Request Demo
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

The predictor of glass breakage on the line – a snapshot of IPS and Glass Packaging

Glass packaging isn’t going anywhere.
If you need proof, look to the statistics:

Changing the packaging industry through data-driven value.

In my position, I’m fortunate in that I travel to all parts of the world – particularly Europe – quite frequently. So, the fact that in less than two months I am heading back to Germany wouldn’t normally be newsworthy - except that it is.

Industry Sensors + IIoT Media
MMAAZZ Announces Partnership with Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences

(Moncton, NB) MMAAZZ, the leading smart sensor provider for the food and beverage industry and a division of Masitek Instruments Inc., is pleased to announce a long-term partnership agreement with the renowned Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf (HSWT) University of Applied Sciences in Freising, Germany.

Industry Media
Leading Global Brewer AB InBev Again Chooses MMAAZZ Solutions to Solve Damage on Filling Lines.

After achieving significant ROI from the use of MMAAZZ sensor products at their plant in Wuhan, China; Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest global brewer and one of the world’s top five consumer product companies, has once again called on MMAAZZ to optimize performance of their bottling and packaging lines. The latest installation includes several US-based plants, including their bottling operations in St. Louis, Missouri.

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 Media
World’s Largest Winery Gallo is the Latest Top Beverage Brand to Deploy MMAAZZ Sensors

E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest winery based in Modesto, California is the latest top bottling company to deploy MMAAZZ Technology’s ShockQC™ and PressureQC™ sensor solutions in their continued efforts to streamline production.

Industry Sensors + IIoT
The next frontier: why exact sized replicas are the ultimate on-the-line smart sensor

The idea of having sensors on a bottling or canning line is brilliant. The fact that a line operator can have dashboards and data streamed to their tablet wirelessly has been “one giant leap” for the industry whether you want to call it Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing or IIoT. In some ways it was like that first step on the moon because it was totally uncharted territory.

 

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.”

Industry Sensors + IIoT
What’s really happening on your packaging line? Why you can’t ignore sensors + IIoT any longer.

Somewhere along the line I heard a wonderful quote that was stated to be an old Chinese expression, “A problem recognized is half solved” but it was Charles Kettering, the famed inventor and former head of research for GM, who is noted as saying, “A problem well-stated is half-solved.”