The man, the myth and the orange car

After eight months of leading iglidur® on Tour, it is time for the newly famous Sascha to go back to a life that does not involve driving across the world in a bright orange car. I have been lucky enough to get to know Sascha and see the man behind the car and the iglidur® on Tour operation. After witnessing the daily commitment needed to make this tour what it is, I can safely say that igus® could not have chosen a more exemplary individual to take on such a demanding task. Sascha is the perfect choice; someone who loves to travel and experience different cultures, who never backs down from a challenge, and is always professional.

Off the job Sascha is easy going, selfless, witty, a team player and extremely kind hearted. He has carried dozens of suitcases up and down hotel stairs, into elevators, and in and out of vans. He always looks out for his iglidur crew by opening doors, lending an ear, arm, hand or the shirt off his back, buying coffees for everyone, and is constantly smiling, looking to make light of any situation. He is a problem solver, and will always find a silver lining, even when the team has driven 17 straight hours. Best of all he can always make everyone laugh by attempting to rap to American music with his German accent.

 

Whilst working, Sascha is incredibly professional and enthusiastically interacts with our customers by speaking about the tour and igus products. He always says that he sincerely enjoys speaking with customers and getting to know their company by explaining how igus can provide them with the best solutions for their product applications.

 

iglidur® on Tour has become the amazing adventure it is because of the tone Sascha has set. Everything is well organized and planned, leaving enough time for customer visits, while also making sure that there is enough time to take the car out for adventures and sightseeing. He has an amazing eye for the camera and knows exactly what moments are important to capture.

 

It has been such a pleasure to work alongside Sascha whilst he showed me the ropes. In the U.S. we cannot speak more highly to his character; good humour, and professionalism.

We will all miss you Sascha, thank you from all of us for an outstanding job with this tour. It is no easy task but you came, drove, and conquered.

Best regards,

Kayla.  

Video of the Week – drylin Q now used in mobile control panels

Linear guide system is self-lubricating, lightweight and operates quietly

drylin Q is the latest torque resistant protected square linear guide system from bearing specialist igus. With self-lubricating and light-weight properties, the adjustable drylin Q is ideal for fixture, positioning and measuring Systems.

Due to the manual clamp, the drylin Q bearing can be mounted in various locations and numerous attachments can be added via the slot nuts, providing designers and engineers with a highly flexible solution. The drylin Q runs quietly and is maintenance free, thus helping to reduce costly machine down time.

For more information on igus products and to request free product samples, please contact igus on 01604 677240. For regular updates, follow us on www.twitter.com/igusUK, watch our videos at www.igus.co.uk/youtube connect with us at www.igus.co.uk/facebook.

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.

Handing Over The Torch.2

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.

Yukon & British Columbia

Where have igus parts been used within the car? Find out here: http://bit.ly/1uWKWUU

We have started our journey into the Yukon, driving along the famous Alaskan Highway. The Yukon is known for its miles and miles of undisturbed wilderness, which includes many species of animals, countless lakes, creeks, and other unexpected surprises along the way.

The Yukon Territory is the shape of a right triangle, bordering the state of Alaska. There are very small towns and villages along the way, with hours of driving in between. We spoke with some local people, one man told us that he was sick and had to drive over twenty-three hours to the closest hospital. There is also very limited internet and cell phone reception in these towns, so if anything were to happen, you have to use your resources – a survival of the fittest lifestyle is important when living in an area like this.

The iglidur car has travelled miles and miles through rocky, muddy, winding roads. Many other vehicles many have broken down, but the iglidur car has had no problem travelling through these conditions. Surely this is because of the iglidur bearings we had retrofit into the car, like iglidur G in the brake pedal.

iglidur G is the all-around (the world!) performer, excellent for most applications; maintenance-free, self-lubricating, wear-resistant, and cost-effective. It is resistant to dirt and dust, which is all the car has seen since it arrived in Alaska!

We’ve made a few stops in Whitehorse and WatsonLake over the 3 days it took us to drive through the Yukon. Along the way, we were able to see a mother black bear and her 3 cubs…

As well as a heard of antelope, wild horses and bison, a porcupine, multiple moose, and a reindeer! It was amazing to be able to see these animals completely surrounded by their natural habitat.

There are so many hidden gems in the Yukon. One of the highlights for us was the hot springs in Liard, which is the second largest hot spring in Canada.


This hot spring is unique, as the hot springs are on one side, so on that side, the water is extremely hot, but cools down as you move further away. We swam in the hot spring for over an hour – just the relaxation we needed after 3 longs days of driving.

As we headed out of the Yukon and into the Rocky Mountains, we left behind the gravel roads and found ourselves surrounded by turquoise rivers winding for miles along massive mountains. But, as usual, this was no challenge for our iglidur car as it continued cruising through winding, twisting roads up into the cliffs. While the car is still running great without any problems, the exterior is looking a little rough.  What started out as a bright orange on arrival in Alaska has now turned a light brown!

The iglidur Car with the Rocky Mountains

Keep your eyes peeled for us in Vancouver, where we’re heading next!

We will keep you up to date,

Yours Sascha

RoHS Update: igus highlights environmental benefits of their iglidur bearings

igus is helping machinery and equipment manufacturers, who are required to adhere to the RoHS Directive, achieve more reliable performance with lowered environmental impact by switching to iglidur plastic bearings. iglidur plastic bearings are well-suited to a wide range of applications including those found in the automotive, transportation, construction, industrial, medical and food & packaging industries.

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“Up until 1 July 2008, bearing manufacturers were given an exceptional provision, which allowed them to continue putting lead-containing and therefore potentially hazardous bearings on the market,” explains Rob Dumayne, director, igus. “This exemption has long passed and, although most bearing manufacturers have invested heavily to ensure their products comply with the requirements specified in the RoHS Directive, some are still missing the target.”

Typical application examples include the use of lead in solder, or as an ingredient in metallic composite bearings, and the use of PBB as a flame retardant, these restricted substances also commonly occur in metallic alloys.

“Steel-backed bearings with a lining of PTFE based material are still available on the market,” adds Rob. “In some cases, this material can contain lead additives and for this reason the bearing would do not comply with the RoHS Directive. REACH compliance is also an important factor to consider as often bearings that contain a sintered material can be impregnated non-regulatory oils.”

Additionally in the Medical Technology industry from 22nd July, any products such as plain bearings face extinction if they have high concentrations of lead within them, this is further evidence for the use of igus dry-tech polymer bearing systems, ensuring legal, safe and future proofing functionality to the manufacturer.

All igus bearings are RoHS2 and REACH compliant. For more information or to receive the igus Certificate of Conformance to RoHS2, please contact igus directly on 01604 677240 or visit the website at: www.igus.co.uk/RoHS

A big announcement

We have just passed the Canadian border. For the first time, I am with the car on a picture, the reason being; that I want to make an announcement. The U.S. tour will be my last one. At the end of August, I will leave this tour to pursue studying in Paris. I have had an amazing journey so far, but it is time to go back to reality. I will inform you about my successor soon but as a sneak preview, she/he is already traveling with me. Anyway, we still have more than two weeks together. I will keep you up to date. Yours, Sascha.

 

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.

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