Millions of plastic machine parts are used in devices, appliances and engines. Still, hardly any other part 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 is honouring unique products with plain bearings again this year.
What are we looking for?
The industrial applications of plastic plain bearings that are sought after stand out due to their technical, economic and ecological efficiency or the developer's creativity. The focus lies on the technical superiority of plastic in mechanical engineering:
The application deadline for manus 2023 has expired. This year, too, we received numerous submissions from all over the world, which will be assessed at the jury meeting on 14th March 2023.
On 19th April 2023, the time has finally come: the winners of the manus 2023 will receive the award at the Hannover Messe. All award winners will be informed in advance. The award ceremony will take place at the igus trade show stand.
Prize money of €5,000
Prize money of €2,500
Prize money of €1,000
Prize money of €1,000
Hubertus von Monschaw
Global Director Hannover Messe, Deutsche Messe
Editor in Chief, Industrieanzeiger
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Boos MBA
Managing Partner, WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie GmbH
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Krug
Managing Director, Institut für Fahrzeugtechnik (IFK) Technische Hochschule Köln
Paul J. Heney
Editor in Chief, WTWH Media
Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH
CEO Plain Bearings & Linear Technology, igus GmbH
We received 582 entries from around the world for the 10th manus. In our PDF, you can take a look at all these applications.
Transporting drill assemblies, cranes, lifting platforms and excavators through tough terrain is the task of the PowerBully track 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 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.