Inquiry / Contact
igus® inc.

PO BOX 14349

East Providence

RI 02914

+1 800 521 2747
+1 401 438 7270

smart plastics eliminate downtimes

Intelligent products announce maintenance date ahead of time and can be integrated into a process of predictive maintenance.

The igus® isense family consists of various intelligent sensors and monitoring modules.They measure wear during operation and alert the user in advance to schedule repairs and replacements. The igus® communication module (icom) makes seamless integration into your IT infrastructure possible. This allows scenarios like continuous monitoring or automated triggering of in-house maintenance.

An optional connection with the igus® data center increases your options: individual lifetime optimization and faster operational processes like automated scheduling of external maintenance crews or ordering of spare parts. Thanks to smart plastics your equipment runs continuously and maintenance costs are reduced. Improved safety is an additional benefit.

New and improved in 2017:

smart plastics
smart plastics


Abrasion sensor with wireless transmission


Motion sensor with wireless transmission


Temperature sensor


Compact control and switching units


More powerful communication module


Customer control


Enhanced monitoring function


Run Control


PRT. W slewing ring

Reduce maintenance costs

Eliminate unscheduled downtime

Long service life

Increase equipment efficiency

Save time - Faster detection of reasons for anomalies

Reduced energy consumption

Most common application areas:Wherever predictive maintenance is required, e.g. harbor installations, cranes, car plants, etc.

intelligente-chain ...

The isense product range


Communication module


Receives data from the isense sensors and sends the data – according to the individual configuration – to the designated terminals.

The isense product range

The isense product range

isense EC. L – L(ifetime)

isense EC. L

Attached to different crossbars, igus® isense EC. L-modules in combination with the icom communication module are able to assess the current condition of an e-chain®. The acceleration and temperature sensor EC. M(otion) on the one hand and the abrasion sensor EC. W(ear) on the other hand collect data continuously and send it to the "open source solution" (icom). Among other things, icom collects and evaluates data from the EC. L modules so that replacement or repair requirements are predicted and production plants can run smoothly and efficiently.

NEW isense EC.M – M(otion)

Measures movement (acceleration) and temperature then sends the data to the icom.

Improved isense EC.W – W(ear)

Wear sensor that is built into the crossbar of the e-chain® and transmits the wear of the e-chain® directly to the icom. Supplies wear data of the equipment in addition to the the calculated remaining service life of the EC. L.

Improved isense CF.Q – Q (Electronic Conductor Quality)

Utilized to determine the service life of chainflex® cables used in your application. Ongoing electric monitoring of two additional cores inside the cable which is connected to a module in the control cabinet. Conductivity values are checked continuously and compared with the experiential values and parameters of the system in order to schedule replacements before cable failure occurs.

isense EC. P/B

isense EC. P/B

isense EC.P – P(ush/Pull) – formerly the igus® PPDS

Used to monitor the push/pull forces of igus® e-chains® over long travel distances. EC. P is a combination of load cell (force monitoring, pull/ push force monitoring) and the isense EC. P (PPDS-Box). The load cell is either build into the connecting element of the e-chain® or integrated into the floating moving end.

isense EC.B – B(reakage) – formerly igus® EMA

Determines breakage of a link caused by accidents or vandalism. EC.B includes a polymer wire in special separators and a sensor unit. The information from the sensor unit can either be analyzed by the isense EC. P (PPDS) or the sensor unit can be directly connected to the customer‘s system on site.

isense EC. RC (e-chain® Run Control)

isense EC. RC

NEW: isense EC.RC

Monitoring the operating status of e-chains®, especially in guide troughs where long travels are involved. Sensors measure and check the position of the energy chain. so the machine won't continue operating when mechanical faults occur and a total loss of the chain or an electrical shutdown (for example, due to cable damage) can be prevented.

intelligent drylin® - isense DL.W(ear)

isense DL.W(ear)

Used to detect the wear limit of drylin® linear units. A plastic element that has an integrated sensor which signals the need for replacement ahead of time. Can be fitted subsequently.

NEW ... intelligent PRT - isense PRT. W – W(ear)

isense PRT. W

Mounted in a milled slot below the sliding elements, the PRT. W sensor measures wear and tear and can indicate the required replacement promptly via the icom communication module, preventing cable failure.

Request more information about this product


Your data

Please always complete the fields marked *.

First name*
Last name*
Postal code*

If you would like to request catalogs or samples then please complete your address here.


Yes, I would like to be included on the igus® Newsletter list.

I agree to the data protection regulations and the processing of my data. You can revoke this authorisation at any time.