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During last week’s ANTEC® 2018 @NPE2018 plastics technical conference in Orlando, Fla., SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) honored plastic products that meet the ultimate test of value by making our lives better in some way.
The annual ANTEC® is SPE’s largest event and the world’s leading plastics technical conference. A panel of judges selected the winners of the fifth annual Plastics for Life™ Global Parts Competition from among a wide range of parts that had already won in competitions at previous SPE events during the past year. In addition, a People’s Choice award was presented to the part that received the greatest number of votes from ANTEC attendees.
The award categories and winners are:
Grand Prize, Sustaining Life: Motor Oil Dispenser with Flexible Spout and Hinged Lid
The production of this part has allowed Silgan to stay relevant even as industries aim to reduce plastic consumption. Various design traits, such as the spout, handles and mouth allow for ergonomic use and can reduce product spillage.
Competition Winner: Annual Blow Molding Conference Blow Molding Parts Competition, Industrial Category, Other
People’s Choice & Protecting Life: 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Engine Clevis Bracket
This engine clevis bracket is the first composite mount designed for a 6-cylinder engine, and passing peak loads of 25 Kilo-newtons of force. The injection molded part replaces
metallic solutions (stamping, welding and die-casting) used previously resulting in a 45 percent weight save. NVH was also improved (reduction in cabin noise) due to the damping characteristics of the polyamide compared to aluminum. Corrosion resistance is improved and the part can be recycled at end of life. Seven clevis brackets were developed for different powertrain combinations and there are no warranty claims after one and a half years of production.
Competition Winner: SPE Automotive Division Innovation Awards Gala, Chassis/Hardware Category
Improving Life: OmniPod Dispenser: The 750ml OmniPod liquid soap/sanitizer dispensing unit.
The bottle is produced on a six-cavity mold run on a Nissei ASB 650 NHll machine. The new OmniPod hand hygiene dispensing system is not only new in the commercial category, but uniquely different from competitor’s dispensing systems. This design turns the traditional hygiene dispensing systems “inside out.”
Competition Winner: Annual Blow Molding Conference Blow Molding Parts Competition, Packaging Category, Pharmaceutical
Quality of Life: Medium Blue Ice® Pack
Medium Blue Ice® Pack works with Rubbermaid’s LunchBlox® Containers. Food stays cool using the modular containers that snap together in multiple configurations to the Blue Ice® Pack.
Competition Winner: SPE Annual Blow Molding Conference Blow Molding Parts Competition: Packaging Category, Food