Rigid Plastics' new patented Active Hinge™ technology is used for 16-oz PET
containers for Spartan Beverages Inc., a manufacturer of all-natural protein
Spartan Beverages' 16-oz PET bottles use 40 percent less
material and cost 20 percent less than competitive PET containers. The company
was able to meet its sustainability commitment by choosing a lightweight,
recyclable bottle that significantly reduced freight costs.
Active hinge technology incorporates a design that
elevates hot fill (185F) bottle options to a new level. Amcor's technique makes
use of horizontal hinges which exhibit vertical movement and absorb the vacuum
as the liquid cools. This technology creates a look and feel that approaches
that of a straight wall container. The active hinges provide high radial
stiffness and give the 31.4-g container excellent top load strength. In
addition, the bottles are durable, dent resistant and exhibit strong stacking
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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