Iglidur® meets e-chain®

Busan is not only the second largest city in South Korea, yet also the world’s fifth busiest seaport by cargo tonnage. Dozens of cranes are handling a high number of goods daily, thus such cranes need a lot of energy. In order to protect the cables against any kind of weather and therefore to ensure the energy supply, igus® offers the solution in the form of the Energy chains®.

 

igus® power chain systems are a good alternative to bus bar, festoonings and reel systems. igus® e-chainsystems® and chainflex® flexible cables are worldwide in operation on more than 10,000 port equipment applications.

 

Sixteen cranes in the port of Busan rely on the igus® e-chain® 5050RHD.

 

igus® e-chains® are the perfect solution for crane users and builders as they offer numerous advantages such as: 

  • Space saving design
  • No control system necessary
  • All media can be conveyed: power, data, air, water, etc.
  • Low maintenance product reduces your downtime
  • Wind and weather resistant
  • Synchronous run of trolley and e-chainsystem®
  • Quick an easy installation of additional cables
  • No parts marked as reason for wear and tear
  • Spare part guarantee for 10 years+

Iglidur® meets e-chain®

Busan is not only the second largest city in South Korea, yet also the world’s fifth busiest seaport by cargo tonnage. Dozens of cranes are handling a high number of goods daily, thus such cranes need a lot of energy. In order to protect the cables against any kind of weather and therefore to ensure the energy supply, igus® offers the solution in the form of the Energy chains®.

Iglidur® meets e-chain®

igus® power chain systems are a good alternative to bus bar, festoonings and reel systems. igus® e-chainsystems® and chainflex® flexible cables are worldwide in operation on more than 10,000 port equipment applications.

Iglidur® meets e-chain®.2

Sixteen cranes in the port of Busan rely on the igus® e-chain® 5050RHD.

Iglidur® meets e-chain®.3

igus® e-chains® are the perfect solution for crane users and builders as they offer numerous advantages such as:

  • Space saving design
  • No control system necessary
  • All media can be conveyed: power, data, air, water, etc.
  • Low maintenance product reduces your downtime
  • Wind and weather resistant
  • Synchronous run of trolley and e-chainsystem®
  • Quick an easy installation of additional cables
  • No parts marked as reason for wear and tear
  • Spare part guarantee for 10 years+

Social responsibility and a generous donation

See how igus was founded: http://bit.ly/1htKQMZ

igus® not only stands for high quality but also for social responsibility. We want to give something back to the society in each country we visit. For each kilometre, we donate one euro to a local charity organization. It is always up to our branches to decide how the money gets distributed. Our Korean colleagues had the idea not to hand over money but to help in the form of rice.

For each driven kilometer, igus® Korea bought one kilogram of good quality rice. As we made more than 2000 kilometres, three soup kitchens received in total 2000 kilogram of rice (which is almost four times as heavy as our iglidur® car). The picture is only showing half of the rice as the truck couldn’t take a heavier load. Two local soup kitchens received 500 kilograms each which covers about 25 days (each day they serve more than 20kg of rice to the less fortunate).

Typical igus® teamwork

The third soup kitchen, called mindele noodle house, operates in more than one city having kitchens based even in areas such as the Philippines.

Mindele not only has noodle houses but also a school or kind of kindergarden respectively, where children can come to learn and to play.

 

We wave bye to South Korea

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The trip within South Korea has come to an end. It was a short but really great journey. We explored the entire country and visited many of our beloved customers.

Busan was more or less our last destination. It is the second largest city, one of the busiest sea ports worldwide and home for many of our customers. One of these customers is the company UNICK. UNICK is a specialist for automotive parts with their core business being in the production and distribution of solenoid valves.

Solenoid valves are the most frequently used control elements in fluidics.

Their tasks are to shut off, release, dose, distribute or mix fluids. For a solenoid valve that is located in the gears shift, they rely on an igus® piston ring. The lubricant free piston ring ensures smooth linear motion of the valve that is dosing the fluids.

Mr. Park, the leading engineer of UNICK appreciates the high wear resistance, the low price and that the ring is easy to assemble. He also stresses the high reliability and mentioned that they haven’t had any problem so far. As we spent two days in Busan I got a glimpse of what the city is all about. I really like that it is located in a mountainous area at the sea which makes it a very picturesque scene.

Due to the great reputation of the beach, during the summer months crowds flock to soak up the atmosphere, not a patch of sand is left un-touched.

The bridge that leads through the sea along the coast and connects two districts of Busan is particularly eye-catching. You have the best view of it when you climb one of the many countries skyscrapers.

The downtown of Busan is surrounded by small busy streets that are full of restaurants.

In each of these restaurants you get Soju, the liquor that you will find on every table of which the South Koreans like to mix with beer. From Busan we headed back in the direction of Incheon, which is located close to Seoul and where we have our branch. There I had to leave the car for a few days again. On the way we stopped by at a village that embodies the opposite of the thriving city of Busan. The village is calm and preserved, traditionally Korean.

Whilst we are on the topic of old sites, can you see any similarity between the two following pictures, any relation respectively?

The first picture is showing not only stones, but a tomb of a king. This is the cemetery of King Munmu (661-681 AD) who wished to be buried in the East sea. He strongly believed in Buddha and thought that his ghost will protect his country against any kind of assaults (mostly directed towards the Japanese). The Japanese were also the reason for the pagoda on the second picture. King Munmu built a temple believing that the power of Buddha would drive away the Japanese pirates that constantly were a threat to his kingdom. Unfortunately, the temple later burned down and only the two pagodas remained.

I want to use this occasion to say thank you to our Korean colleagues. Thank you for your great hospitality and support. It was an awesome trip. The following destination for myself and iglidur is Taiwan. I heard that Taiwan offers incredible nature sites such as high mountains, canyons and tropical beaches. I’m looking forward to see iglidur® there and updating you all on the latest finds.

I keep you up to date,

yours Sascha

Deception in South Korea

Visit the igus website here for more information on igus parts used within in iglidur vehicle: http://bit.ly/1kOWYZ4

We have previously visited the main areas within South Korea. Places visited range from the beautiful sea shores at the east coast, to the most famous mountains in the north-east and even to the frontier with North Korea. As it stands, we are now within the completely opposite area of South Korea, this being the deep south.
Whilst making the journey south bound, we stopped off and visited one of our customers, these being Hanmac electronics.

Hanmac moulds plastic parts for appliances such as refrigerators or washing machines. They rely on igus® bearings for a plastic part that is located in the bottom of a washing machine. The plastic plate contains two rollers that rotate during the washing process which keep the water flowing in a circular motion therefore avoids the tangling of clothes.

Each roller is placed on a shaft that is embedded in two bearings. Before they made use of iglidur® H, Hanmac electronics had tested several other bearings but all failed. This was due to the fact that they could not ensure fast constant motions as well as being resistant to water and chemicals simultaneously. iglidur® H has been developed specifically for underwater applications which makes this a great solution to their needs. (For more information, check: http://bit.ly/1f9thTw)
The need for costly tests was no longer an issue and since they have been using the iglidur® material, they haven’t even had one single complaint.

Mr. yong lee, chief engineer of Hanmac, is not only stressing the durability and chemical resistance of iglidur® H, but also the support of igus®. He is fan of the 24h or today delivery promise. He is surprised that igus® can keep the promise although all products are only manufactured within the cologne, Germany headquarter.

South Korea is a very modern country that has a well developed infrastructure. This is not only pleasant for working or relaxing in the car but for the car itself too. I felt it was time to stress the car a bit more by driving off-road again. Of course, as igus® bearings are all used to dealing with high forces and dirt, they are still working perfectly.

Whilst on the road I came across this temple, not particularly thinking that it was of any significance, however I was very wrong. This temple is actually no real temple but a famous scenery used for Korean drama movies.

The place is called Danyang Ondel Open film set as it is located in the so called Ondal tourist site.

The following building, in comparison, is no film scenery but an historic relict which was built to preserve the portrait of King Taejo Yi Seong-gye, who founded the Joseon dynasty. Initially the area, called Gyeonggijeon, contained a gigantic building accompanying many attached buildings, but it lost half of the land during the Japanese occupation.

For the weekend we will stay in the area around Busan. Busan, located in the south of South Korea, has 3,6 million citizens making it the second largest metropolis after Seoul. Moreover, it is even the world’s fifth busiest seaport by cargo tonnage. I am looking forward to get to know more about it soon.
That’s all from me again. I hope you all had a happy Easter. While people in Europe tucked into Easter eggs, in Korea they were given igus® goody bags.

I will continue to keep you all up to date.

your Sascha.

 

Video of the Week – E4.1 light chain is light and large

igus’ e-chain solution for large hoses and cables

IGUS 400-B6For 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.

The new E4.1 light e-chain from energy chain specialist igus meets the engineers and designers’ need for a strong but light e-chain. It combines the benefits of the E4.1 series’ ruggedness and the E2/000 system’s easy accessibility. When used with “extender” crossbars, this e-chain has even more potential for carrying larger hoses.

A 4-piece light-weight structure, the E4.1 light chain can be fitted with snap-open “extender” crossbars on both sides along the inner and outer radius. This e-chain then offers a large interior-exterior dimension ratio and is therefore perfect for easy filling with large hoses.

Designed with igus’ customers in mind, the E4.1 light extender chain also provides a cost effective but specialised solution. Thanks to igus’ online calculator, engineers and designers can easily find the right e-chain, by entering simple application data.

To find out more about the igus E4.1 light extender chain, please watch this video: http://www.igus.co.uk/ExtenderCrossbarsE4.1Light

The chainflex guarantee club- Making moving energy safe

Introducing the chainflex Guarantee Club, where cables supplied by igus for continuously moving

applications, come with a service-life guarantee.

The guarantee club is open to all chainflex customers including machine builders, equipment

manufacturers and maintenance accounts.  You can receive a chainflex Cable Guarantee at one of

three levels: Orange, Silver or Gold, based on annual turnover.  The guarantee is defined time or the

number of double strokes the machine performs; whichever is reached first. The guarantee covers

free of charge replacement of cables.

 

The three status levels of club membership are as follows:

  • Orange status; the guarantee covers 18 months or 5 million double strokes with the option of

labelling the machine with a guarantee sticker.

  • Silver status: the guarantee covers 24 months or 7.5 million double strokes with a full staff

training programme for your employees on site, carried out by an igus sales engineer.  The training

covers handling and installation of cables, cost reduction and e-chain system optimisation.

  • Gold status covers 36 months or 10 million double strokes with the certification and training

undertaken by the product manager who also provides application specific support.  A complementary

one day seminar on cable technology is also included in the gold package.

igus chainflex product manager, James Harrison, tells us why igus are so confident in the durability of

the cables:

  • igus conducts extensive research and product development as well as live tests within our purpose

built 1,750m2 test lab.

  • Two billion double strokes are conducted annually in the test lab for research and development and

qualification of cables.

  • We undertake 10% batch testing of all cable production and carry out in excess of 100 million double

strokes in energy chains in pursuit of this.

  • The use of a climatic test chamber enables us to safely qualify cables from -40°C to +100°C.
  • Extensive training and product seminars from igus chainflex specialists on your site, provides you with

knowledge on how to achieve the optimum output from igus products as well as developing current employee skill

bases and information on industry innovations.

“Extensive test data of our chainflex cables, fills me with confidence that we can provide a superior cable and guarantee to match with promises that go beyond the norm.” Enthused James Harrison. “We cannot wait to build a real community for the chainflex Guarantee Club.”

Take a look at an example of a complete application test report for yourself here.

For more information, visit the dedicated section on the igus website: http://bit.ly/1n8YIzO

Or alternatively contact James Harrison:

Email: jharrison@igus.co.uk

Phone: 07971468439

 

igus’ Easter Newsletter

Matthew Aldridge talks 3-D printing in this months Easter Newsletter:

You will, I hope, know that we welcome enquiries for all moving parts on a machine, if it slides or guides, then talk to us, I am sure we can help.  Sometimes this wide sweeping promise can lead to strange conversations. One which sticks in my mind is a well spoken gentleman who recently called me asking if we only produced round plain bearings, as he would like a part which was not round. I explained how our production system worked, and that we could produce more or less whatever he wanted, he then asked for a price. He could not give precise dimensions, so I offered to email a sketch where he could fill in the dimensions required. I received a reply asking for a new sketch which was “less of an oval, more of an elongated circle”!  In the end, we arrived at the right part, but if this conversation happened today, I would have two extra alternatives to offer, the new igus tribo-tape and the igus 3-D print material, for details on these and other new products read the article below!


Click here for full access to the newsletter content: http://bit.ly/1eMIslI

 

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