Honky-Tonkin’ through Music City, USA

Last week, iglide on tour took to Music, City, USA – Nashville, Tennessee – let’s go back and see what happened!

After leaving Cleveland, Ohio, the car drove over 500 miles to Nashville, the capital of Tennessee. A large center for music, publishing, healthcare, and transportation industries, Nashville is also home to a large number of colleges and universities. The city’s name came from Francis Nash, a general during the American Revolutionary War.

Honky-Tonkin' through Music City, USA

The iglide car was able to make its way to the Grand Ole Opry – known as the home of American country music, and though the car couldn’t quite fit through the doors, the bearing-filled dry-tech box took its spot inside. The Grand Ole Opry began as a weekly radio broadcast in 1925, and is still among the longest-running radio shows in history. Live concerts by country music’s biggest stars are performed each week on what has been dubbed “The Show that Made Country Music Famous,” attracting millions of visitors every year.

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On a tour through the Opry, the dry-tech box was able to get a backstage peek at the venue, including onto the stage itself, where a circle of older looking wood surrounds the main microphone. This circle of oak is in fact part of the original Opry center stage, which was recovered after the venue flooded in 2010. This circle, where many of the most famous names in country music have stood, was built into the replacement stage to continue the tradition.

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A number of igus’ Motion Plastics solutions are found backstage in many venues around the world to help move stage equipment, sets, lighting, and more reliably and quietly. The liftband energy supply system can vertically expand more than 42 feet, lifting at more than 3.2 feet per second.

The E-Z Triflex Energy Chain included in the system allows cables and hoses to be installed and exchanged very quickly and easily, and nylon tapes allow for a nearly unlimited filling weight, allowing even the most complex stage equipment or set pieces to be moved as needed for the best possible performance, night after night, and in the Grand Old Opry’s case, decade after decade!

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After leaving the Opry, iglide on tour headed downtown to check out Nashville’s Broadway, a renowned entertainment district and gathering place for country music lovers of all kinds. The street is lined with small bars and music venues, as well as dozens of cowboy boot Shops.

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Many of the bars lining Broadway have a real “honky tonk” feel – that is, they cater to the die-hard country music fans that live and visit Nashville with live performances nearly every night of the year. One of these venues was the portable Nashville Pedal Tavern, which seats 16 patrons – who pedal the bar around the streets of Nashville while enjoying their drink of choice! When the iglide car pulled up beside this pedal-powered pub, one woman was so excited to see the orange car she started a dance party for it, only stopping to pedal away once the traffic light turned green.

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During its time in Nashville, the car attracted much more than just dancing drinkers, however. Around each corner people would ask about the car’s story, and where it was traveling over the course of it’s journey, which had brought it nearly 37,000 miles to Tennessee!

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From Nashville, the car carried on in the American South – stay tuned to read about the next adventure of iglide on tour!

Look for us on the road,

Kayla

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland

Let’s look back a few days at iglide on tour’s journey through Cleveland, Ohio – the home of Rock and Roll!

The iglide car arrived in Cleveland, home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The city originally blossomed into a commercial hub in the mid 1800’s, due to it’s location, right on the southern shore of Lake Erie, as well as its connection to multiple canals and railroad lines. The city is now home to a wide range of commercial industries, including manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and biomedical research and development. There is also a large population of industrial publications that are headquartered in Cleveland – and it just so happens, many of them were looking forward to meeting the iglide car in person!

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland

igus is very lucky to have such a wonderful media base to meet with while in Cleveland. The car made stops at two media companies while in town, Penton and WTWH – both hoping that iglide on tour would make its way into their city.  The iglide car’s first media stop was to Penton Media, who publish magazines like Machine Design and Hydraulics & Pneumatics. The car was parked on the roof of the building’s garage – but not for long! Editors and staff had a fantastic time taking the little car for a spin – literally! While the car has had many guest drivers across North America, it has never moved as quickly as it did with excited members of the press behind the wheel! As Penton’s staff took turns whipping the little car around the garage, everyone else had a wonderful time talking about the adventure so far, and where iglide on tour is heading next. One editor, who was visiting from New York City, even planned to meet with the car in Times Square when the car arrives. After a few hours of fun, it was time to say goodbye, and head to the next visit.

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.2Staff from Penton Media posing with the iglide car and their igus beachballs!

The second iglide on tour press visit took us across downtown Cleveland to WTWH Media, which stands for “Willing to Work Harder.” They are most well known for publishing Design World magazine, among a number of others. This visit gave the iglide car a bit of a big head, as it was like a celebrity for a few hours. Hundreds of twitter posts erupted, all thrilled with the bright orange visitor in the parking lot. The staff of WTWH shot movies, took photos, and drove the car around the large open parking area – everyone seemed to be having a fantastic time. One employee exclaimed “We have been waiting to meet this car since we found out about it eight months ago!”  Now that’s a loyal fan!


At a towering 6’9″, one of WTWH’s editors became the iglide car’s tallest passenger to date! 

During the visit, a familiar friend appeared as the staff of WTWH began filming the car. Their videographer started shooting with a DryLin camera slider, made by igus! The sliders are very popular with photographers and videographers for its very smooth and quiet sliding motion. The DryLin slider systems offer perfectly balanced friction, for the perfect sliding feel, quiet operation by using plastic liners which dampen vibrations, and requires zero external lubrication. A unique 8 bolt design prevents misalignment of the camera slider, keeping shots looking their best, and the system is also completely modular, so adding on extras is simple.

The videographer explained that he find the slider, which he got from igus at a trade show, comes in handy when shooting. “I use this slide all the time! It’s so smooth, and it helps me get the best shots that aren’t choppy or bumpy.”

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.4A DryLin camera slider, helping to shoot the iglide car! 

Check out the video they shot using the slider, featuring an interview with our iglide Product Manger, Nicole Lang.

https://youtu.be/t9ixDFuyMGI?list=UU_FOwetQ9swJOgSeIYpXbkA

While in Cleveland, the iglide car had to stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is dedicated to archiving the history of the most influential artists, producers, engineers, and others in the music industry. Inside the museum, there are hundreds of iconic pieces of rock and roll memorabilia, including John Lennon’s jacket, Kurt Cobain’s guitar, and collections of items from some of the biggest music festivals in history. One of the newest exhibits features some of Beyonce’s clothes, including her performance costume from the 2013 Superbowl and the “Single Ladies” music video.

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Driving outside the city, the car decided to visit another all-american hall of fame – this one dedicated to football. American football that is! Located in Canton, Ohio, where the National Football League was originally founded, The Pro Football Hall of Fame is different from many other professional sports halls, because it does not induct officials into the hall of fame.

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iglide on tour also made a few customer visits while in the Cleveland area, to customers specializing in very different industries, food packaging, and agricultural equipment.

Although these customers work to create very different products, they both choose igus for surprisingly similar reasons. In the food industry, cleanliness is of extreme importance. Threore, having grease or oil in a food production plant is a big “no-no.” Likewise, in a constantly dirty and dusty world of agriculture, having grease and oil can attract this dirt into bearing systems, causing them to fail. igus’ dry-tech plain and linear bearings are all completely self-lubricating, so there is no grease to spoil food, and no extra attractants for dust out in the field. During these visits, iglide on tour was able to see firsthand some of the customer applications where igus parts are being used. See if you can spot the igus parts in these photos!

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.7A black and yellow igubal spherical bearing helps keep this application running smoothly

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.8DryLin W linear slides help move these systems back and forth, dirt and grease free. 

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.9These lead screw driven linear systems help label food products, while keeping everything sanitary and safe

It’s truly amazing the range of customers that iglide on tour has had the privilege of visiting over the past several months!

Check back to see what adventures iglide on tour had next!

Look for us on the road,

Kayla

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The iglide® car is posing in front of one of the largest art museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Not only is this venue famous for art but also is famous thanks to the “Rocky” movie series. These are the steps that Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa) ran up in the first movie while training for a boxing match against undefeated heavyweight champion Appollo Creed. Much like the iglide® car, Rocky was put to the test to prove strength and durability against his opponent. In the end Rocky defeats Creed and takes over the title as heavyweight champion just like the iglide® car who is also a champion and has just reached 37,000 miles in just eight months.

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The igus® dry-tech® box took a visit to see Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial today, while the iglide® car was cruising around Washington DC. The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The architect was Henry Bacon and the sculptor was Daniel Chester French. The monument was dedicated to the president in 1922. The statue is seated in a building resembling a Greek Doric temple. Lincoln’s two famous speeches, The Gettysburg Address and his second Inaugural Address are engraved inside the building as well.

The iglide car crosses the border! Michigan to Ontario, Canada

Let’s look back a few days as iglide on tour took on the USA/Canadian border yet again!

After leaving Chicago, the iglide car racked up a few more miles and headed to Kalamazoo, Michigan, marking the 10,000th North American mile of the tour. The car started in Anchorage, Alaska with 25,000 miles on it, and has reached 35,000 in just six short weeks! Time flies when you are driving the iglide car across the country!

The iglide car crosses the border! Michigan to Ontario, CanadaThe iglide car on the first day of the North American tour in Alaska. Little did the car know that it would have racked up 10,000 more miles six weeks later.

In Michigan, the car made a large number of customer visits to an incredibly wide range of companies. The iglide car met customers that use igus products in medical beds, amazing welded assembly systems, and, being in Michigan, a number of automotive applications!

While iglide bearings are used in a number of applications inside the iglide car, and millions of other automobiles manufactured each year, a number of igus products are also used in the manufacturing process itself!

igus’ line of Energy Chain cable carrier systems are used in a huge range of applications, including on manufacturing robots, like those in car-building plants. Energy Chains guide and protect cables and hoses that supply energy and other resources, without the risk of snagging on the many other moving parts in any busy plant. Triflex Energy Chain Systems allow for multi-axis movement – like the twisting motions of a robotic arm – without compromising cable protection.

igus’ line of linear products, known as DryLin, are also widely used in manufacturing plants. DryLin linear bearings and slides use the same self-lubricating properties of our iglide bearings, making them a reliable, clean solution. They will not attract dirt and dust, as they don’t require sticky lubricants, and unlike traditional ball bearing systems, any dirt and does that does find its way into the bearing will either be pushed aside by the sliding motion, or will meld into the plastic material without increasing the coefficient of friction.

Despite the wide range of applications and industries, the iglide car is still well received at all customer visits.

The iglide car crosses the border! Michigan to Ontario, Canada.2Customers are always so intrigued by how spacious the little car actually is. They are always surprised at how much legroom there is! 

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From Michigan, iglide on tour headed North to Detroit, and crossed the International Ambassador Bridge into Canada. The suspension bridge is privately owned by Grosse Point billionaire Manuel Moroun thorugh the Detroit International Bridge Company in United States, and the Canadian Transit Company in Canada. The bridge is the busiest international border crossing in North America in terms of trade volume. More than 25% of all merchandise trade between the US and Canada cross over this bridge.

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As the car crossed the border, the bridge’s border control was only concerned with one thing – how to enter a German license on their computer system! They loved the idea of the tour, and were curious about where the car was from, and where else it had been. They even took a car-shaped sticker to remind them to follow the blog as well!

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Once the car arrived in Canada for the second time along the tour, it was able to see a different side of Canada from the Yukon it explored early in the tour. Expecting to see bison, pronghorn, and mountains, the car instead saw miles of cornfields and dozens of wind turbines. The only animal to be seen was a muskrat!

In Canada, the car made more visits to customers, traveling with igus team members from both the USA and Canadian offices. With skilled staff memebers all over North America, the iglide tour has been like a bit of a family reunion!

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After a few more wonderful visits, it was time to travel back over the border to Detroit, where the iglide car spent the afternoon sightseeing.

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In Detroit, the car drove to the monument to boxer Joe Louis, known as “The Fist” in the middle of downtown. The statue is a memorial to the famous boxer, who is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Commissioned by Sports Illustrated Magazine, it represents the power of Louis’ punch both in and out of the ring.

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After a long run of international travel, the iglide car headed south, towards Cleveland Ohio, where we met with members of the press who have been following the iglide tour since the beginning!

Look for us on the road,

Kayla