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Reliable condition monitoring for bus cables without additional measuring cores


Protocol-independent procedure measures the data transmission properties directly during operation

Always with the aim of saving unnecessary costs and resources, we have further optimised the condition monitoring of bus cables in e-chain systems. The new measuring method determines the data transmission properties of the cables during operation using high-frequency technology. This eliminates the need for additional sacrificial cores, which is good for the budget and the environment. 
For this purpose, one feed-through adapter is looped into the Ethernet cable to be monitored at the beginning and end respectively. The small design of the adapters allows subsequent installation at any time. 
 
This sensor data can be read out by the i.Cee:plus module during operation, displayed transparently in a dashboard and evaluated. If the transmission properties or speeds of the bus cable begin to deteriorate, this can immediately be taken as an indicator for a timely cable replacement. Plant downtime or worse can also be prevented by this intelligent condition monitoring of the entire moving cable including plug-in connector. 
 
Part number Transmitter: IS.CF.D.SU.ETHER01.T.01.0.BETA
Part number Receiver: IS.CF.D.SU.ETHER01.R.01.0.BETA

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Improve technology

Improve technology

  • Using protocol-independent measurement methods, the transmission characteristics are measured in operation
  • Small feed-through adapters are looped into the cable to be monitored at both ends
  • Connection to i.Cee. plus II module via USB for predictive maintenance information
  • Smart monitoring of the entire moving cables including plug-in connectors
     

Cost down

Cost down

  • Saving additional measuring cores
  • Small design enables quick retrofitting when changing cables
  • Indicator for timely cable replacement - prevent unplanned plant shutdowns
     

Proof

Proof

  • Ongoing test series in the industry's largest test laboratory  for dynamic power transmission systems
  • Try it out in your own application in order to see for yourself; igus® is offering free samples in the beta test phase.
     

Sustainability

Sustainability

  • No sacrificial cores needed
  • Predictable service intervals save resource-intensive emergency operations
     


Ethernet overview Overview of the most important Ethernet standards

Transport data reliably with Ethernet

Ethernet is the most widely used standard for local area network (LAN) cabling. According to the current state of the art, a maximum speed of 40 Gigabit/s is possible. Ethernet cables are divided into categories (Cat) from CAT3 to CAT8. CAT5e standard is the most widely used in automation technology. Both mechanical engineering and image processing systems use Ethernet-based bus systems. The high data transmission also makes it possible to implement requirements in the area of Industry 4.0 with smart plastics.  


Smart solutions with chainflex® cables

Condition monitoring (i.Sense) with chainflex® cables requires no additional module.  The system can be integrated and networked without additional software.  In these cases, cables have three options for condition monitoring.  

  • Cable push/pull force measurement (CF.P)
  • Cable electrical property measurement (CF.Q)
  • Transmission quality measurement (CF.D)


CF.P

CF.P

  • Condition monitoring
  • measures pull forces acting on cables
  • If there is a fault, the contact closes, and a notification is sent to the machine

CF.Q

CF.Q

  • Condition monitoring 
  • Indicates changes in the electrical properties
  • In the event of a fault, information by means of NO contact and signal

CF.D

CF.D

  • Condition monitoring 
  • Integrated in the cable, no extra measuring cable necessary
  • Package losses are detected in good time
  • Alarm via LED, NC contact or the network


The igus® white paper on predictive maintenance

Clarifies the distinction between condition monitoring and predictive maintenance


In this white paper, you will find out: 

  • What igus® condition monitoring (i.Sense) means
  • What igus® predictive maintenance (i.Cee) means
  • What technology is behind both systems
  • What the two systems offer industrial energy supply


Industry 4.0: real-world examples

Customer applications with smart plastics


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