Opening secure clamshell packaging has long been an exercise in frustration for consumers, but more roll-fed thermoforming applications are addressing this issue. Winners of this year's SPE Thermoforming Parts Competition in the roll-fed category are finding unique ways to keep the product secure while giving the consumer a better and easier way to open the package.
Roll-fed Medical Category: Medical liner to protect orthopedic implants
Submitted by Barger, Placon’s Medical Specialists (Elkhart, IN), this thin-gauge, vacuum-formed thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) offers rugged, impact-resistant protection for orthopedic implants. This particular thermoformed TPU container is used to protect round, femoral heads—one of several components that complete a medical hip implant assembly—and can withstand the most common forms of sterilization.