The Protecting Life Award went to Profile Plastics Inc. of Lake Bluff, Ill., for a thermoformed housing for a surgical waste management system used in hospital operating rooms.

Profile Plastics used negative pressure forming tools, which resulted in a good cosmetic appearance, with many molded-in features that reduced assembly time. The front cover has seven vacuum-formed and three pressure formed parts, with a total of seven pneumatic slides.

The top cover has seven pneumatic slides. The top and front covers are formed from Kydex-T acrylic/PVC sheet. The clear windows are polycarbonate.