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11th biannual manus® awards competition for plastic plain bearing applications

Apply now and win up to $3,000 and a trip to Germany for the 2023 manus awards ceremony!

Machine parts made of plastic are used millions of times in devices, apparatus and machines. Nevertheless, there is hardly a part in mechanical engineering that is as underestimated as the plastic plain bearing. In order to demonstrate the potential of polymer bearing technology for innovative technologies, the manus® competition is once again honoring unique projects with plain bearings this year.

What are we looking for:

We are looking for industrial applications of plastic plain bearings that stand out through technical, economic and ecological efficiency or through the creativity of the developer. The focus is on the technical superiority of plastic in mechanical engineering:

  • Where could a long-standing problem first be solved by a plastic bushing?
  • What new possibilities does the use of plain bearings open up?
  • How could an application with polymer bearings be sustainably improved? 
Apply until February 10, 2023!  Completed applications will receive a $25 gift card.

Apply now!

Award Winners Will Receive:

manus gold

The golden manus®

$3,000 and a trip to Germany for the awards ceremony

manus silver

The silver manus®

$2,000 and a trip to Germany for the awards ceremony

manus bronze

The bronze manus®

$1,000 and a trip to Germany for the awards ceremony

manus green

The green manus®

$1,000 and a trip to Germany for the awards ceremony


The winners of the manus competition 2021

Golden manus - tracked vehicle

gold manus

Transporting drilling attachments, cranes, lifting platforms or shovel excavators through rough terrain: That is the job of the PowerBully tracked vehicle from Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG from Laupheim.

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Silver manus - felling wedge

silver manus

The last few dry years have made it increasingly dangerous to fell trees with a hammer and wedge. Dead branches fall at the slightest shake. The company Forstreich from Freiburg has therefore developed a radio-controlled, battery-powered felling wedge.

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Bronze manus - sunshade slats

bronze manus

The French company Arcora is developing a system for moving sun protection slats on facades. To do this, the developers use a shape memory alloy. 

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Green manus - Electric garbage can

green manus

The Finnish company Finbin is developing a garbage can that uses solar energy to compact waste. 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.

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