Review – Application – LNG Hybrid

For our next visit, we dropped anchor in Hamburg Port. Our destination: the LNG hybrid barge “Hummel” on the Blohm & Voss shipyard. The “Hummel” is a floating liquid gas power station, designed to supply energy to cruise ships while they are docked in the port. The idea for this came from the company Becker Marine Systems, global leader for rudders and maritime energy-saving systems. The energy guidance expert igus® was commissioned to develop and implement a cable transfer unit.

Rückblick – Anwendung – LNG HybridThe “Hummel” LNG barge is a floating liquid gas power station and the solution to a major environmental problem 

Five modern gas engines on the “Hummel” with an electrical output of 7.5 MW (megawatts) reliably supply all the energy required by an entire cruise ship. Previously, the on-board diesel generators had to keep running even when the large ships were at anchor. This meant high levels of exhaust gas pollution in the port air. In early 2015, a new EU regulation on the reduction of sulphur emissions for shipping areas in the North and Baltic Seas entered into force. Becker Marine Systems took this as an opportunity to take a completely new look at the question of energy supplies. Its answer is likely to be of major future importance. “The advantage of liquefied natural gas or LNG is that it does not contain any sulphur”, explains Frank Simon, Chief Engineer on the “Hummel” LNG hybrid barge. The emissions are far lower than those from conventional diesel generators, reducing the CO2 emissions by 20 percent and the NOx emissions by up to 88 percent.

Rückblick – Anwendung – LNG Hybrid.2The energy is supplied from the barge to the quay via an igus® complete solution. The black e-chain®, almost an igus® trademark, is easy to spot

On first seeing the barge, we are not looking out for individual igus® components but enjoying the overall impression. The coupling process from the barge to the quay, from where the energy is then supplied on to the cruise ship, takes place using a complete solution from igus®. The floating “Hummel” can be used in any areas of the port where it is required. The igus® complete solution ensures safe access to the barge, compensates the tide levels and waves and guides the oversized connectors onto the land.

Rückblick – Anwendung – LNG Hybrid.3A closer look makes it possible to see several igus® components. The iglidur® plate (top right) and the iglidur® plain bearing assist with any necessary rotation of the crane arm. A drylin® housing bearing can be seen at the top left

On 18 May 2015, the “Hummel” LNG barge will officially go into operation. We would like to thank Becker Marine Systems for their kind reception and, in particular, Frank Simon for the interview that he gave us. We wish everyone involved the best of success.

Rückblick – Anwendung – LNG Hybrid.4The “Hummel” LNG barge and our iglidur® car have one thing in common: they both contan igus® components

Kind regards,
igus® and the “iglidur® on tour”-team

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Welcome to the Hannover Messe 2015!
We spent the whole week at the exhibition and celebrated with over 8000 visitors the end of “iglidur® on tour”. The iglidur®-car was positioned close to the igus® booth with a large screen in the back and the long slotcar track to its right. The former showed videos of our tour while the latter was used to drive around a world made out of iglidur®-bearings with small iglidur®-slotcars.

Pictures of the day!-314One more week with our beauty

Pictures of the day!-314.2Everybody can drive around the world

Pictures of the day!-314.33…2…1…Go!

Pictures of the day!-314.4head-to-head race

During the week, a lot of visitors joined us at the exhibition to get to know igus®, the 155 new products and iglidur® on tour. In addition, students from all over the country stopped at our booth to listen to our stories, to get some merchandise and to beat the highscore at our slotcar track.

Pictures of the day!-314.5Groups of international people and …

Pictures of the day!-314.6… students of Tec2You stopped at our booth frequently

Furthermore, it was possible to inspect the original parts of our compact car. At first, the components were dismounted and checked if there are any failures. After the journey around the world and through Europe, everything was working fine and no bearings were missing. The orange spots indicate the positions where our iglidur®-bearings were implemented.

Pictures of the day!-314.7Throttle valve, alternator and car seat

Pictures of the day!-314.8Convertible roof, hand break, gear shift and break pedal

Pictures of the day!-314.9Windscreen wiper and window lifter

In the next step, the bearings will be measured and analyzed. The exact and final results will be published as soon as possible.
The press conference was another part of the exhibition. The CEO of igus® Germany, Frank Blase, welcomed over 40 journalists and the general managers of bearings, e-chains® and chainflex® presented the new developments and innovations.

Pictures of the day!-314.10Frank Blase (CEO of igus® Germany) opens the press conference with good news

To honor innovations from all over the world based on iglidur®-bearings, the 7th manus® competition took place and the awards were hand over to the winners.

  1. Medical assistance system – Leibniz Universität Hannover, Jan-Philipp Kobler, Hannover, Germany
  2. Smoothing machine – Mai International GmbH, David Kampitsch, Feistritz/Drau, Austria
  3. 3D printing machine – Aerosud ITC, Marius Vermeulen, Pierre van Ryneveld, South Africa

Pictures of the day!-314.11The winners of the 7th manus® competition

All in all, it was a great exhibition for igus®, the booth was always packed with visitors and everybody had a good time. Thanks to all the people of igus® – sales force and hostesses!

Pictures of the day!-314.12Our igus® exhibiton hostesses – Thanks for the great service!

The Hannover Messe was the final stop of “iglidur® on tour” and this is where everything comes to an end…

Pictures of the day!-314.13One car to celebrate 30 years of iglidur® across the world …

Pictures of the day!-314.14… and three guys to keep records.

In the following and final post, I will sum everything up and say goodbye.

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We spent our last days traveling from Freiberg to Cologne via Bensheim. On the way, we visited several customers of different industries like automotive or medical industry. At the beginning of April and after 14 months and over 100,000 km, our iglidur®-car arrived back in Cologne at the igus® headquarter.

Pictures of the day!-313A warm welcome with Gehard Baus (General manager iglidur®-bearings, igus Germany)

After the photoshooting, we gave the keys to Michael Krug because he will take care of the iglidur®-car and prepare everything for the final exhibition. Therefore, we take one week off to drive home to see our friends and family but we will be back at the Hannover Messe 2015 to celebrate the end of the tour and to present the final results!

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Review – Application – KUKA

On visiting KUKA Roboter GmbH we were in the presence of a true pioneer in the field of robot and automation technology. The Augsburg-based company developed the FAMULUS, its first industrial robot with six electromechanically-driven axes, back in 1973. In 1996, it then played a role in ringing in the era of real mechatronics with a PC-based control system. Today, KUKA Roboter produces and sells automated production solutions for the automotive, medical and solar technology, aviation and aerospace and machine tool sectors among others.

The robot expands its work area thanks to the linear axis

For many years, the KUKA developers have entrusted igus® chains with the cables for their linear axes. The fact that these are highly robust and reliable, however, is not what tipped the scales in their favour. Instead, Hans Brix, linear axis developer, says that it is the exceptionally long unsupported length of the igus® chains, which allows the greatest possible extent of movement by the robots.

KUKA has now laid the chain with the cables on the support structure for the first time. As a result, the trough system is no longer required and the design is far more compact, quickly saving several square metres of space.

Rückblick – Anwendung – KUKAA comparison of two systems: in the image on the left, the cables run in an external guide trough. On the right, the e-chain® has been placed on the robot’s support structure. This saves space and reduces costs

igus® generally fills its e-chains® with the cables desired by the customers and then supplies them as complete units that can be simply and quickly installed on site. To date, KUKA has always used a middle-ground option and filled the chains with its own cables. This too is possible if desired by the igus® customer.

Rückblick – Anwendung – KUKA.2KUKA employees and the “iglidur® on tour” team agree: igus® e-chains® last; igus® scarves provide lasting warmth

We would like to thank all the KUKA Roboter GmbH employees that we met for their friendly reception and, in particular, Hans Brix for giving us an interview.

Best regards,
igus® and the “iglidur® on tour” team

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We spent just two days in Czech Republic visiting customers because we had a very important appointment in Germany. We drove about 600 km to Karlsruhe to be part of the technical press conference. It was the first time for igus® and we presented our compact car to everybody.

Picture of the day!-267Everybody could watch the new “iglidur® on tour”-film while sitting inside the iglidur®-car.

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New year but still the same team. Reunion of the “iglidur® on tour”-crew

Reunion of the “iglidur® on tour”-crew

With the New Year’s Eve in Berlin in the back, we drove about 800 km to Hirthals in Denmark.

Pictures of the day!-247Welcome to Denmark!

On the way, the wind was strong enough to give our iglidur®-car a good shake. Due to the weather, we had to catch the ferry in Frederikshavn which takes us to Stavanger in Norway.

Pictures of the day!-247.2We made it to the ferry and now we are on our way to Stavanger in Norway.

We take a break …

After two months of “iglidur® on tour” through Europe, we take a break to celebrate Christmas with our families. Therefore, the blog will pause just for a few days.

Wir machen eine Pause ...
The whole “iglidur® on tour”-crew will take a break.

However, stay tuned because we will be back with the “Big Bang” at the New Year’s Eve,
Karl, Nils and Sandor