Chain Monitoring System issues preventative maintenance alerts.

Press Release Summary:

Using contactless measurement, IP67-rated CCM (Chain Condition Monitoring) system determines wear elongation of chains in use and provides advanced warning to maintenance personnel if replacement is required. Operating state and wear status are indicated by LEDs, and readings can be transmitted to computer through USB and viewed via interface. Depending on chain size, possible chain speeds range from 0.02 to >15 m/sec. Design facilitates and accelerates integration within diverse applications.

Original Press Release:

New! Intelligent Continuous Chain Monitoring System

Indianapolis — Chain manufacturer iwis drive systems has developed a new monitoring system for measuring chain elongation. The new, patented CCM (Chain Condition Monitoring) system measures the wear elongation of chains in use and warns the maintenance personnel in advance if the chain needs to be replaced.

The CCM system can be quickly and easily integrated in numerous chain applications and retrofitted in existing plants and machines without the need for special add-on components for the chain. The device determines the wear in a chain drive and notifies maintenance personnel where and when preventive maintenance is required. Operating state and wear status are indicated by LEDs and readings can be transmitted to a computer through USB and viewed with a special interface. Because measurement is contactless, the chain drive is not affected in any way: no additional deflection pulleys or supports are needed.

“The main benefit of the new CCM system for our customers is that maintenance personnel can react on time”, explains Florian Madlener, design and development engineer at iwis’ headquarters in Munich, Germany, and a key developer of the system. “No long downtimes of plants and machinery, no risk of missing delivery deadlines, no interruption of the logistics chain: all of these contribute to avoiding financial loss through production outages. The system can also continually monitor high-precision chain applications.”

The CCM system can be used independently of chain speed. Depending on the chain size, possible chain speeds range from 0.02 m/s to over 15 m/s. The device has protection class IP67 and can be used under normal environmental conditions and at temperatures from 0 to 60 °C. Calibration of the CCM system to the respective chain sizes is performed by iwis before delivery.

iwis supplies a comprehensive product range for all drives and conveying applications. The full programme comprises precision and high-performance roller chains, conveyor chains, maintenance-free and corrosion-resistant chains, accumulation chains, special-purpose conveyor chains, leaf chains, flat-top chains and modular belts for industrial applications, chains and accessories for agricultural machinery, and timing drives for the automotive industry.

Further information in the video:

Trade shows:

Hannover Messe 2015 / Motion, Drive & Automation, 13 to 17 April 2015, Hannover, Germany: Hall 25 Stand B29

About iwis:

With headquarters in Munich, Germany, iwis is a leading supplier of precision chain systems for power transmission and product conveying applications. The iwis Group comprises three divisions:

• iwis motorsysteme GmbH & Co KG, providing chains and engine timing drives for the automotive industry.

• iwis antriebssysteme GmbH & Co KG, supplying a wide range of precision roller and conveyor chains for industrial applications, including machine and plant engineering, material handling systems, and the packaging, printing and food industries.

• iwis antriebssysteme GmbH specialising in roller, conveyor, special-purpose and flat top chains, modular belts, chains for agricultural machinery, sprockets and accessories.

Established in 1916, iwis is a family-run business which today employs more than 1000 people. In addition to production sites in Germany (Munich, Landsberg, Wilnsdorf and Sontra) and in the Czech Republic, in China and in the USA, iwis has subsidiaries in various countries in Europe and overseas, including Canada, England, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, South Korea, South Africa and Switzerland. Altogether, the iwis Group has 45 business locations throughout the world.

Contact in the USA:

iwis drive systems, LLC

Building 100

8266 Zionsville Road

Indianapolis, IN 46268, USA

Tel.: 317 821 3539

Fax: 317 821 3569



PR Contact:  

TPR International

Christiane Tupac-Yupanqui

BO Box 11 40

82133 Olching, Germany

Tel.: +49 8142 4482301

Fax: +49 8142 4482302



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