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
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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