The manus award will now be held for the eighth time to show the potential of plastic bearings technology. This is a joint initiative of igus, the Institute for Composite Materials, the Industrieanzeiger and the Technical University of Cologne honours plastic plain bearing applications that are characterised by technical prowess and economic efficiency as well as the creativity of the developer. The manus award, goes into the eighth round. Developers have till the end of February to submit a wide variety of plain bearing applications. The prizes will be awarded before a large audience at the 2017 Hannover Messe.
Accelerating bearing technology
According to Gerhard Baus, authorised agent for plain bearings at igus GmbH, “The term manus (lat. hand) symbolises the drive in the bearing technology to go new ways. This was performed by 467 contestants from 34 countries at the last 2015 manus award. They showed the whole exciting range of application potentials of plastic plain bearings, from the prototype to the serial application—spherical bearings in a steeringless bicycle from Italy, linear bearings in a French machine for cake decoration or plain bearings in an Indian car washing machine.
In the end, an innovative system for ear surgery from the Leibniz University of Hanover won the golden manus, which is used to treat inner ear deafness and severe hearing loss.
Awards ceremony at Hannover Messe 2017
The independent jury will select the award winners in February 2017. Participants can apply online until then with a short textual description as well as pictures and videos of their application. The prerequisite is that at least one built prototype of the presented application exists.