A joint initiative of igus, the Institute for Composite Materials, the Industrieanzeiger and the Technical University of Cologne, the prestigious manus award will be held for the eighth time to show the tremendous potential of plastic bearings technology. The award function will honour plastic plain bearing applications that are characterised by technical prowess and economic efficiency as well as the creativity of the developer.
Whether in water, on land or in the air, there is hardly an area or field where the polymer plain bearings do not display their numerous characteristic advantages.
They save weight in the solar aircraft, protect against corrosion in the wave power plant, ensure a smooth drive on the road and are more economical and durable when compared to metallic solutions.
Elaborating further on this, Gerhard Baus, the authorised agent for plain bearings, igus, said, "The term 'manus' symbolises the drive in the bearing technology to go new ways.” The application phase for the competition for exciting polymer plain bearing solutions will be made official at the Motek in Stuttgart.
The opportunity to apply for the prestigious international manus award will now be open for companies and individual developers. Whether serial applications for the industry or individual parts – anyone can apply with a polymer plain bearing application.
The winners will be awarded at the 2017 Hannover Messe, and the prize money is up to 5,000 euros. The last 2015 manus award had witnessed 467 contestants from 34 countries. They showed the whole exciting range of application potentials of plastic plain bearings, from the prototype to the serial application. This included a variety ranging from the spherical bearings in a steeringless bicycle from Italy and linear bearings in a French machine for cake decoration to the plain bearings in an Indian car washing machine.