Flip-top beverage can sanitary cover
A sanitary, flexible cover (10) is wrapped around the top of a flip-top can (12). The cover (10) comprises a round disc (13), a concave rim (14) around the perimeter of the disc, and a flared skirt (15) extending from the concave rim. The cover is formed by molding or pressing. The cover is applied to the can by heat shrinking, gluing, or mechanically tight fitting. The top of the can is protected by the disc (13) and the shoulder of the can is protected by the skirt (15). The concave rim (14) is engaged around a lip (16) of the can to retain the cover, which can be easily removed prior to drinking. In addition, there may be a plurality of these covers (24) connected by links (25).
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
I claim the benefit of Philippines patent application number 000-1022. Filed: 24 Apr. 2000
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
This invention relates generally to flip-top beverage cans.
2. Prior Art
Flip-top beverage cans are typically stored or displayed for sale without any packaging. Overtime contaminants accumulate on their tops/ends and especially around the end's crevice. These contaminants mix with the overflow of the beverage from the can and is washed into the digestive system of a consumer who directly drinks from the can. Even when the beverages are poured into a glass, the contaminants on the rim would still be washed into the glass.
OBJECTS AND ADVANTAGES OF THE INVENTION
Accordingly, the objects and advantages of the present sanitary and protective cover are:
(a) to provide a sanitary cover that seals the head and neck of the can;
(b) to provide a protective cover for aluminum cans making use of different materials and combination thereof;
(c) to be easy and inexpensive to make and apply;
(d) to provide a sanitary cover that eliminates the direct contact of the lips and mouth of consumers to the unhealthy particles that reside on top of the can;
(e) to provide a cover material and combination of materials that is easily flexible, malleable, teareable, adhesible and stackable;
(f) to provide a cover material that is printable;
(g) to provide a cover with a flared skirt to protect the shoulder of the can.
Further objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from a consideration of the drawings and ensuing description.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
This present invention provides a solution to the health and hygiene problem encountered by consumers when drinking direct from flip-top cans, by suggesting an article and a method of covering the surface, neck and down to the portion of the can that comes in direct contact with the lips of the consumers.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
A first embodiment of the present sanitary cover is shown in a perspective view in
Cover 10 may be made out of a plastic material, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, nylon, paper, aluminum, and other present and future materials and combinations, etc. Cover 10 is applied on top of the can by virtue of combination technologies in molding, extrusion, capping, wrapping, punching, sealing and adhesion. In
Accordingly, top 11 and shoulder 17 of can 12 are protected by cover 10 from contaminants. Cover 10 can be easily peeled off from can 12.
FIGS. 4 & 4A:
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FIGS. 5 & 5A:
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FIGS. 6 & 6A:
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FIGS. 7 to 7F:
Cover 10 is shown on top 11 of can 12 in two variations.
A plurality of covers 24 are connected together with integral links 25 there between, and are prefferably made by molding. The plurality of linked 25 covers 24 on top of multi-pack cans may be applied by heat-shrink wrapping, pressing, gluing and mechanically tight-fitting.
FIGS. 9 & 9A:
As shown in
FIGS. 10 & 10A:
FIGS. 11 & 11A:
Still another embodiment of a print promo 26 is shown, wherein a giant can 12 with a giant cover 10 and giant flared skirt 15 elliciting excitement.
The enclosing and extended features of the flared skirt 15 of cover 10 finds use similar to ashtrays.
Is an original embodiment of cover 10 with flared skirt 15.
Shows original embodiment of cover 10 on top 11 of can 12.
Shows flared skirt 15 with tab 28 and perforation 29.
SUMMARY AND SCOPE
Accordingly, the present sanitary cover 10 protects the top 11 of a flip-top beverage can 12 from contaminants. The flared skirt 15 protects the shoulder 17 of the can 12 from contaminants. The cover 10 is easy to apply and detach from the can 12 and inexpensive to make. Cover 10 with flared skirt 15 also provides space for print promotionals 26.
Although the above description is specific, it should not be considered as a limitation on the scope of the invention, but only as an example of the preffered embodiment. Many variations are possible with the teachings of the invention.
For example, different attachment methods, fasteners, materials, dimensions, contortions, etc. can be used and applied unless specifically indicated otherwise. The relative positions of the elements can vary, and the shapes of the elements can vary. Therefore, the scope of the invention should be determined by the appended claims and their legal equivalents, not by the examples given.
1. A sanitary and protective cover for flip-top cans.
2. The cover of claim 1 wherein said surface becomes a vehicle for promotions and surface becomes a vehicle for promotions and advertisements.
3. The cover of claim 1 wherein manner of production includes the combination of the following conventional technologies: extrusion, (b) heating; (c) adhesion; (d) pressing; (e) cutting; (f) wrapping; (g) joining; (h) welding; (i) soldering; (j) perforating, and (k) printing.
Filed: Apr 26, 2001
Publication Date: Oct 19, 2006
Inventor: Dante Olivar (QUEZON)
Application Number: 10/475,306
International Classification: B65D 41/18 (20060101); A47G 19/22 (20060101);