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3 Ways Beverage & Packaging Operations Can Optimize Shipping with Smart In-Line Sensors

Rapidly being adopted across the bottling and packaging industry, smart in-line sensors add valuable data to inform the production process. 

Mexico’s Sauza Tequila Import Company Joins Growing List of MMAAZZ Smart In-Line Sensor Users

(Moncton, NB) MMAAZZ, the leading smart sensor provider for the food and beverage industry and a division of Masitek Instruments Inc., is very pleased to announce that they have recently completed a business agreement which will take their solutions to a tequila line in Mexico.

Nestle Looking to MMAAZZ to Help with Gerber Baby Food Bottle Lines

(Moncton, NB) MMAAZZ, the leading smart in-line sensor provider for the food and beverage industry and a division of Masitek Instruments Inc., has added Gerber, a brand of food giant Nestle to the growing list of packaging companies looking to improve their productivity.

Now Deployed at Heineken, MMAAZZ Smart Sensors in use at the World’s Top Three Breweries

(Moncton, NB) MMAAZZ, the leading smart in-line sensor provider for the food and beverage industry and a division of Masitek Instruments Inc., has added Heineken to the list of bottlers that are taking advantage of the company’s sensor products to improve productivity on their lines. The addition of Heineken into the company’s client list marks a milestone in that the world’s top three brewing companies now deploy the sensors on their lines.

Out of the Lab and into the Real World –  IPS Measured Dynamically on the Line

If you’ve been following my posts in this IPS series; we’ve already discussed what IPS (Inches Per Second) measurement is and how it relates to the bottling industry.
Basically, IPS is the glass industry’s strength rating of any given bottle.

This post will take a more technical ‘deep-dive’ into other methods of measuring IPS and introduce a more dynamic IPS calculation for fillers and glass manufacturers alike.

Industry Production Shop Talk
IPS – What It Means & Why it’s a Vital Measurement for Glass Packaging.

In my last post, I explained that the IPS (Inches Per Second) measurement came about as a strength rating for glass producers.

Today, IPS is fast-becoming a vital measurement tool for fillers trying to design and process a lightweight bottle design without reaching a breaking point (literally) where it cannot withstand the impact it receives on a given line.

When I started out in this industry I asked a lot of questions to better understand IPS. As anyone who has ever Googled ‘IPS Glass’ or an equivalent search string can attest, it’s historically been a term used in glass production and isn’t particularly well documented outside of that industry.

So, let’s dig into what an IPS rating of a bottle really means.

Data vs. Insight: Sharing a timely article and an exciting development

In his ‘How to Differentiate Your IoT Product: Provide Insights Not Data’ article in last month’s Tech Product Management, author Daniel Elizalde shared a story that stuck with me and I wanted to share:

There’s an old joke that goes something like this: A shepherd is looking after his herd when suddenly a young man in a sports car stops by. The young man asks the shepherd, “If I can guess how many sheep you have, can I keep one of them?” The shepherd agrees. The young man starts running calculations using the latest and greatest technology. “You have 280 sheep,” he says.

The shepherd sighs and tells the young man, “If I guess what your profession is, can I get my sheep back?” The young man agrees. “You are a consultant,” he says. Surprised, the young man asks, “How did you know!” “Well, you are charging me a steep price, you are telling me something I already know, and obviously you know nothing about my business because you are taking away my dog!”

- Daniel Elizalde

Industry Sensors + IIoT Shop Talk
MMAAZZ Technology Joins Spanish Testing Group to Extend the Reusable Life of Glass Packaging.

Tracy Clinch, President and CEO of MASITEK Instruments Inc., is pleased to announce that their MMAAZZ Technology division is partnering with the highly respected Spanish testing facility, CTM Centre Tecnologic to extend the life of reusable glass and aluminum bottles through the reduction of “scuffing” on the bottling line.

Industry Sensors + IIoT Shop Talk
A Perception of Extra Sensors: Global Sensor Market Snapshot

I open my car door at the flick of a finger, my keys still securely in my purse and as I step inside my seat adjusts to my preference (hubby likes his further back). My phone connects automatically and starts into my latest Spotify list. As the engine warms up I’m warned of low tire pressure – guess I’ll have to check that out later.

Industry Shop Talk
The next generation of smart sensors in canning is 3D (A must read for light-weighting!)

In the Cambridge English Dictionary, the word generation is stated as being, “a period of about 25 to 30 years, in which most human babies become adults and have their own children”. Perhaps a generation ago, we most often thought about the word in this context. Today’s definition is technology-centric, “a group of products or machines that are all at the same stage of development.”