Easy-Open Closure Wins Innovation Award

by Kassandra Kania, Managing Editor

CompGen Ltd. (London) has won the Visteon Award for Innovation and the Premier Award for Innovation for its "Simply Squeeze to Open" closure at the London Innovation Awards held in November 2002. 

The competition, organized by the London Business Innovation Centre, recognized the closure for its simple, yet innovative, design. Mark Sheahan, managing director of CompGen, developed the closure to be opened with ease, particularly by people with a weak grip, such as the elderly or disabled. "A lot of people cut themselves on difficult-to-open closures," he says. The "Simply Squeeze to Open" lid is secured to the container with a press snap fit. The user simply squeezes the sides of the lid, and it pops off. "It doesn't require threads, so it's cheaper and faster to manufacture," explains Sheahan. The user can also open the container with one hand. 

Currently, the company is working on a child-resistant version of the closure, which would require two arrows--one on the lid and one on the base--to be lined up before the sides can be squeezed to open. The closure can be used for a wide range of applications, says Sheahan, including over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. 

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