A rush of adrenaline,
A flush of excitement,
Shush! One says to another,
A soft thud instigating collective sighs,
A whole nation rooting for a cause, Cheering without pause as Winter ebbs away Winter Olympics is all we can think of!
And just like the mismatched verses above, Olympics’ primary tools of trade is a systematic amalgamation of variegated parts which makes all the difference (not undermining the determined talent of the representatives). Be it bobsleigh or figure skating or Alpine Skiing, countries worldwide naturally want to equip their representatives with the best. It’s not always about the ‘thrill and chill’ of winning, it’s also about the safety of the player. Therefore, safety checks are extended (and, even mandated) beyond the battle ground. With advancement in technology, stricter safety policies & standards and greater need for speed, the tool making company have come a long way from sketch, test, fail and redo era!
For instance, the earliest ice skates can be traced back to Scandinavia with bone runners tied to boots. While that was an event of A.D, years later Joseph Merlin from Belgium presented the world with the first ever skate, steel and all. And as inventions go, every decade and country contributed to the mean tool of trade of today. Modern day skates have evolved into a body of polyurethane, aluminum, plastic, leather….with variations depending on the sport it’s being used for. Strong wheels often translate into fast pace and this is the fundamental of skating industry.
Manufacturing Process of a Skate
A walk-through the manufacturing process of an inline ice skate would collectively draw your attention to the eminence of an ergonomic skate design. Another essential point to be noted is the involvement of multitudes for an efficient end result. While a company is dedicated to boot making, another maker of skate board also in tandem owns the business of in-line wheels of a skate (which in the end would be assembled with the boot).
The in-line boot is often made of urethane, a type of plastic, by way of using injection molding process. In this course, a dye of choice is added, the mold set for the final product to be ejected in the end.