Smart Cable Drum
The highlight of the Hannover Messe 2019 was the Intelligent Cable Drum. It is a proof of concept with the cable manufacturer LAPP and has attracted visitors.
The Smart Cable Drum has been developed jointly by an expert in industrial radio communication (Schildknecht), and an innovative cable manufacturer with a global presence (LAPP), as a promising Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 implementation. Apart from being what it has always been, a drum carrying cable, the Smart Cable Drum is equipped with sensors and a radio transmitter. Tailor-made algorithms process movement data coming from the sensors to determine the surplus cable length left on the drum. Via 2G-4G mobile radio technology operating worldwide this info is transmitted to a cloud portal.