igus has produced a video explaining the ideas behind its ‘smart plastics’ offerings. It’s a challenging problem to accurately predict reliability with limited data. That’s why over the years igus has built up a huge database of life calculations and other engineering information about the performance of its bearings, cables and energy chains in various applications.
Matthew Aldridge, managing director at igus says: “Recently, we’ve seen a market trend towards the Internet of Things [IoT] or Industry 4.0. igus is supporting its customers in this move and transition by adding intelligence to its products through smart plastics.”
By embedding sensors into its products, igus unlocks the power of IoT to continuously monitor the performance of its bearings, cables and energy chains in real-world customer applications. Comparing live data with the igus test data, igus can accurate predict the lifetime of its products in the field. Aldridge says: “No longer is maintenance an art; it’s a science.”
Being able to predict when maintenance is required on a machine almost eliminates the risk of unplanned downtime. In the automotive industry, for example, unplanned downtime can cost upwards of £10,000 potential profit loss per minute. For port, shipyard and container handling cranes, unplanned downtime can be extremely costly in terms of lost productivity.
Aldridge asserts: “igus smart plastics is not an idea or concept, it’s real products with existing applications in the UK.” To find out how igus smart plastics can help change you world, watch this short video: www.igus.co.uk/MAsmartplastics.