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Smart Plastics

Intelligent drag chains and smart cables

Identify problems before they become failures

igus® drag chains and high-flex cables are unified under the smart condition monitoring sensors from i.Sense. With the use of sensors, the signs of impending downtime can often be seen long before the actual failure. With different versions you can detect a breakage of a single e-chain® link, the environmental conditions, the wear in the pin bore of a link or the wear outside the link in case of sliding applications. These sensor systems not only help to react to machine failures at an early stage, but also make it possible to extend the service life of your machines.

Smart e-chains®

  • P4.1 roller chain
  • E4 chain series for the high load range
  • E2 chains for the medium load range
i.Sense Sensors
  • Sensor for movement (EC.M)
  • Non-contact wear measurement (EC.I)
  • Sensor for abrasion (EC.W)
  • Position-sensitive pull/push force measurement (EC.PP)
  • Pulling and pushing force measurement via the lines (CF.P)
  • Measurement of the electrical properties of a line (CF.Q)
  • Transmission Quality Measurement (CF.D)
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Smart plastics sensors

Smart e-chains®

P4.1 rol e-chain®

P4.1 rol e-chain®

  • Longer service life due to maintenance-free tribo-polymer plain bearings in conjunction with the chain links
  • For the heaviest duty applications
  • Travel distance up to 800m and speed higher than 5m/s
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E4 e-chain®

E4 chain series for heavy loads

  • Gliding, unsupported, and suspended applications possible
  • For robust, challenging areas of use
  • Inner height from 21 to 350mm
  • Each link consists of four individual parts
  • Openable along inner and outer radius
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e2 e-chain®

E2 chains for medium loads

  • Inner height: 26 - 48mm
  • Openable from both sides along the outer or inner radius
  • Weight to dimension ratio improved on comparable predecessor series
  • 55% faster assembly time than predecessor
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i.Cee LIVE Dashboard Demo!

The i.Cee Dashboard visualizes all information and movement data of our smart trade show machine online and in real-time at the igus® virtual-real trade show stand in Cologne.
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Smart plastics industry 4.0 solutions, tools and applications


Reliable condition monitoring in the crane industry

Heavy loads, long periods of use, and a wide variety of weather conditions – cranes must present a fantastic performance. To ensure this at all times, reliable condition monitoring concepts are needed.
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smart plastics automotive

Predictive maintenance in automotive production

In automotive production, the assembly lines never stand still. Smart production concepts in the style of predictive maintenance have long been established in these production lines.
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The terms "igus", "Apiro", "chainflex", "CFRIP", "conprotect", "CTD", "drylin", "dry-tech", "dryspin", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-skin", "e-spool", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "plastics for longer life", "readychain", "readycable", "ReBeL", "speedigus", "triflex", "robolink", "xirodur", and "xiros" are legally protected trademarks of the igus® GmbH/ Cologne in the Federal Republic of Germany and where applicable in some foreign countries.

igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsibushi, NUM,Parker, Bosch Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mention in this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH

igus inc headquarters is located at 257 Ferris Ave, Rumford, RI 02916. igus enjoyneering center is located at 2055 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Twp, MI 48302