Schaumburg, Ill. — For thermoformers, the annual parts competition at the Society of Plastics Engineers' Thermoforming Conference is a big deal. And one company that always seems to take home hardware picked up three awards this year.
Profile Plastics Inc. won the gold award in two categories: a cover set for surgical waste management system won the award for heavy-gauge pressure forming, as well as the People's Choice Award. The Lake Bluff, Ill., company also won for two twin-sheet body protection plates.
Matt O'Hagan said more than 200 ballots were cast for the People's Choice by conference attendees, which is a record.
“It was a great turnout this year. Another great set of parts,” he said before announcing the winners at a dinner Sept. 27.
“Getting into the heavy-gauge, things got really, really difficult for the judges, especially on the twin-sheet side, because there were a lot of parts,” said O'Hagan, who is sales manager for non-automotive and distribution for LyondellBassel's Equistar business. He is based in Lansing, Mich.
The student award winner was Sara Allgeier for her pizza box made of twin sheet thermoformed polypropylene sheet — eliminating the soggy cardboard pizza box. Allgeier is enrolled at Penn State Erie.
The Thermoforming Conference was held Sept. 26-28 in Schaumburg. Here is a recap of the parts competition winners:
Roll-fed consumer, gold
Jamestown Plastics Inc. of Brocton, N.Y., won the gold for its Click-it Clam, a clamshell package with a patented locking feature so it can be opened and closed with one hand. The user simply pushes on the power part of the flange under the pin, which forces the wall to deflect, releasing the pin and letting the lid pop open.
Snapping it closed again makes an audible “click.”
Jamestown officials said Click-it Clam is safe to use — no more cutting and tearing to pry open a clamshell — as well as beneficial for arthritic, visually impaired and elderly customers. And it's a reusable storage container.
Roll-fed consumer, silver