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Tracy Clinch, President and CEO of Masitek Instruments Inc., is pleased to announce that their 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.

“We have received some funding from the National Research Council Canada through their Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)”, says Clinch, “Since this is becoming a larger issue in countries around the world, we are very pleased to join two distinguished partners who have already been studying the problem for the past five years. We are confident that our technology will be adding a great deal in the gathering of the data required for advancement.”

Global bottling and packaging companies are increasingly focused on sustainable packaging such as reusable glass, both to drive profitability and reduce their environmental footprint. However, the industry is lacking a scientific measure as to how processing the bottles impacts the lifespan of this sustainable packaging material, reusable glass.

“While we have likely all seen signs of scuffing on bottles, the white rings on the shoulders and heels, it is a much larger issue in Europe than here in North America,” says Pablo Asiron, EVP, Global Sales for Masitek. “Europe has very strict scuffing guidelines for glass, and bottles are removed from the line when they have visible scuffing marks. Some studies have concluded that bottle life has been reduced up to eight years due to scuffing.”

Through a competitive application, the Masitek project received the prestigious EUREKA designation, being one of the first in Atlantic Canada and one of only a handful in Canada to do so. EUREKA is an international network for market-driven industrial R&D that includes over 40 economies from the EU, Europe, Israel, South Korea, and now Canada. Through Canada’s associate membership in EUREKA, Canadian innovators have a new advantage in accessing technology, expertise, and markets in Europe and beyond. NRC is the national contact point for EUREKA.

“Masitek was the first and is still the only company in the world that measures the impact received by a bottle in IPS (standard units set by AGR) and now we are moving our products again to untouched territory by being the first and only company to quantify the amount of scuffing that a filling line inflicts on a bottle,” states Asiron.

Dr. Giselle Ramirez of CTM Centre Tecnologic comments, “From what we have seen of the Masitek sensor products thus far, the company is certainly a welcome addition to our group. The main objective of this project is to develop a scientifically proven methodology to reproduce and measure the level of scuffing that a container receives on a filling line. The ultimate goal is to measure the reduction on the life of the container due to scuffing, as well as propose solutions to reduce it.”