NPE2018 Show Daily - Friday

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FRIDAY N PE 2 018 M AY 11TH R&D/Leverage designed the preform and blow mold tooling for converঞng Snapple's iconic bole to PET, while keeping the metal lug cap and the "pop" when it's first opened. Snapple Replicates its Iconic Bole in Plasঞc— and Keeps the "Pop" When Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), Plano, Texas, decided it was ঞme to convert its Snapple juice and tea bole from glass to lightweight, unbreakable plasঞc, it faced at least two challenges. One was to replicate that iconic bole shape exactly in stretch- blow molded PET that would have to with- stand hot filling and the stresses resulঞng when it cools and a vacuum forms inside. Second was to create the first PET bole with a metal lug cap in order to retain the saঞsfying "pop" that consumers experience when cracking open a vacuum-sealed bole. To address those challenges, DPS collabo- rated with a firm it had partnered with be- fore, R&D/Leverage an injecঞon and blow moldmaker and package designer and engi- neer. According to Patrick George, senior di- rector of packaging engineering for DPS, "We decided that success would mean that when the boles were put side by side, we couldn't tell the difference between glass and plasঞc." R&D/Leverage was able to ac- complish the "look" that DPS wanted: From the overall shape to the embossed "S" logo, the PET bole matches the appearance of the familiar glass bole, but at only 1/15 th the weight. Visit R&D/Leverage in Booth S32079 to learn more about the company and its services. Brown Introduces Faster Quad Series Themoformer At Booth W3327 yesterday, Brown Machine Group unveiled a souped-up version of its established Quad Series thermoformer. The latest iteraঞon is equipped with a dual-servo drive system that allows it to process a wide range of materials at speeds to 40 cycles/minute, up from the 28 cycles/minute offered by the previous design. New high-speed design features can be retrofit to exisঞng Quad machines by adding two small servos and a gear box. Pictured here are Brown Machine Group's Tom Nalle, VP of sales and markeঞng (right); and Bob Gordert, director of sales. 83 // PRECISION MADE BY ZEISS Getting total certainty at the push of a button. ZEISS O-SELECT The digital measuring projector ZEISS O-SELECT makes the optical 2D measurements of parts easy and reliable. The system's ISO 10360 compliancy still leads the way for traceable and reproducible measurement values. Thanks to fully automatic setting of both illumination and focus, measuring errors due to operator influence are eliminated. With the simple push of a button, ZEISS O-SELECT analyzes the characteristics and documents the results. Visit us at booth S36173 Visitors to Milacron's Booth W2703 can experience "aug- mented reality" with "smart glasses" that allow you—or a Milacron service technician—to "walk through" the innards of a machine or navigate the control system as if an expert technician were leaning over your shoulder. MILACRON, BOOTH W2703

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