Photos of the day!

Where would be the best spot in Switzerland for a press conference? How about the top of the Schilthorn – the nearly 10,000 feet high summit in the Bernese Alps?!

Perfect!

Now… how do we get the iglide car up there?

Helicopter?

Helicopter!

…And before we knew it…

Photos of the day!The iglide car carrives at a platform 9,744 feet above sea level

With all the wind, the car lost its tiny hood in flight! No big deal – all the bearings are still where they’re supposed to be!

Photos of the day!.2New hood on order and 56 plastic bearings still intact! 

Both Swiss journalists and members of igus’ team in Switzerland participated in the event, and were more than a little surprised at the choice of venue!

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And not to be left out, the dry-tech box joined us to take in the unbelievable views from above the fog.

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The iglide car’s tour de France

We have finished iglide on tour’s “Tour de France,” finishing the route in Strasbourg – the official seat of the European Parliament. After the final customer visits, there was a tragic accident, where the iglide car was sliced clean in half!

The iglide car's tour de FranceA buttercream car cake – delicious!! 

While in France, we took the time to see a few of the local sights, including the massive 100 foot tall Christmas tree in Strasbourg’s central square, Place Kléber.

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Not too far away was the “Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg,” the sixth-tallest church in the world, and one of the world’s most famous examples of Gothic-era architechture. The cathedral is massive – 466 feet tall, and the tallest building still in existence built entirely in the Middle Ages.

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Check back to see where in the world iglide on tour heads next!

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Over the weekend, the iglide car took part in a smart car rally, which coinsided with The UK’s Remembrance Sunday, which is held on the second Sunday each November to commemorate the contributions of British and Commonweath militaries, as well as civil service men and women.  Remembrance Sunday, which is marked by ceremonies in most cities and towns, also takes times to pay their respects during a two-minute moment of silence across the region, when church bells ring out across the otherwise silent country.

Coincidentally, today is also Veterans Day in the United States, and Remembrance Day in Canada, so igus and the members of iglide on tour would like to thank all service members who have dedicated their lives to their countries.

Photos of the Day.22A two-minute moment of silence at the smart car rally, held in Hampshire, United Kingdom

Can you spot the iglide car? At the Simply Smart Rally, United Kingdom. 

Customer Applications – KTM Technologies GmbH

Last week, iglide on tour visited KTM Technologies GmbH in Salzburg/Anif, Austria. KTM is a service company, focused on concept development, design, simulation, consulting, and prototyping for a range of industries. One of their more well-known developments is the carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, or CFRP, sports car, named the “X-Bow.”

Customer Applications - KTM Technologies GmbHThe CFRP sports car “X-Bow” (photo credit KTM Technologies)

KTM Technology’s aim in the development of the X-Bow was the create a two-seat roadster with the best power to weight ratio possible. Therefore, A lightweight design was essential. Lighter vehicles require less energy to accelerate to a certain velocity than a heavier vehicle, and for that reason, lightweight materials like plastics have become more and more popular. iglide bearings more than seven times lighter than similar metal components, which helped KTM Technology achieve their goal of the lightest possible vehicle design.

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Inside the X-Bow, KTM chose a number of dry-tech bearings to perform in several different applications, including in the steering system, where iglide bearings were used to support the steering wheel and the door. These self-lubricating components ensure low-friction rotation of the steering wheel and door opening. igubalspherical bearings are also used, including to help connect the car’s body with the door joints. Because the spherical bearings allow for angular movement, a smooth motion occurs from the door spring.

Customer Applications - KTM Technologies GmbH.3igus’ dry-tech solutions are used throughout the X-Bow by KTM Technologies.

The X-Bow is available in a limited production only, limited at this time to 100 cars. The starting price of the X-Bow is $62,000. The car has approxomately 40 horsepower, and accelerates from 0-62.5 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds.

The iglide car meets is man-powered match!

While traveling through the Netherlands, the iglide car came across a new friend – a velomobile!

A velomobile is a human powered vehicle, many, like the example above use three wheels, and the frame is usually covered by a weather-protective shell.

Very similar to bicycles (which we went over in this post), velomobiles are able to take advantage of iglide bearing’s unique characteristics that set them apart from their competitors. In a weight comparison, an iglide® plastic bushing weighs approximately 80 percent less than a PTFE-lined bushing.

  •  iglide® G300 plastic bushing = 0.0144 pounds per piece
  •  PTFE-lined bushing = 0.0750 pounds per piece

Because of this weight reduction, less force is required by the velomobile’s driver in order to power the vehicle. Low coefficients of friction, coupled the the ability to absorb shocks from uneven terrain make iglide bearings a unique component solution for a very unique vehicle!

Learn more about iglide bearings with this free white paper, available here.

Photo(s) of the day!

Does a collage count as one photo, or four? Either way, here’s a look at Friday’s Open House at igus Headquarters in Cologne, Germany!

Top Left: A donation of 25,000 Euros was made to Tatort-Straßen der Welt, an organization that helps disadvantaged children; Left: Sascha Laufenberg (Former “iglide on tour” driver) with Klaus J. Behrendt and Dietmar Bär (Tatort – Team Cologne);Right – Selfie with Nils, Sandor, Frank Blase (CEO of igus GmbH), Gerhard Baus (General manager of iglide bearings), Felix (Host) and I; Bottom – Panorama with Cologne band Kasalla on stage. 

 

All about the iglide car

Some of you have asked about our small orange friend – the iglide car! Of course, it is a real member of the team and should have it’s own introduction as well.

All about the iglide carHere is the iglide car in front of the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria. 

Our car is a normal compact vehicle – but with a few modifications. Most noteably, it was painted that distinctive orange hue, and given some official igus logos. With the outside ready to catch everyone’s eye, we had to make the inner-workings just as exciting. Along with the University of Applied Science in Cologne, Germany, the German Technical Inspection Association, and igus team members, the car was completely deconstructed. Using results from millions of bearing test cycles over 30 years of development, igus bearings were retrofit one by one, each chosen for specific characteristics in the automotive application.

All in all, 56 iglide bearings were exchanged in the following areas:

  • Seat adjustment
  • Brake pedal
  • Gear shifter
  • Emergency brake
  • Window regulator
  • Convertible roof pivot points
  • Windshield wiper mechanics
  • Alternator
  • Throttle Valve

All about the iglide car.2Some of the iglide bearings retrofit inside the car

After being reassembled, it was time for the car to hit the road, traveling through India, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, United States and Canada – more than 30,000 miles so far!

All about the iglide car.3Just a glimpse of all that the iglide car has experienced the past several months

Now, it is time for the car to conquer Europe, starting here in Austria!