Video of the Week – drylin belt drive takes centre stage

 

Self-lubricating, extremely quiet for the entertainment industry

Linear motion specialist igus has developed its latest linear belt drive for use in the entertainment and theatre industry. The drylin toothed belt axis is ideal for the movement of stage systems or prop adjustments, offering a range of possible applications. Due to the use of iglidur  polymer plain bearing materials in all moving parts, the drylin toothed belt axis is self-lubricating and maintenance-free, ensuring quiet running while minimising background noise.

Ideal for camera movements, the toothed belt axis helps ensure quick and smooth positioning. The hard-anodised aluminium profile and carriage plate, make it lightweight and provides rigid support for camera and lighting systems.

 

Kinetic Barn uses igus parts within their ‘Time Machine’ application

Based in Cambridgeshire, qualified engineer and craftsman Alex Hamill combines the use of spring powered mechanisms and exotic timbers to create bespoke kinetic sculptures. Waste materials, such as timber from construction sites, are up-cycled producing the desired product for a range of clientele from the general public to corporate organisations.

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Modelled on an early skeleton watch, the ‘Time Machine’ piece, as seen in the video above, comprises of 12 iglidur G flange and 2 xiros bearings in each of the drive wheels and rotating parts. Alex found that the low-friction, dry-running and high-reliability properties of igus bearings suited the application requirements a lot better than previous bearing solutions. The dry-running nature encouraged and re-enforced smooth operation contributing to a high-quality, creative, recognisable and unique product.

 

For more information on igus bearings, visit the igus website on:

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If you wish to contact Alex Hamill:

Phone him on: 08450945893

Or email via: alex@kineticbarn.com

Video of the Week – CFV easy strain relief for cables

Secure cables in e-chains quickly and easily

Energy chain specialist igus has unveiled its latest accessory for e-chains and e-tubes, the CFV strain relief element.  This offers the chance to strain relieve cables outside of the chain cross section, even in enclosed energy tubes. The CVF ensures that cables within the moving e-chain do not move around when moving and with a stepped design to secure cables of different diameters, it ensures simple installation when strain relieving several cables.

Video of the Week - CFV easy strain relief for cablesThanks to its simple quick-clip base design, the CFV can easily be installed onto the “C” profiles of the e-chain mounting brackets, but can also be used on top-hat rails for static applications in control panels and cabinets. The CFV comes in three sizes for e-chains with inner heights of 31mm, 35-42mm or 56-80mm.

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 or connect with us at www.igus.co.uk/facebook.

Las Vegas to Salt Lake City

After driving through California, it was time to head north to Las Vegas! The palm trees and breezy Pacific Ocean quickly turned to cactus and expansive desert. The car arrived in Vegas and was able to drive down the brightly lit Las Vegas strip, home to many world-famous casinos.

 

We took a helicopter ride over the city that evening, excited to see the city from above. Las Vegas is built in the middle of a desert, meaning that the city is the center of the action, surrounded by the suburbs where thousands of people live, and then nothing; just desert. To see Vegas from a bird’s eye view was pretty overwhelming. While in the helicopter we wore noise canceling head-phones to protect our ears from the loud noise of the propellers. The head-phones featured a narration of our ride, which included many facts and interesting tidbits about the city below. From this guided tour we learned that there are over 300 weddings a day in Las Vegas, including the weddings of many celebrities who chose the infamous strip as their wedding destination. The Luxor hotel (shaped like a pyramid) has a light beam that shines into the sky and can even be seen from space. Most interestingly, we learned that there are more hotel rooms in Vegas than all of Europe. To give an example of the magnitude of these hotels and casinos, our hotel alone had 4,000 rooms.

From Las Vegas, it was off 190 kilometres to one of the Seven Wonders of the World; The Grand Canyon. We took a bus tour that dropped us off at two locations, the first being the Sky Walk which, was opened in 2007 by the Hualapai Tribe, a recognized tribe of Native Americans, originally from the mountains of northwestern Arizona. The Sky Walk consists of a horseshoe shaped steel frame with a glass floor that extends almost about 21 meters from the canyon’s edge, allowing visitors to look straight down to the canyon floor, a somewhat terrifying experience, as nothing but a sheet of glass separates you from the long fall to the bottom.

 

A second viewpoint from the canyon gave a scenic overlook of the canyon. As the sun set behind the mountains, the sky turned a bright orange, lighting the canyon in a breathtaking way, which no photo can do justice.

 

 

From there, it was onto the next stop for iglidur® on tour, Salt Lake City, the capital and largest city in Utah. The drive was unbelievable; the iglidur® car journeyed through kilometres of canyons, taking a pit stop at Zion National Park. Driving through a 8 kilometres stretch of road, wrapping around mountains and canyons to reach…

 

 

 

…Cairns, which are rock towers that mark trails for hikers.

 

We made our own cairn with an iglidur® R bearing to match the red rocks of Zion.

We’ve also had some amazing customer visits in the recent days that show the variety of industries that use igus. One visit was to a company that specializes in equipment to aid in the mobility of people with disabilities, including a new hydraulic ankle joint in a prosthetic leg. Modern prosthetics allow patients to walk more naturally and comfortably than those with traditional prosthetics, partially because of new materials used in their development and manufacture. iglidur® bearings are used in many prosthetic limbs for several reasons, like their light weight, immunity against water, dirt, and other environmental factors, quiet operation, and their ability to dampen vibrations.

 

Because they are made from plastic, rather than traditional metals, iglidur® bearings are very light in weight, which can drastically reduce the weight of prosthetics, making them more comfortable to wear, and allow for a more natural gait, as the patient isn’t compensating for the excess weight of a prosthetic device.

Bearings used in these sorts of devices are made of iglidur® plastic materials like iglidur® Q, which a great choice because it is extremely resilient under high loads and exceptionally shock absorbing, making it an excellent buffer for impact load, like those that occur from walking or running. These are also very quiet, eliminating excess noise – no squeaking or creaking from the bearings with every step!

 

Possibly the most important, these plastic bearings are used in these devices because they are not affected by the dirt, dust, pet hair, rainwater, and other external factors that can be deadly to a traditional lubricating bearing. When using a metal lubricated bearing, this dirt and dust is attracted to sticky grease, clogging the bearing and causing the bearing to seize up, or freeze in place. Similarly, water can wash away this lubricant, leaving the bearing unable to move properly. In a prosthetic leg, for example, a bearing seizure can cause the joint to lock up, and could even cause the user to fall and get hurt. Self-lubricating plastics, on the other hand can work perfectly in even the dirtiest, rainiest environments, keeping prosthetics running!

 

 

After visiting customers, iglidur® on tour took to the road again, on the way to Salt Lake City, with a sightseeing stop at Salt Lake Temple, one of the largest Mormon Temples in the world. Traveling through the city, it was surprisingly calm, as winter is the busy time of year with tourists traveling from everywhere to ski the area’s beautiful mountains.

 

Traveling just outside the city, there are a number of small ski communities, such as Park City, home to the Sundance Festival, an annual celebration of independent films from all over the world. Park City is also full of ski lodges andshops, with an adorable main street lined with restaurants that all looked delicious. There is even a ski lift that picks up residents in the old city and brings them to the mountains. It runs in the off season as well, bringing people up to the mountains, which have water slides and other recreational activities.

 

One of the many restaurants lining Main Street

 

Banksy, a famous artist, has left his mark on a wall in town.

From Salt Lake City, iglidur® on tour is heading to Denver Colorado, through the Moab Desert

Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading,
Kayla

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.

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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.

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