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Publication numberUS20040050725 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/399,334
PCT numberPCT/IT2001/000542
Publication dateMar 18, 2004
Filing dateOct 16, 2001
Priority dateOct 18, 2000
Also published asCN1469832A, EP1328454A1, WO2002032786A1
Publication number10399334, 399334, PCT/2001/542, PCT/IT/1/000542, PCT/IT/1/00542, PCT/IT/2001/000542, PCT/IT/2001/00542, PCT/IT1/000542, PCT/IT1/00542, PCT/IT1000542, PCT/IT100542, PCT/IT2001/000542, PCT/IT2001/00542, PCT/IT2001000542, PCT/IT200100542, US 2004/0050725 A1, US 2004/050725 A1, US 20040050725 A1, US 20040050725A1, US 2004050725 A1, US 2004050725A1, US-A1-20040050725, US-A1-2004050725, US2004/0050725A1, US2004/050725A1, US20040050725 A1, US20040050725A1, US2004050725 A1, US2004050725A1
InventorsChiara Colo', Fiorenzo Draghetti
Original AssigneeChiara Colo', Fiorenzo Draghetti
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hinged-lid cigarette packet
US 20040050725 A1
Abstract
A rigid hinged-lid cigarette packet has a longitudinal axis (Z), a cup-shaped container (3), a cup-shaped lid (5), main walls (7, 8, 9, 10, 27, 28, 29, 30), and at least one connecting wall (11 a , 11 p , 31 a , 31 p) having a first panel (22 a , 22 p , 42 a , 42 p) sloping with respect to the longitudinal axis (Z) to define differently shaped sections at least along a portion of the longitudinal axis (Z); and at least one of the main walls (7, 8, 9, 10 27, 28, 29, 30) has a second panel (13 a , 13 p , 33 a , 33 p) sloping in the opposite direction to the first panel (22 a, 22 p , 42 a , 42 p), so that each section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis has the same perimeter as any other section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.
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1) a rigid hinged-lid cigarette packet; the packet (1) having a longitudinal axis (z), and comprising a cup-shaped container (3), a cup-shaped lid (5), main walls (7, 8, 9, 10, 27, 28, 29, 30), and at least one connecting wall (11 a, llp, 31 a, 31 p) having a first panel (22 a, 22 p, 42 a, 42 p) sloping with respect to said longitudinal axis (z) to define differently shaped sections at least along a portion of the longitudinal axis (z); and the packet being characterized in that at least one of the main walls (7, 8, 9, 10, 27, 28, 29, 30) comprises a second panel (13 a, 13 p, 33 a, 33 p) sloping in the opposite direction to said first panel (22 a, 22 p, 42 a, 42 p), so that each section has a perimeter equal to the perimeter of the other sections perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (z):
2) A packet as claimed in claim 1, wherein said main walls (7, 8, 9, 10, 27, 28, 29, 30) comprise two end walls (10, 30) crosswise to said longitudinal axis (z); at least one of the two said end walls (10, 30) being rectangular; and each section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (Z) and between the two end walls being octagonal.
3) A packet as claimed in claim 2, wherein both said end walls (10, 30) are rectangular.
4) A packet as claimed in claim 3, wherein a central portion (K1) having a constant octagonal section along said longitudinal axis (Z); and two end portions (K2) located at opposite ends of the central portion, and each having a variable octagonal section.
5) A packet as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 4, and comprising two transverse axes (X, Y) perpendicular to each other and to said longitudinal axis (Z); said connecting wall (11 a, lip, 31 a, 31 p) sloping with respect to said transverse axes (X, Y).
6) A packet as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein said main walls (7, 8, 9, 10, 27, 28, 29, 30) comprise front walls (7, 27), rear walls (8, 28) and lateral walls (9, 29).
7) A packet as claimed in claim 6, and comprising a number of connecting walls (Ila, lip, 31 a, 31 p); each front wall (7, 27) being connected by a connecting wall (11 a, 31 a) to a lateral wall (9, 29); and each rear wall (8, 28) being connected by a connecting wall (11 p, 31 p) to a lateral wall (9, 29).
8) A packet as claimed in claim 7, wherein said container (3) comprises four connecting walls (Ila, lip), each comprising a said first panel (22 a, 22 p); a front wall (7) comprising a said second panel (13 a); a rear wall (8) comprising a respective second panel (13 p); and two lateral walls (9), each comprising a respective second panel (17).
9) A packet as claimed in claim 7, wherein said lid (5) comprises four connecting walls (31 a, 31 p), each comprising a said first panel (42 a, 42 p); a front wall (27) comprising a said second panel (33 a); a rear wall (28) comprising a respective second panel (33 p); and two lateral walls (29), each comprising a respective second panel (37).
10) A packet as claimed in claim 8 or 9, wherein said first panels (22 a, 22 p, 42 a, 42 p) are in the form of an isosceles triangle; and said second panels (13 a, 13 p, 33 a, 33 p) are in the form of an isosceles trapezium.
11) A packet as claimed in claim 8 or 9, and comprising a hinge line (C) crosswise to said longitudinal axis (Z) and located between the rear wall (8) of said container (3) and the rear wall (28) of said lid (5); said hinge extending along an edge (34) of the second panel (33 p) of the lid (5).
12) A packet as claimed in claim 8 or 9, wherein the intersections between planes parallel to the longitudinal axis (Z) and the front walls (7, 27) and rear walls (8, 28) define respective longitudinal edges (B) of constant length.
13) A packet as claimed in claim 10, wherein said hinge (C) is of a length shorter than said edge (34) of said second panel (33 p) of the lid.
14) A packet as claimed in any one of the forgoing claims, made from a flat blank (51), the flat blank (51) being elongated in shape along an axis (A) of extension, and comprising a preformed crease line (59) perpendicular to said axis (A) of extension, and two slits (80) separating panels (12 p′, 21 p′, 16 i′) of the container (3) from panels (33 p′, 41 p′, 36 i′) of the lid (5): said preformed crease line (59) forming a hinge (C) of the packet (1) between the container (3) and the lid (5), and being located astride said axis (A) of extension and defined laterally by said slits (80), each of which comprises a slit portion (82) aligned axially with said hinge (C).
15) A packet as claimed in claim 14, wherein said preformed crease line (59) is a fold line by which to form said packet (1).
16) A packet as claimed in claim 15, wherein said preformed fold line (59) is a fold line by which to form a second panel (33 p) of said packet (1).
17) A packet as claimed in any one of claims 14 to 16, wherein the flat blank (51) comprises bridges (83) located along said slit (80) to connect the panels (12 p′, 21 p′, 16 i′) of the container (3) to the panels (33 p′, 41 p′, 36 i′) of the lid (5).
18) A packet as claimed in claim 17, wherein said bridges (83) are torn, in use, when the packet (1) is unsealed.
Description
TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] The present invention relates to a rigid hinged-lid cigarette packet.

BACKGROUND ART

[0002] A conventional rigid hinged-lid packet is normally in the form of a right parallelepiped extending along a longitudinal axis and comprising a cup-shaped container having five walls, and a cup-shaped lid having five walls and hinged to the container by a hinge between the rear wall of the container and the rear wall of the lid. The above type of packet is formed from a cardboard blank comprising preformed fold lines, along which it is folded to form the packet. The packet of cigarettes is subsequently wrapped in a sheet of overwrapping material, which, for economic and ecological reasons, is extremely thin, so that the slightest flaw in assembly of the packet is sufficient to crease or stretch the sheet, thus seriously impairing the appearance of the packet.

[0003] Over the past few years, variations of the conventional packet described above have been marketed, and in which the edges formed by the walls of the packet and parallel to the longitudinal axis are beveled or rounded by means of connecting walls parallel to the longitudinal axis of the packet. Patent Application EP-A-930,245 also relates to a type of hinged-lid cigarette packet comprising at least one connecting wall sloping at an angle of other than zero with respect to the longitudinal axis, so that the section of the packet perpendicular to the longitudinal axis varies in shape along the longitudinal axis.

[0004] The variation in section along the longitudinal axis is for aesthetic or technical reasons, e.g. to compress the cigarettes in given portions of the packet.

[0005] Variable-section packets, however, have the drawback of the sloping wall creasing or stretching the overwrapping material subsequently applied to the packet.

DISCLOSURE OF INVENTION

[0006] It is an object of the present invention to provide a variable-section, rigid hinged-lid packet designed to eliminate the drawbacks of the known state of the art.

[0007] According to the present invention, there is provided a rigid hinged-lid cigarette packet; the packet having a longitudinal axis, and comprising a cup-shaped container, a cup-shaped lid, main walls, and at least one connecting wall having a first panel sloping with respect to said longitudinal axis to define differently shaped sections at least along a portion of the longitudinal axis; and the packet being characterized in that at least one of the main walls comprises a second panel sloping in the opposite direction to said first panel, so that each section has a perimeter equal to the perimeter of any other section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.

[0008] It is a further object of the present invention to provide a blank from which to form the packet according to the present invention.

[0009] According to the present invention, there is provided a flat blank from which to form a rigid hinged-lid cigarette packet; characterized by being elongated in shape along an axis of extension, and comprising a preformed crease line perpendicular to said axis of extension, and two slits separating panels of the container from panels of the lid; said preformed crease line forming a hinge of the packet between the container and the lid, and being located astride said axis of extension and defined laterally by said slits, each of which comprises a slit portion aligned axially with said hinge.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0010] A number of non-limiting embodiments of the present invention will be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

[0011]FIG. 1 shows a view in perspective of the front, top and lateral sides of a rigid hinged-lid packet in accordance with the present invention;

[0012]FIG. 2 shows a plan view of the FIG. 1 packet;

[0013]FIG. 3 shows a spread-out view of a blank from which to form the FIG. 1 packet;

[0014]FIG. 4 shows an intermediate cross section of the FIG. 1 packet;

[0015]FIG. 5 shows a view in perspective of the rear, bottom and lateral sides of the FIG. 1 packet.

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

[0016] With reference to FIGS. 1, 42, 4 and 5, number 1 indicates a rigid hinged-lid packet for cigarettes 2, having a major longitudinal axis Z, and two transverse axes X and Y perpendicular to each other and to the Z axis.

[0017] Packet 1 houses an orderly group G of cigarettes 2, and comprises a cup-shaped container 3 having an open end 4; and a cup-shaped lid 5 hinged to container 3 to rotate about a hinge C between an open position (not shown) and a closed position closing end 4 (FIG. 5). Packet 1 also comprises a shaped collar 6, which is located astride container 3 and lid 5 to project outwards of end 4, and, as explained in more detail later on, defines, together with packet 1, a compartment V for housing cigarettes 2.

[0018] Container 3 comprises a front wall 7 and a rear wall 8 facing each other; two facing lateral walls 9; and a rectangular bottom wall 10 perpendicular to the Z axis. Front wall 7 is connected to walls 9 by two front connecting walls 11 a, and rear wall 8 is connected to walls 9 by two rear connecting walls lip.

[0019] With reference to FIG. 1, front wall 7 of container 3 comprises a rectangular panel 12 a crosswise to the X axis and parallel to the Z axis; and a trapezoidal panel 13 a, which has a minor base 14 in common with panel 12 a, and a major base 15 in common with wall 10, slopes with respect to both the X and Z axes, and converges towards the Z axis as of panel 12 a.

[0020] With reference to FIG. 5, rear wall 8 of container 3 comprises a rectangular panel 12 p crosswise to the X axis and parallel to the Z axis; and a trapezoidal panel 13 p, which has a minor base 14 in common with panel 12 p, and a major base 15 in common with wall 10, slopes with respect to both the X and Z axes, and converges towards the Z axis as of panel 12 p.

[0021] Each lateral wall 9 of container 3 comprises a panel 16 in the form of a right trapezium, an oblique side 18 of which defines part of end 4 and is crosswise to the Y axis and parallel to the Z axis; and a panel 17 in the form of an isosceles trapezium having a minor base 19 in common with panel 16, and a major base 20 in common with wall 10. Panel 17 slopes with respect to both the Y and Z axes, and converges towards the Z axis as of panel 16.

[0022] With reference to FIG. 1, each front connecting wall 11 a comprises a trapezoidal panel 21 a and a triangular panel 22 a. Panel 21 a defines a right trapezium, an oblique side 23 a of which defines part of end 4 and connects panel 12 a to a panel 16, while panel 22 a diverges from the Z axis as of panel 21 a and defines an isosceles triangle whose catheti are defined by the oblique sides of relative panels 13 a and 17, and whose apex 24 is in common with an apex of wall 10.

[0023] With reference to FIG. 5, each rear connecting wall lip comprises a trapezoidal panel 21 p and a triangular panel 22 p. Panel 21 p defines a right trapezium, an oblique side 23 p of which defines part of end 4 and connects panel 12 p to a panel 16, while panel 22 p diverges from the Z axis as of panel 21 p and defines an isosceles triangle whose catheti are defined by the oblique sides of relative panels 13 p and 17, and whose apex 24 is in common with an apex of wall 10.

[0024] In other words, each triangular panel 22 a, 22 p slopes, with respect to the Z axis, in the opposite direction to trapezoidal panels 13 a, 13 p and 17.

[0025] With reference to FIGS. 1, 2 and 5, lid 5 comprises a front wall 27 and a rear wall 28 facing each other; two facing lateral walls 29; and a top wall 30 perpendicular to the Z axis. Front wall 27 is connected to walls 29 by two front connecting walls 31 a; rear wall 28 is connected to walls 29 by two rear connecting walls 31 p; and wall 30 is rectangular and adjacent to walls 27, 28 and 29.

[0026] With reference to FIG. 1, front wall 27 comprises a rectangular panel 32 a and a trapezoidal panel 33 a. Panel 32 a is crosswise to the X axis, parallel to the Z axis and coplanar with panel 12 a; while panel 33 a, in addition to having a respective minor base 34 in common with panel 32 a, and a respective major base 35 in common with wall 30, slopes with respect to both the X and Z axes, and converges towards the Z axis as of panel 32 a.

[0027] With reference to FIG. 5, wall 28 comprises a panel 33 p, which is adjacent to panel 12 p of rear wall 8 of container 3 along the respective minor base 34, along which extends hinge C between container 3 and lid 5. Panel 33 p is also adjacent to wall 30 along the respective major base 35 of the trapezium defining wall 33 p. Each panel 33 a, 33 p of lid 5 is the same shape and size as panels 13 a and 13 p of container 3, and converges towards the Z axis and wall 30.

[0028] Each lateral wall 29 of lid 5 comprises a panel 36 in the form of a right trapezium, and a panel 37 in the form of an isosceles trapezium. Panel 36, in addition to defining a right trapezium with a hypotenuse 38 facing side 18, is crosswise to the Y axis, parallel to the Z axis and coplanar with relative panel 16; while panel 37, in addition to defining an isosceles trapezium with a minor base 39 in common with panel 36, and a major base 40 in common with wall 30, slopes with respect to both the Y and Z axes. Each panel 37 of lid 5 is the same shape and size as panels 17 of container 3, and converges towards the Z axis as of respective panels 36.

[0029] With reference to FIG. 1, each front connecting wall 31 a comprises a panel 41 a in the form of a right trapezium, and a panel 42 a in the form of an isosceles triangle. Panel 41 a, in addition to defining a right trapezium having an oblique side 43 a facing relative side 23 a, connects a panel 32 a to a panel 36; while panel 42 a diverges from the Z axis as of panel 41 a, and defines an isosceles triangle, whose catheti are defined by the oblique sides of relative panels 33 a and 37, and whose apex 44 coincides with an apex of wall 30.

[0030] With reference to FIG. 5, rear connecting wall 31 p comprises a panel 41 p in the form of a right triangle, and a panel 42 p in the form of an isosceles triangle. Panel 41 p has an oblique side 43 p facing relative side 23 p, and connects a panel 32 p to a panel 36; while panel 42 p diverges from the Z axis as of panel 41 p, and defines an isosceles triangle, whose catheti are defined by the oblique sides of relative panels 33 p and 37, and whose apex 44 coincides with an apex of wall 30.

[0031] Each panel 42 a, 42 p of lid 5 is identical with relative panel 22 a, 22 p of container 3; and each triangular panel 42 a, 42 p slopes, with respect to the Z axis, in the opposite direction to trapezoidal panels 33 a and 37.

[0032] With reference to FIGS. 1 and 5, panels 12 a and 32 a of walls 7 and 27, panel 12 p of wall 8, the two panels 16 and 36 of walls 9 and 29, and panels 21 a, 21 p, 41 a and 41 p of walls 11 a, 11 p, 31 a and 31 p define a central portion K1 of packet 1. The intersection of portion K1 with a plane perpendicular to the Z axis defines an octagonal section, which is constant in shape and size along the Z axis and has a given perimeter P1. Panels 13 a, 13 p and 33 a, 33 p of walls 7, 8, 27 and 28, panels 17 and 37 of walls 9 and 29, and panels 22 a, 22 p, 42 a and 42 p of walls 11 a, lip, 31 a and 31 p define on packet 1 two end portions K2 connecting octagonal-section portion K1 to rectangular walls 10 and 30. Each portion K2 has an octagonal section varying in shape along the Z axis to eventually become a rectangle at wall 10, 30. Despite portion K2 varying in section, the perimeter P2 equals perimeter P1 by virtue of the different slope of the panels.

[0033] Moreover, sectioning packet 1 in XZ planes crosswise to and along the Y axis defines on walls 7 and 27 and walls 8* and 28 of packet 1 a series of broken longitudinal edges B (only one shown by the dot-and-dash line) which are of constant length, regardless of the position of the XZ planes.

[0034] The above conditions—the constancy of perimeters P1 and P2 of any section of packet 1 in XY planes, and of the longitudinal edges B defined sectioning packet 1 in XZ planes—enables packet 1 to be overwrapped using normal known transparent sheets of overwrapping material (not shown) with no creasing or stretching of the sheets.

[0035] As shown clearly in FIGS. 1 and 4, collar 6 comprises a central panel 45 close to panels 12 a and 32 a; and two lateral panels 46 parallel to the XZ plane to form compartment V together with walls 10 and 30 and panels 12 p and 33 p of walls 8 and 28.

[0036] With reference to FIGS. 1 and 2, panel 33 p is adjacent to panel 12 p along the minor side 34 of the trapezium, and is hinged to panel 12 p along hinge C, which coincides with a central portion of side 34. That is, the length of hinge C is shorter than the width of wall 12 p and the length of side 34.

[0037] As shown in FIG. 3, packet 1 is formed from an elongated flat blank 51 extending along an axis A of symmetry. Blank 51 comprises a number of panels corresponding to the panels of packet 1, and which are indicated in FIG. 3 using the same reference numbers, plus a (′), as for the corresponding panels of packet 1; and panels which in packet 1 adhere to panels of the same shape and size, and which are indicated in FIG. 3 using the same reference numbers as for the panels to which they adhere, plus the letter “i” to indicate they are not visible from outside packet 1.

[0038] Blank 51 comprises a flap 52, which is folded onto panel 32 a′; two tabs 53 for strengthening lid 5; and two tabs 54 for strengthening container 3. Panels 10, 12 a′, 12 p′, 13 a′, 13 p′, 16′, 16 i′, 17′, 17 i′, 21 a′, 21 p′, 22 a′, 22 p′, 36′, 36 i′, 37′, 37 i′, 41 a′, 41 p′, 42 a′, 42 p′, flap 52, and tabs 53 and 54 are separated by fold lines or slits described in detail below.

[0039] Blank 51 comprises nine preformed fold lines 55, 63 perpendicular to axis A; and four preformed fold lines 64, 65, 66, 67 parallel to axis A and extending along a first portion at panel 32 a′, a second portion at panel 12 p′, and a third portion at panel 12 a′. Each tab 53 is separated from the adjacent panel 37′ by a slit 68 aligned with line 57, and from panel 30′ by a slit 69 parallel to axis A. Similarly, each tab 54 is separated from the adjacent panel 17′ by a slit 70 aligned with line 62, and from panel 10 by a slit 71 parallel to axis A.

[0040] Each panel 42 a′ is triangular, and is separated from panel 41 a′ by line 56, and from panels 37′ and 33 a′ by respective preformed fold lines 72 and 73 sloping in opposite directions with respect to axis A. Each panel 42 p′ is triangular, and is separated from panel 41 p′ by line 59, and from panels 37 i′ and 33 p′ by respective preformed fold lines 74 and 75 sloping in opposite directions with respect to axis A. Each panel 22 p′ is triangular, and is separated from panel 21 p, by line 60, and from panels 17 i′ and 13 p′ by respective preformed fold lines 76 and 77 sloping in opposite directions with respect to axis A.

[0041] Each panel 22 a′ is triangular, and is separated from the adjacent panel 21 a′ by line 63, and from panels 17′ and 13 a′ by respective preformed fold lines 78 and 79 sloping in opposite directions with respect to axis A.

[0042] Blank 51 also comprises a further two slits 80 on opposite sides of axis A. Each slit 80 comprises an outer portion 81 sloping with respect to axis A and separating panel 16 i′ from panel 36 i′, and panel 21 p′ from panel 41 p′; and an inner portion 82 aligned with line 59 and separating panel 12 p′ partly from panel 33 p′. The portion of line 59 between portions 82 coincides with hinge C. Each slit 80 is not continuous, blank 51 comprising bridges 83 between panel 16 i′ and panel 36 i′, between panel 21 p′ and panel 41 p′, and between panel 12 p′ and panel 33 p′. Bridges 83 prevent blank 51, on account of the relatively deep slits 80, from being deformed when forming packet 1, and are torn when packet 1 is unsealed.

Referenced by
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WO2006000285A1 *May 27, 2005Jan 5, 2006Henkel KgaaPowder-tight packaging
Classifications
U.S. Classification206/273
International ClassificationA24F15/12, B65D5/02, B65D85/10, B65D5/66
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/6685, B65D85/1045, B65D5/029
European ClassificationB65D5/66E, B65D5/02K, B65D85/10G4
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Oct 20, 2003ASAssignment
Owner name: G.D SOCIETA PER AZIONI, ITALY
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:COLO , CHIARA;DRAGHETTI, FIORENZO;REEL/FRAME:014603/0369
Effective date: 20030930