iglidur is accompanied by the exhibition truck in China

Today, I would like to show you the truck that is accompanying us during the trip within China, in more detail.

For more information about iglidur on tour, visit the igus website here: http://bit.ly/1kOWYZ4

The truck is attracting a huge following reach and crowds and alongside the car, is becoming a huge success. To be blunt, it is a normal truck that has been modified. Within five minutes we can turn the truck into an exhibition booth where we are showcasing a wide range of igus products, currently in China.

 

For our customer we offer the “whole package”. On the truck he not only can have a direct look at our products, but also approach us with technical questions.

Every day dozens of customers are handing over their contact details (and this not only due to the famous igus® cups they get as a reward afterwards)

Usually, after the visit of the booth, we turn the attention to our iglidur® on tour project. For everyone we offer a drive with the car. Most people think about the project as a great idea, but often add that it must be a real adventure to drive with this certain city car once around the world.

Two days ago we arrived with iglidur® at the yellow sea in Quingdao. To be honest, I haven´t  heard of the city before, but I got to know that it is a famous beach-holiday mecca for Chinese and other Asian tourists. For sure, it is growing fast. When you are coming close to the city you only see construction work going on everywhere.

In Quingdao we met one of our suppliers who delivers us with goods for exhibitions (By the way, the main street is not called “Marktstraße” any more, but something in Chinese).

Sascha Kurtenbach, born in cologne, has been living in Quingdao for about ten years. Although he speaks Chinese fluently, he mentioned that he only knows about 3500 signs. This is not enough to read a newspaper (the average Chinese knows about 5000 signs and a professor at a university about 10.000). For me every word sounds the same and for this reason I imagine that learning the language must be extremely hard.

Mr. Wang is 35 years old and father of two children. He is from Henan province where we are going to visit a famous temple soon. Although he has been working as a professional driver for decades, it is his first time seeing a truck like this. I asked my colleague to ask him about his opinion. For him it is very special to be part of this project as he can do more than just driving. When the truck has transformed, he always helps us at the booth. For instance, he hands over leaflets or guides customers to someone who can answer technical questions.

Who better to install your Energy Chain System than us, the people who make them?!

In today’s technologically advanced society, machine downtime can have huge cost repercussions in lost process time that could have been avoided. energy chain systems from igus have been implemented across a wide spectrum of industry applications due to their increasing recognition of being highly reliable with a long overall service life and very low maintenance.

Extensive and specialist energy chain system knowledge is evident in our full turnkey installation & project service that we offer at igus, which consists of a full technical analysis from our dedicated UK based projects team, prior to submitting a detailed proposal on where we can make improvements within your application. Full turnkey retrofits can also be carried out on old festoon systems, cable reels and BusBars all complete with the igus guarantee.

Who better to install your Energy Chain System than us, the people who make them Who better to install your Energy Chain System than us, the people who make them.2

Mark Smith, the igus installation & projects manager, explains the advantages of the igus service:

‘Here at igus, we have a vast knowledge of energy chain systems.  Between us, we have many decades of experience and can take a look at your application and advise of any improvements, whether they be minor adjustments or a complete reconfiguration.  Our focus is simple: Machine reliability, so involving us early in the design stage or maintenance programme can reap rich rewards in the future.  With this extensive knowledge, we have now developed a calculation tool to give a fixed installation price, with 11 simple questions.  This enables us to react quickly, so we can offer a fault free, professional maintenance and installation service by highly qualified and specially trained personnel.’

11 Simple Questions to generate your igus installation price:

  1. e-chain type?
  2. e-chain length?
  3. Old guide trough to be removed?
  4. New guide trough to be fitted?
  5. Trough length (m)
  6. Guide trough mounting
  7. Working height
  8. Cables to be fitted?
  9. No of cables?
  10. Total number of cores to be terminated?
  11. Site induction required?

You place one order, totally project managed by us.  We manufacture the energy chain, chainflex cables & guide troughs, including detailed 3D CAD drawings and for full installations, we would also include for instance any special steelwork or cable connectors, to enable us to return your machine back into your hands, fully commissioned.

We also offer full maintenance inspections, so we can regularly check your Energy Chain System in order to prolong the service life and produce a detailed report for your technical file.

Who better to install your Energy Chain System than us, the people who make them.3

Of course, at igus, we like to offer our customers that little bit more. For every concrete enquiry for our installation & project service, you will receive a free keg of Toad & Fiddler ale from the Frog Brewing Co!

If you think we may be able to help, please contact Mark directly on 01604 677240, or send an email to msmith@igus.co.uk

Alternatively, you can find information on this service when you visit our website:  http://bit.ly/1hNttUT

Video Of The Week – igubal is everywhere!

Fits Multiple Applications From Extremely Diverse Areas

Take a look at applications where igubal has been used here: http://bit.ly/1kLGLUv

igubal, from polymer expert igus, is a versatile, light weight and corrosion free pivoting bearing material that is pivoting a great fit for multiple applications, from textile to automotive industries.

Video Of The Week - igubal is everywhere!

Thanks to its wear-resistant properties, igubal is ideal for applications such as food machines and linear systems, while its great resistance to dirt makes this state-of-the-art polymer material suitable for conveyor belts, road sweepers and stone processing.

Packaging machines and animatronic attractions are some of the many other applications that igus igubal can successfully fit thanks to its unique vibration dampening characteristics.

Self-lubricating and corrosion-free, igubal parts also help adjustment mechanisms move quietly and glide smoothly, as well as lifting platforms and mobile cranes- to mention a few possible applications.

To find out more about igus igubal’s multiple applications, please watch this video: www.igus.co.uk/igubalAllRoundApplication

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

speedigus- What makes this such a unique service?

Here at igus, the customer really is at the heart of all of our activities and speedigus is no exception.

speedigus is a platform that enables us to offer custom made parts with a flexible lead time whilst still maintaining the igus ‘dry-tech’ promise: this being a lubricant free, dry-running and technically optimised iglidur material suited perfectly to the application in focus.

When lead time is crucial, the speedigus service is perfect where delivery times are rapidly reduced. For machined parts, the standard lead time is 10 working days and for moulded solutions it is 15, although with the Speedigus service this can be dramatically reduced to as little as one day.

You as the customer are in control!

speedimould:
Special bespoke parts are made from iglidur polymers according to the customer requirements.

  • 13 different igus standard materials.
  • From design to manufacture of real igus parts can potentially be complete in as little as 24 hours..
  • Requires a 3D model.
  • No minimum order quantities.

speedicut:

  • The extensive range of iglidur stock bar materials enable us to machine parts rapidly to a customers design.
  • 8 standard iglidur stock bar materials, available in various sizes and 2 standard stock sheet materials.
  • The lead time can be from 24hrs from design to manufacture.
  • Requires a 2D drawing and/or 3D model.
  • Perfect for low volume test parts.

For more information, visit our website on: http://bit.ly/Oobxat

Or Contact Erin Kemal, igus’ speedigus expert:

01604 677240

Ekemal@igus.co.uk

Online technical data sheets now available for over 1,100 chainflex cables

Extensive information available on flexible cables

igus, the leading expert in dynamic cabling for energy chains,now offers technical data sheets for over 1,100 chainflex cables. The data sheets, which are available online at: www.igus.co.uk/chainflex, provide cable specifiers with detailed information, including cable cross-section drawings.

“The cross-section cable drawings provide designers with a unique opportunity to gain a detailed view of the position of the individual cores within the overall stranded structure, and optimally assign connectors’ PIN configurations, explains igus director, Justin Leonard. “The overview provides a precise description of the various jacket materials used for igus cables with their full resistance information, which makes choosing the right cable even easier.”

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The detailed usage parameters such as, the ambient conditions, and travel or bending radius, help design the system as a whole and therefore, extend the service life of the individual systems and machines.

The lifespan of igus’ cables are guaranteed for millions of cycles but typically last much longer. This is established by the rigorous tests that all igus products go through. The tests consist of millions of cycles in real life applications, as well as tests within the igus laboratory.

“These tests reassure engineers, machine builders and OEMs that igus cables will improve the performance and reliability of their equipment,” adds Leonard. “This is backed-up by the large number of customers that report that igus cables ‘just don’t wear out!’”

For further information, visit igus on http://bit.ly/1oJbq4H or please contact:

Justin Leonard, igus

Tel: 01604 677240

Email: jleonard@igus.co.uk

 

Quickpin 2.0- Why make it complicated?!

Ever wanted to be able to just go online and access a service where you can order your very own bespoke cable via a few simple clicks? The Quickpin 2.0 is a clearly designed online tool, that does not require prior registration, where the user can select from a variety of standardised cables and develop them on to a complete bespoke product allowing almost unlimited options.

We catch-up with Dan Seeney, our very own Readychain® product manager and Quickpin expert, to find out exactly what makes this such a unique piece of software!

“Your needs as an igus customer have driven us in this direction. Quickpin 2.0 is a fantastic tool for everyone, especially electrical designers. The software enables you to quickly configure any cable to your unique requirements using industry standard and approved connectors.” Dan Seeney, igus.

Quickpin 2.0- Why make it complicated

Dan’s top 10 factors that make quickpin 2.0 a must for designers

  1. Free software package, e-plan, used by industry designers.
  2. Files can easily be exported into your own designs.
  3. Fast, quick and easy.
  4. Quote the same day.
  5. Tailored to your specific designs, a true bespoke and individual package.
  6. 24/7 online accessibility.
  7. chainflex cables are available with no minimum order quantities, cutting charges or copper surges so there are no hidden charges.
  8. A request can be send to igus’ chainflex team via one click.
  9. Within 24 hours, a member of the igus team will call you to discuss your bespoke package personally and find what really is the best option to suit your needs.
  10. Cable will be delivered within three weeks, fast distribution: no wasted time.

A real affordable solution enabling electrical and design engineers to reduce time and improve the performance of their product.

Want to have a look for yourself? Click here to use Quickpin 2.0: http://bit.ly/1cc3eJQ

For more information and to talk to Dan himself:

Email: Dseeney@igus.co.uk

Call: 07768396792

igus India says goodbye

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It is unbelievable how fast the time has gone. The India tour is already over. It feels weird, after more than five weeks, to hear no one using the horn on streets. Guess one thing that will always be related to India for me :). Of course, igus India organized a proper goodbye for iglidur®. One day before we handed over the car to customs we did a small closing event. Following you find some memories that we would like to share with you:

At the beginning, a traditional south Indian band welcomed iglidur® when the star of the evening went to its place in front of the igus team, guests and journalists.

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After a proper opening with a traditional dance show…

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…we began our program. First point, the manus winner. As it seems appropriate, we combined the closing of the tour with the manus awards.

Gold and one hundred thousand Rupees to late Mr. Harshwardhan Gupta. Tragically, Mr. Gupta died in the night before we announced the winner. Instead, his daughter came to take the price (right). Mr. Gupta perfected a file cutting machine by using Drylin®, but also many other parts (Neubauplan Automation).

Silver and seventy five thousand Rupees to Mr. Munir Pansare who works for Tata Motors and had been rewarded for applying iglidur® JVSM for noise reduction in steering column (center).

Last but not least, Ms. Manhari Govankop of Mahindra & Mahindra who got bronze and fifty thousand Rupees for a tractor application by making use of igubal® WGRM.

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After this make a difference, the voluntary network which supports children living in street shelters and orphanages, received from igus Germany 4600€ euros/rupees. Beforehand, we calculated with about 4200km but in the end accomplished more than 4600km! Additionally, igus India spent 100 rupees for each driven kilometer! In total we handed over about 10.000€. This is money that will ensure the school education of dozens of children.

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We had a very successful start of our tour. This was only possible due to the extraordinary organization and work of the igus India team.

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Thanks also again for the great hospitality and your support. I felt welcomed from the very first moment and will surely come back for visits.

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Next stop is Shanghai. See you guys there in a few days.

 

 

Yours Sascha

From the begining to the end

What a final of our Indian tour. Our car visited his family members at Mercedes.

About one hundred people welcomed us when iglidur® arrived at the Indian headquarter of Mercedes (R&D department).

Most employees were astonished when they got to know that their more or less “own” car, improved with igus® bearings, is going to drive around the world.
The managing director itself, Mr. Koellermeyer, took this occasion to pass on his good wishes for the project.

We visited Mercedes on our way back from Chennai. Chennai is an automobile hub at the east coast. It was the last stop on our tour. Imagine yourself sitting in a sauna where a few million people are working and you a have the entire year 100% humidity. This is more or less the climate of Chennai. We took off from Bangalore at five in the morning to be able to drive about five hours, to visit some customers and to find some nice places for pictures. This time I would like to go straight onto talking about my surroundings rather than the drive itself.

Up on a hill, overlooking the entire city is a cathedral. About one to two hundred meters below the square from where you have a stunning view on the city and the nearby airport is the parking place, the highest point you can reach by car. If you want to get further you need a special permission.
We went to the church a few kilometers south where we were looking for a talk with the Reverent Father in charge.
Reverent Father Aeja is working closely with make a difference, the voluntary network which will receive hundred Rs per kilometer we have driven. Not interested in our bearings but fond of that we connect our trip with helping children, he gave us not only a special permission to drive up to the cathedral but even accompanied us.

The next day we woke up at five again. As we were at the east coast we wanted to take the occasion to have a sunrise picture with iglidur®.

Unfortunately, we couldn´t take the car as close as we wanted to the water so that we continued searching for a better spot. A few kilometers west of Chennai is a small fisher village which at this time, was already full of life.

Nevertheless, we took the chance to demonstrate that our bearings can endure not only unbearable heat and humidity…

…but also sand and sea water.

It was still very early when we left for our second trip the day. We tried to find more tropical areas. A colleague has told about a hill with stunning views. Initially, we thought about going there shortly and then to continue to Bangalore but due to traffic we got delayed. Thus, we decided to stay over night. The hotel wasn´t the best but the view the next morning was worth it.

I can barely believe that our India trip is at its end. The last five weeks went by incredible fast. The time has to come to say goodbye for me. I want to use this occasion to say thank you to all my Indian colleagues and friends. With your great hospitality and your support you made my stay here an experience I will never forget.
On the plane on the way to Germany I was sitting next to a guy who had been travelling to India already four times. When I asked him about India he just said one sentence: Once you come to India, you always come back!
I agree on this. For sure, I will come back to see you guys again and to explore more of this country, of incredible India!

The next time when I will write to you guys I’m in China. I will take a few days off from the blog-writing business. See you guys in Shanghai!

yours Sascha.

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