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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.


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

Robotic end-effector

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

Circular saw

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

Workplace for the handicapped

Adjustable tables for the disabled

Bottle packaging

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

Artificial knee joint

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

Concrete pipe cutter

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

Elevator lift

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

Handling device

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

Manufacturing test stand

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

Guard for Die Cast machine

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

Lab machinery

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

Powder coating-

Dip pre-treatment facility for a powder-coating plant

Circuit board pick and place

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

Industrial scooter for factories

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

Handling device

Profile rail guides enhance technical performance of handling device

Tool presetting device

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

Rotating machine tool

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

Home entertainment systems

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

Bicycle shock absorber

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

Prosthetic limb

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

More applications with bearings

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