7. Best Lawn & Garden Agriculture Award: John Deere Seed Tube
John Deere Seed Tube is deceptively simple looking, but apparently
there were many creative and innovative mold making and molding steps
that had to be taken to make it work. If you are a mold maker or an
injection molder, the details should interest you.
8. Best Retail Award: Target All Plastic Shopping Cart
looks familiar but it's not the same, is it? Target substituted the
metal handle and rims with plastic, and achieved a distinctive look
with better handling, lighter weight, and less destructive corners. The
casters even look like they were moved back so perhaps they won't run
over one's toes. The plastic shopping carts require less maintenance,
are lighter to ship, and expected to last longer. There's a safer,
more durable safety seat too, for kids.
9. Judges' Best Award: Thermoset Food Service Platter
are many things which can be learned only by working or living in a
specific environment; otherwise there may not be a motivation to
learn. "Fajita problems" are one of those things. If you don't work
in a restaurant that serves fajitas in the traditional Mexican
fashion, à la hot iron skillet with plywood under-liner, then you would
not know about the problems with this method of service: plywood does
not protect the underlying table from the heat, it does nothing to
retain the heat of the skillet, and it can even burn the server.
Nybakke of Nuhill Technologies Inc. designed Hot Solutions as a service
food tray to eliminate fajita problems. Using a thermoset plastic,
actually two different BMC materials molded simultaneously, Hot
Solutions keeps server and patron safely away from the skillet, looses
less heat, and prevents damage to table surfaces. I'd say that is a hot solution!