Post by xxxxxCanManxxxxx on Dec 20, 2011 11:29:20 GMT -5
Look! We've been referenced in Wikipedia on the "Beverage Can" page in the "Stay-on-tab" section (#15):
The stay-on-tab was designed by Daniel F. Cudzik for a Reynolds Metals Co. aluminium can. This design reduced injuries and reduced roadside litter caused by removable tabs. The mechanism uses a separate tab attached to the upper surface as a lever to depress a scored part of the lid, which folds underneath the top of the can and out of the way of the resulting opening. Beverages like Pepsi began using this new type of tab in the United States by 1977. Such "retained ring-pull" cans supplanted pull-off tabs in the United Kingdom in 1989 for soft drinks and 1990 for alcohol. One of the more recent modifications to can design was Mountain Dew's introduction of the "wide mouth" can in the late 1990s.