Treotham announces the release of a new intelligent
cable from igus designed to bring in a paradigm shift in maintenance and
servicing through accurate prediction.
Based on the experience of customers in the automotive
and machine tool industries, igus’ intelligent cable combines the new CF.Q
module with isense to use the new potentials of digitisation and networking,
making maintenance easier and more efficient, thereby saving money.
At the heart of every igus intelligent cable is a
complex sensor called CF.Q. With the module, the electrical properties can be
tested in additional measuring cores and continuously compared with existing
empirical values of a given chainflex cable. Damage by bending or extreme loads
can be reliably detected. In addition, guide values for the cables can be
defined in advance.
The CF.Q module informs the customer by actuating a
normally closed contact when these predefined values of the electrical
parameters change. The ‘true’ intelligence of the cable is, however, in the
detail. Only the combination of empirical values and real-time measurement
allows users precise maintenance predictions for their cables – especially in
the dynamic production environment. This is made possible by an industry
4.0-capable application called isense-online, which compares the recorded real-time
values of the cable and the empirical values existing in a database; if it
detects fluctuations, it prompts the plant operator to initiate maintenance. All
this is done before the damage occurs and risks production or plant shutdowns.
The new generation of CF.Q modules is now suitable for
switch cabinet assembly thanks to top-hat rail housings, thereby offering additional
flexibility for electrical engineers in terms of integration as well as
Key features also include an SD card slot allowing data
logging; output of the measured values on a serial interface also integrated as
standard; users allowed to get a precise insight into the recorded measured
values by connecting to the isense-online system via a detailed view; wide
variety of communication channels and reporting options; and maintenance
recommendations or impending failures displayed in the classic browser view of
desktop PCs and all mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones.
Thanks to Industry 4.0 and the active integration of
smart technologies, the maintenance of the future becomes predictable and thus
more efficient for maintenance teams and production managers. Sensors and the
isense-online application can be used across industries. With the beta device
IS.CF.Q.03.01.0., which is available from stock, customers can start their own
beta test project and further prepare their production processes for
digitisation and smart factories.
For more information, please visit the Treotham
Automation website www.treotham.com.au
or call 1300 65 75 64.