Entries are now open for the 2017 manus award, which celebrates the most innovative and exciting polymer plain bearing applications from around the world. Motion plastics specialist igus will announce the winners in a high-profile ceremony at next year's Hannover Fair with a first prize of 5000 euros.
Whether in water, on land or in the air, there are few applications where polymer plain bearings do not display their characteristic advantages - they save weight in solar aircraft, protect against corrosion in wave power stations, ensure a smooth drive on the road, and are more economical and more durable than their metal-based counterparts.
Taking place every other year, the prestigious manus award will now be held for the eighth time to demonstrate the tremendous potential of plastic bearings technology. In association with the Institute for Composite Materials, the Industrieanzeiger and the Technical University of Cologne, the manus award honours plastic plain bearing applications that are characterised by technical prowess and economic efficiency, as well as the creativity of the developer.
Robert Dumayne, director of drytech bearings, igus, says: "The term "˜manus' (Latin for hand) symbolises the drive to innovate and go new ways in bearing technology." The last manus award, in 2015, attracted 467 entries from 34 countries, showcasing an exciting and diverse array of plastic plain bearing applications. These included spherical bearings in a steering-less bicycle from Italy, linear bearings in a cake-decorating machine in France and plain bearings in an aquarium-cleaning robot developed in Canada. In the end, an innovative system to assist doctors with keyhole cochlea implant surgery to treat inner ear deafness and severe hearing loss from the Leibniz University of Hannover won the golden manus.
Winners will be announced in a prestigious award ceremony at the igus stand during the Hannover Fair in April 2017. Designers can apply online until 24th February 2017 with a short description of their application plus supporting pictures and videos. The only prerequisite is that at least one prototype of the presented application exists.
To enter, please visit www.manus-award.com for further information, including examples of manus applications from previous years. For more information on polymer plain bearings, please visit www.igus.co.uk.