A coronary imaging catheter package made by Prent Corp. of Janesville, Wis., stole the show at this year's Society of Plastics Industry Inc.'s Thermoforming Institute National Awards.
The awards were announced at the annual winter meeting, held March 14-17 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Prent's coronary imaging catheter package was named Thermoformed Package of the Year. It also took first place in light-gauge medical packaging.
The sterile barrier package, made of blue-tint, glycol-modified PET, suspends and immobilizes a fragile and expensive fiber-optics catheter coil and accessories. It also serves as a protective shipper, preparation station and catheter channel for the product.
Prent said the nestable package saves more than 200 percent in shipping and handling of empty packages by capturing accessories in the unused space.
The package provides visibility, and the product can be prepped and inserted before the unit is removed from the package.
Prent also received a first-place award in the light-gauge consumer packaging category for its customer appreciation Christmas package, an origami bird and an outer package that houses it.
Custom thermoformer Prent has facilities in Janesville; Flagstaff, Ariz.; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Johor Baharu, Malaysia. The company also has a European alliance with Nelipak Thermoforming, based in Venray, the Netherlands.
This year, SPI honored 13 products of the 28 entries in 12 categories.
Winners in the heavy-gauge section include:
Brookdale Plastics Inc. of Plymouth, Minn., in the thermoformed assembly category, for the Metacom music station.
Triangle Plastics Inc. of Independence, Iowa, in thermoformed parts, for its Cotton Picker door assemblies.
Thermo-Fab Corp. of Shirley, Mass., which took awards in the pressure formed assembly category for its heart laser cart, and in the pressure formed part category for its teacher board.
In the twin-sheet assembly category, TriEnda Corp. of Portage, Wis., won for its twin-sheet sleeve for Big Pak.
Kintz Plastics Inc. of Howes Cave, N.Y., won the twin-sheet part category for its VTC Upper Body.
In the light-gauge category, winners were:
Plastic Ingenuity Inc. of Cross Plains, Wis., in the food-packaging category for its quiche base/lid, and in the industrial packaging category for the in-house shipping tray.
Also in the food-packaging category, Plastic Package Inc. of Sacramento, Calif., won for its dolphin-shaped candy clamshell.
Plastic Concept Inc. of Huntington Beach, Calif., won in the displays category with its Devore skin-care display, and in component parts for a Mark Maguire and Sammy Sosa commemorative figure package.
The awards recognize superior aesthetics, creativity, functionality and design difficulty. SPI has been holding the awards for more than 12 years.