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8th competition for exciting plastic plain bearing applications

search for creative applications

In 2017 we are, for the eighth time, looking for industrial applications of polymer bearings that stand out for their technical and economic efficiency, their creativity and the developer’s courage. The aim is to highlight the technical superiority of plastic machine components: where has an unimposing plastic bearing resolved a long-standing problem or where has an application only been made possible or been improved through the use of a polymer bearing?

541 entries from 35 countries
This year’s manus® is the eighth manus® award to be announced worldwide. 541 entries from 35 countries participated in it with their applications. They have competed for the gold, the silver and the bronze manus®.

The winners of the 8th manus® competition

The Gold manus®


The Silver manus®

Robotic systems

The Bronze manus®

Space travel

The Gold manus® 2017: this portable technology makes working life more comfortable for employees.

Robotic systems  

The Silver manus® 2017: this gripper arm can dive and be applied under water to a depth of 500 meters.

Space travel  

The Bronze manus® 2017: this system is a new ejection mechanism for space travel.

The prizes

The manus® award comprise:

The deadline was 24th February 2017. The awards ceremony will take place at the Hannover Messe.


1st Prize The Gold manus®,
a certificate and a prize money of
€ 5,000


2nd Prize The Silver manus®,
a certificate and a prize money of
€ 2,500


3rd Prize The Bronze manus®,
a certificate and a prize money of
€ 1,000

The awards ceremony of manus® at the 2017 Hannover Messe

manus® Winners 2017  

At the Hannover Messe, the winners of manus® 2017 were honoured and received the manus® award by igus® CEO Frank Blase (rightmost), Gerhard Baus, Authorized officer polymer bearings, (4th from left) and Tobias Vogel, Head of Business Division iglidur® bearings and drylin® linear technology (leftmost). The golden manus® was won by the company Pathway in cooperation with Levitate Technologies from the USA. The Silver manus® was presented to the company Ocean Innovation System from France,The Bronze manus® 2017 was presented to the student project UB-SPACE from Bremen.

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