Millions of plastic machine parts are used in devices, appliances and engines. Still, hardly any other material is as underrated in mechanical engineering as the plastic plain bearing. To demonstrate the potential of polymer bearing technology for innovative systems, the manus® competition was launched in 2003 - after more than 3,000 submissions, it is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
The industrial applications of polymer plain bearings that are sought after and honoured stand out due to their technical, economic and ecological efficiency as well as the developer's creativity. The focus is on the technical superiority of plastic in mechanical engineering: where was it possible to solve a tedious problem, open up new possibilities or improve an application in the long term with a plastic bushing?
In addition to the golden, silver and bronze manus® competition, we would like to celebrate our anniversary by awarding the green manus® for the first time - it will be given to the product that is characterised by its sustainability.
The golden manus®: prize money of €5,000
The silver manus®: prize money of €2,500
The bronze manus®: prize money of €1,000
The green manus®: prize money of €1,000
1: 12/2/2021 Deadline for submission
2: 9/3/2021 Jury meeting
3: 11/5/2021 Award ceremony
4: 11/5/2021 Publication of the "Manus 2021" brochure
An independent jury of experts from research, specialist press and manufacturers will preside over the manus competition. They are looking for innovative applications with polymer plain bearings that prove to be creative.
MBA Managing Partner WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie GmbH
Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH
Chief Editor Industrieanzeiger
Chief Editor WTHW Media
Global Director Hannover Messe (Deutsche Messe)
CEO Bearings & Linear Technology at igus GmbH
Gold at the manus 2019: A robust, reliable and low-maintenance mechanism for cleaning and testing underwater risers and pipelines
Silver at the manus 2019: The "iFLY15" sports catamaran, lifts itself completely out of the water on hydrofoils.
Bronze at the manus 2019: The digital gas ring "Darios" allows you to accelerate with your hands on the steering wheel.
The manus award is a joint initiative which the plastics specialist igus announces every two years. More than 3,000 contestants from across the globe have entered the competition in recent years, which honours the creative use of polymer plain bearings in industrial applications. This year, the manus award celebrates its tenth anniversary. A good reason to look back: what has become of the last nine winners and their projects?
Winner 2003 - Bottle cleaning machine bearings
Winner 2005 - Ispection device for a drilling riser
Winner 2007 - Splitting machine for leather production
Winner 2015 - Robot for cochlea implant surgery