The glass manufacturer was searching for a tool to mediate issues when the root cause of breakage was called into question, as well as accurate data from the real world testing of new designs.
ShockQC by MMAAZZ is a smart replica of glass containers, cans or other fragile containers to measure IPS and G-Force to identify the root cause of damage with 99% repeatability. Its location tracking with wireless Bluetooth beacons pinpoint the origin of damage and opportunities for improvement.
Without a true measure of IPS on the glass line, O-I could only speculate about the cause breakage. ShockQC was deployed as a testing tool to measure the performance of new glass bottle designs on the glass line and to mediate issues such as excess breakage.
When clients claim the glass supplied does not meet the specified ratings, technicians insert the system onto the line to compare the impact that the container is receiving directly on the line to the IPS rating of the container. This will allow the technician to determine the root cause of breakage on the line using the industry’s only IPS measurement tool.
The traditional method to test glass strength involves an impact pendulum whose force, measured in IPS (inches per second) is gradually increased until the point of failure.
In the real world, glass breakage does not necessarily occur in only the highest or the high impact area. Impact received by the glass bottle on an improperly calibrated line causes damage on the surface of the glass and weakens the glass until an impact causes the final breakage.
ShockQC has allowed O-I to improve client relations and easily determine the root cause of breakage on the glass line.
Pictured: MMAAZZ's ShockQC beer bottle