Fast and safe in Industry 4.0 - with smart igus energy supply on long travels
Published by : Industrial Automation
New: smart plastics EC.T sensor monitors the condition of five times more abrasion-resistant high-speed polymer glide bars in e-chains.
High speeds on long travels are special challenges for energy chain systems on machines and plants. Therefore, igus has now developed a new glide bar made of high-performance plastics with a five times longer service life. To monitor the wear-resistant rail, users now have the smart plastics EC.T sensor. This provides regular information about the condition of the rail and sends important technical information to the maintenance engineer in good time.
The new EC.T sensor measures the condition and gives maintenance recommendations
The new EC.T sensor is cast directly into the new high-speed rail. The sensor works wirelessly and is battery powered. At regular intervals, it sends a signal about its condition to the communication module icom. This prepares the data of all igus isense sensors and offers the option of integration in any desired maintenance tool. If there is an interruption of the conductor loop in the sensor, the service life algorithms can be used to predict the number of days until the next maintenance using the maintenance tool. The new glide bars with the sensor are used, for example, on linear robots in automotive production, on gantries in machine tool construction or on the 7th axis of industrial robots.
Travels up to 1000 metres or more are implemented by igus with its rolling energy chains. Users can rely on a long-lasting and intelligent solution offered by the latest generation of P4.1 rolling chains. This is because a sensor is available for the plain bearings used, which ensure the lubrication-free mounting of the individual chain links. This informs about the condition of the sliding element. Additional sensors which provide information about the condition of the data and power cables, the abrasion of the energy chain or even measure push and pull forces, are also available for all igus energy chains. In combination with our own guaranteed and tested chainflex Ethernet, Profinet, servo, hybrid and fibre optic cables, igus offers state-of-the-art machine components that are equipped for all requirements in Industry 4.0.
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