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manus 2006

Plastic Plain Bearing Design Contest

The concept behind manus® is to promote new and original ways of using plastic bearings and to encourage awareness of the advantages to a wider audience of potential users.
The competition also endeavours to reward those with the courage and tenacity to implement polymer bearings in the most innovative or challenging applications with cash prizes totalling £4,000. igus® launched manus® in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2004.
The 2006 competition had over 50% more entries and saw applications from a wide range of industries, from folding bikes and prosthetic limbs, to high-tech hinges and laboratory equipment.
The contest has also run in the United States, Germany, Italy and Brazil since its inception in 2003.
To enter, participants submit a short description of how they are using plastic bearings, which bearing they are using and a photo or technical drawing of the application. Entrants also detail what benefits, such as technical advancements, cost savings, or increased life span, resulted from using plastic bearings. Any organisation optimising any brand of plastic plain bearing in new or existing applications may enter.
manus® 2006 was judged by John Hetherington, Head of Engineering Systems at Cranfield University, Andy Pye, Managing Editor of Pro-Talk, and Matthew Aldridge, Bearings Product Director for igus® UK.
The panel made their decision based on which applications demonstrated the most creativity, technical advancement and economic impact.
manus® is Latin for "hand", and symbolises courage and initiative in advancing bearing technology.

Bicycle shock absorber

Bicycle shock absorber with combined bearing shaft

Energy & torque managing device

Energy and torque managing device for lower limb prostesis

Transmission chains

Transmission chains

Extrusion for roller clutch

Ashe Controls Ltd. implemented a new extrusion idea for a rotating clutch chuck...

Tow-ball mount

The tow-ball mount required two pairs of pivots. To operate satisfactorily, it also needed tubing sleeves...

Tooling device

A tooling device to pick pies and place in a cradle needed to be maintenance free...

Laboratory equipment

The application was a laboratory 'rocking' piece of equipment and a 'reciprocating' shaker used for mixing...

TV stand

A pivoting TV stand needed a cost effective, self-lubricating bearing. It had to have low wear and...

Rear transmission support

The drive train is mounted totally rigid, without rubber compliance...

Pick-up head

The head picks up stacks of printed magazines as they come out of a binding machine and...

Drill rig

The drill rig is designed to take core samples from the seabed at 3000m water depth. It is a scientific instrument...

Flexible living accommodation

A linear system was mounted to floors and ceilings in domestic flats for sliding walls...

Industrial Labelling Machine

No other inkjet company has yet found a cost-effective way of mounting print heads on coneyor lines...

Architectural Butt Hinge

Cooke Brothers Ltd discovered an application for plastic plain bearings on an architectural butt hinge for heavy duty doors...

Land board

Freestyle kite powered land board traditionally use heavy sets of ball race bearings...

Garage door operator

Maintenance free, cheap, lightweight bearings were required to operate a garage door...

Garden swing

The Arx garden swing for up to four adults is a high quality consumer product; designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK...

Sliding plug door

The application uses various igus® bearings in both linear and rotary movement...

Pulling arm

The electric tug is used for various applications, but mainly supermarket pallet moving...

Industrial laundry equipment

The previous bearing material was nylon, which was prone to moisture absorption...

Hydraulic press tool

Oil filled sintered bushes required lubrication and they were prone to misalignment and movement...

External light fixture

The automated luminaire illuminates a building’s exterior, while allowing zero light pollution...

Wind powered battery charger

The DuoGen is a patented water and wind powered battery charger for use on cruising yachts. It has just been awarded...

Joist slitting saw

Replaced recirculating ball bearings due to sawdzst contamination...

Conveying elevator

Dave Brooks wanted to improve costs and reduce maintenance issues and chose igus® plastic plain bearings...

Machine slideway

The carriage carries a blast nozzle and travels 1200mm under variable speed by a toothed belt drive in either direction. At the end of each run...

Gym Equipment

Positioning mechanisms on gym equipment typically need maintenance. However, igus® drylin® W bearings mean this is...

Metal forming machine

The sheet metal forming machine used self-lubricating Nylon bearings which...

Safety cone stacker

The previous system used failed, because it did not allow for misalignment. igus® polymer bearings mean the...

Internal Label feeder

Haywood Engineering Services wanted a slide bearing that needed no maintenance, was quiet running, cost effective...

Averson back turner

Misalignment issues were resolved by using a drylin® plain bearing

Hydraulic machine

Idess needed bearings that would work in a very dirty environment. The dust given off during the chamfering process can be very damaging...

Mechanical shutter mechanism

A production solution was required to replace the prototype joint design which was costly, timely to assemble...

Boot lid hinges

It was decided to explore the possibilities of a plastic bush and igus® was contacted to discuss the situation. Plastic bushes had previously been explored...

Roofing material production

The use of a friction drive on the outer edge of the disc imposes a side loading on the central discbearing...

Kitchen board slide

This was designed for high end kitchens. A slim bearing was needed, which guaranteed smooth movement...

Bicycle

In most cases, current state of the art bicycle frames are fitted with rear wheel suspension or pivotable joints...

Lifting mechanism

The spherical bearing traditionally used on the MOD's target lifting mechanisms is very costly...

Transport incubators

cost effective, exceeds infection control protocol, fits with the clean aesthetic of the Neo-Capsul and is a silent, low maintenance solution...

Mailing machine

Re-circulating ball slides rattled and failed regularly and and were expensive to replace...

Mechanism to centralise blocks of cheese

The arms of the centralising unit needed to be guided smoothly from below a conveyor. Due to the position of the guides...

Skylight decoration

drylin® N polymer bearings were used to help provide a decorative means to cover the glazed area of a loft conversion skylight...

Multiple bag gripper

Pacepacker wanted to produce a gripper able to lift three 25kg sacks, but remaining within the payload of the robot...

Baking oven

The hot plates for the chapatti baking oven are linked together in a chain...

Super yachts

The hinge needed to be concealed when closed but the gutter required modifying to mount it. The solution was a combination of slides and multiple pivot points...

Motorcycle brake lever

Corrosion caused sticking and friction levels were high with the bearings previously used for these motorcycle brake and gear level mechanisms...

Anti-roll bar

When the left hand or right hand wheels on the car are loaded and out of line, the anti-roll bar looks solid...

Electric injection moulding machine

Rondol Technology uses igus® polymer linear bearings to guide platens on an all its injection moulding machinery...

Underwater torque tool

The bearing which supports the rotor of this tool is subjected to both rotary and side loads...

Road sweeper

iglidur® G polymer bearings used on all pivoting and rotating parts of the brush mechanism used on both major and minor road vehicles...

Subsea ROVs

A tether management system (TMS) has various pivot, linear and rotary motion points. It works like a subsea parking point...

Archive gallery machine

An efficient slide system was required to work in the dirty and dusty office environment...

Transducers

Billets of fibrous material travelling on a conveyor system had to have a known load applied to them and the resultant thickness measured to an accuracy of 0.1mm...

Gas spring

The guide for a moving gas spring lifts a 2-3m long machine guard 200mm high. The guard requires frequent one man access from one end only...

Textile machinery

Bearings were needed that didn’t require grease, due to the close proximity of the materials. They also had to be able to run at high speeds...

Fishing speargun

Spear fishing is a popular sport at coastal regions all over the world. The speargun is essentially the same everywhere in that it comprises...

Distillery

A series of interactive exhibits were designed and developed for a distillery visitor centre in Scotland using igus®’ iglidur® slewing rings...

Electric powered wheelchair

Maintenance free, lightweight bearings and joints were needed for a folding steering mechanism on the new TJT Powerchair...

Working model

Total Solutions designed and manufactured an exhibition working model to teach children about fluid power...

Idler assembly

Mainly used on golf courses and sports fields, the igus® bearing is used to retain the concentricity of the inner axially sliding pin...

Hull cleaning machines

UMC design and manufacture hull cleaning machines for use by underwater divers. They are hydraulically powered...

Recirculating system

A unique piece of experimental research equipment has been developed at Cambridge University to understand, probe and monitor the fundamentals of granular flow...

Labelling system

The real tab inserter (RTI) system is attached to a drylin® T rail and carriage. The unit allowslabels to be wound onto a roll...

Outdoor rocking switches

iglidur® G plastic plain bearings replaced oil filled sintered bearings on the moving parts of 12kv - 36kv outdoor rocking switches...