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

Video of the Week – iglidur knife-edge rollers for conveyor applications

Long life, cost-effective and maintenance free solution to existing rollers.

 

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Polymer bearings expert igus has developed knife-edge conveyor rollers for materials handling applications. Manufactured using igus’ iglidur materials, the knife-edge rollers are cost effective, quick and easy to install and provide a long service life to the conveyor system.

Providing a tight deflection radius, the rollers are moulded from lubricant and chemical free materials to ensure no contamination of food/product, thus providing a reliable solution for packaging and food industry applications. In addition, selected iglidur materials are FDA approved.

Three iglidur materials are available to cover a range of operating temperature requirements up to 180° Celsius and require a low torque to provide a cost-effective running solution and replacement for existing rollers.

igus bearings used in cutting-edge extreme sport

igus bearings used in cutting-edge extreme sport

A state-of-the-art sport has hit the scene, free-style kite land boarding, using wind to provide the motive power and lift using a power kite with mountain board (similar to a skate board). Competition within this field has developed leading onto the integration of tricks and risky manoeuvres. Technology of the kites and boards has therefore also progressed to complement these tough conditions, and with the pressures on safety and performance steadily increasing, riders are constantly looking to source strong, light weight components.

Yannick Schwicket (German Pro Team Rider) demonstrates how the boards are tested:

The Art Of Big Air – Big Day @ Schillig from Yannick Schwickert on Vimeo.

Custom Kite Boards have found that igus bearings are a great fit for the needs of this specialised market. Their bespoke boards use Prepreg carbon fibre in the construction of the deck. Paul Hartland, founder of CKB, explains how igus products have been used. ‘I am always searching for alternative innovative products to use in components. iglidur Z bearings, from igus, were used initially within an early prototype to give overall weight reduction and reduce wear in muddy and sandy conditions. The bearings withstood the use of various riders within the challenging environments.’

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Custom Kite Board are now testing igus spherical bearings which are set to replace the pivot cup in conventional skate board type truck axle plates. The pivot cup is traditionally a simple polyurethane structure, which due to continual friction between the pivot arm and cup, wears out swiftly. Frequent replacement is inevitable and necessary otherwise instability (speed wobble) occurs due to slack as well as eventual wear occurring on the pivot arm resulting in damage to the truck axle.

The dry-running, weather resistant, lubrication-free properties of the igus bearing is a perfect solution. Sliding surfaces are transferred to the spherical bearing without the need for lubrication. As a result, the overall life of the board is increased, maintenance and incurred costs are reduced and truck axle steering ability is improved. If required, the bearing can still be replaced with ease via 2 bolts and lock-nuts.

Video of the Week – E1 e-chain opens quickly and easily

Pop-open e-chain provides easy access for cables

https://youtu.be/oBIYYvICJyw

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e-chain specialist igus has developed its latest range of e-chains, the E1 modular chain. The E1 e-chain features an easy snap-open lid, which allows users to fit or access cables quickly. The modular design enables segments of the E1 e-chain to be connected to achieve the desired length. Manufactured from robust igus polymers, the E1 e-chain system can be used in a variety of applications such as the automotive and construction sector, as well as office technology and machine construction.

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.

igus go Above and Beyond

Here at igus, the customer really is at the centre of our operations which is why we strive to go above and beyond what is expected to meet their exact requirements.

Analyzation of new methods of packaging in the UK subsidiary along with the recycling of materials, has led to quick turn-around, dispatching times and increased environmental friendliness. The customer is therefore secure in the knowledge that their order will be with them in a very short lead-time.

A dedicated readychain® assembly area, where energy chains are fully harnessed as complete systems for customers (and configured with all requisite cables and connectors), means a system can be supplied; ready-made to customer specifications and fully tested complete with an igus® guarantee. Elements including overall costs and time, are reduced for the customer along with the number of suppliers the customer has to deal with.

igus® employ a highly trained workforce of skilled electricians within this department ensuring the upmost standard of work is achieved. The installation team have a designated workshop area, where highly trained qualified personnel install these complete systems on site.

It was only last week that our reliable Warehouse Coordinator, stayed on-site past midnight especially to complete an emergency chain build order and delivery for one of our customers.

 

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Wimbledon’s roof glides with energy chains

Wimbledon’s roof glides with energy chains

When the roof first glided over Wimbledon’s illustrious Centre Court on 29th June 2009, allowing the fourth round singles match between Amélie Mauresmo and Dinara Safina to continue, it was the landmark occasion for the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament.

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The Grand Slam Championship, which enjoys huge global television audiences, was often at the mercy of Britain’s unpredictable and inclement weather. With hundreds of millions of viewers tuning in around the world the All England Club needed to find a solution.

The organisers thought long and hard before deciding to build a retracting roof over one of sport’s most iconic venues, but the roof over the Centre Court was to be no ordinary roof. Constraints of space, a desire to minimise noise and a requirement for it to blend into the historic venue all required a novel solution.

“There are plenty of retractable roofs on sporting stadium, but to date the majority have been flat roofs,” explains John Biggin, project manager at mechanical engineers SCX Special Projects Ltd – the firm chosen to design and build the retractable roof moving parts and control systems. “The Centre Court roof was to be a concertina roof; sliding roofs lack the flexibility of this offering. If you have a flat roof you need the space to move it into when you open it and we didn’t have that at Wimbledon. So the concertina type was the way to go.”

The concertina roof project involves 148 axes of control, huge steel trusses and over 17,000 sq ft of fabric covering, with the assorted cabling. All controlled by 108 high performance actuators, 40 servo motors and 196 servo drives, along with miles of cables.

The new roof works on a principle similar to a folding fabric concertina – with metal ribs or trusses supporting a translucent industrial fabric. “The trusses are basically inverted triangles, which are supported by the end arms and set into precise motion by electric actuators which form a structural yet moveable part of the roof,” Biggin adds.

The roof comprises nine bays of tensioned fabric divided into two sections (North and South).  The northern section has five bays, with four in the south.  Each bay is supported on either side by a steel truss (10 trusses in total) spanning the 77m wide court with approximately 5,200 square metres (55,972 square feet) of fabric keeping the rain out and allowing the light in.

The ends of each truss are supported by a wheeled carriage or bogie which moves along a track positioned on the newly installed fixed roof of the Centre Courts being done because of rain, court covers will protect the grass in the usual way while the closure is in progress.

With such a concertina design, preventing damage to the myriad of required electrical cables was a major concern. The solution was to use igus energy chains. The energy chains guide and protect the cables while the intricate movements of the roof protect the playing surface below.

The energy chains are modular and therefore can be assembled quickly and easily to accommodate any length or orientation of travel, which enables engineers to save installation time. They are tested and proven against environmental elements, high loads and speeds and noise. Above all they reduce downtime and increase the service lives of cables and hoses.

“The energy chains were always part of the original plan,” Biggin explains. “We needed the energy chains to get the cables safely across moving items. They support and protect the cables. If we didn’t protect and control the cables they would keep getting bent as the roof concertinas and they would eventually fracture, so we put in the energy chains.

“They are a unique solution. If you need to get cables across a gap and the gap moves they are the only way to go. There are various flexible type curly cables out in the market, but they are just impractical. They protect the cables and assist them moving and bending in a safe manner. Energy chains can also be partitioned to take a number of different cables.”

Another important benefit is that the plastic energy chains can be colour co-ordinated to fit in with the overall design. In this instance they were moulded in white plastic.

Such has been the success of the Centre Court project that plans are now underway to install a roof on the Number One court. “It is likely that this retractable roof will be very similar to the Centre Court one,” Biggin says.

– Ends –

The route in pictures, a quick re-cap

We started in Tokyo…

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…where we took part in the automotive exhibition…

…and also participated in a traditional festival…

…before we started exploring the greatest city on Earth…

We also went to the German Embassy

One member of the embassy even held a speech at our press conference…

…besides Kenny, the country manager of Japan.

As soon as the conference had finished, we mad our way to Isesaki…

We then went onto the West Coast…

Then we drove south to Kyoto…

…the next venue was Osaka…

…and Hiroshima.

From Hiroshima, we continued to travel down South until we reached Mt.Aso, the largest active volcano of Japan.

From Mt. Aso, we went back up North to the coastal city Nagoya.

From Nagoya we continued north to the famous Mount Fuji…

We then headed straight to Sendai, where we received a donation…

From Sendai we headed back towards Tokyo. On the way we dropped by at the factory to say goodbye.

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