We made ourselves comfortable at Alu Design & Services in Kristiansand. The Norwegian company specialises in the development and construction of operator chairs. It is from such chairs that operators control huge cranes, airplanes or ships – or even save the world, as in the last blockbuster from the Transformers series. In “Age of Extinction”, Mark Wahlberg sits in an MH OCH 300, Alu Design’s now most famous operator chair.
A high-tech solution from Alu Design & Services in Norway. The design is good enough for Hollywood
All of the chairs that leave the factory have to meet the ultimate requirements with regard to comfort, quality and design. Everything has to be perfect. It was impressive to discover that some models have as many as 16 buttons just to optimally adjust the seat position. User friendliness is imperative. “The chairs are actually always developed around the coffee cup holder”, an employee told us with a wink.
The chassis on a series model: the detailed image at the top shows the frame. The image in the middle shows two e-chains®, which guide the cables to the control instruments. A further chain is embedded into the floor below the chair to enable the chair to be moved horizontally
In most cases, Alu Design supplies the chairs to its customers but the cabling occurs externally. The chassis should therefore be as stable and reliable as possible. This also applies to the igus® e-chains®, several of which are used here. According to an assembly employee, these are robust, easy to assemble and do their job well.
The many options for moving the chair and the numerous buttons, behind which multiple cables are found, also place specific requirements on the e-chains®. The cables must not become kinked or damaged in any position. Depending on the place of use, the material must also withstand moisture and dirt. It is for this reason that igus® e-chains® were chosen.
The chair is the star in this group photo with employees from Alu Design & Services, ASI Automatikk (igus® retailer in Norway) and the “iglidur® on tour” team
We would like to thank Alu Design & Services for its hospitality and the interesting experiences. The word “chair” has taken on a whole new meaning for us.
igus® and the “iglidur® on tour” team