Digitalization as a Growth Opportunity
ContiTech at Hannover Messe 2017
February 2017ContiTech will be presenting its smart solutions for industrial applications.
ContiTech is experiencing considerable growth potential thanks to increasing connectivity in the industrial sector. “Digitalization is a major opportunity for us to work with our customers to generate added value on a lasting basis. Because we are part of the overall value chain, we can establish the conditions this requires as a supplier and industry partner, and play a key part in shaping the industrial infrastructure. Intelligently connected systems, machinery and equipment pave the way for this. Which is why we’re working tirelessly to make our products and systems smarter and offer end-to-end solutions,” explains Hans-Jürgen Duensing, member of the Continental Executive Board responsible for the ContiTech division. From April 24 to 28, 2017, in Hall 6, Stand F18, ContiTech will be presenting its smart solutions for industrial applications under the strapline “ContiTech. Smart Solutions Beyond Rubber.”
Predictive maintenance reduces downtimes and maintenance costs
ContiTech will unveil its permanently installable and digitally connected monitoring system for steel cord conveyor belts for the first time. “More serious damage such as longitudinal slitting or splice faults on the conveyor belt can have serious consequences for system operation, and lead to total failures in a worst-case scenario. The monitoring system Conti MultiProtect helps to detect such damage at an early stage during operation and repair the damage in good time. This helps us to avoid extended downtimes,” explains application engineer Patrick Raffler. The way it works is that rip inserts implanted into the conveyor belt are checked for longitudinal slitting by means of their characteristic magnetic fields. Using RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips, ContiTech has been able to optimize localization of longitudinal slitting on the belt. Conti MultiProtect is also able to monitor the condition of the joints and identify damaged spots within the carcass. The user-friendly system has an intuitive operating design that uses a graphical interface.
Other product highlights at Hannover Messe
ContiTech will also showcase a new development for its ViProtect app designed for iOS and Android systems at this year’s Hannover Messe. The app allows users to analyze vibrations in driver cabs, engines and other industrial devices using a smartphone. Excessive vibrations put too much strain on the components, and this can result in expensive and time-consuming downtimes and repairs. Taking accurate measurements helps to assess the vibration behavior of industrial vehicles and machinery. The app uses this data to find the right solution and suggests options for a suitable bearing system – thereby helping to increase service life and comfort over the long term.
The company will also be presenting its latest development for intelligent surface materials. The integration of digital functions in decorative surfaces is featuring more and more on customers’ radars. Light integration is a vital development step in this respect. The translucent cover material Acella Hylite produces special lighting effects that can be used, for example, for backlighting a vehicle door. Varying light sources can be used to create customized color effects or to light up warning signals.
ContiTech will be presenting its strategic solutions and product highlights at a press conference taking place on April 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the trade fair stand (Hall 6, Stand F18).
“The monitoring system Conti MultiProtect helps to detect damage such as longitudinal slitting or splice faults on the conveyor belt at an early stage during operation and repair the damage in good time. This helps us to avoid extended downtimes,” explains ContiTech application engineer Patrick Raffler.
Analyzing vibrations using a smartphone: ContiTech will showcase a new development for its ViProtect app designed for iOS and Android systems at this year’s Hannover Messe.
Intelligent surface material: The translucent cover material Acella Hylite produces special lighting effects.