® cables
  • CF.Q - Measures the quality of the cable cores

i.Cee Predictive Maintenance Software:
  • Data transfer within your local corporate network or on a secure cloud
  • Hardware options available for hosting and/or transferring sensor data

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 customization. The goal is always to maximize both the system's and user's safety, as well as to extend product service life.

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.

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Selection Guide for smart plastics

With just a little information about your application, this configurator guides you to a pre-selection of smart plastics solutions. During the selection process, the tool provides an overview of the current smart plastics options, which you can then request or contact an expert to learn more.


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Customer Application Examples:

Automotive Production

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In automotive production, the conveyor belt never stops. Intelligent concepts in the form of predictive maintenance have been established in these production lines for some time.

Crane Industry


Heavy loads, long periods of use, and a wide variety of weather conditions – cranes must present a fantastic performance. To ensure this at all times, reliable condition monitoring concepts are needed.

Linear Gantry Robots

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Due to the integration of smart plastics sensors into the energy supply, the customer's condition monitoring system is supplied with data.

Contact a drytech® expert

Kevin Wright igus contact

Contact a drytech® expert for bearings, 3D-printed parts, linear slides and guides and slewing rings that use our smart plastics technology.

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Contact an e-chain systems® expert

Scott Parker igus contact

Contact an expert for flexible cables, cable carriers and pre-assembled cable carriers that utilize our smart plastics technology.

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