Cathy Goniwicha, executive direc tor of Lifetime Tool Co., exhibits her company's striking product line, which won the design compe tition at Design for the 21st Cen tury, a conference sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers, held O ct. 16-18 in Andover, Mass. In development for more than eight years, the tools are insert in jection molded by Avtech Plastics of Fraser, Mich. The hammers are available in 8-, 10- and 12-pound versions. Each is manufactured as a ``a virt ually indestructible unit'' with neither overstrike zones nor focal stress points, Goniwicha said. The tools have steel heads and handles made from Hivalloy propylene/styrene alloys from Montell Polyolefins of Wilmington, Del. Goniwicha sa id the tool han dles carry a five-year guarantee. Lifetime Tool, based in Madison Heights, Mich., is the only U.S. manufacturer of the patented, one-piece striking tools, which were designed by Datum Point Inc. of Washington, Mich. Confer ence co-chairman Steve Ham said judging criteria Specified innovative use of plastic components, that the design should be substantially plastic or feature synergism of plastic with other mmaterials, and feature a futuristic element.
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