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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

Drives & Controls 2018

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)


Following a successful launch in 2017, UKIVA Machine Vision Conference returns to Arena MK, Milton Keynes, (more)

Record-beating run for downhill racer

Record-beating run for downhill racer Lotus Engineering's stunning Type 119B gravity racer beat the course record for downhill racing at the Brooklands Soapbox Derby in Surrey recently with the help of Iglidur G polymer bearings from Igus. The engineless car recorded a fastest time of 67.7 seconds in the race, which was more than 4 seconds faster than the previous record. The high-tech vehicle uses Iglidur G plain bearings in the steering system, which is vital to the car's success. It is the same car that won the downhill soapbox challenge at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2004. During that race, four competitors spectacularly crashed out at speeds of up to 100km/h, but the Lotus racer steered clear of any danger and cruised to victory. Iglidur G plain bearings are ideal for lightweight applications as they are manufactured in a homogeneous polymer. The part used in Lotus' gravity racer has a mass of just 4.44g. However, despite being so lightweight, Iglidur G is a high performance bearing material with a static load rating of 80MPa. The bearing the roadster used could thus tolerate a radial load of 4800kg. The polymer material also means it is excellent at vibration damping and, as with all Iglidur materials, is totally self-lubricating and therefore maintenance free.

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