|Publication number||US20030150759 A1|
|Application number||US 10/075,977|
|Publication date||Aug 14, 2003|
|Filing date||Feb 14, 2002|
|Priority date||Feb 14, 2002|
|Publication number||075977, 10075977, US 2003/0150759 A1, US 2003/150759 A1, US 20030150759 A1, US 20030150759A1, US 2003150759 A1, US 2003150759A1, US-A1-20030150759, US-A1-2003150759, US2003/0150759A1, US2003/150759A1, US20030150759 A1, US20030150759A1, US2003150759 A1, US2003150759A1|
|Original Assignee||White George H.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Referenced by (25), Classifications (15)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
 This invention relates to a packaging system for cans. More particularly, it refers to a packaging system for carrying and dispensing individual cans in a can array positioned longitudinally in a carton.
 Twelve can beverage cartons are well known and are currently popular commercial items as seen by Mead Corporation's U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,558,816 and 5,292,059. Access to the cans only can be achieved by tearing open one of the end panels so the cans can be rolled out. Once the end panel is opened all of the cans will roll out if the carton is tipped. Dispensing cartons such as seen in U.S. Pat. No. 5,690,230 have a tear out panel which permits removal of flat, thin products in stacked relationship. Other patents relating to cartons, such as U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,505,372; 4,378,877 and 3,262,631, have access doors to obtain products contained in the carton.
 No carton exists having a tear out panel in one end of the carton that allows for individual removal of a longitudinally stacked can while maintaining the remaining cans in a stacked relationship in the carton. For convenience of the public, a packaging system is needed to keep cans stored while access to individual cans is achieved.
 The present invention is directed to a can beverage carton permitting removal of individual cans stacked in a longitudinal configuration without causing the remaining cans to fall out of the carton. The carton has two side panels, a front panel and a back panel with top and bottom flaps on each panel. The front panel has perforations outlining a trapezoidal shape from a top edge of the front panel to a bottom portion of the front panel. A tape carrying handle is adhesively attached to a top portion of each side panel.
 The invention can be best understood by those having ordinary skill in the packaging art by reference to the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a unitary blank prior to forming the carton.
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the carton of this invention after being formed from the blank of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the carton containing twelve cans longitudinally stacked.
FIG. 4 is a formed perspective view of the carton of FIG. 3 with one can removed.
 Throughout the following detailed description, the same reference numbers refer to the same elements in all figures.
 The carton 10 of this invention set forth in FIG. 1 has a first side panel 12, and a second side panel 14. Side panel 12 has a top flap 16 and a bottom flap 18. Side panel 14 has a top flap 20 and a bottom flap 22. Top flap 16 bends inwardly along crease 24. Bottom flap 18 bends inwardly along crease 26. Top flap 20 bends inwardly along crease 28 and bottom flap 22 bends inwardly along crease 30.
 Carton 10 also has a back panel 32 and a front panel 52. Back panel 32 has a top flap 36 with a first diagonal crease 38 and a second diagonal crease 40. In addition, back panel 32 has a side flap 42 with a vertical crease line 44 between the back panel 32 and a side support panel 42. Back panel 32 also has a bottom flap 46 which bends inwardly along crease 48. Top flap 36 also bends inwardly along crease 50.
 Front panel 52 has a top flap 54 and a bottom flap 56. Flap 54 has a perforation line 58 to permit top flap 54 to bend inwardly. In addition, flap 54 has a first diagonal crease 60 and a second diagonal crease 62. Bottom flap 56 has a crease 64 to permit flap 56 to bend inwardly. Front panel 52 has downwardly descending perforation lines 66 and 68 tapering inwardly from perforated horizontal line 58 at the top of panel 52 to a bottom portion 70 where perforation line 72 connects the downwardly directed distal ends of perforation lines 66 and 68.
 A cut out groove 74 is formed along a top edge 76 of flap 20 and a cut out groove 78 is formed along a top edge 80 of flap 16. A cut out groove 82 is formed along perforated line 58 of flap 54.
 As seen in FIG. 2 a tape flexible carrying handle 84 is adhesively attached at one end to first side panel 12 and at its other end to second side panel 14. The handle 84 increases side panel rigidity to maintain can integrity within the carton.
 In forming the carton 10 shown in FIG. 2, all the flaps are folded inwardly along their crease lines. Side panel 12 is bent inwardly at a right angle to front panel 52 along crease 86. Side panel 14 is bent inwardly at a right angle to front panel 52 along crease 88. Back panel 32 is bent inwardly at a right angle to side panel 14 along crease 90. Side support panel 42 is bent inwardly along crease 44 and is glued to an edge portion 92 of side panel 12 and to an edge of flap 16. Diagonal crease 38 on flap 36 is bent inwardly so a corner portion 98 of flap 36 can be pressed against flap 20. Crease 40 is bent inwardly so a corner portion 100 of flap 36 can be pressed against flap 16. Diagonal crease 60 on flap 54 is bent inwardly so a corner portion 96 of flap 54 can be pressed against flap 16. Crease 62 is bent inwardly so corner portion 102 of flap 54 can be pressed against flap 20. Bottom flaps 18 and 22 are glued over bottom flaps 46 and 56. The flexible carrying handle 84 is adhesively attached to side panels 12 and 14 so that handle 84 passes over grooves 74 and 78. Of course, the carton 10 is loaded with cans 94 prior to enclosing the top flaps and carrying handle 84.
 As seen in FIGS. 3 and 4, the carton 10 is designed to hold twelve cans stacked longitudinally in three rows. The carton could be made smaller or larger to accommodate fewer or a greater number of cans. The purchaser of the filled carton is able to remove cans 94 individually by tearing out the trapezoidal section 34 along perforation lines 66, 68 and 72. The cans are removed at the top of front panel 52, the lower portion of panel 52 retaining the ends of each can 94 in place. In this manner, a purchaser can store the filled carton 10 in a 15 refrigerator and singly remove a can 94 at his or her pleasure.
 The carton 10 is made of heavy duty cardboard or other suitable paper product commonly used for cartons. The handle 84 is preferably made from a flexible polymer. Adhesives commonly used in the carton manufacturing industry are used to adhere the flaps in place.
 The back panel 32 and front panel 52 have a width that slightly exceeds the length of the cans 94; i.e., the width of the back panel 32 and front panel 52 is substantially the same as the length of the cans 94 stacked in the carton 10.
 Other equivalent elements for the components of carton 10 can be substituted for the components described herein to make substantially the same carton.
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|International Classification||B65D5/72, B65D5/46, B65D71/00, B65D71/36|
|Cooperative Classification||B65D2571/00493, B65D2571/0066, B65D2571/00574, B65D2571/00728, B65D5/46016, B65D2571/0074, B65D2571/00141, B65D71/36|
|European Classification||B65D5/46A1, B65D71/36|