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?

manus® 2017  

The prizes

The manus® award comprise:

The deadline is 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

Conditions of participation

The manus® competition for plastic plain bearing applications will be decided by an independent jury composed of professionals from the fields of research, trade press and manufacturers. Courage and creativity are the things that the jury look for and which lead to high consideration. Therefore make it clear why it was imaginative and courageous to place your application on plastic plain bearings.
All applications with plain bearings made of solid plastic or plastic compounds are allowed to enter. Applications with plain bearings coated with plastic, therefore not all of the plastic properties are dominant are not allowed.

More Information

The winners of the 7th manus® competition

Medical assistance system

This year’s Gold award winner is a system that assists doctors with keyhole cochlea implant surgery to treat inner ear deafness and profound deafness.

Medical assistance system    

Smoothing machine

The winner of this year’s Silver manus® award is a machine that makes it easier to draw off screed.

Smoothing machine    

3D printing machine

This year, Bronze goes to a laser-based 3D printing machine that prints metal parts made of titanium, aluminium, steel or even gold.

3D printing machine    
Formal manus® award ceremony at the Hanover Trade Fair 2015

(f.l.t.r.): Deepak Pauk, igus® India, Dr. Stefan Kombüchen, Jan-Philipp Kobler - Leibniz University Hannover (gold), Gerhard Baus, Frank Blase, David Kampitsch - Mai International GmbH Österreich (silver), Christian Hardenbicker, Tobias Vogel

manus® winners 2015  

Video (German)