From West to East- iglide on tour reaches the Atlantic!

Let’s go back a few days to see iglide on tour’s journey through North Carolina and Virginia.

From Nashville, the iglide car drove East through the Smoky Mountains towards Charlotte, North Carolina, officially marking iglide on tour’s arrival at the East Coast! 

From West to East- iglide on tour reaches the Atlantic!

Although Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina, Charlotte is larger both in size and population, the largest city in the state. North Carolina is the furniture capital of the world, and is home to some of the most renowned furniture companies in the world today. During it’s time in the state, the iglide car found some sizeable examples of the state’s most famous exports!

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In Charlotte, the car came across “Metalmorphosis,” built in 2007 by artist David Černý. The giant mirrored head weights in at 14 tons, and stands 22 feet high, created of layers of steel that rotate individually, deconstructing and re-building itself right before your eyes. The statue is so popular that it even has its own live webcam!

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While in North Carolina, also known as the “Tar Heel State,” the car made a visit to a customer that specializes in woodworking equipment. igus’ lines of bearings, linear systems, and cable management systems are all exceptionally tough against flying wood chips, sawdust, and other debris that is unavoidable in these types of applications. In fact, igus has developed a special Energy Chain cable carrier to protect cables and hoses against even the harshest debris-filled environments.

The RX tube from igus is the perfect solution for ultimate cable protection – even against chemicals or hot metal chips. The tube’s smoothly rounded contour prevents chip accumulation,  is almost air-tight, and can be opened easily at any point. Check out this quick video to see how much protection an RX Tube can provide:

https://youtu.be/Su8y8oWmKYw

From Charlotte, iglide on tour headed to Richmond, Virginia, a city filled with American history. In 1609, Western settlers colonized in Jamestown, located to the Southeast of Richmond, creating the first permanent Western civilization in the United States. During the American Civil War, Richmond was the capital of the Confederate States, and was the site of many battles. Currently, these battlefields serve as public parks scattered across the city, many still holding canons used during the war more than 150 years ago to serve as reminders of the lives lost there.

Richmond is a small city with a centrally located downtown area and quaint colonial suburbs. Downtown Richmond is also home to America’s first shopping mall!

During its stay in Virginia, iglide on tour made one more stop, this time to visit the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics students of Hanover High School. igus works closely with many students across North America as part of its YES (Young Engineers Support) Program, which donates products to students all over the continent who are working on engineering projects. The entire iglide team had a fantastic time talking with students, who were very excited to get inside the tiny orange iglide car!

The YES Program donates products to thousands of students each year, including participants in FIRST Robotics, BEST Robotics, and a variety of other popular STEM Competition programs. To learn more about the YES Program, please visit the YES page on the igus website.

From Virginia, it was time to continue North for iglide on tour – check back to see what adventures were in store next!

Look for us on the road,

Kayla

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.

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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