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Jan-Philipp Kobler gewinnt den goldenen manus

Philipp Kobler awarded with golden manus

manus® is a joint initiative by igus® , polymer researchers and manufacturers of plastic plain bearings, the technical publication Industrieanzeiger, University of Applied Science Cologne and the Institute of Composite Materials. This year’s manus® is the third manus® award to be announced worldwide. 467 entries from 34 countries participated in it with their applications. 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. This technique requires a channel to be drilled from the surface of the skull to the basal winding of the cochlea which can be up to 35 mm under the skullcap. Such a hole has a diameter of 2 mm at the most, and is located in the direct vicinity of anatomic structures that require protection. For this reason, the system has to work extremely precisely on the one hand, and must fulfil hygienic medical requirements such as steam sterilisation and disinfection on the other. For this reason, the surgical instrument navigation system includes a dryli ® N glide rail with two igus® slides. In addition, several iglidur® X plain bearings were used, which are excellently suitable for use in medical applications thanks to their lubricant-freedom. (source: igus)

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