Cleveland — The Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division named the winners of its biennial parts competition at a recent conference in Cleveland.
"This year's parts competition was especially impressive, as we had 31 entries, the most in recent memory," part competition chair Travis Kieffer said. "We received more than 10 entries alone for our new sustainability category."
"The quality and diversity of the entries was also notable," he added. "We think the innovation and technology on display was the best yet, and it shows that the plastics thermoforming industry is stronger than ever."
This year's winners are:
People's Choice Award to Profile Plastics of Lake Bluff, Ill., for covers for medical part product application.
The PVC/acrylic covers are a multi-part pressure forming project that meets high cosmetic requirements and target price points of the customer and serves as a durable, easy-to-service solution for a new-to-market medical cart product application.
A customer wanted to develop a new and innovative medical cart featuring a highly cosmetic finish, maximized space utilization, ease of serviceability and durability. Working together in the design, Profile Plastics successfully achieved each project-defined goal.
The part also won the Pressure Forming Gold Award.
The Vacuum Forming Gold Award went to Formed Plastics Inc. of Carle Place, N.Y., for medical laboratory equipment covers.
The project included a series of polycarbonate/PVC/acrylic cosmetic covers with value-added assembly for medical laboratory equipment.
The assembly of covers service a modular system which permits multiple configurations to fit any size lab footprint. A tailored solution to manufacturing was thermoforming with universal tooling and material blank sizes. This provided a more streamlined, cost-effective, high-quality approach to satisfy any production run size or finish the customer may require.
The Vacuum Forming Silver Award went to 2P Support & Focaccia Group of Udine, Italy, for an LCD tail light.
The project consists of 18 thermoformed parts plus four polyurethane parts to transform a standard commercial vehicle into a pickup for the LCV (light commercial vehicle) sector. The thermoformed parts are all produced with textured ABS certified for automotive use.