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igus’ intelligent plain bearings enabling predictive maintenance

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igus has now developed its first isense plain bearing series with five iglidur materials for predictive maintenance. Whether in the food industry, textile machines, forklifts or construction machines, the intelligent isense plain bearings deliver a durable and lubrication-free solution that provides information about their wear. Maintenance can be planned in good time, thereby preventing machine and system failures.

Wear-resistant parts such as plain bearings must withstand extreme loads in machines and plant. Failure of even a single bearing can have catastrophic outcomes. For this reason, igus presented the first study of an intelligent plain bearing at the Hannover Messe 2019. Technology integrated in the bearing detects wear in advance and gives the user a signal in good time when the wear limit is reached. Maintenance can be planned in advance and unnecessary replacement and unplanned machine and system failures are avoided.

Following several tests in the 3,800-square-metre in-house test laboratory, igus presents the first isense standard range for its lubrication-free iglidur plain bearings.

"The catalogue range includes five materials with which we can cover a large part of highly stressed applications," explains Stefan Loockmann-Rittich, division manager - iglidur plain bearing technology at igus GmbH.

The FDA-compliant material iglidur A180, which is specifically designed for use in the food industry, the heavy-duty bearing iglidur Q2E for use in construction machinery and agricultural engineering, the all-rounder material iglidur G, the endurance runner iglidur J as well as the iglidur P210 as a specialist for pivoting and rolling applications are included.

Treotham offers all igus intelligent plain bearings in three dimensions, each with an inner diameter of 20, 30 and 40 millimetres. Additional sizes and materials will be released soon.

System connection according to customer requirements

To connect the isense plain bearings, Treotham has four suitable igus cables with an oil-resistant and media-resistant PUR outer jacket and in four standard lengths of one to ten metres in its portfolio. In addition, the user has the choice between two connector types.

The sensors’ measured data can be integrated by machine and equipment operators into their systems in different ways. igus offers three readout units for this purpose: The user can manually read out all plug-in points, or install a control unit with a red/green display on the machine, which provides information about the condition of the plain bearings. Another possibility is the connection to icom.plus. For this purpose a radio module sends the sensor data by wireless transmission to the communication module. From here, the integration of data to the IoT, cloud system or the customer network is possible on a wire-bound basis.

"The customer has the freedom to read the data in the way that suits them best," explains Loockmann-Rittich.

For more information, please visit the Treotham Automation website www.treotham.com.au or call 1300 65 75 64.

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