igus Launches 2015 manus competition for creative bearing applications

The international competition for plastic bearing applications is in its seventh year and now accepting applications

January 14th, 2015 - East Providence, Rhode Island - A for agricultural machinery, B is for baking equipment, C is for cross trainer - over 400 unique applications for plastic plain bearings were entered into the 2013 manus competition, and now the search continues. The application phase for the 2015 manus competition is now underway, continuing through February 20th, and awards of up to €5,000 will be presented at April's Hanover Trade Show in Germany.


Plastic bearings perform their service millions of times in the most inconspicuous places, garnering very little attention. To counteract this, the manus competition was first introduced in 2003. In the last of the biennial competitions, 437 entries from 33 countries competed for the top three spots selected by an independent jury of professionals.

Participants are invited to enter their application online with a short description, along with photos and videos of the application in action. The only requirement of the awards application is that at least one completed prototype of the proposed application must exist. According to Nicole Lang, Product Manager for iglide bearings at igus, "We want to support innovation, and award bold applications, regardless of industry."

Among the 2013 entries were developers of a pneumatic rotary piston engine, a cross-country skiing exercise machine, and a foldable car.
The manus awards are a joint initiative between igus GmbH, the Institute for Composite Materials, and The Industry Indicator, and the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. To learn more about the awards, see past winners, or to enter the competition, please visit www.igus.com/manus.

About igus®
igus® develops industry-leading Energy Chain® cable carriers, Chainflex® Motion Cables, DryLin® linear bearings and linear guides, iglide® plastic bushings, and igubal® spherical bearings. These seemingly unrelated products are linked together through a belief in making functionally advanced, yet affordable plastic components and assemblies. With plastic bearing experience since 1964, cable carrier experience since 1971 and Motion Cables since 1989, igus provides the right solution from over 100,000 products available from stock. No minimum order required. For more information, contact igus at 1-800-521-2747 or visit www.igus.com.

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