Today my topics of discussion will focus upon iglidur® in the desert and a MANUS participant that is fond of our support and products.
Let me firstly introduce you to one of our local customers in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad consists of five million citizens making it the largest city in the state of Gujarat. By the way, Gujarat is the only state in India where alcohol is strictly forbidden by law. Anyway, located in a small and busy street in the prosperous city you can find the factory of the traditional family company EEWA Engineering.
EEWA Engineering, founded in 1947, employs about twenty people. They are specialized in custom made machines, mostly for sealing and packaging and are selling them all over the world. They have been purchasing igus® parts for decades but became our customer on a regular basis about two years ago.
Two years ago, Mr. Prakash, CEO of EEWA, asked for technical support for a sampling machine. His machine was significantly too heavy. At the first visit our sales manager spent almost half of the day supporting and advising him, working out what parts can be replaced by igus® parts to lower the weight. Mr. Prakash was so happy with our support that from then on he became a regular customer.
On recommendation of our sales manager he participated in our MANUS program in 2013. The MANUS program awards the most innovative plastic bearing application. His company took part with a hot stamping machine that makes use of SLW linear slide, drylin® W and drylin® N. Drylin® W moves the stamp. In the process of stamping, our drylin® W unit moves vertically about thirty times in a minute. The product that needs to be stamped varies in size. Our SLW linear slide ensures that the height of the stamp can be adjusted easily.
Additionally, drylin® N ensures the handling of the base plates. According to the size of the product and where the stamp is suppose to be, it must be put in the right position. Drylin® N enables the adjustment of the base plates on both x and y axes.
In the process of stamping, our products are coming in contact with chemicals. Therefore, Mr Prakash not only required a product that is light in weight and easy to assemble but also chemical resistant. All in all he has equipped more than 20 machines with our igus® parts. My impression is, that many more will follow suit. He is so convinced and impressed with igus® that he even suggested for us to extend our business. If Mr. Prakash is reading this article I want to say thank you again for the nice hospitality and the delicious tea as well as for his encouragement in the interviews.
Now lets go back a few hundred kilometers. Lets leave green Ahmedabad with its parks and shopping malls that are countless in numbers. Lets leave the modern site of India and go to rural India, more precise to Pushkar. Lets explore the Indian desert.
Our car ran on bumpy roads full of sand and dust. Again, both our products and the car made it without any problems. Better than me for sure. I forgot to put on sun crème, in a desert. Anyway, it was really impressive to see how the surrounding changed gradually. You could also see the environment change via the number of camels on streets that were transporting goods next to trucks and cars.
Actually, there is not so much I can tell you about the part of the desert we went to it is best to let the photos and videos speak for themselves.
On the way back we passed an area where you could see more monkeys than I have ever seen before. There was one tree that was kind of more monkey than tree. Actually, I asked my colleague to park the car under this tree for shooting some nice photos but he refused. Apparently, they are really aggressive and he couldn’t ensure that they wouldn’t attack the car.
I’m writing this post on the way to Daman which is located at the coast, about 150km north of Bombay. We have combined this with visiting our beloved customers. On the way we left one of our escort vehicles behind. The driver forgot to put in fuel so that he is now stranded somewhere on the highway! I somehow get the feeling that this will be a long day again.
Anyway, I will keep you guys up to date,
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