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"iglidur® on Tour": Around the world with 56 plastic plain bearings made by igus®

As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations for iglidur®, a compact car with a plastic chassis is fitted out with iglidur® plain bearing components and sent off on a tour of the world.
With this action, igus® demonstrates the wide range of uses of its polymer plain bearings around the world but also the high performance achieved by iglidur® products. The history of iglidur® plain bearings describes 30 years of plastics technology – from a simple plastic bushing through to a high-tech machine element.
The high performance provided by iglidur® polymer plain bearings is best demonstrated in practice, with every other iglidur® plain bearings from igus® being used in vehicles.
 

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iglidur® on tour – visiting 30 countries in 14 months ...

iglidur on tour - the route  

India

iglidur on tour in India  

The great adventure begins. After endless hours through customs at the New Delhi airport, the car can finally begin its tour along the Indian roads. More than 5000 kilometres were covered from New Delhi in the north to Bangalore in the south, visiting over 80 customers.

The adventure begins

iglidur on tour in India  

China

iglidur on tour in China  

The tour of China presented us with the first test of patience: The approval from Beijing came only a few hours before the start. The route led from Shanghai to Quingdao on the Chinese Sea to Beijing and back again. Also more than 5000 km.

With lightweight bearings through China

iglidur on tour in China  

South Korea

iglidur on tour in South Korea  

South Korea was the first country where our car could be presented without complications in record time. So there was enough time to drive through the length and breadth of the country for more than 3,300 kilometres. From the border with North Korea through Seoul, the city of millions, up to the southern tip of the South China Sea.

Criss-crossing

iglidur on tour in South Korea  

Taiwan

iglidur on tour in Taiwan  

Although Taiwan is the smallest country on our world tour, our small car has nevertheless driven over 2700 km. On the way to the igus® customers, it went through thick rain forests and green rice fields, over more than 3,000-m-high mountain passes and through ultramodern cities. The iglidur® bearings operate without problems in tropical conditions with over 30 degrees and extreme humidity.

The jungle and high mountains

iglidur on tour in Taiwan  

Japan

iglidur on tour in Japan  

Japan was the last and the easternmost leg of our world tour in Asia. Our small car drove about 5200 km on the island nation. Typical to Japan: The tour was not only well planned in detail by the Japanese colleagues, the visits to the customers were punctual to the minute and also successful. After the complicated approval process, it went from the mega city of Tokyo up to the southernmost tip of Japan and passing along the famous Mount Fuji back to the north in the city of Sendai, which was hit by a tsunami very hard in 2011. Here, an amount for every kilometre covered was donated to an organisation helping affected children after the disaster.

Tradition and modernity

iglidur on tour in Japan  

Brazil

iglidur on tour in Brazil  

Our car is in South America, more specifically arrives in Brazil just in time for the World Cup. In addition to many emotional football experiences in the mega cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the tour went on to meet many customers. From the tropical north to the cold and wintry south at the border with Argentina. The enormous distances with sometimes extremely difficult road conditions were mastered by our car without problems. At the end over 6000 km were driven, and thereby a children's hospital at the headquarters of igus® Brazil in Jundai could also rejoice about a great donation of € 1 for every kilometre.

Football fever and long beaches

iglidur on tour in Brazil  
iglidur® on tour in San Francisco  

USA

iglidur on tour in the USA  

Where are iglidur® plain bearings located in the compact car... and why?

Advantages of tribo-plastics – outlook for the automobile industry

Weight (7x lighter than metal)

Cost-effective

Individual moulding
 
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Seat systems – lock mechanism / adjustment lever
iglidur® J replaces lubricated plastic bushing

Noise-free operation

Simple and captive assembly

Low bearing clearance due to tolerance compensation for KTL painting

Tolerance compensation for KTL painting

Runs on simple cold extrusion parts/pipes

Lubrication-free

 
Convertible top – kinematics and lock
iglidur® G replaces lubricated, fibreglass-filled PA6 polyamide bearings and metallic plain bearings

Resistant to corrosion

Also runs on cold extruded parts

Low bearing clearance due to tolerance compensation for KTL painting

Simple and captive assembly

High compressive strength

Lubrication-free

 
Parking brake – parking brake handle
iglidur® G replaces lubricated steel-steel bearings

No rattling

Noise-free operation

Easy installation

Lubrication-free

 
Pedal mechanism – brake pedal
iglidur® G replaces lubricated, fibreglass-filled PA6 polyamide bearings

Rattle-free

Noise dampening

Tolerance compensation due to radial camber

Lubrication-free

 
Gear selector – gear selector handle
iglidur® P210 replaces lubricated plastic and steel bushings

Also runs against fibre-reinforced plastics

Low bearing play

Pleasant haptics

Lubrication-free

 
Window crank
iglidur® J replaces lubricated POM plastic bearings

Lubrication-free

Good wear resistance

Noise-free operation

Easy installation

Lubrication-free

 
Wiper mechanism
iglidur® J260 replaces lubricated brass and PA66 plastic bearings

Resistant to corrosion

Insensitive to dirt

Media-resistant

High alternate bending strength

Superior price/performance ratio

Lubrication-free

 
Throttle valve
iglidur® X6 replaces PTFE coated, rolled aluminium bushing

Plastic shafts possible

Media-resistant

No contact corrosion

Low-priced

 
Alternator – belt tensioner pulley
iglidur® G replaces metallic rolled plain bearings

Vibration-damping

Resistant to corrosion

Wear-resistance at high frequency pivot motions


 
Statement by Markus Feth, Head of Industry Management Automotive Bearing Technology at igus® in response to the question: Which bearings are going off on the world tour? (from developmentscout.com) (in German)