igus Inc. Sponsors National Student Robotics Competition

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igus Inc. Sponsors National Student Robotics Competition
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – August 2, 2005 – Igus® Inc., the leading developer of Energy Chain Systems®, Chainflex® cables and iglide® plastic bearings is now saying Y.E.S. to not only students, but robotics competitions as well. Four months after the successful launch of the company’s Y.E.S. (Young Engineers Support) Program, igus announced its plan to become the first nationwide sponsor for the BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.

Supported by BEST Robotics, Inc., a non-profit, volunteer organization based out of Dallas, Texas, the competition challenges middle and high school students to design and build a radio-controlled robot with varying capabilities that change from year to year. The overall goal of BEST is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology through participation in sports-like, science- and engineering-based robotics competition. To learn more about the BEST mission and to see the event schedule for the upcoming competition, please visit www.bestinc.org.

Igus is the first corporation to donate to BEST on such a wide scale, providing a variety of free machinery/motion control components to be included in more than 700 consumable parts kits. The kits will be distributed to approximately 8,000 students on teams of 10-12 to be used in the construction of the robot. The student teams will have the opportunity to incorporate various igus products into their 2005 entries, including:
  • micro Energy Chain® cable carrier;
  • DryLin® N low-profile linear guide systems;
  • igubal® spherical bearings, both flange and rod end; and
  • DryLin S anodized aluminum shafting.

    “Exposing our engineers of tomorrow to industry partners such as igus is a benefit to everyone,” said Lee Howard, executive director of BEST. “The BEST organization receives unprecedented support and our students are able to use the highest-caliber products available on the market. When they become involved in future, real-world applications, they will recall the sources they used in this competition. Thanks to igus’ generous donation, more than 700 schools across the nation will use these products to learn fundamental engineering concepts.”

    Through this mutually beneficial partnership, both igus and BEST are able to accomplish multiple goals. In conjunction with its Y.E.S. Program, igus hopes to foster the mechanical design ideas of young engineers, while at the same time educating them on the benefits and merits of plastic components. By providing continual support to BEST Inc., igus is able to reach more than 8,000 students from all over the U.S., as well as thousands of engineering professionals and mentors. Igus is also able to help BEST achieve its hope of “maximizing the “pipeline” of future engineers, scientists and technical professionals.”

    The BEST competition kick-off day, set for this September, not only marks the start of a new season, but also a new and exciting sponsorship for igus.

    “Igus’ sponsorship of the BEST Robotics Competition is a win-win situation for both organizations,” said Carsten Blase, vice president of igus. “By donating products to this competition, we are able to expose thousands of would-be engineers to the advantages of plastic components, spread the word about the Y.E.S. Program, ignite the creativity of young engineers and lend support to a volunteer organization that shares our vision.”

    Student teams are scheduled to receive their consumable parts kits at the September kick-off, and at the same time learn the challenge details of this year’s competition. As part of a thank you to igus, BEST plans to name an award after the company that will be handed out to a deserving team at the close of the season. Igus is proud of its partnership with BEST and encourages other robotics and design competitions to contact the company to learn how they can take advantage of the Y.E.S. Program. Igus wishes the participants of BEST good luck with their 2005 robot entries and looks forward to hearing the various ways in which its products are incorporated. To learn more about the Y.E.S. Program and igus’ sponsorship of BEST, please visit the Y.E.S. Web site at www.igus.com/yesprogram.asp.

    About igus
    Igus Inc., founded in 1985 and based in East Providence, R.I., develops and manufactures industry-leading plastic cable carriers, continuous-flex cables, plastic bearings and linear guide systems. With more than 28,000 products available from stock, the company meets the motion control and machinery component needs of customers worldwide. Product lines include Energy Chain Systems® to protect and house moving cables, Chainflex® continuous-flex cables, iglide® self-lubricating, oil-free, plastic bearings, DryLin® linear guide systems and igubal® spherical bearings. For more information, contact igus at (800) 521-2747 or visit www.igus.com.
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