5th February 2021. Volunteers at the National Coastwatch Institution Station at St Albans Head are keeping people safe with the help of a special pair of binoculars and a gift from igus bearings.  

 The NCI station, on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, received some much-appreciated help from plastics experts igus.  Matthew Aldridge, UK Managing Director of igus, explained: “The St Albans Head Station recently approached us, seeking help to upgrade their equipment. Their old binoculars had deteriorated, and they had raised funds for a new set of high-powered binoculars and needed our help to mount them. After discussing the application details and establishing the best iglidur bearings for the mounting system, we were delighted to donate the parts to St Albans Head Station”. The NCI St Albans Head binocular mounting system was fixed indoors and needed the best materials possible as the binoculars weigh over nine kilograms, are 650mm long and expensive.

NCI helper Martin Seedall, who made the initial contact with igus, added: “I have incorporated igus bearings within numerous product designs in the past because they are perfect when you need a quiet, lubrication-free product. Thank you to the whole igus team for their generous support.”   


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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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