igus has launched the fifth manus competition for plastic plain bearing applications. The success of the competition in different countries in previous years has led to the contest being opened to participants from all over the world for the first time. The deadline by which to submit an entry is February 28, 2011.
The manus competition seeks innovative, challenging and unusual applications using lubrication-free plastic bearings. To enter, provide a brief explanation of the application or problem that had to be solved, and supply a description of the solution alongside details about the specific plastic bearing that was used and why. Entries should demonstrate how plastic bearings contributed towards technical and economical efficiency or creativity. Photos or pictures should accompany each entry.
The winner will receive 5,000 euros prize money, while second and third place will be awarded 2,500 and 1,000 euros respectively. The top three will also receive a bronze, silver or gold manus statuette and a certificate of recognition. The results will be announced at an awards ceremony during the Hannover Fair in Hanover, Germany from April 4-8, 2011. igus will pay for round-trip flights to the show for the winners if they wish to attend.