PROTECTIVE COVER FOR BEVERAGE CANS

A protective cover for beverage cans, for assuring suitable hygiene conditions for drinking directly from the can, having a body, made with a suitably impermeable and sufficiently strong material, preferably transparent, with a cylindrical configuration open at its lower part and closed at its upper base, and with dimensions slightly larger than those of the can. The body covers the can at its upper part, where a ring pull is located, and laterally surrounds at least its upper half in a tight manner. The body has at least one tear means, such as a partially pre-die cut strip or any other similar known system, there optionally being at its end at least one flange which facilitates holding it.

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Description

OBJECT OF THE INVENTION

As expressed in the title of the present specification, the invention relates to a protective cover for beverage cans.

More specifically, the object of the invention is a cover the purpose of which consists of being configured as a protective element, especially with a hygienic nature, for beverage cans, by means of which the suitable hygiene conditions which the surface of the can will have for safely placing it in contact with the mouth and drinking directly from the can are assured in an effective and simple manner, without fearing the presence therein of dirt and possible bacteria before breaking its seal.

FIELD OF APPLICATION

The field of application of the present invention is comprised within the industry dedicated to the manufacture of containers.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

As is known, beverage cans are a type of container which is widely used and the main advantage of which consists of the ease that they provide for their use without needing to use glasses or other vessels for suitably and comfortably consuming the content thereof suitably. However, said type of container has a significant drawback, which is given by the fact that during its transport and/or storage, which can be quite long, the cans can easily accumulate dirt of any type, from simple dust to any type of substance which can possibly be spilled or accumulate thereon, to excrement and urine of different animals (rats, cockroaches, ants, flies) which generally move around without control in warehouses and similar installations.

Said drawback is partially solved, in some cases, by means of the plastic wrapping of the packs or groups of cans which certain companies use. However, in addition to the fact that said wrappings do not completely cover the cans since they are usually partially open, they do not incorporate any type of safety seal and, on the other hand, when said packs are divided into individual cans or groups of cans of a smaller number, the wrapping is broken or directly removed, the cans again being at the mercy of possible anti-hygienic, even pathogenic, elements which can reach the people's mouths if they drink directly from the can.

It would therefore be desirable to create some type of protective element assuring the hygiene conditions of the upper surface of each can until the exact time at which it is consumed by the user, this being the main objective of the present invention, with regard to which which, on the other hand, it must be indicated that the existence of any other one having similar technical, structural and configuration features is not known.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Thus, the protective cover for beverage cans proposed by the present invention propone is configured in itself as an outstanding novelty within its field since, according to its application, the objectives indicated above as suitable are reached, the characterizing details which it incorporates and which make it possible being suitably included in the final claims attached to the present specification.

Specifically, the proposed cover essentially consists of a body, made with a suitably impermeable and sufficiently strong material, preferably fine plastic, cellophane or the like, preferably transparent, which, adopting a configuration similar to that of the can, being placed, for example, using the technique of heat applied on the material (heat forming), among other possibilities, tightly surrounds at least its upper half, being able to optionally cover it entirely. Said cover advantageously has a tear system which can be any of those which are conventionally known, which will assure the hygiene of said part of the can, optionally incorporating side flanges for facilitating its opening.

Additionally, and in order to provide a greater and better protection, the lower part of the cover can incorporate, at its inner part, a band with adhesive or the like which, in addition to increasing the fixing thereof to the can to prevent it from being accidentally detached while it is handled, seals off the area that it covers, providing greater hygiene assurance for consumption.

The new protective cover for beverage cans therefore represents an innovative structure with structural and constitutive features unknown up until now for such purpose, which reasons, combined with its practical usefulness, provide it with sufficient grounds for obtaining the exclusive privilege which is sought.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

To complement the description which is being made and for the purpose of aiding to better understand the features of the invention, a set of drawings is attached to the present specification as an integral part thereof, in which the following has been depicted with an illustrative and non-limiting character:

FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of an embodiment of the protective cover for beverage cans object of the invention, suitably arranged on the can for which it is intended, the way in which it is placed as well as the parts or elements that it consists of being seen.

FIGS. 2 and 3 show respective perspective side elevational views of respective embodiments of the cover object of the invention, completing covering the can in the case of FIG. 2 and only covering its upper part in the case of FIG. 3.

PREFERRED EMBODIMENT OF THE INVENTION

In view of the mentioned figures, and according to the numbers adopted, a preferred embodiment of the invention can be observed therein, which comprises the parts and elements indicated and described in detail below.

As is observed in said figures, the cover in question basically consists of a body (1), made with a suitably impermeable and sufficiently strong material, preferably fine plastic, cellophane or the like, preferably transparent, which adopts a configuration similar to that of the can (2), i.e., a cylindrical configuration open at is lower part (1a) and closed at its upper base (1b) and with dimensions slightly larger than those of the can (2), such that it covers the latter at the upper part and laterally surrounds at least its upper half in a tight manner, optionally being able to cover it entirely.

Said body (1) has at least one tear means, such as a partially pre-die cut strip (3) or any other similar known system, there optionally being at its end at least one flange (4) which facilitates holding it, thus assuring the hygiene of the upper surface of the can (2) in which the corresponding ring pull (6) is located, in order to be able to drink directly from such can.

Additionally, and in order to provide a greater and better hygienic protection of the can (2), the lower part of the body (1) forming the cover can incorporate, at its inner face, a band (5) with adhesive or provided with some other type of similar fixing, which keeps said lower part of the body (1) adhered to the side surface of the can (2), sealing off the space between both elements (cover and can) from the entry of any type of foreign element.

Finally, it must be emphasized, as is observed in FIGS. 2 and 3, that the cover formed by the body (1) can optionally cover the can (2) completely, in which case said body (1) will logically not be open at its lower part and it will not be necessary to fix it by means of the band (5) with adhesive (FIG. 2), or it can only cover its upper part (FIG. 3).

Having sufficiently described the nature of the present invention, as well as the way of putting it into practice, it is not considered necessary to further extend its description for any person skilled in the art to understand its scope and the advantages derived therefrom, stating that, within its essence, it can be put into practice in other embodiments which differ in detail from the one indicated by way of example, and which are also covered by the protection which is sought provided that its fundamental principle is not altered, changed or modified.

Claims

1. A protective cover for beverage cans, applicable as a protective element, in order to assure the suitable hygiene conditions on the surface of the can to be able to drink directly from it, comprising:

a body, made of a substantially impermeable material, which adopts a cylindrical configuration open at is lower part and closed at its upper part and with dimensions slightly larger than those of the can, such that it covers the can at the upper part, and laterally surrounds at least its upper half in a tight manner,
said body having at least one tear means.

2. Protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 1, further comprising:

the lower part of the body forming the cover incorporates, at its inner face, a band with adhesive, which keeps said lower part of the body adhered to the side surface of the can, sealing off the spacen between the cover and the can.

3. A protective cover for beverage cans applicable as a protective element in order to assure the suitable hygiene conditions on the surface of the can to be able to drink directly from it, comprising:

a body, made of a suitably impermeable and sufficiently strong material, which adopts a cylindrical configuration closed at its upper part and with dimensions slightly larger than those of the can, such that it covers the can at the upper part, and laterally surrounds at least its upper half in a tight manner,
said body having at least one tear means,
wherein the body covers the can completely.

4. A protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 1, wherein the body only covers the upper part of the can.

5. A protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 1, wherein the body material comprises a plastic.

6. A protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 5, wherein the body material comprises cellophane.

7. A protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 1, wherein the body material in substantially transparent.

8. A protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 1, wherein the tear means comprises a die cut strip.

9. A protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 1, wherein the tear means comprises at least one flange at its end configured and operative to facilitate holding the tear means.

10. A protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 3, wherein the body material comprises a plastic.

11. A protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 10, wherein the body material comprises cellophane.

12. A protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 3, wherein the body material in substantially transparent.

13. A protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 3, wherein the tear means comprises a die cut strip.

14. A protective cover for beverage cans according to claim 3, wherein the tear means comprises at least one flange at its end configured and operative to facilitate holding the tear means.

Patent History

Publication number: 20100320205
Type: Application
Filed: Jul 3, 2008
Publication Date: Dec 23, 2010
Inventor: David Aranda Campin (Zaragoza)
Application Number: 12/867,308

Classifications

Current U.S. Class: Secondary Closure Within Parameter Of Primary Closure (220/254.1)
International Classification: B65D 41/62 (20060101); B65D 51/18 (20060101);