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Bottle Tops - Cruel Manufacturers' Joke?

09/03/2009 9:46 AM

Lately, I have found the design of bottle tops/caps to be a bit of a problem; by some 'twist' of fate (groan), i inevitably end up with milk dribbled down my chin while I am drinking my beverage! Depending on how my mouth closes around the edge of the top, the liquid tends to run down along the threads and down the bottle (or my chin).

So the question I propose is, would it be feasible to design the bottle so that the threads were on the inside, and the top with the threads on the outside? And, why do some bottles dribble more than others?

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09/03/2009 9:51 AM

This sort of thing? ...

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09/03/2009 9:54 AM

Exactly! Now if we can just convince the big beverage producing companies to do all their bottles differently... ^_^

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09/03/2009 10:06 AM

I think the problem is that the (beer-bottle) screw top as shown relies on a rigid (glass) bottleneck, so that the rubber washer forms a good seal with the bottle.

With a plastic bottle (externally threaded neck), any internal pressure helps to seal the cap. The cap can also be screwed tighter, as the threaded neck is better able to resist the compressive force of an external cap.

(All the above IMHO).

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09/04/2009 1:07 AM

What about sanitation?.

Look at standard cap the seal is not complex or difficult to manufacture or install

The cap provides a cover for the area your lips touch...

What about the process of blow molding the bottles, aren't the external threads easier to make?

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09/03/2009 10:27 AM

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09/03/2009 3:19 PM

I knew it there some conspiracy. Some cat must own the bottling company. We just think they like us when the lick us.

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09/03/2009 7:30 PM

You could do internal threads on the bottle, but the bottle is made by a different process than the cap. Even with an inside thread, the grooves would still be apparent on the outside, due to the thin cross section of the bottle neck.

The injection molded caps can be made with inside or outside threads.

JohnDG also points out other reasons for external threads that I agree with.

Drink beer instead. After a while, if you dribble, you don't care anyway.

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09/05/2009 12:43 AM

Drink beer instead. After a while, if you dribble, you don't care anyway.

Best answer I've heard yet.

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09/04/2009 1:04 PM

Bottles are not designed or meant to be drank from, directly. Use a class.

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09/04/2009 7:46 PM

Have I been breaking some social rule all these years by imbibing directly from the bottle instead of using a "class"?

I agree with you when it comes to milk and wine, any multi-serving bottle that would go back into the fridg. But beer? Am I OK with beer?

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09/05/2009 12:40 PM

Correction:

Bottles are not designed or meant to be drank from, directly. Use a class glass.

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09/05/2009 1:47 PM

I guess you could say I have no class, cause I don't use a glass.

Congrtas on # 500.

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09/05/2009 5:42 PM

And there I thought you were saying something really deep .

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1 Can't remember. Was going to say something Very Important here. Haven't found the worm, yet.

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09/04/2009 1:37 PM

Design a nozzle.

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