Video of the Week – ‘iglidur on tour’ car completes UK leg

 

iglidur visits British landmarks before completing the UK tour

Polymer bearing specialist igus rounded off 2014 with a celebration of their 50th birthday and also 30 years of their self-lubricating bearing material, iglidur. To mark both milestones and demonstrate the robust and durable nature of the material in extreme environments, igus retrofitted a small car with iglidur bearings and sent it on a round the world trip. The iglidur car has now completed the UK leg of its tour, which began in November, having visited famous landmarks around the country, such as the Stonehenge, Angel of The North, EdinburghCastle and BuckinghamPalace.

A key part of the tour is the donation of the equivalent of €1 per mile travelled to charities in communities through which the iglidur car passes. In the UK, igus held a small charity event at the Northampton Guildhall, near to its UK headquarters, where the company donated £2,500 to the neonatal Gosset Ward at Northampton GeneralHospital.

The iglidur car left the UK at the end of November to continue with the rest of its European leg, moving on to France.

igus celebrates their 500,000th order shipped from Northampton

The Northampton based motion plastics company, igus, recently celebrated their 500,000th order by hand delivering an e-chain to Performance Enclosures Ltd (TeamMate) in Oxfordshire, who have been loyal igus customers for over 10 years.

Team Mate have designed and manufactured a diverse, practical and innovative range of furniture solutions since 1997, specifically tailored to the corporate and educational environments. Their concept of designing industry solutions, after finding out the users needs, has resulted in them becoming a world wide market leader in their field of Audio Visual & IT solutions.

For more information on igus e-chain, visit the website on: http://bit.ly/PdBXwp

Team Mate have designed and manufactured a diverse, practical and innovative range of furniture solutions since 1997, specifically tailored to the corporate and educational environments. Their concept of designing industry solutions, after finding out the users needs, has resulted in them becoming a world wide market leader in their field of Audio Visual & IT solutions.

Their product range includes teaching lecterns that go into the majority of UK Universities and also exported to  Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and many other countries. The need for height adjustability not only within static teaching lecterns and? products in general, is increasing as technology advances. Team Mate have addressed this need, incorporating their VariHite feature into the designs; a lift and lower mechanism. For this feature to be possible and safe, sophisticated cable management is required. This is where the igus e-chain has proven to be the best solution. The e-chain provides a safe cable-management system, protecting the cables so that they not only look neat yet are also tamper-resistant. Servicing is also made easy; the energy chain allows cables to easily be connected and inserted so the workstation can be altered to meet the need of the user, and cables can be checked.

With 80% of Team Mate’s market being educational, they like their products to stay with the brand scope as the Universities associate Team Mate with high quality. Energy chain from igus lives up to this high quality standard, confidently being included in the 10 year product warranty that Team Mate offers.

Matthew Aldridge, Managing Director from igus, visited their factory and office with other team members to say thank you for their consistent loyalty and to deliver Team Mate’s e-chain order in person. Matthew was also able to see exactly what applications the igus products are used in and the features which make igus ideal for this application.

“We have enjoyed working with igus for the past 10 years” says David Botting, Managing Director,  Performance Enclosures Ltd, “igus has helped contribute to the quality of our products. The back-up and support that we have received from the company has been outstanding and we look forward to receiving the one millionth order.”

iglidur on tour adventures continued: Pune to Bagalore (4000Km)

iglidur driver himself, Sascha, continues to give us his hands-on insight into the all around the world tour:

The Indian igus office is based in Bangalore, which is where we are now. We took a direct route from Pune to Bangalore which was, by the way, the longest we had so far. All in all it took us about 17 hours.

Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka and with about 8,4 million inhabitants, the third largest city (following Delhi and Bombay). Furthermore, it is the Silicon Valley of India. Although, it is further south, it is not as hot as Pune (nevertheless, still 30 degrees and sufficient for a painful sunburn).
As the following day was a Saturday, we kept it a bit slower with customer visits and made only five in total. One of the customers was Dynaspede.

They manufacture electro-mechanical components and machines for a wide spectrum of industries. You tell them what machine you want and they build it for you. We had the chance to get an insight view in an engine-testing machine, which is designed for a leading Indian car manufacturer, analysing the performance of engines.

They need to fix and move the engine. For this they put the engine on four shafts that are embedded in bearings.
Originally, they made use of THK bearings (Japanese company). At this time, they were facing many problems with scoring marks. Scoring marks are scratch marks on the shaft that are owed to movements. They occur when the friction between shaft and bearing is too high. To diminish this problem, they always had to lubricate as well as to use a hardened shaft. Eventually, they tried our Drylin® R FJUM-01-30 Flange housing instead, take a look at the igus flange housing for yourself: http://bit.ly/1hltyAD.

We supplied them directly with shafts and bearings at the same time. This not only decreased their number of vendors and therefore their administrative work, but also helps save money. As our products are self-lubricating and maintenance free, they solved their problem of the scoring marks. Thus, they have been using Drylin® R for years. They got rid of annoying work besides the actual work and could save costs. Nowadays, they don’t need to pay for the hardening of the shaft and for lubricating any more.

Inside the testing rid the engine is lifted and fixed both vertically and horizontally. There we have supplied jsm-6065-50 and jsm-20-23-20 for servo actuator and ejector pin respectively (horizontally). Inside the testing station is a shaft that they put on the gears-shift lever of the engine. The shaft is then moving the shift. Through this they are enabled to measure the performance. This shaft is guided by iglidur® J, which is characterized by a low wear with shaft materials and a low coefficient of friction.

We could also see our e-chains®. They are used for guidance and protection for moving cables. Most of their machines are already equipped with them.

The last days were entirely under the banner of driving and customer visits. We made at least another 1000km and visited about 25-30 of our beloved customers. Yesterday, I checked how many kilometers we have covered so far. About 4000! And there will be about 700km more as we are heading tomorrow towards Chennai, the other automobile hub of India.
Thus, I kind of cannot present you incredible adventure trips. No beach, no jungle, no desert etc. Just highways that were in a very good shape. I even cannot tell so much about Bangalore, just that at first glance, it seems to be a very modern and nice city.

Next time I will tell you more about the tour again. We’ll have some time in Chennai to discover a bit of the city, the culture itself and to visit some nice places.

As always I will keep you guys up to date,

Yours, Sascha

For more information, go onto the igus website: http://bit.ly/1aiIKyf

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”.

Auto Expo Special Part 2

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