World premiere: for the first time i.Sense EC.W wear sensor can be selected in the e-chain configurator with one click
Richard Habering | 6. February 2023
A quick and easy individual solution: igus, the motion plastics specialist, offers a wide range of online tools (among other things) to streamline the process. They include the “e-chain expert”, which enables interested parties to assemble an individual energy chain system in just three steps. Price, service life and delivery time are displayed. For the first time, users now have the option of configuring their e-chain with the intelligent i.Sense EC.W wear sensor directly. This gives customers a complex, ready-to-connect e-chain system that includes real-time condition monitoring – in just a few clicks.
The online configurator “e-chain expert” from igus determines the energy chain that is best suited for each customer’s application – in just three steps. To do this, the user only has to select the unharnessed or harnessed cables in the online tool or roughly specify the fill weight. Then the environmental and application parameters such as travel and required speed are selected. Finally, the customer can choose the right energy chain from a pre-selection and configure it individually.
A new function is now available to users: for the first time, they can also equip their e-chain directly with smart plastics technology – i.e. intelligent sensors – from igus. As soon as the customer receives a pre-selection of suitable chain series, the online tool immediately shows which products are smart plastics-capable. The selected chain can then be selected with a click using a smart wear sensor. The EC.W sensor can also be easily added to existing chain configurations.
This is how it works: reach the intelligent energy chain with service life sensor with just a few clicks
Open the e-chains configurator and define your cable pool in the chain as well as the desired application parameters such as installation type, travel, etc. Then select a suitable chain series that is currently already smart plastics-capable and add the smart EC.W sensor with one click. Now, you can carry out your individual interior separation as usual, while automatically taking into account all interior separation rules for the EC.W sensor.
Real-time condition monitoring costs less than ever
As Industry 4.0 advances, more and more companies are relying on smart sensors to monitor the technical condition of their systems. igus i.Sense EC.W provides real-time condition monitoring for as little as €248. This not only makes maintenance over the entire service life simpler and easier to plan, but also reduces its costs. Integrated, potential-free contacts allow the wear sensor to be connected directly to the PLC machine control system. Users can also connect the sensor to a wide range of networks and IoT systems via an i.Cee module and thus integrate it into a predictive-maintenance concept. “smart plastics enable users to avoid unplanned system downtimes and unnecessary or premature chain replacement. This can extend energy chain service life and greatly increase system availability,” says Richard Habering, adding, “The integration of smart plastics technology into our online configurator now makes this even easier. Customers save valuable time and receive their ready-to-connect e-chain system, including intelligent service life monitoring, with the least possible effort.”
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