The New igus® iComm Box Creates an All-in-One System for Next-Generation Condition Monitoring

The New igus® iComm Box Creates an All-in-One System for Next-Generation Condition Monitoring

igus® announces its iComm Box communication module, which enables users to integrate igus® i.Sense sensors into its superwise condition monitoring service. Using advanced algorithms, this all-in-one system collects machine data in real-time, displaying the information on an intuitive dashboard and allowing users to make informed, proactive decisions about component maintenance and service life.

The iComm Box extends the functionality of igus® i.Sense series sensors, which monitor moving machine components like energy chains, cables, linear guides and various bearings. The sensors can also trigger messages or automatic system stops in the event of an anomaly, preventing costly damage and downtime.

For example, the i.Sense EC.P sensor measures tensile and shear forces in energy chains. The data is transmitted via a cable to an evaluation module in the control cabinet. The evaluation module connects to the iComm Box via an additional cable. From there, the iComm Box sends the data to the superwise dashboard via a secure, encrypted mobile network, which remains separate from the user's TCP-IP network.

The personalized superwise dashboard simplifies the monitoring process, allowing users to view the remaining service life of their networked components and streamline maintenance plans. igus® can also monitor these systems through the superwise service.

In addition, the iComm Box automatically saves all reports in the igus® i.Cee portal, which connects to the igus® CRM system, providing sales personnel with reports and tasks. This proactive approach eliminates the time-consuming need for companies to monitor the superwise dashboards themselves, relieving company human resource departments and enhancing productivity during skilled labor shortages.

This all-in-one conditioning monitoring system is ideal for process industry, sewage treatment, concrete, container crane and automotive manufacturing applications, allowing companies in these sectors to optimize maintenance management and avoid downtime. The iComm Box product price includes a ten-year data flat rate.

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ABOUT igus®:­
igus GmbH develops and produces motion plastics. These self-lubricating, high-performance polymers improve technology and reduce costs wherever things move. In energy supplies, highly flexible cables, plain and linear bearings, and lead screw technology made of tribo-polymers, igus is the worldwide market leader. The family-run company based in Cologne, Germany, is represented in 31 countries and employs 4,600 people across the globe. In 2022, igus generated a turnover of €1.15 billion. Research in the industry's largest test laboratories constantly yields innovations and more user security. Two hundred thirty-four thousand articles are available from stock, and service life can be calculated online. In recent years, the company has expanded by creating internal startups, for example, ball bearings, robot drives, 3D printing, the RBTX platform for Lean Robotics, and intelligent "smart plastics" for Industry 4.0. Among the most significant environmental investments are the "change" program - recycling used e-chains and participating in an enterprise that produces oil from plastic waste.

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