iglidur on tour goes to Venice

Our first stop whilst in Italy was Venice. Unfortunately, we had to park our iglidur®-car in the main car park as Venice is not accessible by vehicles. We had some sites on our to-do-list and started with the canal as well as the Rialto Bridge: the oldest bridge spanning the Grand Canal.


Discovering Venice

 


At the Rialto Bridge overlooking the Grand Canal

The next stop was the Piazza San Marco. It is the main square and social center of Venice. Whilst we were there it was possible to feed the pigeons with seeds.


Feeding the pigeons

However, the main point is the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco (Saint Mark’s Basilica). The design is impressive and in particular the golden mosaics inside the Basilica, although was not able to take photos inside.


The Saint Mark’s Basilica

Close to the Basilica and all over Venice, one will find typical Gondolas.


No Gondola service during the rain

Due to the rain, they were covered and not used. Therefore, we decided to discover Venice’s’  narrow alleys by foot. Everywhere is something to discover…


… like this hidden backyard or …


… monuments like this of Carlo Goldoni.

We spent the whole day in Venice and arrived at the Campo Santa Margherita after sunset. It is said to be the place where young people meet at the local bars.


The dry-tech®-box on its own on the Campo Santa Margherita 

The last stop in Venice was on the opposite side of the Grand Canal in respect to the Piazza San Marco – Punta della Dogana di Mare, where there is a great view over the Grand Canal.


The Grand Canal by night

Finally, we called it a day because we were tired and went back to the hotel.


Bye bye, Venice!

Video of the Week – Offset adjustment for energy chains with FTA

Allowing for lateral offset at the moving end, the floating tow-arm (FTA) from moving energy specialist igus® ensures smooth running of energy chains in a guide trough by floating from side-to-sideto compensate for misalignment in the system. The igus®FTA system is suitable for a variety of applications; in particular for ‘ship-to-shore’ container cranes where the system can accommodates for play in the trolley wheels and rails.

Offering stress-free movement along the entire travel distance, which can be up to 100m, the FTA system extends operational lifetime of the system and can handle speeds up to 2m/s.

Small, lightweight and cost-effective, the FTA system from igus® is compatible with the company’s “PPDS basic” unit for remote condition monitoring; this helps prevent damage and downtime on gliding applications with smaller energy chains.

Customer visit in Schaffhausen

“Pull and push solutions with system” is written on the signboard of the Schwab Verkehrstechnik AG, which we visited in Schaffhausen. The Swiss rail vehicle supplier stands for innovation in everything to do with couplings, buffers, and draw gears, and at which we wanted to take a closer look. The company’s success story began in 1912 with a semi-automatic coupling from the development department of the company Georg Fischer. It started production in 1914, that is exactly 100 years ago. There followed further types of couplings, before the product portfolio expanded to include buffers and draw gears in the 60s.

One of the latest developments from Schwab Verkehrstechnik is a novel, automatic traction coupling (ACC), which can be retrofitted in older types of vehicles regardless of their railcar body design. It connects the vehicles with each other mechanically, electrically and pneumatically, and replaces the screw coupling, which among other things leads to much shorter coupling and decoupling times. Another recently introduced innovation is an automatic buffer lubrication. It transfuses grease to the buffer plate without necessitating a manual relubrication over a period of up to one year. The regular lubrication reduces friction and prevents the formation of grooves on the contact surfaces. This increases the service life and saves costs.


A novel, automatic traction coupling from the company Schwab Verkehrstechnik. The small pictures from its interior show igubal® rod end bearings: There, the motion plastics® can fully exploit its vibration damping properties.

One who comes upon such ideas, of course, is also keen on the self-lubricating motion plastics® from igus®. Thus, rod end bearings of the igubal® series can be found in the coupling systems, where they provide a rigid and reliable connection. When a train is coupled, a latch turns down and a valve opens, through which compressed air is carried into a cylinder. Moreover, the connection is fixed. The iglidur® rod end bearing permits a manual decoupling by opening the valve and releasing the latch. In addition, in this application the vibration damping properties of high-performance plastic have a perfect effect.


Our iglidur® mobile at the gates of the company Schwab Verkehrstechnik

The time at Schwab Verkehrstechnik was an exciting excursion for us into the world of buffers and couplings. Thanks a lot for this. We will keep in touch, igus® and the “iglidur® on tour” team.

Bulgaria

Today, we visited two automotive customers and everybody was very interested in our iglidur®-car. Nevertheless, we still had some time left to see an impressive monument in Shumen. As the sun was going down, we arrived at the monument of 1300 years of Bulgaria. Due to the fact that it was built on a platform in 450 m height, it can be seen from up to 30 km away.

Unfortunately, our iglidur®-car was unable to have a look inside but …


… we had a look around with our colleagues: Ventsislav, Ivo and Marius

We then went on to have dinner in a typical Bulgarian restaurant and spent the last night of our tour through Bulgaria in Shumen. Tomorrow, we are going to drive to Turkey.

Video of the Week – robolink® drive units for articulated joints

Articulated joints with grippers are increasingly being used to aid people with disabilities. The latest video from igus® shows how robolink® technology, which integrates its multi-axis joints and drive unit, with a 3-jaw angle gripper can be used to create an auxiliary arm for wheelchair users.

Featuring five DOF (degrees of freedom), with variable arm lengths due to the modular design, robolink® is proving an ideal solution for pick and place operations. When equipped with a direct drive incorporated within the joint, robolink® modules can be combined to create lightweight and cost-effective articulated arms from one to as many as six degrees of freedom.

During this year’s Medtec event, held on 3rd – 4th March at the ExCeL, London, visitors to the igus® stand (H310) will have the opportunity to meet with technical experts for practical advice and guidance on selecting igus® products and solutions for their own specific medical application.

Video of the Week – Products to help the medical industry

Medical equipment manufacturers are constantly faced with developing products that are subjected to demanding requirements, such as small space envelopes and frequent cleaning cycles, which is why polymer specialist igus®continuously invests in R&D to provide innovative solutions that help meet these needs. igus®manufactures a wide range of self-lubricating and maintenance-free solutions for medical applications that support the demands of equipment reliably and safely.

Video of the Week – Products to help the medical industry

One such example is the xiros®ball bearing, which are made of the cost-effective, yet high-performance xirodur® B180 material. With its self-lubricating and media resistant properties, this material is also FDA compliant and therefore suitable for a wide range of medical applications up to 150ºC.

All igus®’ products undergo extensive testing at the company’s laboratory in Germany to ensure that all materials are suitable for the specific industry requirements. igus® will be exhibiting its xiros®plastic ball bearings, as well as plain bearings, linear systems, energy chains and continuous flex cables systems suitable for use in medical applications, at this year’s Medtec (Stand H310) taking place on 3rd – 4th March at the ExCeL in London.

To watch a short video demonstrating the qualities of the xiros® for the medical industry, please click here: www.igus.co.uk/MedicalXiros.

Video of the Week – e-rover for automated coupling of e-chains for RTG cranes

Energy chain specialist igus® has developed its new e-rover carrying system for Rubber Tyre Gantry (RTG) cranes. The e-rover provides a safe and secure means of switching the RTG from diesel to electrical power, helping to drastically reduce fuel costs at ports and harbours. Thanks to the innovative use of igus®’ e-chains®, the e-rover is capable of carrying up to three different types of media, including electrical power and data, fibre optic cables, and fluids.

The e-rover ensures that no manual connection is required, thanks to the automatic coupling and uncoupling of the e-rover to the energy chains. The self-aligning system also ensures a risk free connection. An internal mechanism allows the e-rover to compensate for horizontal and vertical offsets, ensuring the e-rover provides the RTG with an uninterrupted connection.

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