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

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