The Ukrop® Bügel

The Yoke Plugs by TESET Studio

The Ukrop® Bügel section of the UKROP project focuses on the development of innovative closures and offers its own version of yoke plugs. They have unique consumer qualities and a new way of fixing.

What Are Yoke Plugs

The name of the closure comes from the German “bügel”, which means “handle, arc”, and also “capture, clamp”. Most likely, Germany is the birthplace. The plug appeared in the 19th century and became quite popular.

This is a reusable closure with lock valves. The plug is inserted into the neck of the bottle, and then the lock valves are used to clamp it.

It is applied to bottles and other glassware with rubber gaskets. It allows preserving the taste and benefits of the drink.

The Specifics of the Closure Mechanism

The yoke plug consists of:

• the plug itself;

• sealant (food grade rubber is used for the manufacture);

• stainless wire holder.

Reliable fixation with a metal lock ensures that the plug tightly fits the neck of the bottle, and rubber gaskets allow achieving impermeability.

Initially, the body of the plug was made of ceramics. But being expensive, the material was gradually replaced by plastic.

The Advantages of the Yoke Plugs

This product has the following favorable characteristics:

• It is leakproof and tight, is not subject to deformation, so you don’t have to worry about the safety of the contents during transportation;

• It is practical and reusable, and does not change the taste of the contents;

• It preserves freshness and benefits of the product for a long time; chemically inert materials are used for the manufacture of plugs, so they do not react with the product in the bottle;

• It has a unique vintage design;

• Being reusable it positively effects the environment.

Some Interesting Facts

In the US, yoke plugs are called “flip top”, which means “open up”. And in Russia, this is a word for cosmetics lids which you can be open with one hand.

Together with the yoke plugs a new word appeared in the German language: “to ploppen”, which means “to flop with the beer cap”. It sounds like a specific flap of the bottle opened.

At the moment, TESET Studio is working on an updated innovative closure with a unique design.