“Condition monitoring”, “predictive maintenance”, “Internet of Things” … It can all make your head spin. A ready-to-install smart plastics complete set including simple step-by-step instructions allows you to get started relatively quickly in networked production. Recently, it has become very easy to configure them in the igus online shop and order them directly online.
Guiding energy, data and media in the tightest of spaces at high speeds is a major challenge for many users, such as those working in intralogistics. The igus micro flizz offers a compact energy supply system for travels of up to 100 metres. If the user wants to monitor his bus cable's transmission characteristics, igus now offers the intelligent CF.D system. It monitors the cable's data transmission characteristics predictively and warns of failure in good time.
After our appearance at the Smart Factory Summit last week, we had our next premiere this week: as guest experts on the VDI podcast, “Technik aufs Ohr” (Technology on the Ear). Together with my colleague Andreas Dengler, Industry Manager Automotive Factories at igus, we spent an entertaining half hour talking about the exciting world of smart plastics in automotive factories.
How do OEMs and automotive suppliers network their production plants? What can SMEs, especially the mechanical engineering sector, do to make their manufacturing smart and efficient? What role do the suppliers play? How can artificial intelligence help make production smarter?These and other questions were presented this week at the Smart Factory Summit of the Deutsche Messe Technology Academy and explained by numerous expert speakers. Among the select field of participants were the companies KUKA, SEW Eurodrive, Siemens, Yaskawa and also us from igus.
In the current climate, every minute often counts in production plants. Efficient, intelligent maintenance protects against expensive production downtimes and unplanned shutdowns. The service life of our igus® products can be calculated online. What's more: With smart plastics, the components report at an early stage when they are due for replacement. In this article I would like to show you how we have successfully introduced smart maintenance to our customers.