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The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)held its Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) in Orlando, the US. During theconference, SPE honored plastic products that meet the ultimate test of valueby making lives better in some way.


Competition winner: SPE Automotive Division Innovation Awards Gala, Chassis/Hardware Category.
Competition winner: SPE Automotive Division Innovation Awards Gala, Chassis/Hardware Category.
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ANTEC is SPE’s largest event and the world’s prominent plastics technical conference. A panel of judges selected the winners of the 5th 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.

The awards were divided into four categories: Protecting Life, Quality of Life, Improving Life and Sustaining Life. A People’s Choice award was given to the submission that received the greatest number of votes from conference attendees while a Grand Prize winner was selected from the highest-ranked winner from the four “Life” awards.

Grand Prize, Sustaining Life: Motor oil dispenser with flexible spout & 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.

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 used previously resulting in a 45% weight save. NVH was also improved (reduction in cabin noise) due to the damping characteristics of the polyamide.

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 1.5 years of production.

Improving Life: OmniPod dispenser

750ml OmniPod liquid soap/sanitizer dispensing unit 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 for its fewer components and less complexity. This design turns the traditional systems “inside out”.

It can also be replaced easily with 100% recyclable refill bottle. In addition, the dispenser has lower cost of assembly.

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.

The part was developed and designed so a top and bottom calibration blow method could be used to improve the part quality and production output for an overall cost savings goal. Its mold cooling design improvements and process methods also reduced the cycle time by 10%.

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