Plain bearings often have to withstand considerable adverse influences such as abrasive dust, high speeds or chemicals. If a machine fails, packaging equipment comes to a standstill or a wind turbine no longer turns due to a bearing failure. That is why igus® has expanded its smart plastics product range to include the world’s first intelligent plain bearing. It detects wear in extremely stressful applications in advance and sends a signal to the user proactively if the bearing threatens to fail. Machine and equipment operators can plan maintenance, repairs and part replacement in advance to minimize unplanned downtime.