igus bearings in the Curitiba world-cup stadium

This is the former World Cup stadium in Curitiba, where matches such as Spain vs. Australia or Ecuador vs. Honduras took place. iglidur is ready to face the challenge of equipping the remaining chairs with self-lubricating bearings. So far, all the white chairs are relying on each six igus bearings.

For more information on igus bearings, visit the website here: http://bit.ly/1nBjNSC 



Sao Paulo is the economic centre of Brazil but the city has one problem: there is no direct access to the sea. Thus, all goods that are manufactured in Sao Paulo and the surrounding are transported to Santos, the closest port city.


Although Sao Paulo has about forty times more inhabitants than Santos (20 million vs. 1/2 million), Santos is of equal importance. In the 19th century, ships avoided docking there due to yellow fever that the city was struggling with. Nowadays, ships are docking at every possible moment and the former “port of death” is the biggest in South America. In proximity to the port, a countless number of logistic companies are handling a large portion of the world’s coffee exports, as well as a significant number of steel, oil, cars, oranges, bananas and cotton. Once a container arrives by truck, Reach-Stackers unload them.


In order to make the handling easier, the driver is able to extend the length of the telescopes arms.


 It is only possible to extend, to drive them out respectively, by using a lot of grease.


This grease can be a thing of the past. With self-lubricating iglidur® plates, these plates can be put between the rail and housing to ensure smooth, noise-free motion. They are available in seven thickness options and are not only lubricant free, but also chemical resistant. Furthermore, they have a high wear resistance and low humidity absorption.


Once the Reach-Stacker has done its job, huge cranes load the container onto ships. Such cranes need a large amount of energy. In order to protect the cables against any kind of weather, and therefore to ensure the energy supply, igus® offers Energy Chains. igus® power chain systems are a good alternative to bus bar, fastenings and reel systems.


They are in operation on more than 10,000 port equipment applications. Unfortunately, we were not able to access the port but those cranes in South Korea (Busan) work like the ones in Santos.


Santos is not only the most important South-American port but also a Mekka for tourists. As the bearings in the car can handle sea water and dirt without any problems, we took the car to the city beach.



Close to the seashore is a hill famous for paragliding. Sometimes, the airspace above the hill is so full of people paragliding, that it is a wonder that they are not crashing into each other.


 From the top of the hill, you have a fantastic view over the entire city. 


Just one hour drive from Sao Paulo and nearby Santos, is the small city Guaruja. In Guaruja you can experience white sand beaches, bars, palms and sun, such as you would expect to find rather in the Caribbean than nearby the biggest Brazilian city.



Autumn and winter see a very peaceful and tranquil atmosphere whereas in the summer month, the beach is completely overcrowded with tourists.


We are currently heading South, taking the same route as the countless Argentinians who came to support their team in the World Cup. 

I will keep you guys up to date,

yours Sascha

The igus mobile exhibition is in full swing!

Find out how plastic bearings, linear systems, energy chains and cabling assemblies can help improve designs

A series of one day Road Show Exhibitions throughout the UK commenced on the 21st of July and will continue until 1st of August 2014. Using a modular display stand system, the exhibition truck is tailored to meet the needs of each company it visits. Engineers and purchasers will have plenty of time to speak to igus for advice on selecting energy chains, bearings and cabling assemblies for their applications – as well as viewing and handling product samples.  All of this will be in the comfort of their own premises.

The igus mobile exhibition is in full swing!

“We understand that our customers don’t always have the time to leave their workplace and attend trade shows,” explains Matthew Aldridge, Managing Director, igus. ”That’s why we decided it would be a great idea to offer an alternative, giving us the opportunity to visit customers while, at the same time, helping them save on travel, accommodation and valuable working time.”

Video of the Week – e-spool in customer applications

e-spool provides power and data in all directions

For more information, take a look at the igus website: http://bit.ly/1uf6WLe

e-chain specialist igus has developed the e-spool as an alternative to cable reels and zigzag systems.  e-spool is unique in allowing different media types to run together with no breaks at all through the system. Typical applications include stage and theatre and cranes.

In this novel customer application, the e-spool is successfully used to manage power and data cables in all directions on an automated rack feeder system

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Once a year, usually in February, Rio de Janeiro turns into the biggest carnival party in the world. Every day there are around two million people on the streets with the main attraction being the colourful parade that is filled with revellers, floats and adornments from numerous Samba schools.


The Samba schools are competing against each other not only in dancing but also in playing drums, creativity of costumes etc. The parade only goes through a certain street. Thus, you must buy a ticket if you wish to see it. For those not able to get one, cameras are recording everything, some are remote controlled and can move a few hundred meters along the parade. In the picture below you can see a rail for cameras at the top of the stage.


This rail is equipped with a 320 meter long cost-efficient DryLin® rail that ensures the smooth, noise-free motion of the cameras. See here for more Drylin information: http://bit.ly/1fljKqg


DryLin® WS 28 guarantees that no camera sticks whilst moving with speeds up to 60km/h. The TV channels have been relying on our rail for about four years. While doing this, the rail has been unprotected throughout the entire time and had to face rain, sun and incredibly high humidity. A diverse range of environmental conditions and of course, it still works perfectly.
Example of DryLin® W rail for cameras:





Tip Of The Day- How to reduce noise and vibrations in the E6 chain


More information on the E6 chain can be found here: http://bit.ly/VJILVQ

Does the mounting direction for E6 chains matter?…

Yes it does. In case the E6 chains are mounted the wrong way round (fixed end and moving end mixed up) this would lead to a slightly higher noise level and increased vibrations during travel. Especially with printers this can be a big factor.

Correctly mounted, the side parts at the top face towards the moving end, as shown in the drawing to the right.

How should the lids of e-tubes be assembled?…

To guarantee the highest possible chip-resistance, you should start assembly of the lids from the fixed end. Every next lid in direction to the moving end should overlap the previous one.
This prevent the chips (mostly falling from above) to enter the chain between the lids.
Chip-resistance tests with both assembly methods showed significant differences in the number of chips that entered the tube.



Rio de Janeiro

We went from summer to winter. As we changed from the northern to the southern site of the earth, we changed the season too. Well, theoretically it is winter but I don´t feel it. At least not in Rio de Janeiro.


It´s about thirty degrees and my face is completely burnt (despite sun protection 50). The bearings of the car endure this heat better than I do. They are working perfectly. It is not surprising as they are used to facing much harsher environments. One of our bearings, iglidur® X, even feels comfortable in hot environments up to + 250C (long run).


After we had picked up the car from its’ inspection, we directly went visiting one of our beloved customers. 
Located in the outskirts of Rio, is the factory of the biggest Latin-American and Brasilian TV network. There, they manufacture all equipment that they need for their TV shows, movies etc. For chairs, that are in use for a singing show, they rely on iglidur® PRT.
Four coaches, all recording artists, listen to the contestants in chairs facing opposite the stage so as to avoid seeing them. If a coach likes what they hear, they press a button and the chair rotates. Thus, the coach signifies interest in working with the contestant.
Our Polymer slewing ring bearing ensures the smooth, noise-free motion of the chair while rotating (At the visit, only the base was available).


The smooth motion is not the only advantage, yet also that all igus® products are maintenance free. The coaches can sympathize with countless contestants without that the need for lubrication.


The fabric as well as major parts of the city are embedded between mountains.



One of the most famous mountains is Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain), that is rising 396 meters above the harbor.


If you don´t want to climb the steep walls, then you can take a cable car up to the top of it, from where you have a stunning view on the city.


From Pao de Acucar you can also see the symbol of Rio de Janeiro. The statue of Christ, located on the peak of Corcovado mountain (altitude of 700 meters), is overlooking the city since 1931.


Initially, they built the 40 meter high statue for the one hundred anniversary of Brazil´s independence from Portugal (1922). Due to financial problems, they took nine years longer.


Did you know that there are more statues alike? For instance, another statue of Christ is placed in Lisbon.


We visited the statue at sunset. The colors of the sky were beautiful and the view stunning. 



As a tourist in Rio, there are currently two Brazilian passions visible at the first glance. Obviously, one is football, in particular as it is World Cup. A very good place to experience the football obsession is at the FIFA Fan Fest at the Copacabana.


The Copacabana is one of the most famous beaches worldwide. It is only four kilometer long but so wide, that they were able to build the entire Fan fest, containing thousand of visitors, entirely on sand.



Nevertheless, when Brazil plays, then also the Fan fest is too small and the party extends over the whole beach.


At the Fan Fest you can also experience the second passion, Samba. In the half as well as before and after matches you can listen to Samba music everywhere. The following picture is showing Brazil´s most famous Samba school Mangueira.


The school is located at the edges of the Mangueira favela, one which is spreading from the school up to the stadium in which Germany defeated France last week. 


Favela is the Portuguese word for slum. They are part of Rio as the Copacabana and Pao de Acucar. Often, the inhabitants of Favelas are wrongly presented by media. Usually, not the majority of normal people is in focus but only the criminals that are operating there. In 2010, the government implemented a controversial program that aims at decriminalizing these neighborhoods by expelling gangs and establishing police stations.


Rio de Janeiro has many faces and is surely one of the most beautiful cities worldwide.

Soon, we will leave Rio and head towards the South until we reach the border of Argentina.

I will keep you guys up to date,

yours Sascha 

One country, one passion

Samba, Caipirinha and football: most people associate these words with Brazil. So far, our colleagues are not dancing samba and drinking Caipirinha for the whole day. It’s world cup and everyone in Brazil from young to old and men to women, everyone is crazy about it (but lets remember the World cup in Germany. Everyone, even those not interested in football at all, were suddenly watching it).
A unique world cup feeling could be felt by all, the Brazilian football obsession, at public viewing in Sao Paulo.

The cheerful atmosphere turned tense when Chile caught up and forced Brazil into penalty shootout.

In the end everyone was relieved and in the “party-mood”, when Brazil finally made it.

I don´t want to put my focus on the world cup today as we will deal with it regularly on the immediate tour. I want to present you another cup. Hidden and pushed into the background is the RoboCup world cup that will take place in Brazil (Joao Pessoa) from the 19th to 25th of July. igus® is taking part putting forward a robot, that will have to compete against the best robots of the world in several disciplines. One of these disciplines is robot football.

The University of Bonn, in cooperation with igus®, constructed a Humanoid robot that makes use of several iglidur® bearings and plastic components that were made by igus® using the laser sintering process.

In the next step the robot will be equipped with igus® chainflex too.
While iglidur® bearings ensure smooth, noise-free motion and help to reduce the weight of the robot, igus® chainflex cables will be a space saving solution that ensures the energy supply. The plastic parts, for instance the body, that were made by igus® in the laser sintering process, make the robot extremely light in weight and robust. This gives him a big advantage over competitors.

I´m referring to it as “the robot” as he still lacks a name. On http://goo.gl/mkYJ54 you can help him to get one. In the course of the following weeks, we will tell you more and more details so that you can get to know him a bit better. Then put a name on our Facebook page. You can win a prize if both igus® and the University of Bonn agree on your name.
As I already mentioned, I´m in Sao Paulo right now. Sao Paulo is the economic stronghold of Brazil and with 20 million inhabitants the largest metropolitan area in the southern hemisphere.

Unfortunately, the car is 700 kilometer north of here in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. The customs in Rio is specialized on such imports and therefore much faster than the one in Sao Paulo.

The car at customs in Rio

In the course of this week, we are taking a plane to Rio de Janeiro, from where we start the tour. We will take drive south until we reach the border with Argentina.

I will keep you guys up to date,

yours Sascha

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