We received more than 582 exciting and unique entries from 41 countries. From corrosion-free plain bearings in electric pedal boats and maintenance-free linear bearings in banana cutting machines to lubrication-free and tough heavy-duty bearings in heavy vehicles.
The jury consisted of representatives from specialist press as well as industry and economy experts, and was once more spoilt for choice. Together, the four winners were selected in a multi-stage voting process at the beginning of March. This year, a green manus award will be given to a sustainable project for the first time.
Transporting drill assemblies, cranes, lifting platforms and excavators through tough terrain is the task of the PowerBully tracked vehicle made by Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG, based in Laupheim.
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.
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. The alloy of nickel and titanium is used in the form of cables which, when heated, are capable of generating significant forces to set a translational carriage in motion.
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.
The manus competition awards innovative and bold applications with plastic bearings, which distinguish themselves through technical and economic efficiency, creativity and surprising results. There were quite a few of them again this year. We received 582 entries from around the world for the 10th manus. In our PDF, you can take a look at all these applications.
Gold at manus 2019: a robust, reliable and low-maintenance mechanism for cleaning and testing underwater risers and pipelines
Silver at manus 2019: the "iFLY15" sports catamaran lifts itself completely out of the water on hydrofoils.