Sensirion Sets the World Record for Longest Marble Run
Sensirion’s around 600 employees have built the longest marble run in the world at Flumserberg. The Swiss sensor manufacturer from Stäfa smashed the previous record of 598.41 m with a track length of 2,858.9 m and is now the official record holder.
Starting beneath the 1,939 meter-high Prodkamm at Flumserberg, the ball rolled down towards the valley and reached a distance of 2,858.9 meters, securing Sensirion another record. Not in sensor technology this time, however, in which the high-tech company has already achieved records with its products and has repeatedly revolutionized the sensor market.
The impressive outdoor marble run was built at Flumserberg in less than a day. “Of course, it was clear that not everything was going to go smoothly,” says Patrick Good, who was responsible for organizing Sensirion’s world record attempt, “but we hadn't expected such difficult weather conditions.” Flumserberg had seen 24 hours of rain before the record attempt, which not only make constructing the track more difficult, but was also a challenge for the employees. “But it would have been too easy in good weather,” says Good with a wink. The construction was completed despite the heavy rain and wind. To build the track in such a short time, the employees organized themselves into around 25 teams, each responsible for one section of the route. “The teams had to be optimally coordinated and work together at the connection points, otherwise we could not have achieved a world record. Just like in our day-to-day business,” says Good.
The track was built from a wide range of materials and started in the middle of the meadow where skiers descend the slopes in winter. For the record, the marble had to roll from start to finish without being pushed or receiving any other help. This was confirmed by the Guinness World Records judge Seyda Subasi-Gemici once the marble arrived at the finish line, making the record official. The track was dismantled again immediately after the record certificate was awarded. Sensirion is planning to reuse the materials.
The host was also very pleased. “Even though the weather didn’t play along, it still worked, which was fantastic to see. We are very proud to be part of this world record,” says Heinrich Michel, CEO of Bergbahnen Flumserberg. There was also plenty to be happy about at Sensirion. “The plan went perfectly. We worked together on the same goal, pushed our boundaries and have been rewarded with the world record for our top performance,” says Good.