Across Lowa

From Minneapolis, the car headed south to Iowa a state very much known for their corn. Lowa is often referred to as “America’s Heartland,” and borders the Mississippi River.

 

In the 2nd half of the 20th century, Iowa’s agricultural economy expanded into a wide range of manufacturing, processing and financial industries, and anywhere with a large range of industries is a great place for igus to be!

We had time to stop at a few of our Iowan customers, such as one manufacturer of packaging equipment that uses igus’s DryLin R linear bearings and iglide j plain bearings in their machinery.

Used in many areas of packaging, including food and drug production plants, igus products are extraordinarily safe and long-lasting, as they are not affected by crumbs, sugar, or other material in these types of facilities. igus products also are not reliant on grease, and with no grease, there is no threat of contamination from bearings!

While in Iowa, the car took a drive to the Original Field of Dreams, a baseball field and pop-culture tourist attraction, featured in the movie “Field of Dreams.” Upon pulling in the long dirt driveway, the car was greeted by the farm’s owner Don Lansing.

 

With his Field of Dreams baseball cap on, Mr. Lansing told the story of the day Hollywood knocked on his door 25 years ago, interested in filming a movie on his land. After the movie came out, people from all over flocked to his field, making their way from as far as Eastern Europe and Japan to walk on this beloved field.

 

 

Before passing through Iowa, a stop at the Mississippi River was in order. The chief drainage system for the entire United States, the Mississippi flows for 2,340 miles across the country, making it the 4th longest river in the world.

 

Next stop from Iowa is north to Milwaukee!

Thanks for reading,

Kayla

Handing Over The Torch

As we now know, Sascha will no longer be continuing the iglidur on tour journey. So here we get to know the new driver a little better:

Hi, I am Kayla and I will be your guide for the North American part of the tour.
I am 22 years old from Rhode Island and a recent graduate of Iona College where I received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a degree in Fine Arts.

Handing Over The Torch

I can most always be found holding a camera and a notebook. It is no surprise when I was asked to be a part of the iglidur World Tour that I said yes before the question was even finished. I am an avid traveler and travel whenever I get the opportunity. Some recent places I have been include Paris, Germany (cologne), Mexico, Switzerland, Maine U.S., Barcelona, Brussels, London and now Alaska, of where I tend to bring back many souvenirs from my travels and find myself with a forever increasing collection.

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Through this trip I plan on making our journey come to life for people who are following our tour. Look for me on the road!

Yours, Kayla.

igus says goodbye to this years summer intern

This years igus annual summer intern, Tobias Feth, came over from Germany to the igus UK with the intention of finding out more about the automotive industry alongside, of course, improving his English.

Tobias, 22, previously worked at an automotive dealership as their intern for 3 years, gaining experience within administration, customer service, marketing and warehouse operations. With his passion to succeed within the automotive industry increasing, he applied to igus for an internship.

igus says goodbye to this years summer internIn between assisting the Sales Engineers with visits, Tobias became a member of the accounts department which involved in depth credit analysis for large scale customers.

Of particular interest to Tobias were the visits made to two prestigious UK automotive companies, with our Automotive Project Manager, Mr Dave Spence.

The first, was a manufacturer of braking systems where the manufacture and logistics of this industry was shown in all it’s complexity. The second stop of the day was to a prestigious factory of a luxury car manufacturer. After the initial security checks, access was allowed to the production and development areas where the future of manufacture and design is applied.  Many igus products are used within the prototypes for this manufacturer’s new release.

Whilst working at igus UK, Tobias was subject to the ‘One team, one igus’ mantra being included and welcomed into igus which included many social events. In terms of work, his experiences have not only made it clearer in his own mind that he wants to pursue a career in the automotive industry, his skill set for organisation and working towards deadlines has improved.

After completing his internship, Tobias spent a few days in London before travelling back to Germany, looking forward to study economic automotive business at a private University near Kassel.

The last obstacle

The iglidur car participated in the Automotive Engineering Exposition in Yokohama. This is an annual exhibition that has attracted around 400 visitors for over 20 years! Even though there was an overall high volume of stands and exhibitors, finding the iglidur car was not hard due to the amount of bright orange igus bags visitors walked around with. The closer you got to the car, the higher the density became of people carrying the bags and as the day progressed, they were everywhere. Around 3,000 bags were distributed to customers during the 3 day exhibition, that gives you an indication.

 

Of course, at the show you could also find some of our customers. This big car manufacturer is indirectly one customer. We deliver to the company that is supplying the air conditioning system (AC) for a similar car model.

While switching on the AC, the blades at the front are opening. iglidur® plain bearings in the hinges ensure that the motion of the blades are smooth running. The dirt-resistant, self lubricating and maintenance free properties of iglidur® bearings, combined with the fact that they are seven times lighter than metal bearings, combine to make a reliable and long-lasting solution for the supplier. iglidur® bearings ensure a quiet and smooth motion throughout the entire time, despite facing wind, dust and dirt.

igus bearings can easily endure dirt and flies that are hitting the car while driving, whereas apparently the headlights cannot. The workshop told us that one of our headlights is not working anymore. A broken headlight is only a minor damage which won’t interrupt the tour at all. While the car underwent modification in the workshop, I took the opportunity to explore the huge city.

Although Tokyo is really modern, it still has some old buildings. For instance, the main station, which is in the centre of the financial district. Although, these older buildings do not fit in being surrounded by really modern architecture.

 

Also a leftover of the “old” town is the Tokyo tower, which was the highest building until the opening of the Skytree.

A fantastic view upon a nearby temple adds to the many characteristics of the city.

 

The last obstacle was the long lasting registration process of the car. Apparently, it was confusing that I wrote my street name with the German letter “ß” and in another document, with “ss” (which means the same). Somehow, we could clarify that both addresses were the same. In the end, we got the driving permission and could start our exploration of Japan and plan to leave Tokyo on Thursday, after the press conference.

 

I will keep you guys updated,

Yours Sascha

igus gets involved with the World Cup

Thursday June the 12th marks the start of The World Cup 2014, all kicking off in Brazil.

To mark this occasion and to show our patriotism, we will be sending out our very own football themed bearing information pack, highlighting the main players in the iglidur team:

Want one of your very own? All you have to do is click the following link and request either samples or a catalogue: http://bit.ly/1mU2gCM

 

igus as a main player in the automotive industry

Through improvements in efficiency and performance, the automotive industry can see dramatic reductions in costs by switching to iglidur polymer bearings from igus, compared to the traditional Metallic bushings. Specialised polymer materials, such as iglidur J / L250 / RN89 and G have been developed especially for this industry to optimise performance and overall durability.

For example, our iglidur L250 was incorporated into the brake pedal design for a traditional British Sports Car Manufacturer, with the conversion from left to right hand drive the offset pedal forces increased load, L250 solve this problem.

The benefits that triboplastic bearings can offer compared to metal bearings are substantial and therefore convincing many suppliers within the automotive industry to make the switch. Automotive sector project manager; Dave Spence defines the key properties that make iglidur bearings the ultimate solution:

  1. Dry-running properties, Don’t lubricate
  2. Maintenance-free, and cost-effective
  3. Light-weight
  4. iglidur bearings have the ability to run on all shaft materials, making iglidur a very adaptable
  5. High/Low temperature ( -100 +315 deg C ) capability
  6. Lead Free
  7. Vibration dampening
  8. Predictable wear, long-lasting, and reliable
  9. High static loads
  10. Rigorous tests carried out within the igus test lab.

‘igus offers more than just standard catalogue bearings. All be it that we have over 45 standard materials in sleeve, flanged and thrust washer configurations, we also have hundreds of development materials which are being used to give the customer what they need. In the automotive world there is no such thing as standard because the demands of the industry won’t allow you to stay static, we are always looking to improve and offer an advantage. igus can tackle your bearing application within the automotive industry. Dave Spence.

Each iglidur material offers it own unique set of properties, whether it’s in a pedal, hinge, seat, under bonnet etc. All of these factors go towards making iglidur, our product of the week.

For more information, visit the igus website on (automotive web page link here)

Or contact Dave Spence directly on:

DSpence@igus.co.uk

07802959120

 

igus’ Easter Newsletter

Matthew Aldridge talks 3-D printing in this months Easter Newsletter:

You will, I hope, know that we welcome enquiries for all moving parts on a machine, if it slides or guides, then talk to us, I am sure we can help.  Sometimes this wide sweeping promise can lead to strange conversations. One which sticks in my mind is a well spoken gentleman who recently called me asking if we only produced round plain bearings, as he would like a part which was not round. I explained how our production system worked, and that we could produce more or less whatever he wanted, he then asked for a price. He could not give precise dimensions, so I offered to email a sketch where he could fill in the dimensions required. I received a reply asking for a new sketch which was “less of an oval, more of an elongated circle”!  In the end, we arrived at the right part, but if this conversation happened today, I would have two extra alternatives to offer, the new igus tribo-tape and the igus 3-D print material, for details on these and other new products read the article below!


Click here for full access to the newsletter content: http://bit.ly/1eMIslI

 

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