Plastic Plain Bearing Competition

(PRWEB) January 25, 2013

The manus competition seeks innovative and challenging applications that use self-lubricating, maintenance-free polymer bearings to improve technology and reduce costs. Winners will receive cash prizes totalling over 11,000 USD.

Machine safety is one area that can be improved by installing dry-running plastic bearings. According to a study from MIT, machine stoppages resulting from insufficient lubrication total up to 240 million dollars in the US alone. Today, metal bearings that require oil are frequently replaced by lubrication- and maintenance-free plastic bearings.

Its easy to enter this years manus contest: The judging panel comprising technology professors and editors-in-chief require a short description of the polymer bearing application, an explanation of the problem the bearings solved, and accompanying photos or drawings.

Applications using all-plastic or plastic-compound bearings are permitted, but not applications that use bearings coated in plastic. Those interested can enter at Entries must be received by February 28, 2013.

igus offers the largest line of environmentally compatible and predictable dry-running plastic bearings in the world. More than 10,000 parts are available from stock.

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