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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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Smart CAD

Smart Plastics CAD

Design smart e-chain® systems faster.

Our intelligent e-chain® systems are already reliably in use in hundreds of thousands of applications worldwide - from beverage machines and CNC machines to steel mills. Unsupported lengths can be bridged without problems and long travels are conceivable for the most varied of industries.

Smart Configurator

product selector

Choose a custom smart plastics solution

With just a little information about your application, the online consultant guides you in a targeted manner to a pre-selection of smart plastics solutions. During the selection process, the tool provides an overview of the current smart plastics options.

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Smart Applications

Smart applications

Customer application examples with smart plastics

Whether a new project for Industry 4.0 or efficiency-driven retrofitting - our smart plastics solutions are available as universal modular systems and can be individually adapted to any system.


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