igus’ intelligent plain bearings enabling predictive maintenance

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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