New invention prevents 'crusties' on milk jugs | News
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Tommy Tornroos turned his pet peeve into a pet project.
Last year, he decided he'd had enough of milk crusties, those dried milk flakes that form on the top of milk jugs.
"When I was pouring, it got in the cereal, and I was really grossed out," Tornroos told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie. "I didn't eat it at that point."
He came up with a plan and turned to his alma mater, Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta.
Students in a new rapid design and engineering class worked in teams to design a device to prevent milk crusties.
"The first design, that one didn't work," said Assistant Professor Randy Emert in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology. "We tried it, again. That didn't work. Tried it, again, until we got one that finally worked."
Tornroos calls the final version the Milk Capper.
"It keeps the milk from getting stuck anywhere. It flows better, and it pours better," Tornroos said. "There's no milk remaining on the cap or on the side or around here. It's all back inside. So you pour it into your cereal, put it into the refrigerator, cap it and you're good to go for next time."
But now he needs money to make and market the Milk Capper.
He posted a video on www.IndieGoGo.com, hoping the crowd-funding site can help him raise the $5,000 he needs to move forward.
"That would be fantastic if it was a million dollar idea. We'll see," Tornroos said. "That would be excellent, but at least I can get rid of milk crusties for hundreds of thousands of people."
If Tornroos raises enough money through IndieGoGo, he can start production in March. If not, donors or investors will be reimbursed.