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10th competition for exceptional plastic bearing applications

Unique plastic bearing applications wanted

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 award:
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


Times and dates

Timeline manus 2021


 
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


The jury of the manus® competition

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.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Boos

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Boos

MBA Managing Partner WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie GmbH

Prof. emer. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. Klaus Friedrich

Prof. emer. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. Klaus Friedrich

Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH

Werner Götz

Werner Götz

Chief Editor Industrieanzeiger

Paul J. Heney

Paul J. Heney

Chief Editor WTHW Media

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Krug

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Krug

TH Cologne

Hubertus von Monschaw

Hubertus von Monschaw

Global Director Hannover Messe (Deutsche Messe)

Tobias Vogel

Tobias Vogel

CEO Bearings & Linear Technology at igus GmbH


The winners of the 9th manus® competition

manus gold

Cleaning and testing unit

Cleaning and testing unit

Gold at the manus 2019: A robust, reliable and low-maintenance mechanism for cleaning and testing underwater risers and pipelines

manus silver

Sports catamaran

Sports catamaran

Silver at the manus 2019: The "iFLY15" sports catamaran, lifts itself completely out of the water on hydrofoils.

manus bronze

Gas ring

Gas ring

Bronze at the manus 2019: The digital gas ring "Darios" allows you to accelerate with your hands on the steering wheel.

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

 



The winners of the 2019 manus were honoured at the Hannover Messe and received the prizes from igus CEO Frank Blase (far right), Tobias Vogel (3rd from left), Vice President and Head of the Business Unit iglidur Plain Bearings and drylin Linear and Drive Technology and Thorsten Beitzel (far left) , CEO igus France.

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