|Birthname||Ermal Cleon Fraze|
|born on||16 September 1913 at 00:00 (= 12:00 midnight )|
|Place||Jackson Township (Randolph County), Indiana, 40n1551, 84w5119|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||22°45' 00°32 Asc. 18°24'|
American engineer who invented the pull-tab opener used in beverage cans. Fraze started his career in Ohio as a machine tool operator in the 1940s, and established the Dayton Reliable Tool & Manufacturing Company, his own machine tool business in 1949.
The first type of pull-tab opener that he created is not the in modern usage; it was dangerous for the user often causing injury. It used a lever that pierced a hole in the top of the can which produced sharp edges. Later, he established a mechanism known as the "pull-tab" can. Users are simply required to pull a removable tab to open the drink. He received U.S. patent No. 3,349,949 for invention in 1963, and subsequently sold his invention to Alcoa. By 1965, around 75% of U.S. breweries were using them. However, in the mid-1970s, pressure from environmentalists led to the development of the non-removable tabs used today.
Ermal Fraze died on 26 October 1989 in Kettering, Ohio, aged 76, from a brain tumour.
Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from Indiana Archives (stating birth time as "12 am").
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Brain (Tumour)
- Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Brain tumour)
- Vocation : Business : Business owner
- Vocation : Engineer : Mechanical
- Vocation : Misc. : Factory work (Machine tool operator)
- Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Invented the pull-tab opener)