Increased reliability, reduced maintenance costs
Six Flags Theme Park, located in California, is home to the "X" rollercoaster - the only one of its kind that travels through four dimensions. This creates a unique sensation for riders who sit each side of the ride rack and rotate independently of the ride vehicle.
A special component of the chassis, called the X-Bogie, enables the unique rotation of the seat on the X-Trains. It has four wheels, which travel along the track and are attached to pivot housings responsible for the suspension.
Loads induced on the vehicle components tax both the bearings and lubricants. Space restrictions also make it difficult to lubricate or to perform any regular maintenance. Due to its complex design, the “X”-Bogie requires a special bushing that is both lubrication- and maintenance-free. It also needs to be highly flexible to achieve the vibration dampening essential for optimal performance.
iglide® Z plastic bushings were chosen because they possess a larger length and surface area than bronze bushings and also reduce surface pressure and shaft wear. iglide® Z is dry running and maintenance-free.