BARCELONA, SPAIN — European companies took top honors in the Association of Rotational Molders' achievement awards competition held at the organization's annual spring meeting held recently in Barcelona.
Best of Show distinction awards went to rotomolding machine manufacturer Caccia Engineering SpA of Samarate, Italy, and Plashapes Ltd., a rotomolder in Banbridge, Northern Ireland.
Caccia won its category for a new container that allows easy visibility for filling and inventory control. The container has vision strips in two colors with a translucent pattern in any desired shape or size on its wall.
Plashapes won for its EuroLeader recycling bank, in production since 1997, and now used throughout Europe. The new design includes a color-key shaped insert panel, easily changeable to distinguish different uses.
The bank is stackable, permitting 120 EuroLeaders to be loaded on a truck at one time, compared with just 18 of the old design, according to Oak Brook, Ill.-based ARM.
Other winners in the Barcelona competition included Rototek Ltd. of Newark, England, which won in the recycled category for its stacking, underground-ducting junction boxes. These went into production in August and are used for street lighting, traffic signals, telephone cables, and cable television junctions.
Made from 50 percent post-consumer material, the boxes are designed for easy stacking with a tapered joint that prevents sand or concrete from leaking into the chamber. Rototek uses more than 22,000 pounds per month of post-consumer material, plus reground plastics from its manufacturing process.
The conversion category was won by Gregstrom Corp. of Woburn, Mass., for its rock-drill muffler. Previously injection molded in two pieces and requiring assembly, the muffler now is rotomolded in a single piece cutting out assembly time and cost.
``The muffler's hardware is even molded in during manufacturing, so the part is ready to ship when it comes out of the oven,'' according to ARM. The product's success has led to the development of two other sized mufflers, now in use in rock drills worldwide. One is made of EVA and the other two in linear low density polyethylene.