Review – Application – Foldable motor scooters

While in France, at Sophia Antipolis in Alpes-Maritimes, we were invited by XOR Motors for a visit. The start-up company was founded in 2007 by Fabrice Marion. XOR stands for “Xtraordinaires Objets sur Route” (“Xtraordinary Objects on Road” in English), and specifically it is about innovative, foldable electric scooters, which have to meet all the following criteria: they must be powerful, clean, practical, affordable – and the fun factor should also not be neglected.


A shared affection for innovative ideas (from left to right): Fabrice Marion, founder of XOR Motors, Karl Weinmeister, Nils Schneider (both iglidur® on tour) and Christophe Riandet (igus® France)

The term “clean” signifies the environmental friendliness. All the engines leaving the XOR Motors factory are exclusively electric and have a very high efficiency. About 90 percent of the energy consumed are delivered to the wheel, which is of considerable value compared to a petrol engine. In addition, 99 percent of the materials used in the scooter are recyclable, including the storage battery. The entire structure is, for example, made of aluminium. The biggest highlight, however, is: XOR Motors manufactures the first high-performance motor scooters that can be folded and thus kept very small when they are not in use.

And right here, igus® comes into action. Because, XOR Motors equips all hinge points of the folding with iglidur® plain bearings. They are inexpensive and extremely lightweight compared to conventional steel bearings, and resistant to weather because they are corrosion free. Moreover, they are self-lubricating, which offers the advantage that the customer need not worry about his plain bearings. You may say, install and forget them.

 
iglidur® plain bearings are installed at all hinge points of the folding. This saves weight and regular maintenance.

We are grateful to XOR Motors for the interesting time. Their passion for scooters is contagious.

Application – Funyo

In France, we visited the small company Funyo which manufactures low-budget racing cars and trailers for campers.

Anwendung - FunyoHigh-end racing car – SP 05: 42,000 Euro and you get the key.

The racing cars have two seats and are based on a tube frame. Due to the two liter Peugeot RCC motor and several standard parts, the low price is guaranteed. Therefore, it is possible for everybody to experience a race on countless European circuits.
For example, cost-effective, high-end performance and standard parts in stock are properties of igus®. Therefore, iglidur®-bearings are implemented into the cars of Funyo.

Top: Finished racing car – SP 05, Middle: Strip down, Bottom: Close ups of oscillating levers (iglidur®-bearings are highlighted in orange)

Under the cover, one can find iglidur®-bearings at two oscillating levers which transmit forces. Furthermore, they are mounted in the front to support the pedals and suspensions.


Middle: Overview of the uncovered front, Top: Close ups of support of suspension, Bottom: Close ups of pedal mounting (iglidur®-bearings are highlighted in orange)

The pedals are mounted on flange bearings to ensure both the axial fixation and a smooth movement. The lever of the suspension is connected to the frame via an iglidur®-bearing which allows a low friction force transmission.
Finally, our bearings are cost-effective, maintenance- and lubrication-free. These properties are very important for racing cars in respect to the safety. Once they are mounted, one can forget them because they do the job.

The YO-trailers are made for campers to increase mobility.

It allows the users to take a scooter, motorcycle or quad with them and use it for trips with a short distance. The trailer is based on five principles:

  1. Only one person is necessary to load the trailer safely.
  2. Light-weight construction and save movement
  3. Low cost due to standard parts
  4. Complete system
  5. Working with local companies and retailers

The bearings of igus® are implemented in the system of the suspension.


Left: Unloaded YO-trailer, Middle top: Wheel and suspension, Middle right: Technical sketch of suspension system (position of iglidur®-bearings highlighted in red), Top and bottom right: Close ups of mounted bearings (highlighted in orange)

The trailer has two paired wheels to move easily. Those are able to turn around the vertical axis to change direction. This movement is supported by iglidur®-bearings as well as the pivot point which allows the movement of the suspension.
igus®-bearings are dirt-resistant and thus, suitable for outdoor applications. In addition, the light weight minimizes the total weight of the trailer.

We want to thank Funyo for providing an insight into their racing cars and trailers.

Anwendung - Funyo.2From left to right: Nils Schneider (iglidur® on tour), Sébastien Diot-Quéré (igus® France), Yves Orhant (CEO of Funyo), Karl Weinmeister (iglidur® on tour), Christophe Garnier (igus® France), Sandor Meierjohann (iglidur® on tour)

All the best,
igus® and the “iglidur® on tour”-crew

 

[1] http://1.1.1.4/bmi/www.yo-remorques.com/images/CCT41.png

Application – Aldebaran

One of our first customers in France was Aldebaran. This company develops humanoid robots like the NAO.

Aldebaran was formed in 2005 and started with 5 employees based on the vision of Bruno Maisonnier to build humanoid robots. With the aim to integrate robots into our daily lives, interaction was chosen as the key. Therefore, robots can be used for reception, assistance, home care, entertainment, and even autism therapy.

NAO, the humanoid robot by Aldebaran. © Aldebaran [1]

Everything started with a robot called NAO. This robot is a 58 cm tall humanoid robot and is able to interact with humans because it “moves, recognises you, hears you and even talks to you!” [1]. In 2007, NAO was selected as the standard robot for the RoboCup Soccer League. Furthermore, it became a standard in the academic world for research and education. As a humanoid robot, it has a lot of joints to be able to mimic the human movements. Therefore, the robot is fully equipped with igus®-products like igubal® and iglidur®.

Even in complex joints like elbows, knees and wrists, igus® is implemented. [1, modified]

NAO consists of hard and software components. The latter realizes the animation due to programming and with proper hardware everything is possible. Therefore, 112 igus®-products can be found in one NAO robot besides motors and sensors. With a mixture of standard and customized iglidur® J, G and igubal® parts, joints like the elbows, knees and wrists are realized. In fact, over 7000 NAO robots are used worldwide in more than 70 countries to teach programming in a fun and practical way.

Anwendung - AldebaranOne day NAO might be able to steer a car?

Over 450 employees at Aldebaran work on the overall goal to “create an engaging, interactive companion and partner.” [1]. The latest creation is called Pepper which was designed to live with humans. At the end, the capacity to interact makes it happen and NAO is already part of our igus®-family.

Anwendung - Aldebaran.2A new member joined the igus®-family – NAO. Left to right: Daniel Bispo Tome (igus® France), Franck Elyssa Dahlia (igus® France) – NAO (Aldebaran), Karl Weinmeister (iglidur® on tour), Nils Schneider (iglidur® on tour), Sandor Meierjohann (iglidur® on tour)

We want to thank Aldebaran for the hospitality and the possibility to get to know NAO.

All the best,

igus® and the “iglidur® on tour”-crew

 

[1] https://www.aldebaran.com/en/humanoid-robot/nao-robot

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Today, it was the last day of our “Tour de France”. We left Strasbourg early in the morning and drove to Colmar to visit another Statue of Liberty. It is another copy, 12 m high and made to commemorate the 100th death anniversary of the sculptor Auguste Batholdi, who was born in Colmar.

Pictures of the day!-235The Statue of Liberty in the middle of a roundabout close to Colmar. Therefore, the iglidur®-car drove an extra round.

 

After 5337 km and 21 days in France, we crossed the border to Switzerland!

Pictures of the day!-235.2An another adventure starts right now! Reset the odometer!

 

First stop – Lausanne. We visited a friend of mine and enjoyed a delicious swizz chesse fondue. To digest even better, we went for a walk to the Lac Léman together with the dry-tech®-box.

Pictures of the day!-235.3The dry-tech®-box solid as a rock.

 

Finally, we drove to Genève/Genf which was our last stop for today …

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Today, we visited the two last customers of our “Tour de France”. Before we went to have lunch, we ate an appetizer – the second and smaller cake. Afterwards, we said goodbye to our French colleagues and left to our last stop in France, Strasbourg. With a hot vine or “vin chaud”, we called it a day…

Pictures of the day!-234Another butter-cream cake…puuh..delicious!

 

Pictures of the day!-234.2Strasbourg, “Place Kleber” – The Christmas tree is 30 m high and weights over 7 t.

 

Pictures of the day!-234.3“Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg” is the sixth-tallest church and it took over 400 years to complete the construction.

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Today, we visited a historic automotive customer and celebrated the 50th anniversary of igus®. Unfortunately, the car was damaged irreparably.

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Delicious “iglidur® on tour”-cake!

 

Picture of the day!-233.2The accident happend too fast and the iglidur®-car was cut into two …

 

During the rest of the day, we recovered from the heavy butter-cream cake, produced movies, wrote articles and drove to Haguenau.

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This morning, we visited a customer which develops components for the automotive industry. Based on their suggestion, we drove to Reims to have a look at the Notre-Dame de Reims. It was built in 1275 and replaced the former church which was destroyed by fire. Beautiful, impressive and very old cathedral.

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The dry-tech®-box in front of the Notre-Dame de Reims. Unfortunately, it is under construction.

 

Tonight, we decided to built up the igus booth at the costumer to be …

Pictures of the day!232.2… well prepared.

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We have spent the night in Beaune and visited the Hôtel-Dieu the next morning.

Picture of the day!-231The courtyard of the Hôtel-Dieu and the dry-tech®-Box

It was a hospital for over 500 years since 1443 and built to take care of poor people. Today, it is used as a museum which explains the former patient care very well. It’s worth a visit.