Atlanta — A hot-fill PET container for pasta sauce and a base and frame for outdoor signs each won three categories in the parts competition — including the People's Choice honor — at the Annual Blow Molding Conference.
Blow molding consultant Lew Ferguson, who chaired the parts competition, announced the winners at a dinner Oct. 4.
Jamie Pace, who chaired the Atlanta conference — the 32nd ABC conference — held by the Blow Molding division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, said the event drew 330 people, a record number.
Here are the first-place winners:
Graham Packaging Co. won first place the categories of food, general packaging and People's Choice in packaging for its ThermaSet PET pasta sauce jars, which are nearly 90 percent lighter than glass jars, and are shatter resistant.
Graham officials said the jars are compatible with existing hot-fill manufacturing lines — a key benefit for food makers. Also, on the shelf, the reduced footprint of ThermaSet gives additional product facing every five feet.
Earlier this year, the ThermaSet container won the top honor, the Diamond Award, at DuPont's annual Awards for Packaging Innovation.
Agri-Industrial Plastics Co. picked up two first place awards in industrial categories, plus the industrial People's Choice, blow molded components for portable Windigo Signs.
The outdoor sign frames hold Windigo's soft fabric signs, a major design challenge to withstand wind forces, and create large signs that can be shipped without incurring extra costs for oversized shipping.
The blow molder in Fairfield, Iowa, molds all the components, including the live hinge. They easily fit together to allow many widths and heights. The hinge is a key to the sign, allowing the frames to be mounted to any size light pole, square or round.
Windigo Signs has developed signs beyond the light pole sign, including a portable sidewalk sign with four wheels, wall signs, ceiling signs, ground signs and roadside signs.
Agri-Industrial blow molds the parts from high density polyethylene, using a mold from H&H Mold and Tooling.