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igus introduces the next generation of intelligent cables

19 July 2018

With the introduction of the CF.Q module, igus has further developed its smart plastics offering. The module checks and evaluates cable health in real time and recommends maintenance or replacement in good time. When used in combination with isense, new possibilities of digitalisation and networking to make maintenance easier and more efficient and thus save money are possible.

“At the heart of every intelligent cable from igus is a complex sensor system called CF.Q,” explains Justin Leonard, the-chain director at igus. “With the module, the electrical properties can be tested, and are then compared continuously with existing chainflex test data.” 

Damage caused by repeated tight bending or extreme loads can thus be detected reliably. In addition, predicted lifetime for the cables can be determined in advance. If the CF.Q module is installed, it informs the user by switching an NC (normally closed) contact when the pre-defined values of the electrical parameters change. 

The CF.Q modules are suitable for control cabinet mounting thanks to their top-hat/DIN rail housing and therefore offer flexibility in terms of their integration and handling for electricians. The integration of an SD card slot make the modules suitable for data logging, a serial interface is also integrated as standard for data output. For precise insight into the measured values, igus provides a direct connection to the isense-online system. 

For maintenance teams and production managers, intelligent igus cables herald a sea-change in maintenance and repair with precise prediction. Thanks to Industry 4.0 and the active integration of smart technologies, future maintenance can be planned and made more efficient. Sensors and application isense-online can be used across industries.


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