Call for entries for SPE Thermoforming Division’s annual Parts Competition

Thermoformed packaging
A hanging clamshell package for retail designed to hold both a music book and musical instrument submitted by Innovative Plastech (Batavia, IL) is a past gold winner in the roll-fed consumer category.

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE; Bethel, CT) Thermoforming Division announced a call for entries for its annual Parts Competition, which showcases advances in thermoforming design and applications. The submission deadline is Aug. 31, 2018.

Parts entered in the competition will be on display during the 26th SPE Thermoforming Conference, which will be held on Sept. 24 to 26 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX. Awards for the winning parts will be presented at a dinner on Sept. 25 at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Parts may be submitted in several categories, depending on the type of thermoforming operation: Roll fed (industrial, medical or food); heavy gauge (vacuum form, pressure form, and two new categories, twin sheet and TPO); and combined (parts that comprise a minimum of 40% recycled content, offer value-added assembly features or exhibit innovative characteristics).

“Product innovation is a key theme in the planning of the 2018 conference,” said Steve Clark, SPE Thermoforming Parts Competition Chair. “We are seeking parts that will promote the industry’s commitment to expanding the versatility of the thermoforming process to make new and exciting applications possible.”

The SPE Thermoforming Division’s mission is to facilitate the advancement of thermoforming technologies through education, application promotion and research. The division hosts an annual educational conference and publishes an award-winning technical journal, SPE Thermoforming Quarterly. The division also has funded over $275,000 in equipment grants and tens of thousands of dollars in undergraduate scholarships since it was first formed.

Click here to access the competition guidelines and entry form.

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