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igus®’ “iglide® on tour” Ready to Travel from Coast to Coast Across North America
igus Inc. Posted 08/11/2014
A half-year of traveling through Asia and South America, and 17,500 miles of driving through deserts, rainforests, and some of the world’s busiest cities has brought igus’ iglide on tour car to the United States where it will begin the next leg of its tour in Anchorage, Alaska.
30 years of plastics innovations
To celebrate 30 years of their line of self-lubricating plastic bearings, called “iglide,” tied into the company’s 50 anniversary, igus has been traveling around the world with its orange iglide car, retrofit with 56 of igus’ plastic bearings in applications including the throttle valve, windshield wipers, alternator, and more. Now, starting in Alaska, the iglide car, staffed with a team of igus representatives, is setting off across the United States and Canada, visiting customers across a massive range of industries, from automotive and motorcycle manufacturers, to aerospace, to manufacturing equipment and more.
Starting in Alaska and traveling through the Yukon Territory of Canada, down through Vancouver, British Columbia, then continuing across the border to the United States into Washington State. From there, the carwill zig-zag across the two countries, with the drivers documenting their journey along the way. In October, the car will be flown across the Atlantic Ocean to carry on the tour in Europe, before returning home to Germany in 2015, where the iglide bearings will be removed and observed, truly testing their wear-resistance.
Social Responsibility across the Globe
To give back to the many countries traveled, igus has also decided to donate to charities in each country along the tour. For every kilometer traveled, one Euro will be donated to a charity of that country’s subsidiary’s choosing. In as large an area as North America, it is hoped that a large amount will be raised over the next several weeks.
To follow along with the iglide on tour car, visit the igus blog at http://igus.com/blog, or follow igus on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/igus.inc. To learn more about the car’s retrofit applications using iglide plastic bearings, please visit the iglide 30 page at http://igus.com/iglideontour.
igus® develops industry-leading Energy Chain® cable carriers, Chainflex® continuous-flex cables, DryLin® linear bearings and linear guides, iglide® plastic bushings, and igubal® spherical bearings. These seemingly unrelated products are linked together through a belief in making functionally advanced, yet affordable plastic components and assemblies. With plastic bearing experience since 1964, cable carrier experience since 1971 and continuous-flex cable since 1989, igus provides the right solution from over 80,000 products available from stock. No minimum order required.