Plain bearings often have to withstand considerable adverse influences such as abrasive dust, high speeds or chemicals. To enable indication of the degree of wear of such plain bearings in good time, last year igus developed the world’s first intelligent bearing with iglidur high-performance polymers. This warns of imminent failure in good time. Machine and equipment operators can plan maintenance, repairs and part replacement in advance.
In this particular case, I will focus on the concept of condition monitoring. This technology at igus is called i.Sense and is derived from sensing/feeling. We found the name quite appropriate, as condition monitoring has exactly this function: the sensing of malfunctions.
This or something similar must have happened between Güdel and igus at one of the earlier Hannover Messe events. It was decided, probably along with a handshake, to feed the condition monitoring system from Güdel with the data from the condition monitoring system from igus (i.Sense).
What is it? Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance optimally belong together and complement each other in a good system. The clean combination comes quite simply because we are talking about a train wash facility here. I would like to say that everyone knows a car wash. Some of you may have already noticed the energy […]
At first glance, personnel capacity does not appear to fit in here but cut-backs in personnel are taking place in many areas of industry. However, maintenance is still essential or even has to become better and more reliable. In case you silently agreed to this and are asking yourself: “Exactly, but how?”