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Igus products aid amusement-park ride manufacturer

Igus products aid amusement-park ride manufacturer
Energy Chain cable carriers, Chainflex continuous-flex cable and iglide plastic bearings used on one of the world's fastest rollercoasters

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – September 20, 2006 – Igus Inc. announced that S&S Power, a world-leading manufacturer of amusement-park rides, uses igus products in its quest to provide thrill seekers with the ultimate adrenaline rush.

S & S specializes in vertical rides that are low-maintenance, safe and dependable. The company uses Energy Chains, Chainflex cables and iglide bearings on various high-adrenaline rides. These include the Turbo Drop vertical free-fall, the Space Shot, which air launches its passengers up a 185-foot tower and bounces them back to a starting position, and the Thrust Air 2000, one of the world’s fastest air-launched rollercoasters, which accelerates from zero to 107 miles per hour in less than two seconds.

To ensure that all its amusement rides are dependable and require minimal maintenance, S & S uses Energy Chain Systems on the company’s rollercoasters and iglide bearings almost anywhere pivoting, rotating or oscillating motion is needed such as lap bars and swing restraints. E-Z Chain and System E2 Energy Chains house and protect Chainflex CF27, CF35 and CF130US cables, which provide power and control to the coasters. Due to Energy Chain’s all-plastic construction, it is weatherproof, corrosion-resistant and operates with minimal noise—all vital elements for the smooth functioning of S & S’ products.

S & S also uses between 1,000 and 2,000 iglide G300 and iglide Q bearings each year. Iglide bearings are lightweight, lubrication- and maintenance-free, and eliminate the corrosion issues S & S had previously experienced while using bronze bushings. Both iglide G300 and iglide Q deliver excellent wear resistance and vibration dampening, even while handling loads of up to 600 pounds on the rides.

Six years ago, when S & S started using igus products, the company was confident the plastic components would be an ideal choice. “The maintenance-free, no lubrication, weatherproof elements of igus’ products are great,” said Quinn Checketts, lead designer for S & S Power. “But we also were really sold on the thorough documentation standing behind the products. That information makes it very easy for an engineer to justify using it. The customer service received from igus is superb; we have never experienced any quality-assurance issues and what we need is always in stock.”

All of the igus products used by S & S endure a wide range of environmental elements and rugged conditions, as its amusement-park rides are sold worldwide.

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.
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