Auto Expo Special

Driver, Sascha, tell us all about iglidur at the Auto Expo show in India:

We had our first day on the Auto Expo in New Delhi. It is not only the major automotive show in India, but also the second largest in the world held every two years. There are two shows at two different venues this year; the motor show and the component show. At the component show we are represented with two booths. One inside a hall, showing our products and one outside demonstrating the car and our “iglidur® on tour” project. We have 70m² for our vehicle which is more than we have ever had at this show!

The outside booth is more “funky” as it aims to engage as many people as possible (although the car alone is already an attraction by itself) raising awareness of the tour and iglidur components in themselves. In addition to the car, we have a small car racing game as well as one big screen with short clips such as this music video from igus India:

and one with a video game where you can test your knowledge about the car and our applications.

The first day was a success although some things went wrong. We had a cable fire at our outdoor both and a leaking pipe inside. Despite these minor technical problems we were able to carry on with the issue in hand and work properly. We not only got a lot of inquiries but also new potential customers so the event proved to be a great success for us. As I was outside the entire day with the car, I cannot estimate the crowd indoor but at our “iglidur® on tour” booth we predominantly had a huge crowd! Not only did iglidur attract the generic customer audience and the general public, yet it also grasped the attention of the ‘times of India’ newspaper, one of the largest in the subcontinent!

I will keep you guys up to date.
Good night,

yours Sascha.

The evolution of drylin E

igus does not stop with the traditional linear guides method. The original drylin drive range has evolved introducing drylin E, a complete linear axis with motor; the ultimate in drive technology.

drylin E perfectly suits the needs of both engineers and designers, providing a complete drive solution from one single source with one final price. Stepper Motors, DC motors, limit switches and chainflex motor cables contribute towards the maintenance-free systems.

igus’ very own drylin E specialist, Adam Sanjurgo, tells us the factors that make drylin E a top solution within multiple industries:

  • Reduces outsourcing levels

One part number and one price for a complete motor-equipped linear axis, saving time on outsourcing components and simplifying the process.

  • Online services

The online CAD tools save time for designers and enable the end user to select the perfect system for their needs, as well as allowing the user to view the exact product via the online CAD system, by downloading a 3D model Straight into their own designs.

The online product finder for drylin drive technology provides the option to calculate the correct motors and service life. Once the optimum option has been specified orders can easily be made. The online product finder boasts a range of features including:

1.      Linear solutions tailored to your application.

2.      Configuration of accessories.

3.      Motor selection including load calculation.

4.      Easy to understand results offering the ideal solution.

5.      Convenient access to other functions, such as online catalogues and Downloads.

  • Numerous options

A range of complexity in terms of motor options, including DC and stepper means the system can be completely tailored to the application needs.

  • Complementing parts

Other components, such as limit switches, can be supplied reinforcing the ease of sourcing from one place.

  • The igus promise

As with all igus products, drylin E is self-lubricating, maintenance-free and predictable ensuring a cost effective and reliable product that well and truly corresponds with the igus ‘Plastics for longer life’ promise.

‘Drylin E has progressed massively within just a few short years. With its’ increased portfolio of new products within the range, we can confidently cover a large array of most industrial applications.’ A. Sanjurgo.

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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.

Under the Sign of the Auto Expo!

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: 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:

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.

New Delhi- The link with the sheep

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 ( 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:

New Delhi officially welcomes iglidur

Driver, Sasha, shares his thoughts of the day from the iglidur press conference in New Delhi:

It was a big day for iglidur®. Our Indian colleagues presented “iglidur® on tour” to the media and thus have made an impressive start to the journey in India. Around 30 journalists were expected however in the end, 52 turned up! What a start!

Our sales manager, Patrick Carl, initially stated the idea behind “iglidur® on tour” and introduced igus® and our bearing production line. Mr. Antony P Kurian, COO of igus® India, subsequently gave some general information about the work they are doing. Paul Deepack and Santosh Jakob k followed and guided the journalists in the direction of the main focus of the day.

The big reveal!

Music started to play, fog started to fill the scene where a screen opened slowly and our car entered the stage, the star of the day. Journalists flocked to the stage out of their seat all without a doubt competing to get that winning shot of the iglidur car.

As the initial buzz started to simmer we presented the tour the car is going to drive as well as me as a driver. Following this, the charity organization “make a difference” got to know that we donate 100 rupee (85=1 euro) for each kilometer/mile we are going to drive (about 4000km/2500miles). “Make a difference” is a voluntary network that is empowering children living in street shelters and orphanages.

Finally, this all got topped off with a lively discussion. It was a short but very intensive and successful press conference. Next stop is the Auto expo in New Delhi before we afterwards are going to start out to discover incredible India.


Brand new launch: xiros® End Cap Ball Bearings, a real plastic for longer life

High-performance material, Xirodur B180, ensures a reliable wear resistant and durable bearing ideal for a variety of application areas. The self lubricating and water-proof nature makes this a perfect solution for the food and packaging industry.

Xiros product manager, Dean Aylott from igus, gives us his top 5 application problems that a Xiros ball bearing solves within the food industry:

  1. Food Contamination:

The self-lubricating and FDA approved material properties eliminate the need to add lubrication therefore reducing food contamination.

  1. Heavy machinery:

The light-weight nature reduces weight in the food packaging machines.

  1. High level of friction/ static build-up:

Xiros bearings reduce friction enabling you to run your machines at higher speeds with less drag, increasing productivity.

  1. High demand in maintenance:

Maintenance-free nature; increasing service-life and reducing costs.

  1. Long or time-consuming installation process:

Maintenance-free, no need for un-scheduled downtime. Replace greased steel and stainless steel ball bearings.

xiros® success stories

By swapping to plastic, we have had success in a number of applications. igus recently had an application where steel ball bearings were insufficiently maintained on a UK built machine, that was wrapping confectionary goods overseas. Steel ball bearings were sprayed down with a chemical product/ solution which in-turn penetrated the seal and corroded the original bearing.

The company made an enquiry to igus for a solution to their problem. igus products proved to be of favour and from what was a three week failure rate , igus have completely turned around. Now as it stands, the bearings are still operating within the application two years later. Outstanding feedback! Not only have igus products extended the machine service life, they have also enabled the customer to increase through-put and dramatically slash costs.

The new addition to the xiros® family

The Xiros product range has been extended: the new Xiros End Cap Ball Bearings for larger diameter rollers, such as those used within the success story example above. They feature not only sacrificial ribs for easy installation, yet can withstand a vast range of temperatures from -40°C to +80°C and have a load rating of 294N per bearing.

“The Xiros End Cap Ball Bearings are exactly what the food packaging industry needs.” Dean Aylott enthused, “They can withstand the dynamic and challenging environments that are faced by this industry, making it a reliable and durable market component. With products like these, we can bring the traditional method of conveying inline with 21st Century technology”.

For more information:

Visit the igus website on:

Or contact Dean Aylott (xiros® product manager) on:

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iglidur on tour-Welcome to New Delhi

Sascha, igligur’s very own driver, shares the start of his all around the world tour.

‘To be honest I do not even know where to start. I have only been here four days but have already experienced more than I can summarize in a blog entry!

Let’s start with the flight.
Actually, everything went fantastic until we were on the way to the airport in New Delhi. What I thought were normal clouds, was in reality a mixture of smog and fog that lay over the whole city and buried everything underneath. I recently just read that the air pollution in New Delhi is even worse than Beijing. The smoke, smog, fog was so dense that I though I was sitting right next to it, the wings I could no longer see. What is an inconvenience for me, was a big problem for the pilot. After the third attempt, he broke off the landing and flew to Mumbai.

After a short recharge (1.5 hours to Mumbai and then 1.5 hours back to New Delhi) I finally arrived in the city, seven hours late, which was so incredibly strange.

How can you take a first impression and describe it fully in one word? I would say that the best way to describe it is “intense”. If you leave the quiet, insular airport hall, the first thing you perceive is a significant amount of taxis. Everyone is trying to outdo the other and to lure you in. I chose one of the many taxis and began a ride that I will look back upon as a mixture between fun and looking death in the eye, switching back and forth. I had the impression that my taxi driver was driving without any system. Everyone seemed to be driving so fast no matter how small the spaces were. The Road Traffic Act seemed to me to play a subordinate role, with drivers permanently honking while driving. I am sure that when I reflect upon my time in New Delhi, the whole honking scenario is definitely going to be the first thing think of. Horns can be heard actually constantly to at any time, whether morning, noon, evening or night. A few days after my first taxi ride I had the theory that the horns are the reason why I have not seen any accidents. You honk when you drive into a road when you overtake a car or when you see that someone comes too close.

When I finally arrived, after what felt like an eternity, at the hotel I went straight to my bed. The next day I set out to explore the city in which I will live for the next two weeks. My Indian colleague: Nitin, picked me up at the hotel and showed me a few sights. What prevails life on Delhi’s roads I found really impressive. Above all, the peaceful coexistence between extreme opposites, e.g. between rich and poor has fascinated me. Here there are high-tech shops next to hawkers, stray dogs and cows next to modern skyscrapers and cars sometimes in addition to very exotic means of transport such as elephants.

I would love to tell you more about the city, such as where to eat but I have not had time to explore the past couple of days. The last two days we spent at customs in order to free iglidur ® from the shackles of Indian bureaucracy. I have never waited so long in my life for a few signatures. While Monday was probably “Happy customs day” and none of the officials felt responsible for us. After waiting seven hours, we were good to go. Nevertheless, the wait was worth it!

Next time I’ll tell you more about the liberation of iglidur ® and also where there is a connection between our car and a flock of sheep. Strange but true. :).

Until next time.

Your Sascha


iglidur on tour-A successful press event

The iglidur on our press event, hosted at igus HQ in Cologne, was a superb way to reveal and celebrate the start of the world-wide tour.

Our very own Leanne Golding, Marketing Manager here, was fortunate enough to be able to attend the event for herself.

“The event was very well organised and included lots of featured product areas that kept every visitor engaged. Presentations from the CEO, Frank Blase, and colleagues were informative and really drummed up the excitement between myself and other attendees in terms of seeing what challenges the tour will bring!”

Concluding this, on the 20th of January 2014, the car was then driven to Frankfurt airport to be flown to India in preparation for the launch of the tour in Asia.

Meet the driver

Our ‘iglidur on tour’ car is accompanied by Sascha, who introduces himself in the following Clip:

Fourth week of remodelling!

Time is getting short…

…and our car for “iglidur® on tour” entered the last phase of remodelling! The windscreen wiper mechanism bearings still needed to be replaced! Sliding blocks for the convertible top had to be manufactured! There was still a lot of work ahead but on the 20th of January the journey begins. The flight to India was booked. Time was running out!

Work that was involved at this stage:

1.) The sliding blocks that are guiding the convertible top have been redesigned with CAD and the 3D drafts have been printed. Now comes the time to investigate whether the drafts of the new sliding blocks are fitting accurately or not. If not then the convertible top will not move at all and further corrections would have had to have been made.
The part of the sliding blocks which enables clearance to the top was a real challenge for the university students as the redesigned and remanufactured piece was not flexible enough. Though, they came to the ingenious idea to use spring steel instead and to put a sliding layer on it.

2.) At the windscreen wiper mechanism bearings replaced originals to enable the windscreen wiper to move. The bolt where the wiper is located on is mounted in two bearings.

3.) The car is still “naked” and has to be cased again in its sexy, orange car body.

Although there was still a lot of work ahead and time was running out, it should be mentioned that a lot has been accomplished, to note:

The gear-module: At the gear-module, four bearings have been replaced. Two thick-walled metal bearings, which serve to lock the gear in place, have been substituted by igus® bearings. The bearings not only can move around the shaft but also endure the changing radial force. For the shaft they had to take low mechanical properties into account as it is made out of plastic and has for instance low strength and stiffness. Usually this plastic-to-plastic combination leads to a very high rate of attrition. A lot of heat is created that cannot be dissipated. In this case they used an igus® bearing P210 which can endure this hostile environment.

Furthermore two bearings at the upper part of the gear stick have also been replaced. The original “clip bearings”, that were lubricated, have been substituted by dry igus® plastic bearings. These bearings aim at balancing out forces that emerge at the swivel angle when shifting between forward gear and the reverse gear.

The brake pedal: Here they changed two bearings. While braking, the pedal slides along two igus® plastic bearings that are located on a bolt. This bolt connects the pedal with the module that is fitted to the car body.

The seat: Due to the fact that we were not allowed to change things that could affect the safety of the driver, we only changed a bearing at the unlocking mechanism which serves to adjust the seat. igus® bearings are guiding the bar that unlocks the seat in order to be able to move the seat forwards or backwards.

The window lifting mechanism: Before the remodelling, the pulley which is guiding the cable, was directly located on a bolt. Now, an igus® bearing is connecting the pulley and the bolt enabling frictionless Motion.

Hand-brake: It is the same with the hand-brake. Before the remodelling the lever was running directly on the bolt that connects the lever with the module that is fitted to the car body. Now the lever  glides over an igus® bearing.

Throttle valve: Last but not least, the throttle valve is now on a moving bolt that is fitted within two igus® bearings.

The end is near!



Welcome to the igus newsletter

Dear igus visitor,

Welcome to the first newsletter of the New Year, I hope that all readers enjoy a happy and prosperous 2014. Christmas is now a fast fading memory and perhaps like me only the credit card bill remains, all other traces have been removed.  January is the month where the high street stores seem to directly target my better half with all kinds of marketing promotions, and I usually fight a losing battle against the success of these “too good to miss” special reductions. The old adage is almost always true “There’s no such thing as a free lunch!” I say almost, because the exception of course are the vector® awards, held again this year. You can read about this below, but the basic facts are if you use e-chain® then tell us about your application and you can win up to €5000. Nothing would please me more than an igus® UK newsletter reader taking the top prize!

Best regards

Matthew Aldridge


We want your energy supply applications!
… for novel applications using e-chains®
… e-chainsystems® with cables…
The vector® award is an joint initiative between igus®, the industrial media and engineering associations.

Novel applications wanted!
The vector® award aims to recognise novel energy supply applications, which have been realised with energy chains and cables.

We are looking for novel solutions, e.g. for:

  • Longer service life
  • Higher speed
  • Resisting dirt, extreme environments, chemicals, etc.
  • Savings in the design or installation cycle
  • Logistics
  • and much more

Whether a prototype or a production application; big, small, complex or simple… taking part is easy!
Harald Nehring, Vice President e-chainsystems®, igus® GmbH
Simply submit your application. The jury will then select the technically most novel and creative solution; 1st prize is €5000!

1st Prize:
The gold vector® award, certificate and prize money of €5000

2. Prize:
The silver vector® award, certificate and prize money of €2500

3. Prize:
The bronze vector® award, certificate and prize money of €1000&nbs p;

Further information about the vector® award, video and entry form at:

The vector® award ceremony will take place at the Hannover Messe
(7. -11. April 2014)

Winners 2012 
Gold vector® 2012:
KUKA Cobra Silver vector® 2012:
sludge treatment Bronze vector® 2012:
wood handling

fast, light, compact …