Intelligent push/pull force monitoring of energy chains: What to do when the i.Sense EC.P is triggered?

Richard Habering | 17. January 2022

I have already shown you in previous articles what our i.Sense EC.P is already used for and in which areas. If not, here you can find a brief summary at any time. Today we want to look at the operational application of smart plastics’ intelligent push/pull force monitoring. More specifically, ask the question, What to do if i.Sense EC.P has triggered once? What measures are then to be carried out to quickly reactivate the system again?

Mostly, this type of force measurement with i.Sense EC.P is used for gliding travels. The used sensors measure the push/pull forces occurring on the energy chain. During the gliding movement of a conventional chain, the tensile force occurring at the moving end increases or decreases depending on its position on the travel. If, for any reason (ice, snow, object, animal or possibly even a person in the guide trough), the push-pull forces of the chain go beyond the set force limits, a warning message is issued and/or the system is stopped directly.

Afterwards, the i.Sense EC.P must be activated again as soon as possible, since condition monitoring can of course be used for the entire service life of the chain. For this purpose, the following measures should be carried out step by step:

  1. i.Sense EC.P has triggered
  2. Check energy chain system
  3. Eliminate cause
  4. Perform offset adjustment
  5. Do a test drive

Afterwards, the condition monitoring is fully operational again and protects the application from further problems. Like on this container crane here belonging to one of our customers:

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