The opportunity to apply for the international manus award has now been opened for companies and individual developers by motion plastics specialist igus. The winners will be selected by an expert jury composed of members from the fields of science, research and specialist media and will be awarded at the 2019 Hannover Messe.
Tobias Vogel, Vice President and head of iglidur plain bearings & drylin linear technology, igus GmbH has succeeded Gerhard Baus as a new member of the jury. Baus was involved in the last eight editions of the competition as the co-founder since its inception in 2003.
The manus award comes with prizes of up to 5,000 euros and users need to submit their entries on or before February 22, 2019. Elgibility for the award is that there must be at least one built prototype of the presented application available.
The jury's biggest challenge at the last edition of the manus award two years ago was selecting three winners out of 541 entries from 35 countries. In addition to the three winners – an exoskeleton to facilitate assembly work, a manipulator arm that can be used underwater up to a depth of 500 metres and an ejection mechanism for a research object in space – there were many other exciting applications with plastic plain bearings.