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Publication numberUS20010015374 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/782,549
Publication dateAug 23, 2001
Filing dateFeb 13, 2001
Priority dateFeb 14, 2000
Also published asDE10006293A1, EP1127796A2, EP1127796A3, EP1127796B1, US6402018
Publication number09782549, 782549, US 2001/0015374 A1, US 2001/015374 A1, US 20010015374 A1, US 20010015374A1, US 2001015374 A1, US 2001015374A1, US-A1-20010015374, US-A1-2001015374, US2001/0015374A1, US2001/015374A1, US20010015374 A1, US20010015374A1, US2001015374 A1, US2001015374A1
InventorsGunther Schultz
Original AssigneeGunther Schultz
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Recloseable, cuboidal folding box with hanging means
US 20010015374 A1
Abstract
Recloseable, cuboidal folding box 1 having a front side wall 11, a rear side wall 12, a right-hand side wall 13, which-connects the front side wall 11 and the rear side wall 12, and a tab-forming section 14, having a base closure 20, which is formed by four base closure flaps 21, 22, 23, 24, having a top closure 30, which is formed by four closure flaps 31, 32, 33, 34, it being possible for two base closure flaps 21, 22 and/or two closure flaps 31, 32 to be adhesively bonded to one another, having a tear-open tab 40, which is integrated in the rear side wall 12, is retained in the rear side wall 12 by means of a weakening or predetermined tearing line 41 and is connected to a closure flap 32 of the top closure 30 via a folding line 302, and having at least one inner rear wall 15 which is attached to the tab-forming section 14 and on which if appropriate an intermediate wall 16 and, adjoining the intermediate wall 16, an inner front wall is [sic] articulated, it being the case that the tab-forming section 14 is made up.
a) of a first tab wall 141, which is articulated on the front side wall 11,
b) of a first hanging tab 142 with a hanging device 145, which is articulated on the first tab wall 141 via a folding line 106,
c) of a second hanging tab 143 with a hanging device 146, which is articulated on the first hanging tab 142 via a folding line 107,
d) of a second tab wall 144, which is articulated on the second hanging tab 143 via a folding line 108 and which is connected to the inner rear wall 15 via a folding line 104, it being the case that
e) the sum of the widths of the first tab wall 141 and second tab wall 144 is no greater than the width of the right-hand side wall 13.
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Claims(10)
1. Recloseable, cuboidal folding box 1 having a front side wall 11, a rear side wall 12, a right-hand side wall 13, which connects the front side wall 11 and the rear side wall 12, and a tab-forming section 14, having a base closure 20, which is formed by four base closure flaps 21, 22, 23, 24, having a top closure 30, which is formed by four closure flaps 31, 32, 33, 34, it being possible for two base closure flaps 21, 22 and/or two closure flaps 31, 32 to be adhesively bonded to one another, having a tear-open tab 40, which is integrated in the rear side wall 12, is retained in the rear side wall 12 by means of a weakening or predetermined tearing line 41 and is connected to a closure flap 32 of the top closure 30 via a folding line 302, and having at least one inner rear wall 15 which is attached to the tab-forming section 14 and on which if appropriate an intermediate wall 16 and, adjoining the intermediate wall 16, an inner front is wall [sic] articulated,
it being the case that the tab-forming section is made up
a) of a first tab wall 141, which is articulated on the front side wall 11,
b) of a first hanging tab 142 with a hanging device 145, which is articulated on the first tab wall 141 via a folding line 106,
c) of a second hanging tab 143 with a hanging device 146, which is articulated on the first hanging tab 142 via a folding line 107,
d) of a second tab wall 144, which is articulated on the second hanging tab 143 via a folding line 108 and which is connected to the inner rear wall 15 via a folding line 104, it being the case that
e) the sum of the widths of the first tab wall 141 and second tab wall 144 is no greater than the width of the right-hand side wall 13.
2. Recloseable, cuboidal folding box according to
claim 1
, characterized in that the inner rear wall 15 and the rear side wall 12 are adhesively bonded to one another.
3. Recloseable, cuboidal folding box according to claims 1 and 2, characterized in that the hanging device 145 in the first hanging tab 142 is larger than the hanging device 146 in the second hanging tab 143.
4. Recloseable, cuboidal folding box according to
claims 1
to
3
, characterized in that, when the folding box 1 has been completed, the first hanging tab 142 and the second hanging tab 143 are adhesively bonded to one another.
5. Recloseable, cuboidal folding box according to
claims 1
to
4
, characterized in that the first tab wall 141 and the second tab wall 144 are of the same width.
6. Recloseable, cuboidal folding box according to
claims 1
to
5
, characterized in that in each case two dust flaps 161, 162, 163, 164 are articulated on the first tab wall 141 and/or on the second tab wall 144.
7. Recloseable, cuboidal folding box according to
claims 1
to
6
, characterized in that in each case two dust flaps 161, 163 and 162, 164 are adhesively bonded to one another.
8. Recloseable, cuboidal folding box according to
claims 1
to
7
, characterized in that on that edge of the inner rear wall 15 which is located opposite the tear-open tab 40, in the region of the intermediate wall 16, some of the inner rear wall 15 has been removed or separated off by the cut line 155, a partition wall 151 being attached to the inner rear wall 15 via the folding line 153 and being adjoined by a tab 152, which is integrally formed on it via the folding line 154, the tab 152 being adhesively bonded to the front side wall 11 when the folding box 1 is assembled.
9. Recloseable, cuboidal folding box according to
claims 1
to
8
, characterized in that a swing flap is integrated in the rear side wall 12 by means of two weakening or predetermined tearing lines and is adhesively bonded in a reversible manner by means of at least one spot of adhesive.
10. Punch blank for producing a recloseable, cuboidal folding box 1 having a front side wall 11, a rear side wall 12, a right-hand side wall 13, which connects the front side wall 11 and the rear side wall 12, and a tab-forming section 14, having a base closure 20, which is formed by four base closure flaps 21, 22, 23, 24, having a top closure 30, which is formed by four closure flaps 31, 32, 33, 34, it being possible for two base closure flaps 21, 22 and/or two closure flaps 31, 32 to be adhesively bonded to one another, having a tear-open tab 40 which is integrated in the rear side wall 12, is retained in the rear side wall 12, by means of a weakening or predetermined tearing line 41 and is connected to a closure flap 32 of the top closure 30 via a folding line 302, and having at least one inner rear wall 15 which is attached to the tab-forming section 14 and on which if appropriate an intermediate wall 16 and, adjoining the intermediate wall 16, an inner front wall is [sic] articulated,
it being the case that the folding box 1 comprises a folding blank 10 made of paperboard, cardboard or another suitable material,
it being the case that the rear side wall 12, the right-hand side wall 13, which connects the front side wall 11 and the rear side wall 12, the front side wall 11, the first tab wall 141, which is articulated on the front side wall 11, the first hanging tab 142 with a hanging device 145, the second hanging tab 143 with a hanging device 146, the second tab wall 144, the inner rear wall 15 and if appropriate an intermediate wall 16 and, adjoining the intermediate wall 16, an inner front wall are arranged one behind the other in a straight line such that they are attached to one another in a row via folding lines 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108 in each case, it being the case that the sum of the widths of the first tab wall 141 and second tab wall 144 is no greater than the width of the right-hand side wall 13,
it being the case that in each case two dust flaps 161, 162, 163, 164 are articulated on the first tab wall 141 and/or on the second tab wall 144,
it being the case that on the right-hand side wall 13, which connects the front side wall 11 and the rear side wall 12, on the one hand a closure flap 33 is articulated via a folding line 303 and on the other hand, on the opposite side, a base closure flap 23 is articulated via a folding line 203,
it being the case that on the front side wall 11 on the one hand a closure flap 31 is articulated via a folding line 301 and on the other hand, on the opposite side, a base closure flap 21 is articulated via a folding line 201,
it being the case that on the left-hand side wall 14 on the one hand a closure flap 34 is articulated via a folding line 304 and on the other hand, on the opposite side, a base closure flap 24 is articulated via a folding line 204,
it being the case that [lacuna] in the rear side wall 12 a tear-open tab 40 which is retained in the rear side wall 12 by means of a weakening or predetermined tearing line 41 and is connected to a closure flap 32 of the top closure 30 via a folding line 302,
it being the case that a swing flap is integrated, if appropriate, in the rear side wall 12 by means of two weakening or predetermined tearing lines and is adhesively bonded in a reversible manner by means of at least one spot of adhesive.
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[0001] The invention relates to a recloseable, cuboidal folding box having a front side wall, a rear side wall, a right-hand side wall, which connects the front side wall and the rear side wall, and a tab-forming section, having a base closure, which is formed by four base closure flaps, having a top closure, which is formed by four closure flaps, it being possible for two base closure flaps and/or two closure flaps to be adhesively bonded to one another, having a tear-open tab which is integrated in the rear side wall, is retained in the rear side wall by means of a weakening or predetermined tearing line and is connected to a closure flap of the top closure via a folding line, and having at least one inner rear wall which is attached to the tab-forming section and on which if appropriate an intermediate wall and, adjoining the intermediate wall, an inner front wall is [sic] articulated.

[0002] German Patent Application DE 39 32 441 discloses a recloseable folding box which comprises a front side wall and a rear side wall as well as two side walls which connect the front side wall and the rear side wall, a base part and a top closure flap, it being the case that the closure flap is connected, via a fastening tab, to an insertion tongue which, for its part, is arranged in the rear side wall or front side wall via a weakening line and be torn out of said side wall. This folding box, however, does not provide any possible means for hanging it on a hook in any way. Once said folding box has been filled with the goods which are to be sold, it has to be displayed to the customer in a manner which shows it to best effect and which allows it to be handled easily. A very clearly laid-out display may be provided in sales racks by means of the generally known self-service hooks, which make it possible for a plurality of folding boxes to be received one behind the other. In order that the folding box described can be hung on such a hook, a correspondingly shaped blank with a hanging device has to be fitted on the folding box in addition. This usually takes place by this part with the corresponding hanging device being adhesively bonded on the folding box at a suitable location in an additional operation. However, the production process of the folding box is thus made more complicated, inter alia, as a result of the production of the further blank or the adhesive bonding of the latter on the finished box, and the greater number of operating steps increases the amount of time required for the production process; furthermore, this means a very much higher outlay in terms of apparatus.

[0003] German Patent Application DE 43 22 555 likewise discloses a recloseable, cuboidal folding box. This folding box comprises a rear side wall, which is formed by an outer side-wall part and an inner side-wall part, a front side wall, two side walls which connect the front side wall and the rear side wall, a base closure and a top closure, it being the case that the outer side-wall part has, in its top region, a hanging tab with a correspondingly shaped hanging device, for example round holes or slots. The hanging tab can be used to position the folding box on a hook. However, since the hanging tab is merely of single-layer design and consists of the same material as the rest of the folding box, problems arise during practical usage of the folding box. If, taking into consideration environmental reasons and reasons of cost, the folding box is produced from thin material, the hanging tab has insufficient stability. Even if the folding box is subjected to a slight, unintentional pulling action, the hanging tab tears off, with the result that the hanging tab loses its function and it is no longer possible for the box to be hung up as desired. Furthermore, the appearance of the box is adversely effected as a result and it is no longer possible for the box to be displayed to the customer. Conversely, producing the folding box from thicker, more stable material means that, although the hanging tab can be subjected to tensile loading to a very much greater extent, a large amount of material is wasted unnecessarily at the same time because the rest of the walls of the folding box are over-dimensioned.

[0004] U.S. Pat. No. 4,344,533 describes a box which has a hanging means which is made up of two individual hanging tabs. However, this box has several disadvantages as far as its production and use are concerned. The blank of the disclosed box has a vertical construction, i.e. the two hanging tabs and the end tab, which together form the hanging means of the box, are arranged in a straight line with the four side walls, the individual parts being connected to one another by a folding line in each case. This type of folding blank means that, once the body of the box has been assembled, the box can only be filled from the side. Furthermore, when the box has been completed, there is a section, in the region of the hanging means, which has a threefold material thickness, as a result of three walls located one above the other, and is thus over-dimensioned, which makes the box more expensive to produce, as a result of increased material consumption, and at the same time results in the weight of the box increasing, with the generally known disadvantages. It is only possible to open the box by first of all a strip of material over the actual opening being removed in an irreversible manner and thus ending up as waste, which, from current environmental standpoints, is undesirable. The box is then torn open at a perforation line. The box can only be reclosed by the hanging means, following corresponding folding, simultaneously serving as a closure cover and being pushed into the opening of the box. This rules out the possibility, once the box has been opened for the first time and closed again, of the box being hung up again by its actual hanging means. The hanging means thus loses its original, actual function. Furthermore, it is not possible to rule out the situation, during closure of the box, where the closure cover, in particular when the box is no longer completely full, slips, in an uncontrolled manner, too far into the interior of the box, with the result that it is no longer possible to grip said closure cover and the box can then only be opened with very great difficulty. Finally, the simultaneous use of the hanging means as a closure cover for the box means that when the box is still sealed, in particular when the box is of a large overall depth, a large, bulky hanging means is produced, and this results, for example, in the box taking up a very large amount of surface area when it is hung up in a rack, with the result that the actual capacity of the rack can only be utilized insufficiently by the boxes disclosed.

[0005] DE 195 41 904 discloses a similar folding box. The folding box comprises a front side wall, a rear side wall, a right-hand side wall, which connects the front side wall and the rear side wall, and a left-hand side wall. The box has a base closure, which is formed by four base closure flaps, and a top closure, which is formed by four closure flaps, two closure flaps of the top closure and two base closure flaps being adhesively bonded to one another. Furthermore, integrated in the front side wall or in the rear side wall is a tear-open tab which is retained in the front side wall or the rear side wall by means of a weakening or predetermined tearing line and is connected to a closure flap of the top closure or to a base closure flap of the base closure via a folding line. At least one inner rear wall is provided in the folding box, to be precise if the tear-open tab is located in the rear side wall. In the case where the tear-open tab is located in the front side wall, then an intermediate wall and, adjoining the intermediate wall, an inner front wall is [sic] articulated. Articulated on the rear side wall, in the region of the latter which is free of the tear-open tab, is a first hanging tab, which is located in the plane formed by the rear side wall and has a hanging device, such as slots or round holes. At the same time, a second hanging tab with a hanging device, such as slots or round holes, is punched out of the same region of the inner rear wall as in the case of the rear side wall, starting from the folding line between the inner rear wall and closure flap, it being the case that the closure flap which is articulated on the inner rear wall is of a greater width at the folding line than the second hanging tab.

[0006] DE 195 35 008 has disclosed a recloseable, cuboidal folding box having a front side wall, a rear side wall, a left-hand side wall, which connects the front side wall and the rear side wall, and a right-hand side wall, having a recloseable base, preferably comprising three base closure flaps articulated on the side walls, and having three further closure flaps, which are articulated on the front side wall, on the left-hand side wall, which connects the front side wall and the rear side wall, and on the right-hand side wall and which are located opposite the base closure flaps, and having a fourth closure flap, which is articulated on the rear side wall and, together with the three further closure flaps, forms the top closure of the folding box, this making it possible to have a secure and stable means of hanging the folding box on the known self-service hooks of sales racks within shops or pharmacies. The fourth closure flap is made up, according to the invention, of a plurality of sections, to be precise of

[0007] a first hanging tab with a hanging device, which is articulated on the rear side wall of the folding box via a folding line, there being articulated on the first hanging tab, via a folding line,

[0008] a second hanging tab with a hanging device, there being articulated on the second hanging tab, via a folding line,

[0009] an end tab,

[0010] it being the case that the first hanging tab, the second hanging tab and the end tab are arranged one behind the other in a straight line, it being the case that the three further closure flaps and the fourth closure flap are each articulated on the same side of the four side walls, and it being the case that, when the folding box has been completed, the end tab is adhesively bonded to the closure flap articulated on the front side wall.

[0011] This folding box has a double-layer hanging means, but does not have a tamperproof seal which is recloseable.

[0012] DE 198 21 087 has disclosed a recloseable, cuboidal folding box having a front side wall, a rear side wall, a right-hand side wall, which connects the front side wall and the rear side wall, and a left-hand side wall, having a base closure, which is formed by four base closure flaps, having a top closure, which is formed by four closure flaps, it being possible for two closure flaps of the top closure and two base closure flaps to be adhesively bonded to one another, having a tear-open tab which is integrated in the front or the rear side wall, is retained in the front side wall or the rear side wall by means of a weakening or predetermined tearing line and is connected to a closure flap of the top closure or to a base closure flap of the base closure via a folding line, and having at least one inner rear wall on which if appropriate an intermediate wall and, adjoining the intermediate wall, an inner front wall is [sic] articulated. Furthermore, a flap is integrated in the front wall or the rear side wall by means of two weakening or predetermined tearing lines and is adhesively bonded in a reversible manner by means of at least one spot of adhesive.

[0013] The disadvantage with all the boxes known from the prior art is that, in so far as they have the tamperproof seal disclosed by DE 43 22 555, the hanging means is always provided on that side of the folding box which is located opposite the tamperproof seal, i.e. in the base region of the folding box when said folding boxes are ones with a single-part blank. For the reasons specified above, the task of adhesively bonding a hanging means on the box subsequently is always to be avoided.

[0014] It is annoying for the customer if the hanging means of the folding box and the closure are arranged on opposite sides of the folding box. Experience has shown that the customer takes the folding box in his/her hand and opens it at the top, that is to say in the vicinity of the hanging means, by irreversibly tearing open, and destroying, the folding box. Subsequent closure of said folding box is no longer possible. The customer who has had a little more experience of such boxes opens the folding box, as envisaged, at the tamperproof seal, removes the desired product, for example a plaster, and then closes the box again. If the latter is then hung on a hook by the hanging means, the closed closure is located at the bottom. It is thus not possible to rule out the situation where the folding box comes open unintentionally and the products located therein drop out. The task of the invention is to solve the problems described.

[0015] The object of the invention is to provide a recloseable, cuboidal folding box which has a tamperproof seal and a hanging means arranged so as to be offset through 90°, with the result that the situation where the contents of the box drop out once said box has been opened and hung up again is avoided, of which the hanging means has a high stability, with as little material being used as possible, which can be produced cost-effectively, with as little material being used as possible, which can be erected, filled and closed easily and quickly with the aid of machines, and of which the folding blank along with the integrated hanging means is in a single piece.

[0016] This object, on which the invention is based, is achieved by the teaching of the main claim. Advantageous configurations are explained in the subclaims. The invention also comprises a punched blank of the folding box according to the invention.

[0017] The recloseable, cuboidal folding box according to the invention thus comprises a front side wall, a rear side wall, a right-hand side wall, which connects the front side wall and the rear side wall, and a tab-forming section. The folding box has a base closure, which is formed by four base closure flaps, and a top closure, which is formed by four closure flaps, it being possible for two base closure flaps and/or two closure flaps to be adhesively bonded to one another. Furthermore, integrated in the rear side wall is a tear-open tab which is retained in the rear side wall by means of a weakening or predetermined tearing line and is connected to a closure flap of the top closure via a folding line. Provided in the folding box is at least one inner rear wall on which if appropriate an intermediate wall and, adjoining the intermediate wall, an inner front wall is [sic] articulated.

[0018] The tab-forming section is made up

[0019] a) of a first tab wall, which is articulated on the front side wall,

[0020] b) of a first hanging tab with a hanging device, which is articulated on the first tab wall via a folding line,

[0021] c) of a second hanging tab with a hanging device, which is articulated on the first hanging tab via a folding line,

[0022] d) of a second tab wall, which is articulated on the second hanging tab via a folding line and which is connected to the inner rear wall via a folding line, it being the case that

[0023] e) the sum of the widths of the first tab wall and second tab wall is no greater than the width of the right-hand side wall.

[0024] The inner rear wall and the rear side wall may be adhesively bonded to one another, in order to increase the stability of the folding box.

[0025] In a preferred embodiment of the folding box, the dimensions of the first and second hanging tabs correspond, and the hanging device in the first hanging tab is advantageously of larger dimensions than the hanging device in the second hanging tab, to be precise in order to ensure that, despite the unavoidable inaccuracy during the folding operation of the folding box, the requirements for the dimensions of the opening, which is formed from the hanging devices located, possibly not completely, one above the other, are fulfilled. It is also possible, however, for the size ratios of the two hanging devices to be reversed.

[0026] Furthermore, the two hanging tabs may also be adhesively bonded to one another, in order to increase the stability of the hanging means of the folding box, which is formed from the two hanging tabs.

[0027] In order to make it possible for the customer, once he/she has purchased the box, to remove the hanging means without difficulty and without destroying the box, the folding line between the first tab wall and the first hanging tab and the folding line between the second hanging tab and the second tab wall may be designed as a severing perforation. This makes it possible for the hanging means to be specifically severed without there being any risk of the folding box tearing.

[0028] In order to increase the flexibility of the hanging means formed from the two hanging tabs, punched sections in the manner of knife cuts may be provided over the entire length, or merely in certain areas, of said folding lines.

[0029] The first tab wall and the second tab wall 144 are preferably of the same width.

[0030] Furthermore, in each case two dust flaps are preferably articulated on the first tab wall and/or on the second tab wall, in each case two dust flaps advantageously being adhesively bonded to one another.

[0031] When the dust flaps are adhesively bonded, a region of the overlap, the rigidity of the closed folding box is produced by the double-layered arrangement. [sic]

[0032] A further advantageous embodiment of the folding box resides in the particular configuration of the inner rear wall, much of which may be removed. On that edge of the inner rear wall which is located opposite the tear-open tab, in the region of the intermediate wall, some of the inner rear wall has been removed. A partition wall is attached to the inner rear wall via a folding line and is adjoined by a tab, which is integrally formed on it via the folding line. The tab is adhesively bonded to the front side wall when the folding box is assembled. This produces, in the folding box, two compartments which are divided off from one another by the partition wall and may be filled with different products, for example with products which, for their part, are packaged in cartons. In order to make it easier for the products or the cartons to be removed, two grip means may be recessed in the inner rear wall.

[0033] In a further preferred embodiment, a swing flap is integrated in the rear side wall by means of two weakening or predetermined tearing lines and is adhesively bonded in a reversible manner by means of at least one spot of adhesive. The spot of adhesive is located on the swing flap itself or on the inner rear wall.

[0034] The swing flap preferably extends over the entire width of the front side wall or of the rear side wall. The swing slap is preferably positioned centrally on the front side wall or rear side wall.

[0035] The invention also relates to the punched blank for producing a folding box which is characterized in the claims.

[0036] The advantage of this folding box resides in the fact that the longitudinal side may be utilized as a tamperproof opening without it being possible for the hanging means to contribute to weakening the opening when it is hung up in the rack system. The hanging means and closure are turned through 90° in relation to one another. The folding box is machine-compatible; it is provided with adhesive when the blank is the flattened-out state, is erected by the cartoning machine and is transported to the filling station, the hanging tab having already been formed on the folding box. The front and rear sides of the folding box provide excellent design possibilities. Once the folding box has been erected and filled, simple adhesive bonding of the head region and of the central region is possible. This adhesive bonding achieves good dustproofing, this dispensing with the need for the folding box to be fully wrapped subsequently or provided with additional packaging. The folding box is adhesively bonded, dustproof, provided with a tamperproof seal and recloseable; it is easy to handle and can be designed in various ways. Problem-free processing is possible. Furthermore, the folding box is environmentally friendly and is produced from a folding blank with minimum material consumption.

[0037] During assembly of the folding box, a hanging means is formed on the same, said hanging means being made up of two hanging tabs—and therefore of two layers of material. This has the advantage that the hanging means is characterized by high stability, with the result that it withstands even relatively high tensile loading without there being any risk of it being torn off. In particular if the two hanging tabs are adhesively bonded to one another, the result is a fixed composite arrangement, which may also be designed in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Apart from the hanging means, as far as the folding box is concerned, the walls, with the exception of envisaged adhesive-bonding areas, are of single-layer design in each case. This means that, overall, a very small amount of material is used up for designing the folding box, although a load-bearing hanging means is nevertheless formed.

[0038] The integration of the hanging means in the folding blank of the folding box allows the folding box to be completed within one operating step. The subsequent task, thus involving unnecessary outlay, of adhesively bonding a hanging means on the otherwise finished box is dispensed with.

[0039] A particularly advantageous embodiment of the folding box along with the punched blank is explained in more detail, without there being any intention of thereby limiting the invention unnecessarily, with reference to the figures, which are described hereinbelow and in which:

[0040]FIG. 1 shows the flattened-out, non-adhesively-bonded punched blank of a folding box known from the prior art,

[0041]FIG. 2 shows the flattened-out, non-adhesively- bonded punched blank of a folding box of advantageous design,

[0042]FIG. 3 to FIG. 5 show the operation of assembling the hanging means of the folding box, and

[0043]FIG. 6 shows the flattened-out, non-adhesively- bonded punched blank of a folding box of alternative design.

[0044]FIG. 1 illustrates the punched blank 10 of a folding box 1 known from the prior art, for example of a folding box 1 as has been described in DE 43 22 555. The punched blank 10 may consist of cardboard, paperboard or another suitable material. The body of the erected folding box 1 is formed by the front side wall 11, the rear side wall 12, the right-hand side wall 13, which connects the front side wall 11 and the rear side wall 12, and the left-hand side wall 14. Since the tear-open tab 40, which is provided for opening the folding box 1, is retained in the rear side wall 12 by means of a weakening or predetermined tearing line 41 and is connected to a closure flap 32 of the top closure 30 via a folding line 302, the left-hand side wall 14 merely has articulated on it an inner rear wall 15, on which a tab 16 is located, it being possible for the tab 16 to be adhesively bonded to the right-hand side wall 13 for the purpose of non-releasable closure of the body of the folding box.

[0045] All the side walls 11, 12, 13, 14 are of rectangular shape, although the front side wall 11 and rear side wall 12, which are preferably of the same dimensions, are somewhat wider than the other two side walls 13, 14, which are likewise preferably of identical dimensions. The tab 16 is of such a width as to allow reliable adhesive bonding to the right-hand side wall 13, but is no wider than the two side walls 13,14. Most of the inner rear wall 15 has been removed.

[0046] The individual side walls 11, 12, 13, 14, the inner rear wall 15 and the tab 16 are connected to one another via corresponding folding lines 101, 102, 103, 104, 105.

[0047] The base closure 20 is made up of the four base closure flaps 21, 22, 23, 24, which are attached to the corresponding side walls 11, 12, 13, 14 by means of folding lines 201, 202, 203, 204. The base closure flap 21, which is articulated on the front side wall 11, and the base closure flap 22, which is articulated on the rear side wall 12 via the folding line 202, are preferably of rectangular shape. The length or height of the two closure flaps 21, 22 advantageously corresponds more or less to the width of the two narrower side walls 13, 14, with the result that, when the folding box 1 has been erected, the base closure flaps 21, 22, which are swung inwards at an angle of 90°, overlap. The base closure flaps 21, 22 are advantageously adhesively bonded to one another, this providing the base closure 20 with increased protection against the penetration of dust or other particles of dirt. Two further base closure flaps 23, 24 are articulated on the two narrow side walls 13, 14 via the folding lines 203, 204, said further base closure flaps tapering towards their free end and being of essentially trapezoidal design.

[0048] The top closure 30 is formed from the four closure flaps 31, 32, 33, 34, which are attached correspondingly to the side walls 11, 12, 13, 14 via the folding lines 301, 302, 303, 304. The two closure flaps 33, 34 are preferably of the same shape and dimensions as the two base closure flaps 23, 24. The two closure flaps 33, 34 are preferably likewise of the same shape and dimensions as the two base closure flaps 23, 24. [sic]

[0049] In order to assemble the folding box 1, the closure flaps 33, 34 are first of all swung inwards at an angle of 90°, and then the closure flap 31 is swung over likewise through 90°. The closure flap 32 is then swung onto the closure flap 31 and adhesively bonded to the same.

[0050] Provided in the rear side wall 12 is an essentially rectangular tear-open tab 40 which can easily be torn out of the rear side wall 12 by way of a corresponding weakening or predetermined tearing line 41 and which is connected to the closure flap 32 via a folding line 302. In order to open the top closure 30, the tear-open tab 40 is removed from the rear side wall 12 by virtue of the weakening or predetermined tearing line 41 being severed and is swung rearwards through, for example, 90° at the folding line 301 together with the closure flap 31. In order to reclose the folding box 1, the tear-open tab 40 is inserted into the folding box 1, to be precise directly beneath the inner rear wall 15.

[0051]FIG. 2 shows the punched blank of a particularly advantageous folding box 1, which is clearly different from the punched blank 1 from FIG. 1. In the folding box according to the invention, the side wall 14 has been replaced by the tab-forming section 14, which is made up of a plurality of individual parts. A first tab wall 141, which is essentially of rectangular shape, is articulated on the front side wall 11 via the folding line 101. This is adjoined, via the folding line 106, by a first hanging tab 142 with a hanging device 145, which is adjoined by a second hanging tab 143 with a hanging device 146, which is articulated on the first hanging tab 142 via the folding line 107, said second hanging tab then being adjoined by a second tab wall 144, which is likewise essentially of rectangular shape, is articulated on the second hanging tab 143 via a folding line 108 and is connected to the inner rear wall 15 via the folding line 104. According to the invention, the sum of the widths of the first tab wall 141 and second tab wall 144 is no greater than the width of the right-hand side wall 13.

[0052] In the case of the preferred embodiment of the folding box 1 illustrated here, the tab wall 141 and the tab wall 144 are of the same width.

[0053] The first hanging tab 142, which is essentially of rectangular shape, advantageously has centrally, in the centre of gravity of its surface area, a hanging device 145, which preferably displays a combination of slots and round holes, this resulting in the generally preferred shape for such recesses, the so-called standard European hole, which allows secure but at the same time also flexible positioning of the full folding box 1 in a sales rack with correspondingly provided sales hooks. Articulated on the first hanging tab 142 is the second hanging tab 143, which is of the same shape and dimensions as the first hanging tab 142, the only difference being that the hanging device 146 is somewhat smaller than the hanging device 145 of the first hanging tab 142, but the second hanging tab is turned at an angle of 180° in relation to the first hanging tab 142, with the result that, when the second hanging tab 143 is bent over via the folding line 107, the two hanging tabs 142, 143 are located one above the other such that the two hanging devices 145, 146 are arranged congruently as far as possible. The two hanging tabs 142, 143 may advantageously be adhesively bonded to one another, which increases the stability.

[0054] For reasons of appearance, it is also possible for the total of four free corners of the two hanging tabs 142, 143 to be rounded identically preferably in the form of quarter-circles.

[0055] In order to make it possible for the folding box to be stored in a particularly space-saving manner, the folding line 106 between the tab wall 141 and the first hanging tab 142 and the folding line 108 between the second hanging tab 143 and the tab wall 144 may be designed as a severing perforation. This makes it possible for the hanging means, which is formed from the two hanging tabs 142, 143, to be removed without the rest of the folding box 1 being damaged.

[0056] In each case two dust flaps 161, 162, 163, 164 are articulated on the first tab wall 141 and on the second tab wall 144.

[0057] A further advantageous embodiment of the folding box 1 resides in the particular configuration of the inner rear wall 15, much of which has been removed. On that edge of the inner rear wall 15 which is located opposite the tear-open tab 40, in the region of the intermediate wall 16, part of the inner rear wall 15, in this case approximately a quarter of said rear wall, has been removed or separated off by the cut line 155. A partition wall 151 is attached to the inner rear wall 15 via the folding line 153 and is adjoined by a tab 152, which is integrally formed on it via the folding line 154. Both the partition wall 151 and the tab 152 are of rectangular shape and extend preferably over half the length of the inner rear wall 15.

[0058] When the folding box 1 is assembled, the tab 152 is adhesively bonded to the front side wall 11. This produces, in the folding box 1, two compartments which are divided off from one another by the partition wall 151 and may be filled with different products, for example with products which, for their part, are packaged in cartons. In order to make it easier to remove the products or the cartons, two grip means 156, 157 are recessed in the inner rear wall.

[0059]FIGS. 3, 4 and 5 show the operation of assembling the hanging means of the folding box 1, said hanging means being formed from the two hanging tabs 142, 143.

[0060] As is illustrated in FIG. 3, in order to form the hanging means of the folding box 1, first of all the tab-forming section 14 is shaped in the desired manner by the hanging tabs 142, 143 being swung onto one another according to the arrow, with the result that the two hanging tabs 142, 143 are located one above the other, it being possible for the two to be adhesively bonded at the same time, with the result that, by virtue of the double material wall, the hanging means of the folding box 1 is extremely stable.

[0061] At the same time, the dust flaps 161, 162, 163, 164, which are articulated on the first tab wall 141 and on the second tab wall 144, come to rest one above the other and may likewise be adhesively bonded to one another to form a hanging means, as is illustrated in FIG. 4.

[0062]FIG. 5 shows the assembled hanging means, which has been swung through 90°, and the closing operation of the folding box 1. Once the cuboidal body has been formed from the intermediate wall 16, the inner rear wall 15, the left-hand side wall 14, the front side wall 11 the side wall 13 and the rear side wall 12, the intermediate wall 16 is adhesively bonded to the right-hand side wall 13, which connects the front side wall 11 and the rear side wall 12. The rear side wall 12 is folded over through a total of 180° and adhesively bonded to the inner rear wall 15. In the case of the base closure 20, the base closure flaps 23, 24, which are located on the narrower side walls 13, 14, are swung inwards through 90°, the base closure flap 22, which is located on the rear side wall 12, is folded onto the same, and then the base closure flap 21, which is located on the front side wall 11, is bent over correspondingly, adhesive bonding of the two base closure flaps 21, 22 likewise taking place here. The folding and adhesive bonding of the top closure 30 takes place correspondingly.

[0063] This means that the top closure 30 and the base closure 20 of the folding box 1 cannot be opened without force being applied and are thus protected against theft and dustproof.

[0064] By virtue of the hanging means of the folding box 1 being folded back into the vertical position, the completed and closed folding box 1 is in the state in which it is supplied to the customer, who can than hang it in sales racks provided with hooks and advantageously display it for selling purposes.

[0065] All suitable adhesives may be used as the adhesive materials here.

[0066]FIG. 6 shows the flattened-out, non-adhesively-bonded punched blank of a folding box 1 of alternative design, which has a rectangular inner rear wall 15. The intermediate wall 16 is articulated on the inner rear wall 15 via the folding line 105, said intermediate wall, in this case, extending over the entire length of the inner rear wall 15 and likewise being of rectangular shape.

Classifications
U.S. Classification229/117.14, 229/223, 206/806
International ClassificationB65D5/02, B65D5/42, B65D5/54
Cooperative ClassificationY10S206/806, B65D5/4208, B65D5/5425, B65D5/0227
European ClassificationB65D5/42D, B65D5/02C, B65D5/54B3B
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