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manus® plastic plain bearing competition entries

Plastic bearings have made huge leaps forward in the last two decades. Today, they solve problems by uniting two extremes: technical innovation and cost reduction. The manus® contest awards bold applications with plastic bearings, distinguished by technical and economic efficiency and creativity.

You can read some of the entries from manus® competitions held in previous years below.

Helicopter parts testing

Water-proof iglide® H370 plastic bushings are used on robot test heads subject to harsh washdowns.

Helicopter parts testing    

Offshore

iglide® G300 plastic bushings, drylin® N linear slides and igubal® rod ends are used in this inspection device for an offshore drilling riser.

Offshore    

Light aircraft

iglide® plastic bushings were used in this aircraft design and have been proven in over 400 flying hours to date.

Light aircraft    

Packaging machine handle dispenser

iglide® and igubal® plastic bearings are used on the application head of this handle dispenser on a packaging machine.

Packaging machine handle dispenser    

Robotic end-effector

drylin® T is used for its low weight in this tile-handling machine

Robotic end-effector    

Circular saw

drylin® R linear bearings perform well in the aggressive cutting environment of this circular saw.

Circular saw    

Bottling machine

iglide® plastic bushings are used for their low friction and dry operation in this pneumatic lifting device for an aseptic filling machine.

Bottling machine    

Workplace for the handicapped

Adjustable tables for the disabled

Workplace for the handicapped    

Bottle packaging

DryLin® N linear slides are ideal for this bottle packaging machine

Bottle packaging    

Artificial knee joint

iglide® L280 and iglide® Q plastic bushings improve an artificial knee joint.

Artificial knee joint    

All electric Porsche Speedster

Spherical bearings and pillow blocks are used in this electrically driven Porsche Speedster

All electric Porsche Speedster    

Concrete pipe cutter

drylin® R linear bearings have run oil-free for over three years in this heavy duty concrete pipe cutter

Concrete pipe cutter    

Elevator lift

drylin® aluminum shafting is used in this residential elevator lift for its near silent operation

Elevator lift    

Scissor-lift table

iglide® Z and L280 are used in this scissor-lift table mechanism, because they are low wear and can withstand the loads involved.

Scissor-lift table    

Handling device

drylin® linear slides offer higher accelerations and lower inertia than ball bearings, making them ideal for high-speed handling equipment

Handling device    

Locomotive steam pump

iglide® T500 plastic bushings were used on this new-design pump for steam locomotives due to their temperature and humidity resistance.

Locomotive steam pump    

Folding bike

iglide® plastic bushings were used on this folding bike due to being maintenance-free and resistant to dirt.

Folding bike    

ATM machine

drylin® N is used on this ATM machine due to its low-cost durability and maintenance-free operation

ATM machine    

Manufacturing test stand

Toothbrush testing machine runs with exceptionally low noise thanks to drylin® T linear guides

Manufacturing test stand    

Bottle capping machine

Its clean, oil-free operation makes drylin® R linear bearings an ideal choice for the food and packaging industry

Bottle capping machine    

Guard for Die Cast machine

Compact drylin® W helps guide the sliding doors on this die-cast machine

Guard for Die Cast machine    

Flow distributor

igubal® plastic self-aligning bearings (including clevis joints) are used here because they are corrosion and water resistant, lubrication-free and low cost

Flow distributor    

Convertible top

iglide® P plastic bushings were used in the drive system of this convertible top because of their excellent wear behavior.

Convertible top    

Lab machinery

Low-profile drylin® N is used in this micro-diascope

Lab machinery    

Aerospace industry

iglide® H plastic bushings in steel brake flaps designed to hold a jet engine in the event of brake malfunction at maximum thrust.

Aerospace industry    

Bagging machine

igubal® rod end bearings and clevis joints used in bagging machines for caustic soda

Bagging machine    

Rotary sorter

Automated rotary package sorter uses igubal® flange bearings.

Rotary sorter    

Body scanner

drylin® used in the measuring and recording of medical scans

Body scanner    

Powder coating-
plant

Dip pre-treatment facility for a powder-coating plant

Powder coating-  plant    

Testing and loading device

drylin® N in a testing and loading device for airplane components

Testing and loading device    

Bottle filling machine

iglide® T500 is used in the bellows valve on this soda bottle filling machine.

Bottle filling machine    

Office chair

A special-design iglide® bushing helps this swivel office chair automatically adjust to the weight of the user.

Office chair    

Resuscitation equipment

Over 30 maintenance-free, lightweight iglide® plain bearings are used in this resuscitation equipment.

Resuscitation equipment    

Circuit board pick and place

Insertion head for circuit board pick and place machine uses drylin® R liners

Circuit board pick and place    

Industrial scooter for factories

iglide® plastic bushings were used in this industrial scooter because they were lower cost than steel alternatives.

Industrial scooter for factories    

Cross member

An iglide® PRT slewing ring was used in this cross member for the automotive industry because of its low weight.

Cross member    

Handling device

Profile rail guides enhance technical performance of handling device

Handling device    

Tool presetting device

drylin® W linear guides help keep CNC machine accurate, lightweight and flexible

Tool presetting device    

Rotor head

Lightweight and maintenance-free iglide® G300 plastic bushings are used in the rotor head of this ultra-light gyrocopter.

Rotor head    

Beverage-can emptying device

iglide® plastic bushings were used in this beverage-can emptying device, because of their low profile.

Beverage-can emptying device    

Industrial remote-controlled vehicle

An iglide® slewing ring bearing is used in this radio remote-controlled vehicle, used in the event of a chemical accident.

Industrial remote-controlled vehicle    

Rotating machine tool

This rotating machine tool for furniture production uses drylin® linear guides.

Rotating machine tool    

Banknote processing equipment

igubal® self-aligning bearings combine with a ball and socket joint to enable locking mechanism of currency counter to function.

Banknote processing equipment    

Home entertainment systems

drylin® is used for its low cost, low weight, and quiet operation on TV screen cover-up.

Home entertainment systems    

3-axis tripod for welding gun

igubal® spherical bearings are used in a welding gun for their low cost and ability to resist dirt

3-axis tripod for welding gun    

Bicycle shock absorber

New bike shocks use plain bearings for their low wear rates, light weight, flexibility and to reduce costs

Bicycle shock absorber    

Prosthetic limb

iglide® Z was used in this unique prosthetic limb designed to absorb shocks and impacts.

Prosthetic limb    

Conveyor chain

iglide® plastic bushings were used on this special-design conveyor chain, because they are lubrication-free and low wear.

Conveyor chain    
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