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 DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
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