Daman- Bombay- Pune

Sascha continues to give us his fantastic insight into ‘iglidur on tour’:

From customer to customer, from the desert near Puskar to the seashore at Daman. We have already covered about 1700km from north to south. It seems that every 100km I do, the food is changing and it is becoming quite common for me to not know what I am actually eating (I don’t really mind thou as long as everyone else is having it and it tastes good…. Which believe me it does!!) There is such a huge variety of food which means that every day I’m trying something new (at least this is my impression). Along with the food, language changes every few hundred kilometres are also obvious. Even my colleague from Delhi is not able to understand the locals a few hundred kilometres further south. As we made our way south the fauna and climate too clearly changed. Firstly, “dryer” (makes sense, as we were getting closer to the desert) and then it turned tropical. Palms were spreading out of the ground and the entire environment turned green.

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As I write this, I am on the way to visit a customer in Pune. Pune is the automotive hub of India as well as one of the main educational centres. The University of Pune has the second largest number of colleges in India, 811 in total! YES 811! (times of India). If you trust Wikipedia then we are talking about almost 500.000 students. In comparison, entire Germany has about approximately 2.500.000 students (2012/2013)! Pune is in particularly famous for engineering, which is going hand in hand with that major automobile manufacturer such as Mercedes, Tata, VW etc. who have plants here (by the way, I will recommend Mercedes to launch our car model in India. So many people asked us about the price of the car and that they would like to buy it. I have the impression that we are kind of trend setters. Soon everyone will have a small, orange car.)

Ok, now to my last days. Let me show you again one customer who was also part of our Ahmedabad route. The company is called PWS. They have been existing for 100 years. With about 100 employees they are a mid size company. Nevertheless, they are leading the Indian market in the manufacturing of ice/cup filling machines. Once you leave Ahmedabad and take a road to the outskirts of the city you can find them next to a five star wellness resort. At the first glance you wouldn’t expect to find out that they are a high-tech company due to the first impressions of the factory being a bit old and run-down.

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As they are working in the nutrition industry they require products that are corrosion free. Of course, in this industry, machines need to be cleaned regularly. Thus, they need products that are furthermore resistant to washing chemicals.
We are supplying them with jum liner in steel housing that are used for linear applications. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then check the following page where you can information on igus linear bearings: http://bit.ly/1nSBIkx)

Our jum liners have fulfilled the requirements of being corrosion free and resistant to chemicals. Moreover, they have additional advantages as they are easy to assemble and maintenance free so completely suit the needs of this customers application:

Mr. Nishit, director of PWS, gives us an insite into his experience of using igus parts:

In our case the jum liners enable the smooth up and down motion for putting lids on cups.

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From Ahmedabad we took a highway to Daman. In total, it was just about 400km but it took ages. We were stuck in traffic which resulted in us arriving a lot later than initially anticipated at the sea. For me it was a big step on our tour. It kind of marked that we made the half way point as the further route leads us again away from the coast. The next day was a Sunday.  Thus, no customers, which means that we could spend some time making videos and pictures with iglidur®.

At the beach, we split off to find an interesting place where we could shoot some photos.

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When I came back to my colleagues, I was facing a strange scene. One of our drivers had the glorious idea to park his vehicle (by the way, this “innovas” are very big cars) not on the street but ON THE SAND. How can you get a car that weights tons out of sand? Well, for sure only with united forces.

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Eventually, after several attempts, we made it! We could free our piloting vehicle and to continue our journey.

Next stop was Bombay. The way was leading us through stunning landscapes. A modern highway that is leading through a mix of steppe and tropical jungle with mountains in the background and traditional villages next to the road. Just, awesome.

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I feel that personally we arrived in Bombay too fast. Most Europeans just know Bombay out of the famous Bollywood movie “Slum Dog Millionaire”. I had no time to explore the city which I wanted to do. We arrived late at night and had to leave for Pune already the following day, but on the first glance it seemed to be a booming metropolis with very modern buildings and skyscrapers. On every corner construction work is going on. I discovered later on that Bombay is actually the economically strongest city and the financial hub of India.

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I’m writing this post in Pune. Tomorrow, we will drive the entire way to Bangalore (800km) which will mark the end of our journey. From there we just will visit Chennai and then come back.

As usual, I will keep you guys up to date,

yours Sascha.

The journey through pictures

 

The iglidur on tour car has already covered a large area, from having its’ very own press event, show casing at The Auto Expo and visiting customers in Asia. The snippets above indicate really how far the car has come right from the initial development stage, where igus iglidur bearings replaced the standard, right through to having eventually passed through customs and arriving safely at the other end to be firmly on the roads in New Delhi.

For more information on iglidur on tour, and of course the igus parts themselves, see here: http://bit.ly/1aiIKyf

 

Lets go south! Jaipur – Ahmmedabad

Today my topics of discussion will focus upon iglidur® in the desert and a MANUS participant that is fond of our support and products.
Let me firstly introduce you to one of our local customers in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad consists of five million citizens making it the largest city in the state of Gujarat. By the way, Gujarat is the only state in India where alcohol is strictly forbidden by law. Anyway, located in a small and busy street in the prosperous city you can find the factory of the traditional family company EEWA Engineering.

EEWA Engineering, founded in 1947, employs about twenty people. They are specialized in custom made machines, mostly for sealing and packaging and are selling them all over the world. They have been purchasing igus® parts for decades but became our customer on a regular basis about two years ago.

Two years ago, Mr. Prakash, CEO of EEWA, asked for technical support for a sampling machine. His machine was significantly too heavy. At the first visit our sales manager spent almost half of the day supporting and advising him, working out what parts can be replaced by igus® parts to lower the weight.  Mr. Prakash was so happy with our support that from then on he became a regular customer.

On recommendation of our sales manager he participated in our MANUS program in 2013. The MANUS program awards the most innovative plastic bearing application. His company took part with a hot stamping machine that makes use of SLW linear slide, drylin® W and drylin® N. Drylin® W moves the stamp. In the process of stamping, our drylin® W unit moves vertically about thirty times in a minute. The product that needs to be stamped varies in size. Our SLW linear slide ensures that the height of the stamp can be adjusted easily.

Additionally, drylin® N ensures the handling of the base plates. According to the size of the product and where the stamp is suppose to be, it must be put in the right position. Drylin® N enables the adjustment of the base plates on both x and y axes.

In the process of stamping, our products are coming in contact with chemicals. Therefore, Mr Prakash not only required a product that is light in weight and easy to assemble but also chemical resistant. All in all he has equipped more than 20 machines with our igus® parts. My impression is, that many more will follow suit. He is so convinced and impressed with igus® that he even suggested for us to extend our business. If Mr. Prakash is reading this article I want to say thank you again for the nice hospitality and the delicious tea as well as for his encouragement in the interviews.

Now lets go back a few hundred kilometers. Lets leave green Ahmedabad with its parks and shopping malls that are countless in numbers. Lets leave the modern site of India and go to rural India, more precise to Pushkar. Lets explore the Indian desert.

Our car ran on bumpy roads full of sand and dust. Again, both our products and the car made it without any problems. Better than me for sure. I forgot to put on sun crème, in a desert. Anyway, it was really impressive to see how the surrounding changed gradually. You could also see the environment change via the number of camels on streets that were transporting goods next to trucks and cars.
Actually, there is not so much I can tell you about the part of the desert we went to it is best to let the photos and videos speak for themselves.

On the way back we passed an area where you could see more monkeys than I have ever seen before. There was one tree that was kind of more monkey than tree. Actually, I asked my colleague to park the car under this tree for shooting some nice photos but he refused. Apparently, they are really aggressive and he couldn’t ensure that they wouldn’t attack the car.

I’m writing this post on the way to Daman which is located at the coast, about 150km north of Bombay. We have combined this with visiting our beloved customers. On the way we left one of our escort vehicles behind. The driver forgot to put in fuel so that he is now stranded somewhere on the highway! I somehow get the feeling that this will be a long day again.

Anyway, I will keep you guys up to date,
yours Sascha.

For more information on igus parts within the automotive industry, see here: http://bit.ly/1aiIKyf

It was good to see you at Southern Manufacturing

We’d like say a big thank you to everyone who visited us at Southern Manufacturing this week. Despite the atrocious weather conditions that forced the show to close early on day 1, it was still a great show for visitors and exhibitors alike.

The igus stand was busy on both days even right up until the unforeseen and unfortunate premature closing at 2 pm on Wednesday. There were plenty of attractions and innovations that we had so many visitors to the stand. The team were so busy helping customers with their enquiries explaining how igus products can benefit their new and existing applications; it was a shame to have not been able to continue to the end of the day.

Fortunately the unpredictable Great British weather didn’t stop everyone from enjoying the exhibition and all it has to offer. Day 2 was really busy as the show continued in full swing. Visitors merrily enjoyed drinks, snacks and chatting with the team, it was really nice to be a part of it. Witnessing the hustle bustle on the igus and surrounding stands it was evident that everyone was just as engaged as ever and furthermore, happy to be at the show.

If you missed us at Southern Manufacturing and have any enquiries that you would like us to help you with email us at sales@igus.co.uk, or visit our website at www.igus.co.uk and we will be more than happy to do all we can to assist you.

P.S. Happy Valentines Day

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The CFRIP range is extended to over 230 cable types

“Long lengths can be stripped in half the time and the system ensures that no damage occurs to the core insulation,” says James Harrison, chainflex Product Manager at igus.

Watch CFRIP in action:

The outer jacket can be stripped to the desired length simply by pulling the special CFRIP cord, a fast and effective way of stripping cables.

Along with chainflex CF5 PVC control cables, where the CFRIP cord is in the outer jacket, and the shielded version chainflex CF6, where the cord is in the inner jacket – CFRIP is now integrated in the CF130 and CF140 control cable family, as well as the entire motor cable range.

Want more information?

Visit the igus website on http://bit.ly/1g6z1LF

Or contact James himself on:

jharrison@igus.co.uk/ 07971 468439

Auto Expo Special: Part 2

Our car is the main attraction of this event with some people even making offers on purchasing the car! Our booth is always crowded with visitors and potential customers from all over the world. Still, I’m sure we are attracting that many people not only due to the car, but also due to how we are presenting ourselves. With our booth we are standing out of the mass. As most companies are just showing their products we are focusing on “interaction”.

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For this we offer two games where people can compete with each other. One is a racing game a la “Carrera” and one a videogame. The racing game is testing your driving skills (unfortunately the car has no horn) whereas you can prove in the video game your knowledge about our “iglidur® on tour” car.

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We combine this interaction with various forms of media. We have a huge screen where we are showing our teaser and funny igus® clips. Additionally, all is highlighted by loud techno music.

Furthermore, we have a special offer as people don’t need to shoot photos with the car by themselves. We are doing it for them! We collect their email addresses and Facebook profile names. Thus, they exclusively can get their picture via mail or being tagged directly.

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All in all the response to our project is very good. The word is spreading and iglidur® on tour is getting more and more famous. For instance yesterday, while we were having dinner in the evening the father of a colleague called. Apparently a local newspaper published an article about iglidur® on tour. 600km south in Kanpur.

For more info on igus bearings, see here: http://bit.ly/1eMBQT3

 

Auto Expo Special

Driver, Sascha, tell us all about iglidur at the Auto Expo show in India:

We had our first day on the Auto Expo in New Delhi. It is not only the major automotive show in India, but also the second largest in the world held every two years. There are two shows at two different venues this year; the motor show and the component show. At the component show we are represented with two booths. One inside a hall, showing our products and one outside demonstrating the car and our “iglidur® on tour” project. We have 70m² for our vehicle which is more than we have ever had at this show!

The outside booth is more “funky” as it aims to engage as many people as possible (although the car alone is already an attraction by itself) raising awareness of the tour and iglidur components in themselves. In addition to the car, we have a small car racing game as well as one big screen with short clips such as this music video from igus India:

and one with a video game where you can test your knowledge about the car and our applications.

The first day was a success although some things went wrong. We had a cable fire at our outdoor both and a leaking pipe inside. Despite these minor technical problems we were able to carry on with the issue in hand and work properly. We not only got a lot of inquiries but also new potential customers so the event proved to be a great success for us. As I was outside the entire day with the car, I cannot estimate the crowd indoor but at our “iglidur® on tour” booth we predominantly had a huge crowd! Not only did iglidur attract the generic customer audience and the general public, yet it also grasped the attention of the ‘times of India’ newspaper, one of the largest in the subcontinent!

I will keep you guys up to date.
Good night,

yours Sascha.

The evolution of drylin E

igus does not stop with the traditional linear guides method. The original drylin drive range has evolved introducing drylin E, a complete linear axis with motor; the ultimate in drive technology.

drylin E perfectly suits the needs of both engineers and designers, providing a complete drive solution from one single source with one final price. Stepper Motors, DC motors, limit switches and chainflex motor cables contribute towards the maintenance-free systems.

igus’ very own drylin E specialist, Adam Sanjurgo, tells us the factors that make drylin E a top solution within multiple industries:

  • Reduces outsourcing levels

One part number and one price for a complete motor-equipped linear axis, saving time on outsourcing components and simplifying the process.

  • Online services

The online CAD tools save time for designers and enable the end user to select the perfect system for their needs, as well as allowing the user to view the exact product via the online CAD system, by downloading a 3D model Straight into their own designs.

The online product finder for drylin drive technology provides the option to calculate the correct motors and service life. Once the optimum option has been specified orders can easily be made. The online product finder boasts a range of features including:

1.      Linear solutions tailored to your application.

2.      Configuration of accessories.

3.      Motor selection including load calculation.

4.      Easy to understand results offering the ideal solution.

5.      Convenient access to other functions, such as online catalogues and Downloads.

  • Numerous options

A range of complexity in terms of motor options, including DC and stepper means the system can be completely tailored to the application needs.

  • Complementing parts

Other components, such as limit switches, can be supplied reinforcing the ease of sourcing from one place.

  • The igus promise

As with all igus products, drylin E is self-lubricating, maintenance-free and predictable ensuring a cost effective and reliable product that well and truly corresponds with the igus ‘Plastics for longer life’ promise.

‘Drylin E has progressed massively within just a few short years. With its’ increased portfolio of new products within the range, we can confidently cover a large array of most industrial applications.’ A. Sanjurgo.

For more information, visit:

http://bit.ly/N8tOZr

Or contact Adam Sanjurgo (drylin E specialist) on:

07977018171

Or asanjurgo@igus.co.uk

 

Under the Sign of the Auto Expo!

Sascha continues to update us on his all around the world tour adventures with iglidur:

The upcoming week is all about the Auto Expo in New Delhi, which opens its doors on Thursday. One final big event before the trip continues.

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Do not worry I will not bother you with a blog entry on the preparations for the fair. There is always here and there a little time for other things.

Despite the tight schedule, we still had time for a customer visit to JCB in Faridabad. JCB is a leading manufacturer of construction vehicles that uses igus ® plain bearings in the steering and the loading mechanism of its vehicles. We can now provide storage for two additional application areas in the hinge and the joystick. Due to the very limited time that JCB mustered for us to introduce briefly our “iglidur ® on tour” project, we did not have time to fully explain. JCB is the first of many customers, which we will visit on our trip.

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Upon leaving Faridabad, we had to make our way swiftly to a neighboring city New Delhi. I knew that Delhi invested heavily in infrastructure, but not that the Metro is extended so far into the “suburbs” (it takes about an hour by car). A taxi driver once told me that here every day 3000 new cars are registered. The number is probably exaggerated, but nonetheless, you can see the boom of India everywhere. For example, in Connaught Place, which was built during the colonial period by the British. There, western shops and restaurants rub shoulders in order to satisfy the ever-growing middle class.

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In my first post I said I would like to write in a chronological order, let me so reflect back on the past weekend.

Even though I ‘m not a big fan of dance shows, yet I have quite enjoyed my Saturday night, we went to a traditional Khatak dance show. Khatak is one of eight classical Indian dance forms.

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If you are interested in dancing then I can recommend you a show to attend (even if you have nothing to do with dancing, as in my case, it is definitely a great experience). Most of these events are also free! Classical dance forms are usually performed in theaters, which are subsidized by the state. (For a little insight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuBd67p2UJQ) On Sunday I went on a little journey of discovery through Delhi. I’ve talked a lot about the contrasts in the city. I have had this experience again yet on another level. As I went down in the morning in the thick of Old Delhi, I found myself at noon in a different world. If you should once be in New Delhi, then necessarily go into one of the many parks. These places of harmony and tranquility are scattered like green oases in the otherwise chaotic capital. You can find there even monkeys (Well, actually you will find monkeys also sometimes in the city itself, but in the parks they are naturally most frequently encountered). I had not the pleasure of seeing monkeys in the park but should you have the pleasure then takes care of your camera and belongings. They are aggressive. Wild monkeys attacks here and the last thing you want is for you to have already fallen victim.

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I had the impression that the people outside Delhi have even more interest in our car. Some even stopped their vehicle to take pictures or to look at iglidur accurately. When so much attention is available in urban areas, will it be the same in the country?

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I’m curious to find out. What a week it’s been so far. When we leave the metropolitan area of New Delhi, the next destination is within the direction of Jaipur.

Until next time,

Your Sascha.

For more information about igus parts in the automotive indusrty see here: http://bit.ly/1aiIKyf

New Delhi- The link with the sheep

Sasha continued to give us his insight into his all around the world tout start in India:

In my last post I mentioned that there is a connection between a flock of sheep and our “iglidur® on tour car”. Well, let me tell you about it.

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The two days we had struggled to get the car through customs were really exhausting as we had been waiting each day for about 7 hours in the customs office and time just didn’t want to pass by. Well, our customs office was kind of “sourced out”. We were having a tea with the customs officer in a little Indian café next to the cargo terminal. While we were working on our papers I could hear a little “baah” which seemed to continue. It was kind of strange for me to see a flock of sheep passing by at the customs office at an international airport. Once more New Delhi has shown me its incredible diversity. This is kind of the word I would use to describe New Delhi best. Diversity! It is just amazing to see people from so different backgrounds living together in peace.

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In the evening of the second customs-marathon-day we finally made it. We got our car and were understandably extremely relieved! Of course, we couldn’t stop ourselves from driving the car the next day a bit around the city. As we still had the press conference and the Auto expo ahead, we were kind of careful with driving. Still, it is very interesting to see how much attention this car is attracting especially since there is not such a car on the Indian roads combined with the fact the vehicle is the standard bright igus orange. It is becoming a common occurrence at traffic lights for the taxi drivers to wind down their windows and actually enquire about the car. We made a similar experience at the place where we are parking the car. A group of playing children seemed to have more interest in the car than in continuing their cricket game.

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The first day we were driving the car around I would have liked to see it also in Old Delhi but both of my Indian colleagues were against it (keeping the events in mind that are ahead. After the Auto Expo we can test the limits of the car 😉 ). Well, after I had spent some time in Old Delhi I highly changed my opinion about showing iglidur® there. I barely had the experience of facing so many sensations at the same time. Small streets encircling pretty and hidden mosques and temples, varieties of known and unknown scents that are in the air, of course the honks all the time and people everywhere. The streets are so full of life. A colleague told me that this was the thing he missed most when he went for a visit to Germany “Streets are so empty in Germany. I felt kind of lonely, in India streets are always crowded and full of life.”
One thing I can really recommend in New Delhi: Buy yourself a tea and enjoy watching what’s going on! (The teas are always reminding me of Masala tea. I cannot count how many times I have asked my colleague: “Well, this is really nice tea. This is Masala or?…No Sascha, this is just normal tea. I will tell you when it is Masala”).

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I spare writing about the press conference as there is an article about it in my blog. Just one thing, I want to mention the voluntary network of “make a difference” that is going to receive one euro for each driven kilometer. They help children living in street shelters and orphanages and have a focus on education. They work on equality of opportunity (http://makeadiff.in/uat/). It is really nice that we combine our Indian trip with supporting this network that is doing really great work (I had the chance to talk for a while with the spokeswoman).

Well, there is so much more I could write about. I feel like I could already write a book. And this, although the trip hasn’t even started yet. We plan 4000km through India, thinking about passing deserts, coast roads, natural reserves and and and. Afterwards, I could write a whole book series I guess.

Anyway, before it will come to this I will keep you up to date and informed on this blog. See you soon again.

Yours Sascha.

For more information about igus in the automotive industry, see here: http://bit.ly/1aiIKyf

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