The car is ready to be picked-up to travel around the U.S.
The car is ready to be picked-up to travel around the U.S.
This years igus annual summer intern, Tobias Feth, came over from Germany to the igus UK with the intention of finding out more about the automotive industry alongside, of course, improving his English.
Tobias, 22, previously worked at an automotive dealership as their intern for 3 years, gaining experience within administration, customer service, marketing and warehouse operations. With his passion to succeed within the automotive industry increasing, he applied to igus for an internship.
Of particular interest to Tobias were the visits made to two prestigious UK automotive companies, with our Automotive Project Manager, Mr Dave Spence.
The first, was a manufacturer of braking systems where the manufacture and logistics of this industry was shown in all it’s complexity. The second stop of the day was to a prestigious factory of a luxury car manufacturer. After the initial security checks, access was allowed to the production and development areas where the future of manufacture and design is applied. Many igus products are used within the prototypes for this manufacturer’s new release.
Whilst working at igus UK, Tobias was subject to the ‘One team, one igus’ mantra being included and welcomed into igus which included many social events. In terms of work, his experiences have not only made it clearer in his own mind that he wants to pursue a career in the automotive industry, his skill set for organisation and working towards deadlines has improved.
After completing his internship, Tobias spent a few days in London before travelling back to Germany, looking forward to study economic automotive business at a private University near Kassel.
The iglidur car participated in the Automotive Engineering Exposition in Yokohama. This is an annual exhibition that has attracted around 400 visitors for over 20 years! Even though there was an overall high volume of stands and exhibitors, finding the iglidur car was not hard due to the amount of bright orange igus bags visitors walked around with. The closer you got to the car, the higher the density became of people carrying the bags and as the day progressed, they were everywhere. Around 3,000 bags were distributed to customers during the 3 day exhibition, that gives you an indication.
Of course, at the show you could also find some of our customers. This big car manufacturer is indirectly one customer. We deliver to the company that is supplying the air conditioning system (AC) for a similar car model.
While switching on the AC, the blades at the front are opening. iglidur® plain bearings in the hinges ensure that the motion of the blades are smooth running. The dirt-resistant, self lubricating and maintenance free properties of iglidur® bearings, combined with the fact that they are seven times lighter than metal bearings, combine to make a reliable and long-lasting solution for the supplier. iglidur® bearings ensure a quiet and smooth motion throughout the entire time, despite facing wind, dust and dirt.
igus bearings can easily endure dirt and flies that are hitting the car while driving, whereas apparently the headlights cannot. The workshop told us that one of our headlights is not working anymore. A broken headlight is only a minor damage which won’t interrupt the tour at all. While the car underwent modification in the workshop, I took the opportunity to explore the huge city.
Although Tokyo is really modern, it still has some old buildings. For instance, the main station, which is in the centre of the financial district. Although, these older buildings do not fit in being surrounded by really modern architecture.
Also a leftover of the “old” town is the Tokyo tower, which was the highest building until the opening of the Skytree.
A fantastic view upon a nearby temple adds to the many characteristics of the city.
The last obstacle was the long lasting registration process of the car. Apparently, it was confusing that I wrote my street name with the German letter “ß” and in another document, with “ss” (which means the same). Somehow, we could clarify that both addresses were the same. In the end, we got the driving permission and could start our exploration of Japan and plan to leave Tokyo on Thursday, after the press conference.
I will keep you guys updated,
Thursday June the 12th marks the start of The World Cup 2014, all kicking off in Brazil.
To mark this occasion and to show our patriotism, we will be sending out our very own football themed bearing information pack, highlighting the main players in the iglidur team:
Want one of your very own? All you have to do is click the following link and request either samples or a catalogue: http://bit.ly/1mU2gCM
Through improvements in efficiency and performance, the automotive industry can see dramatic reductions in costs by switching to iglidur polymer bearings from igus, compared to the traditional Metallic bushings. Specialised polymer materials, such as iglidur J / L250 / RN89 and G have been developed especially for this industry to optimise performance and overall durability.
For example, our iglidur L250 was incorporated into the brake pedal design for a traditional British Sports Car Manufacturer, with the conversion from left to right hand drive the offset pedal forces increased load, L250 solve this problem.
The benefits that triboplastic bearings can offer compared to metal bearings are substantial and therefore convincing many suppliers within the automotive industry to make the switch. Automotive sector project manager; Dave Spence defines the key properties that make iglidur bearings the ultimate solution:
‘igus offers more than just standard catalogue bearings. All be it that we have over 45 standard materials in sleeve, flanged and thrust washer configurations, we also have hundreds of development materials which are being used to give the customer what they need. In the automotive world there is no such thing as standard because the demands of the industry won’t allow you to stay static, we are always looking to improve and offer an advantage. igus can tackle your bearing application within the automotive industry. Dave Spence.
Each iglidur material offers it own unique set of properties, whether it’s in a pedal, hinge, seat, under bonnet etc. All of these factors go towards making iglidur, our product of the week.
For more information, visit the igus website on (automotive web page link here)
Or contact Dave Spence directly on:
With the igus Chainflex range, a wide variety of cables can be sourced, from control cables to fibre optic.
Our igus Chainflex survive many cycles, high speed and acceleration.
They also have the seal of EMV security, in addition to compliance with standards such as NFPA79, UL, CSA Inter and Profibus.
Visit the igus website and stay on top of industry innovations: http://bit.ly/1oJbq4H
Matthew Aldridge talks 3-D printing in this months Easter Newsletter:
You will, I hope, know that we welcome enquiries for all moving parts on a machine, if it slides or guides, then talk to us, I am sure we can help. Sometimes this wide sweeping promise can lead to strange conversations. One which sticks in my mind is a well spoken gentleman who recently called me asking if we only produced round plain bearings, as he would like a part which was not round. I explained how our production system worked, and that we could produce more or less whatever he wanted, he then asked for a price. He could not give precise dimensions, so I offered to email a sketch where he could fill in the dimensions required. I received a reply asking for a new sketch which was “less of an oval, more of an elongated circle”! In the end, we arrived at the right part, but if this conversation happened today, I would have two extra alternatives to offer, the new igus tribo-tape and the igus 3-D print material, for details on these and other new products read the article below!
Click here for full access to the newsletter content: http://bit.ly/1eMIslI
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.
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.”
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
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.
Dan’s top 10 factors that make quickpin 2.0 a must for designers
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: