iglidur on tour goes to Venice

Our first stop whilst in Italy was Venice. Unfortunately, we had to park our iglidur®-car in the main car park as Venice is not accessible by vehicles. We had some sites on our to-do-list and started with the canal as well as the Rialto Bridge: the oldest bridge spanning the Grand Canal.


Discovering Venice

 


At the Rialto Bridge overlooking the Grand Canal

The next stop was the Piazza San Marco. It is the main square and social center of Venice. Whilst we were there it was possible to feed the pigeons with seeds.


Feeding the pigeons

However, the main point is the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco (Saint Mark’s Basilica). The design is impressive and in particular the golden mosaics inside the Basilica, although was not able to take photos inside.


The Saint Mark’s Basilica

Close to the Basilica and all over Venice, one will find typical Gondolas.


No Gondola service during the rain

Due to the rain, they were covered and not used. Therefore, we decided to discover Venice’s’  narrow alleys by foot. Everywhere is something to discover…


… like this hidden backyard or …


… monuments like this of Carlo Goldoni.

We spent the whole day in Venice and arrived at the Campo Santa Margherita after sunset. It is said to be the place where young people meet at the local bars.


The dry-tech®-box on its own on the Campo Santa Margherita 

The last stop in Venice was on the opposite side of the Grand Canal in respect to the Piazza San Marco – Punta della Dogana di Mare, where there is a great view over the Grand Canal.


The Grand Canal by night

Finally, we called it a day because we were tired and went back to the hotel.


Bye bye, Venice!

Introducing the team for Europe

Hey!

While we are on the road to visit some customers, I would like to introduce my team mates:


The crew of iglidur® on tour from left to right: Sandor, myself and Nils

Nils is 19 years old, has a vocational diploma in media design and loves music and photography. Therefore, I have chosen him to assist me by taking photos. Furthermore, he has experience in filming and thus, will have control about GoPro and camera.

Sandor is 19 years old as well, loves to travel and to discover foreign countries. With his license in the pocket he is responsible for our iglidur®-car and ready to take us around Europe safely.

Now it is clear who we are but where do we go?

Find out next time,

Karl

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iglidur® has a new team for the European side of the tour

Hello everybody and welcome to the European side of “iglidur® on tour”.

My name is Karl and I am the representative of iglidur® on tour throughout Europe. Within the next six months, I’ll take pictures, record videos, conduct interviews and post all information onto the blog. You are going to read about the places we discover and the culture we experience. Due to the fact that I’ve got a master’s degree in mechatronics, I will have a closer look on the technical aspects as well. Our customers and their applications are our source of innovation. Therefore, I’m curious to get the story of how igus® products solved their problems and made life easier. In addition, igus® developed web tools to simplify the configuration of our products based on our test results and the requirements of the costumer. I want to know how helpful such tools are to make the right choice and get the best solution.

All in all, I will report on a daily basis but I’m looking forward to hearing from you as well! Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or to contact us, if you have any feedback or want to know something more in detail.


The iglidur® car, dry-tech®-box and me. We will get to know each other very well within the next 6 months.

The iglidur® car had its routine maintenance before it started its journey. Therefore, the dry-tech®-box will have a look around Frankfurt.

The Main Tower is one of Germany´s highest skyscrapers with a total height of 240 m, used as office building and open to public. 26 Elevators take visitors to a platform at 198 m height with a speed of 25,2 km/h. These elevators are the fastest in Germany. The drytech®-box made it to the top and had a look at the bank district of Frankfurt am Main.


The dry-tech®-box on top of the MAIN TOWER. It’s cold and windy at a height of 198 m.

At the end of the day, our iglidur®-car left the service centre refreshed and ready to conquer Europe. We are on the road with the next stop ahead. Who we are and where will we go? Find out in my next post when I introduce my colleges and the tour schedule.

So let’s join the igus® family and be part of the innovations around the world!

Karl

Handing Over The Torch

As we now know, Sascha will no longer be continuing the iglidur on tour journey. So here we get to know the new driver a little better:

Hi, I am Kayla and I will be your guide for the North American part of the tour.
I am 22 years old from Rhode Island and a recent graduate of Iona College where I received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a degree in Fine Arts.

Handing Over The Torch

I can most always be found holding a camera and a notebook. It is no surprise when I was asked to be a part of the iglidur World Tour that I said yes before the question was even finished. I am an avid traveler and travel whenever I get the opportunity. Some recent places I have been include Paris, Germany (cologne), Mexico, Switzerland, Maine U.S., Barcelona, Brussels, London and now Alaska, of where I tend to bring back many souvenirs from my travels and find myself with a forever increasing collection.

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Through this trip I plan on making our journey come to life for people who are following our tour. Look for me on the road!

Yours, Kayla.

igus improves the performance of agricultural machines

Brazil is one of the largest producers of agricultural products in the world. Every year, millions of tons of soybeans, grain, sugar cane, ethanol or coffee are harvested.

For this, a lot of machines are needed. igus® parts help improve the performance of agricultural machines such as field sprayers, hay sprayers, tractors etc. Especially in agricultural applications, you need solutions that can stand up to rough conditions, such as dirt, shock and edge loads. The absence of lubricants and a long service life are equally important, which makes igus® bearings the perfect solution for any kind of agricultural machine.

Kuhn is one of the leading manufacturers of farming machinery. The company was founded in 1828 and nowadays has more than 3000 employees.

We left Sao Paulo and made our way South. On the way, we passed Curitiba, the biggest city in Southern Brazil with around 1.7 million habitants. Curitiba was an official city for the FIFA World Cup, where several matches took place such as Spain vs. Australia or Ecuador vs. Honduras.

The stadium, which provided space for 4000 fans, is equipped with thousands of chairs that comprise of self-lubricating iglidur® GLW bearings.

Each of the newer white chairs has six igus® bearings, two that ensure the motion whereas four are at fixed points.

iglidur® GLW is a very cheap, self-lubricating bearing for mass production. It is mostly used in applications with static load, where the bearings are just moving occasionally.

The older chairs are to be replaced soon. In the match plastic vs. metal, plastic is ahead and about to win. We also had the chance to take the car onto the field.

If you are one of the few followers that is able to understand Portuguese, check out the article of the residing football team Atlético Paranaense: http://www.atleticoparanaense.com/site/noticias/detalhe/34937/Carro-da-Igus-que-passar-por-30-pases-esteve-na-Arena.

After and before matches, fans were able to relax at the nearby botanical garden.

From Curitiba we travelled further South to Joinville. Joinville, not very well-known to most people, is THE city for those interested in ballet.

Joinville has the only subsidy of the very famous Bolshoi ballet academy (Moscow).

Here, they have students from all over South America. Once the dancer has passed the selective test (they take 40 of about 500 applicants), the school will pay for the accommodation as well as the flat and living costs of the student.

Joinville is not only famous for this school, but also marks the beginning of a part of Brazil that is full of Germans.

Brazilians with German descendents are living in the entire country but the overwhelming majority lives south of Sao Paulo. If you consider all German dialects together, then they make up the second most spoken first language in Brazil after Portuguese. The Brazilian government conducted a census in 2000, which came to the result that about 12 million citizens have German roots. The first Germans settled there in the 19th century. The failed German revolutions of 1848 resulted in a wave of German immigrants. Many of them arrived in the state Santa Catarina, where they founded the cities Joinville, Pomerode and Blumenau.

Nowadays, Pomerode is considered the most German city as about fifty percent of the citizens can speak German.

German is still the first language they learn in school along with German traditions, such as the annual “Pommernfest”, that they have been keeping alive for decades.

Some of the citizens even have gnomes in their garden, which is very German indeed, and many of the old houses are half-timbered.

The following house is the oldest in Pomerode and built in 1860.

Not far from Pomerode is the bigger city Blumenau. Once in a year, the “Deutsche Ville Park” is the venue for the third largest Oktoberfest worldwide.

We were able to present the car at the entrance. Many people were curious about the car driving around the world, with even the princesses of the last Oktoberfest showing up for a picture.

Currently, we are on the way to Florianopolis with the route leading along the coast. On the way, we passed by this stunning beach.

I will keep you up to date,

yours Sascha.

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.

 

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

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

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.

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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