Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, May 19, 2009 0 Comments

Plastic Ingenuity Wins 2009 AmeriStar AwardCross Plains, WI: - Plastic Ingenuity was recently awarded an AmeriStar Award in the Medical Category for their Anspach Bone Dissection Clamshell. The award was presented to Plastic Ingenuity at the 2009 IOPP sponsored Packaging Summit held in Chicago.

Packages are judged based on various criteria determined for excellence in multiple categories. These categories include: innovation, product protection, economics, package performance, marketing, and environmental impact.

Upon project initiation, it was determined that the most important aspects of this package were the protection of the bone dissection tool, sterility, and accessibility. With this clear and determined focus, Plastic Ingenuity and Anspach worked together to develop a package that addressed these critical features.

The previous package was not form fit, so the tool was able to move inside the package. Plastic Ingenuity was able to address this concern by designing the package with a snap feature that holds the tool firmly in place, yet loose enough that a gloved healthcare professional can easily remove the tool from the clamshell.

The next challenge to address was accessibility. Prior to re-design, Anspach’s bone dissection tool package was a capped tube that complicated the loading and removal of the tool. The new design incorporated a space for fingers to grip the device and remove, providing the end user with an easy open, trouble-free entrance to the tool.

Other key characteristics were considered for this award. The new package has resulted in a reduction of more than 50 percent in packaging and processing time, and has a more integrated assembly. It also accommodates 70% of Anspach’s dissection tools, although they are different in length, they all have the same diameter, and snap into the package perfectly.

The Anspach Bone Dissection Clamshell by Plastic Ingenuity is a direct result of communication and feedback from the customer, a focused and uncompromising vision, and design innovation: all vital ingredients to creating an award winning package.

Plastic Ingenuity has been a national leader in the light gauge custom thermoforming industry since 1972, and continues to pace the industry with its unparalleled innovation and R&D. For more information contact Plastic Ingenuity at 608-798-3071 or visit

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