Every two years, interesting applications using polymer plain bearings are chosen for the manus awards represented by igus. These applications stand out due to their technical and economical efficiency as well as the creativity and boldness of the developer. The entries from all over the world demonstrate the diverse range of application possibilities for polymer plain bearings, from prototype to serial application. Most of the applications for the manus 2015 competition came from India. From these, the three most innovative applications were chosen in a local manus competition and the prizes were awarded during the recently held Auto Expo 2016 at New Delhi.
At the event, the manufacturer ATS ELGI received the golden manus award. The company relies on robust iglidur bearings for the underbody washing system at its carwash. Since these polymer plain bearings do not corrode, downtimes at the carwash are reduced. Besides, the self lubricating bearings eliminate, the need to grease or maintain continually. Moving ahead, a screening device from Tuscano Equipment for diaganosing breast cancer secured a second place. In this application, the thermal radiation of the breast is recorded and a thermal map is created. Thanks to the installed iglidur PRT slewing ring bearings, linear slides SLW & ZLW, the machine runs smoothly with low noise. The bronze manus went to SRG Machines for egg sorting machines. These machines segregate eggs into four different weight classes. A lubrication-free and dirt-resistant drylin N system from igus was installed here, which is resistant to corrosion and thus perfect for use in the machines. With this application, that ensured high hygiene standards by eliminating lubrication SRG Machines won the third place. The competition awards bold applications with plastic bearings, which distinguish themselves through technical and economic efficiency, creativity and surprising results.