Review – Application – Robotic Drilling Systems

At Robotic Drilling Systems, we obtained an insight into see the future of fossil fuels drilling operations. The Norwegian company based in Sandnes has developed a series of robots that automatically drill for crude oil and natural gas. To drill to certain depths, the pipes and drillbits is assembled piece by piece. This usually occurs by hand and the individual segments are extremely heavy. Now though, this new world strongest electrical robot can do this itself. It detects the ambient conditions and adapts itself to them accordingly.

Rückblick - Anwendung - Robotic Drilling SystemsA robotic drilling system during a demo run: the drilling segments are on the left. The robot picks one up, rotates it, positions it over the hole and inserts it into position. readychains® inside the robot are involved in every movement

The robot picks up a drill segment, rotates it in the air, positions it over the hole and then inserts it in place. The process is then repeated. The movements do not appear complicated but there are actually seven axes that have to work together in precise harmony to ensure perfect motorics. Five different sized energy chain systems from igus®, known as readychains®, play their part in ensuring that everything works seamlessly.

Rückblick - Anwendung - Robotic Drilling Systems.2It can also do other things: here, the robust robot is being specially used to grasp the rather delicate dry-tech® box with igus® product samples

The engineers at Robotic Drilling Systems chose the ready to insert and install readychains® from igus® for three reasons: they work reliably, they are available in several sizes and they can be assembled extremely quickly. Ready. Chain. Go!

Rückblick - Anwendung - Robotic Drilling Systems.3Group photo with the car: the Robotic Drilling Systems team and the “iglidur® on tour” team. The robot with the dry-tech® box waves from the background

We would like to thank Robotic Drilling Systems for the friendly reception and, in particular, Orjan H. Larsen for giving us so much of his time.

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

Review – Application – Alu Design

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.

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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.

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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.

Rückblick - Anwendung - Alu Design.3The 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.

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

Review – Application – Oceaneering

At Oceaneering AS in Norway, we are submerged in the depths of the oceans. We quickly take leave, not physically, but mentally, of the new halls of the company and surrender, like a piece of floating debris in the current, to the interesting explanations of the underwater experts.
Oceaneering is specialised in subsea operations by use of Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) (also known as underwater robots). At the subsea worksite of an oilfield, the ROV system is normally the first thing into the sea. ROV pilots direct the ROV from a control room to set the rig’s anchors. Then the ROV crew surveys the seabed to oversee the environment and monitor any obstructions before commencing work. Oceaneering support all kinds of subsea work, from site inspection to subsea equipment installation and drilling tasks. Each ROV system is maneuvered by the Oceaneering crew from a control room or van on the surface asset.

Virtually, the garage of the underwater robot, which is supplied with energy via the yellow cable (tether). The movable coil is guided via the drylin® linear bearings.

The ROV starts his expedition in a kind of garage, which is launched from a boat or rig. The robot remains connected to the garage throughout its use via a cable, in order to be supplied with energy and to transmit the acquired data. This means that for the connection cable to always unwind in the centre of the garage, the coil must be movable. This problem under water compelled the designers to rely on selflubricating, corrosion-free and thus offshore-compatible drylin® linear bearings. Of course, the maintenance is dispensed with.

The rail has already rusted, but it does not do anything to the liner from igus®. The material is dirtresistant, has a self-cleaning effect and does not get much affected.

The ROV is a bit like a baby in the womb, whereby the mother is the ship and the garage would be the placenta. The baby remains with the mother and is supplied with all the nutrients through the umbilical cord (yellow cable).

Rückblick - Anwendung - OceaneeringCorrosion-free, self-lubricating bearing technology from tribo-polymers is the natural friend of every underwater robot (seen above left).

Thank you for the insight into the underwater world and wish you successful expeditions further on.

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


In Norway, the donation is done by the ASI Automatikk AS which is our retailer for igus®-products. 20 NOK will be donated for every kilometer driven. Within 3 days, we drove 910 km which was round up to 1000 km and multiplied by 20. Therefore, ASI Automatikk donated 20,000 NOK to the local hospital: Sorlandet Sykehus – Kristiansand. The department which takes care of the children will receive the money.

Spende-8Left to right: Geir Berven (ASI Automatikk AS), Elmar Reder (igus® Germany), Grete Nygård Spilling (Nurse), Kjellfrid Tolfsen (Nurse), Turid Stadheim (Nurse), Karl Weinmeister (iglidur® on tour)

The money is used to upgrade the outdoor playground and to buy new toys for the kids who can not leave their beds. Let’s put a smile on their faces!

We wish you all the best,
Karl, Nils and Sandor

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In the morning, we visited our last Norwegian customer which produces customized operation chairs for offshore applications. Afterwards, we drove to Oslo to say “Good bye” to Norway and cross the border to Sweden.

Pictures of the day!-251The Holmenkollbakken

In Oslo, we drove to the oldest and most modern ski jump in the world – The Holmenkollbakken. It was opened in 1892 and renovated 15 times until today. Furthermore, it is made out of 100 t of steel and the hill record of 141 m was set by Andreas Kofler in 2011 during the World Championship.

Next stop – Sweden! While we were looking for a restaurant for dinner, we drove down the hill to a small neighbourhood. We tried to turn around and suddenly realized that the ground was frozen. No change to get out…A yound man helped us to put on the snow chains for the cars. We were sliding along the ground, knelt on the ice and tried to tension the chains while lying on the ground. After an hour and without any feeling of the toes, this young man took his car and brought sand for us…It worked. We made it up the hill and could leave to continue our tour.

That was representable helpfulness! Thank you, Henrik!

Pictures of the day!-251.2It’s good that we have them.

We arrived at the hotel around 4 pm and started our first day in Sweden after 3 hours of sleep. By the way, we hit the 70,000 km!

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After the day on the ferry, we spent the Sunday to explore Stavanger and its nature. First, we started with the three swords in the rock – “Sverd i fjell”.

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Three 10 m tall swords

The three swords commemorate the historic battle of Hafrsjord which took place in 872. In addition, it represents peace because the swords are planted into solid rock to be never removed.
During the day, we left the coast and looked for the Manafossen. It was snowing on the way and driving our iglidur®-car became a challenge.

Pictures of the day!-249.2Frozen lake and snow – definitly sub zero degree Celsius!

After a steep climb on slippery snow covered rocks, we found the Manafossen. This is a 90 m high waterfall at the bottom of the fjord Frafjord.

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Where is my cap? Oh, the snowman has it!

At the end of the day, we went back to the hotel to get some sleep and be ready for the tour through Norway.

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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.