ATLANTA — Two companies — Allied Plastics Inc. and Les Produits Plastitel Inc. — tied for the People's Choice Award, and each won another category award in the parts competition at the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Conference in Atlanta.
The People's Choice Award is voted on by conference attendees.
Wilbert Plastic Services Inc. of Belmont, N.C. won a gold in the category of heavy-gauge innovation, as well as the Judges' Award for its medical part.
The SPE Thermoforming Division handed out 20 awards to companies and students Sept. 1 during a dinner at the conference.
Matt O'Hagan, chairman of the parts competition, said a total of 30 part entries and eight student parts vied for the awards. He said the contest generated a strong crop of products.
“The quality of the parts, value-add and innovation, it was all there,” said O'Hagan, who is sales manager, non-automotive and distribution for LyondellBasell's Equistar business. He is based in Lansing, Mich.
Both student winners were from the University of Wisconsin. Kevin Langer won $1,000 for his turtle shower caddie. David Charlier picked up $500 for his product, called a Whirl, with six thermoformed compartments in a round holder.
The division received the student parts from Richard Freeman of Freetech Plastics Inc. in Fremont, Calif.
Here is a recap of the parts competition winners:
Roll-fed consumer, gold
Think4D Inc. of Antona, Manitoba, won the gold award for the packaging for Gillette's Venus Swirl women's razor. A key is the technology to print and form the silver Flexiball on the package. The Flexiball acts like a rotating hinge for the razor.
The package, hinged like a clamshell, is easy to open. Think4D prints and forms the blister packaging, which can be heat-sealed in an automated production line. The multidimensional lids are packed hot right off the thermoforming line onto thermoformed packing trays, and the residual heat maintains the desired arc required, which reduces scrap and increases line speed, according to the company.
The Venus Swirl package is made of PET, recycled PET and paperboard.
Roll-fed consumer, silver