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11th competition for exceptional plastic bearing applications

Compete now and win €5,000!

Millions of plastic machine parts are used in devices, appliances and engines. Still, hardly any other part 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 is honouring unique products with plain bearings again this year.

What are we looking for?
The industrial applications of plastic plain bearings that are sought after stand out due to their technical, economic and ecological efficiency or the developer's creativity. The focus lies on the technical superiority of plastic in mechanical engineering:

  • Where has a plastic bushing solved a long-lasting problem?
  • What new opportunities does the use of plain bearings open up?
  • How did polymer bearings improve an application in the long term? 
Make your submission by 10th February 2023!
 

Apply now!
The highlights of the manus® award 2021

This is what you can win:

manus gold

The golden manus®

Prize money of €5,000

manus silver

The silver manus®

Prize money of €2,500

manus bronze

The bronze manus®

Prize money of €1,000

manus sustainability

The green manus®

Prize money of €1,000


The jury of experts


 

Hubertus von Monschaw

Hubertus von Monschaw

Global Director Hannover Messe, Deutsche Messe

Alexander Gölz

Alexander Gölz

Editor in Chief, Industrieanzeiger

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Boos MBA

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Boos MBA 

Managing Partner, WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie GmbH

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Krug

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Krug 

Managing Director, Institut für Fahrzeugtechnik (IFK) Technische Hochschule Köln

Paul J. Heney

Paul J. Heney 

Editor in Chief, WTWH Media

Andreas Gebhard

Andreas Gebhard

Dipl.-Chem.,
Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH

Tobias Vogel

Tobias Vogel

CEO Plain Bearings & Linear Technology, igus GmbH


manus winner

What has become of the manus winners?

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

 


manus® catalogue 2021

All applications from the last manus

We received 582 entries from around the world for the 10th manus. In our PDF, you can take a look at all these applications.

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The winners of the manus competition 2021

All-terrain vehicle

Golden manus - tracked vehicle

Transporting drill assemblies, cranes, lifting platforms and excavators through tough terrain is the task of the PowerBully track vehicle made by Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG, based in Laupheim.

Felling wedge

Silver manus - felling wedge

The last few dry years have made it increasingly dangerous to fell trees with a hammer and wedge. Dead branches fall at the slightest impact. Forstreich, a company based in Freiburg, Germany, has therefore developed a radio-controlled, battery-driven felling wedge.

Sun protection fins

Bronze manus - sun protection fins

Arcora, a French company, is developing a system for moving sun protection fins on facades. The developers use a shape memory alloy for this purpose.

Electric rubbish bin

Green manus - electric rubbish bin

The Finnish company Finbin, is developing a rubbish bin that compacts waste with the help of solar energy. The unique system significantly reduces both operating costs and the ecological footprint. The patented technology ensures that the waste is compressed in a ratio of 6:1.