The CF.Q module checks and evaluates cable data in real mode and notifies when replacement is required in good time
The company igus has advanced its intelligent cable. The experience of customers in the automotive and machine tool industries provided important insights into the development of this new generation. The new CF.Q module in combination with isense uses the new potentials of digitisation and networking to make maintenance easier and more efficient, thereby saving money.
At the heart of every intelligent cable from igus 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. If the CF.Q module is installed, it 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 allow 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. It compares the recorded real-time values of the cable and the empirical values existing in a database, and if it detects fluctuations, it prompts the plant operator to initiate maintenance. And this is indeed done before the damage occurs and the production or plant shutdowns become a risk.