CINCINNATI - A filament-wound utility pole from Shakespeare Fiberglass Products won the top design award Feb. 1 during the SPI Composites Institute's annual conference in Cincinnati. The poles, wound from glass fibers and a polyester resin system, are designed to replace traditional utility poles made of wood. Shakespeare, which makes the poles in Newberry, S.C., has installed more than 5,000 of them since their introduction in 1993.
The product also won as the best electrical/electronic product.
Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. of Toledo, Ohio, sponsors the annual award, called the Counterpoise Grand Design Award. The Composites Institute presented Shakespeare officials with a crystal sculpture during an awards luncheon.
Robert Sweet, founder of Creative Pultrusions Inc. of Alum Bank, Pa., was named Person of the Year. Sweet received the Clare E. Bacon Award for his contributions to composites. He is president and chief executive officer of the pultrusion firm.
Creative Pultrusions also won two best-of-category awards: in the appliance/business equipment market with a three-axis horizontal-arm measuring system that features several pultruded lengths made of carbon fiber; and in the infrastructure category for a modular vehicular bridge, load rated for 15,000 pounds, at the Philadelphia Zoo.
The New York-based Composites Institute, a division of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington, announced the following best-of-category awards for composite products:
Automotive. The 1995 Lincoln Continental, which boasts a hood, deck lid and left and right front fenders made of sheet molding compound. Budd Co.'s Plastics Division in Madison Heights, Mich., molds the parts, which allow Ford Motor Co. to shave off more than 23 pounds per car.
Construction. Comfort Line Inc.'s double-hung window featuring seven pultruded lineals and a wood-grain interior finish, made by American Pultrusions of Toledo.
Consumer goods. Polaris Industries L.P.'s all-terrain vehicle, the Xplorer 4x4 with 31 pounds of injection molded, long-fiber parts. The parts are made by Kentech Plastics Inc. of Hopkinsville, Ky.
Development. A composite marine fender system used by Delaware River and Bay Authority. The product replaces traditional wood and steel fenders - the large panels that absorb the energy when ferry boats come into a dock. Hardcore Composites Ltd. of New Castle, Del., is the manufacturer.
Energy. A vertical-axis wind turbine, which resembles a giant egg beater, with blades pultruded by Glasforms Inc. of San Jose, Calif.
Medical. Miles Diagnostics' automated urine chemistry analyzer with composite doors and a base for handling samples, molded by Molding Products Division of Interplastic Corp. of South Bend, Ind.
Specialty. A tripod, arch-shaped antennae for the U.S. Navy made with pultrusions from Morrison Molded Fiber Glass Co. of Bristol, Va.
Nonautomotive transportation. A refrigerated semi truck container with panels pultruded by Stoughton Composites Inc. of Brodhead, Wis.
Corrosion-resistant product. A large fueling service pit for airports, with a composite corrugated wall system, made by Nova Group Inc., based in Napa, Calif.