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Publication numberUS20040114837 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/474,998
PCT numberPCT/JP2002/003911
Publication dateJun 17, 2004
Filing dateApr 19, 2002
Priority dateApr 20, 2001
Also published asCN1458897A, WO2002085727A1
Publication number10474998, 474998, PCT/2002/3911, PCT/JP/2/003911, PCT/JP/2/03911, PCT/JP/2002/003911, PCT/JP/2002/03911, PCT/JP2/003911, PCT/JP2/03911, PCT/JP2002/003911, PCT/JP2002/03911, PCT/JP2002003911, PCT/JP200203911, PCT/JP2003911, PCT/JP203911, US 2004/0114837 A1, US 2004/114837 A1, US 20040114837 A1, US 20040114837A1, US 2004114837 A1, US 2004114837A1, US-A1-20040114837, US-A1-2004114837, US2004/0114837A1, US2004/114837A1, US20040114837 A1, US20040114837A1, US2004114837 A1, US2004114837A1
InventorsYoshihiro Koyanagi
Original AssigneeYoshihiro Koyanagi
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Evacuable bag
US 20040114837 A1
Abstract
An evacuable bag having a passage (4) for dearation formed in a bag body (1) having an opening (2) for inserting an article into the bag and composed of flexible non-breathable sheets (11, 12), wherein the passage comprises an opening (11 a) formed in the sheet (11) and a flexible cylindrical air passage communicating with the opening (11 a), the air passage serving to check air flow from outside the bag body (1) into thereinside, and a nozzle of a vacuum or the like or the like is inserted through through the opening (11 a) into the air passage, whereby the air is expelled out from inside the bag body (1). Since the bag body (1) and the passage (4) are flexible, the evacuable bag as a whole can be made flexible. Furthermore, the air passage (41) does not protrude out of the bag body (1), so the air passage (41) does not become an obstacle in use or storage. Since both aremade of flexible material, the bonded portions of the two will not separate even if an external force is applied thereto.
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1. An evacuable bag for packing bedding, clothing and food, which bag comprises a bag body (1) made of flexible non-breathable sheets (11), (12) and having a closable opening (2) for inserting an article to be contained, and a passage (4) for deaeration formed in the bag body (1),
characterized in that the passage (4) for deaeration includes an opening (11 a) formed on said sheet (11) and a flexible cylindrical air passage (41) mounted inside the bag body (1) so as to communicate with said opening (11 a),
wherein said air passage (41) checks air flow from outside to inside the bag body (1) and expels the air from inside to outside the bag body (1) by inserting a rod (5) such as a nozzle of a vacuum or the like through the opening (11 a) into the air passage (41).
2. The evacuable bag as defined in claim 1,
characterized in that at least a portion (43 j) of the air passage (41) around the opening (11 a) and a predetermined position (43 k) of the air passage (41) closer to the inside of the bag than the intermediate position (C) of the air passage (41)are fixed to the inner surface of the bag body (1).
3. The evacuable bag as defined in claim 2,
characterized in that the air passage (41) is a shut-off valve including a flap (42) thereinside, the flap (42) serving to check air flow from outside to inside the bag body (1).
4. The evacuable bag as defined in claim 1,
characterized in that the air passage (41) includes openings (43 c), (43 g) positioned at both ends thereof in one axial direction and along at least one of opposite sheets (43 a), (43 b), and closed members (43 e), (43 f) positioned at both ends thereof in the other axial direction perpendicular to said axial direction and along at least one of said sheets, thereby becoming a flat and substantially cylindrical passage in cross section,
a flap (42) being mounted on an air-passage-side surface (43 h) of one of said sheets (43 b) of the air passage (41) by being fixed from one of the closed members (43 e) to the other closed member (43 f) along the sheet (43 b), thereby comprising a first check valve and a second check valve;
the first check valve, part of said flap (42), serving to check air flow from one end of the air passage (41) to the other by contacting an air-passage-side surface (43 i) of the sheet (43 a), while the second check valve, likewise, serving to check the reverse air flow in the air passage (41),
a rod 5 being inserted into the air passage (41) so as to communicate the openings (43 c), (43 g) at both ends thereof each other, wherein the contact between the flap (42) and the sheet (43 a) is disengaged, thereby being an air-flowing state in the air passage (41), and
the air passage (41) returning to be a closed state after the rod is pulled out.
5. An evacuable bag for packing bedding, clothing and food, which bag comprises a bag body (1) made of flexible non-breathable sheets (11), (12) and having a closable opening (2) for inserting an article to be contained, and a passage (4) for deaeration formed in the bag body (1),
characterized in that the passage (4) for deaeration includes an opening (43 g) formed on the outer surface of the bag body (1) and a flexible cylindrical air passage (41)communicating with the opening (43 g),
the air passage (41) including openings (43 c), (43 g) positioned at both ends thereof in one axial direction and along at least one of opposite sheets (43 a), (43 b), and closed members (43 e), (43 f) positioned at both ends thereof in the other axial direction perpendicular to said axial direction and along at least one of said sheets, thereby becoming a flat and substantially cylindrical passage in cross section,
a flap (42) being mounted on an air-passage-side surface (43 h) of one of said sheets (43 b) of the air passage (41) by being fixed from one of the closed members (43 e) to the other closed member (43 f) along the sheet (43 b), thereby comprising a first check valve and a second check valve;
the first check valve, part of said flap (42), serving to check air flow from one end of the air passage (41) to the other by contacting an air-passage-side surface (43 i) of the sheet (43 a), while the second check valve, likewise, serving to check the reverse air flow in the air passage (41),
a rod 5 being inserted into the air passage (41) so as to communicate the openings (43 c), (43 g) at both ends thereof each other, wherein the contact between the flap (42) and the sheet (43 a) is disengaged, thereby being an air-flowing state in the air passage (41), and
the air passage (41) returning to be a closed state after the rod is pulled out.
Description
TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] The present invention relates to an evacuable bag for compactly packing clothing or bedding by compressing same or for keeping the food in the bag fresh.

BACKGROUND ART

[0002] Evacuable bags provided with an evacuable passage in its bag body of a flexible synthetic resin sheet for compactly packing clothing or bedding by compressing same or for keeping the food in the bag fresh have long been known in the art.

[0003] Now, a brief description will be made of the use of said evacuable bag. An article such as clothing is put in the bag before the bag is closed with a fastener disposed on an opening through which the article is inserted into the bag. Then, a nozzle of a vacuum or the like is attached to a shut-off valve of the bag so as to suck out the air in the bag and expel it out of the bag through the shut-off valve. This shut-off valve functions to prevent air from reentering the bag. Thus, the bag can stay deaerated. In the meanwhile, the article such as clothing or bedding may become less in volume by releasing the air in itself and will be compactly packed in the bag.

[0004] As for food, compact packing can be done by expelling the air in the bag as mentioned above. Moreover, it may prevent the packed food from becoming bad by the air in the bag.

[0005] Various types of such shut-off valves exist. One type where a nozzle of a vacuum or the like is attached to the valve for sucking out air is generally made of synthetic resin of rigid substance. The shut-off valve is arranged such that it can be opened by the end of the nozzle being pressed thereon so as to suck out the air flow and can be closed by detaching the nozzle therefrom.

[0006] Though said shut-off valve may ensure closure, a disadvantage relating to this type comes from its rigid nature. The valve portion itself can be a nuisance while the evacuable bag remains unused and folded. Or the bonded portion between the rigid shut-off valve and the flexible synthetic resin sheet of the bag body can be easily breakable. Furthermore, even after the packing and deaerating process, the shut-off valve partly juts. The jutting part can become an obstacle when the evacuable bags pile up. Or if the shut-off valve receives a shock or hit, it might open and allow air enter the bag.

[0007] Another type of the shut-off valve has a flat cylindrical body of flexible synthetic resin film, wherein an opening is formed. Thereinside includes a fastener and a bent passage. Then, the valve portion is provided outside the evacuable bag. In the case, since the shut-off valve also protrudes from the evacuable bag, it can get hooked and result in separating from the body.

[0008] The present invention is, on the contrary, provides an evacuable bag that maintains its compactness before or after use, avoiding separation of an air passage for deaeration and the bag body, staying deaerated.

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

[0009] To overcome the above-noted problems, a first aspect of the present invention provides an evacuable bag for packing bedding, clothing and food, which bag comprises a bag body 1 made of flexible non-breathable sheets 11, 12 and having a closable opening 2 for inserting an article to be contained, and a passage 4 for deaeration formed in the bag body 1. The passage 4 for deaeration includes an opening 11 a formed on the non-breathable sheet 11, and a flexible cylindrical air passage 41 mounted inside the bag body 1 so as to communicate with the opening 11 a. The air passage checks air flow from outside to inside the bag body 1 and expels the air from inside to outside the bag body 1 by inserting a rod 5 such as a nozzle of a vacuum or the like through the opening 11 a into the air passage 41. In the evacuable bag in accordance with the first embodiment, since the flexible cylindrical air passage 41 is incorporated in the flexible bag body 1, the evacuable bag as a whole can be made flexible. In addition, the air passage 41 does not protrude from the bag body 1 and not become an obstacle when the bag is in use or contains an article. Moreover, provision of a flexible material for both bag body 1 and the air passage 41 may prevent the two members from separating each other in spite of an external force.

[0010] A second aspect of the present invention provides the evacuable bag as described above, wherein at least a portion 43 j of the air passage 41 around the opening 11 a and a predetermined position 43 k closer to the inside of the bag than the intermediate position C of the air passage 41 are fixed to the inner surface of the bag body 1.

[0011] In this embodiment, when a rod 5 such as a nozzle of a vacuum or the like, which has been inserted through the opening 11 a into the air passage 41 is pulled out, the air passage 41 can avoid being taken out of the bag together with the rod.

[0012] A third aspect of the present invention provides the evacuable bag in accordance with the second embodiment, wherein the air passage 41 is a shut-off valve including a flap 42 thereinside. The flap serves to check air flow from outside to inside the bag body 1.

[0013] Provision of the flap 42 can surely check air incoming flow from the outside into the bag body 1.

[0014] A fourth aspect of the present invention provides the evacuable bag in accordance with the first embodiment, wherein the air passage 41 has a flat and substantially cylindrical shape in cross section. The air passage includes openings 43 c, 43 g formed at both ends thereof in one axial direction and along at least one of opposite sheets 43 a, 43 b, and closed members 43 e, 43 f formed at both ends thereof in the other axial direction perpendicular to said axial direction and along at least one of said sheets. A flap 42 is mounted on an air-passage-side surface 43 h of the sheet 43 b inside the air passage 41 by being fixed from one of the closed member 43 e to the other closed member 43 f along the sheet 43 b, thereby comprising a first and second check valves. The first check valve, part of the flap 42, serves to check air flow from one end to the other end in the air passage 41 by contacting an air-passage-side surface 43 i of the sheet 43 a. The second check valve, likewise, serves to check the reverse air flow in the air passage 41. A rod 5 is inserted into the air passage 41 so as to communicate the openings 43 c, 43 g at both ends of the air passage 41 with each other. As a result, the contact between the flap 42 and the air-passage-side surface 43 i of the sheet 43 a is disengaged, thereby allowing air pass through the air passage 41. The air passage 41 returns to be the closed state after the rod 5 is pulled out.

[0015] This embodiment provides a shut-off valve which performs the dual function of deaeration and filling of the bag. And the mode of the shut-off valve can be easily switched between the air-flowing state and the closed state.

[0016] A fifth aspect of the present invention provides an evacuable bag for packing bedding, clothing and food, which bag comprises a bag body 1 made of flexible non-breathable sheets 11, 12, and a passage 4 for deaeration formed in the bag body 1. The passage 4 for deaeration includes an opening 43 g formed on the surface of the bag body 1, and a flexible cylindrical air passage 41 communicating with the opening 43 g. The air passage includes openings 43 c, 43 g formed at both ends thereof in one axial direction and along at least one of opposite sheets 43 a, 43 b, and closed members 43 e, 43 f formed at both ends thereof in the other axial direction perpendicular to said axial direction and along at least one of said sheets. As a result, the air passage 41 has a flat and substantially cylindrical shape in cross section. A flap 42 is mounted on an air passage side 43 h of the sheet 43 b inside the air passage 41 by being fixed from one of the closed member 43 e to the other closed member 43 f along the sheet 43 b, thereby comprising a first and second check valves. The first check valve, part of the flap 42, serves to check air flow from one end to the other end in the air passage 41 by contacting an air passage side 43 i of the sheet 43 a. The second check valve, likewise, serves to check the reverse air flow in the air passage 41. A rod 5 is inserted into the air passage 41 so as to communicate the openings 43 c, 43 g at both ends of the air passage 41 with each other. As a result, the contact between the flap 42 and the air-passage-side surface 43 i of the sheet 43 a is disengaged, thereby allowing air pass through the air passage 41. The air passage 41 returns to be the closed state after the rod 5 is pulled out.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0017]FIG. 1 is a plan view of an evacuable bag in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

[0018]FIG. 2(A) is a cross sectional view showing the state in which the fastener in accordance with the embodiment of the present invention is opened. FIG. 2(B) is a cross sectional view showing the state in which the fastener in accordance with the embodiment of the present invention is closed.

[0019]FIG. 3(A) is a plan view of a shut-off valve in accordance with the embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 3(B) is a cross sectional view of the shut-off valve as taken on the line A-A in FIG. 3(A).

[0020]FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view of the shut-off valve with its air passage left in an air-flowing state as taken on the line A-A of FIG. 3(A).

[0021]FIG. 5 is a plan view of an evacuable bag in accordance with the other embodiment of the present invention.

[0022]FIG. 6(A) is a plan view of a shut-off valve in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 6(B) is the shut-off valve in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention as taken on the line A-A of FIG. 6(A).

[0023]FIG. 7(A) is a plan view of the shut-off valve in accordance with a further embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 7(B) is a cross sectional view of the shut-off valve in accordance with the embodiment of the present invention as taken on the line A-A of FIG. 7(A).

[0024]FIG. 8(A) is a plan view of a shut-off valve in accordance with a further embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 8(B) is a cross sectional view of the shut-off valve in accordance with the embodiment of the present invention as taken on the line A-A of FIG. 8(A).

[0025]FIG. 9(A) is a plan view of an evacuable bag in accordance with a further embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 9(B) is a partially enlarged view of the air passage in an air-flowing position as taken on the line B-B of FIG. 9(A). FIG. 9(C) is a partially enlarged view of the air passage in a closed position as taken on the line B-B of FIG. 9(A).

[0026]FIG. 10 is a partially enlarged cross sectional view showing one example of a valve of the evacuable bag in accordance with a further embodiment of the present invention.

BEST MODE OF CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

[0027] Now, an evacuable bag in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention will be explained by way of example. In the following description of an evacuable bag 1, a direction where an opening 2 for inserting an article into the bag is disposed is referred as “upper” or “top”, and the opposite direction is referred as “lower” or “bottom”.

[0028]FIG. 1 is a plan view of the evacuable bag 1 of one embodiment. Said evacuable bag 1 formed by a bag which is rectangle as viewed from the above, is made of at least two pieces of non-breatheable sheets 11, 12 of, e.g., resin. On a top short end 13 thereof is formed an opening 2 for inserting an article into the bag, and a bottom short end 14 and lateral ends 15, 16 are closed.

[0029] On the sheet 11 referred as front is provided a shut-off valve 4 for deaeration of the air inside the bag. The sheets 11, 12 may have lettering such as an article name, instructions for use, or patterns printed thereon, and may be treated with antibacterial or deodorization elements. The size of the evacuable bag 1 may depend on the article to be contained. The shut-off valve 4 is not limited to where to be placed on the evacuable bag 1.

[0030] Next, the use of the evacuable bag 1 will be described. First, a fastener 3 disposed on the opening 2 is opened. Then, an article such as clothing is put in the evacuable bag 1 through the opening 2, and the fastener 3 is closed. Then, the evacuable bag 1 is manually rolled up or is applied to a vacuum with its nozzle inserted into an opening 43 g of the shut-off valve 4 for deaeration, thereby expelling the air inside the evacuable bag 1 via the shut-off valve 4, achieving deaeration in the evacuable bag 1.

[0031] In this example, the fastener 3 which serves as closing means for the opening 2 is of a meshing-type fastener. A convex portion 31 is formed on one of the inner side of the sheet, while a concave portion 32 is formed on the opposite side thereof, as shown in FIG. 2(A).

[0032] The convex portion 31 and the concave portion 32 are provided with engaging elements 33, 34 respectively. The concave portion 32 is formed with a raised portion 36 for hermetic sealing, while the convex portion 31 includes a recessed section 37 for the same purpose. Two raised segments 31 a, 31 a are formed in the convex portion 31 so as to lie opposite to each other across the interposed recessed portion 37 therebetween. Two recessed portions 32 a, 32 a in the concave portion 32 are formed while the raised section 36 is interposed therebetween. A width t35 of an interval 35 at the recessed portion 32 a is made shorter than a width t33 of the engaging element 33. In fastening the fastener 3, the convex portion 31 and the concave portion 32 are pressed together. And the engaging elements 33 are forced to pass the interval 35 into the concave portion 32 to engage the engaging elements 34 thereof. FIG. 2(B) illustrates this engagement, where a space 38 between the engaging elements 33, 34 has little gap and air from the outside may not enter, so that the evacuable bag 1 can stay airtight while it is closed.

[0033] The fastener 3 is not limited its shape in FIGS. 2(A) and 2(B). Alternative shapes may be employed.

[0034] For easy fastening of the fastener 3, a slider made of resin may be mounted on the outside of the fastener 3.

[0035] As shown in FIG. 3, the shut-off valve 4 has a flap 42 mounted on the inner side of an air passage 41 of a flat and substantially cylindrical form in cross section.

[0036] The outer portion of the shut-off valve 4 in this embodiment includes two opposite rectangular sheets 43 a, 43 b. Only one of the short ends of the sheets 43 a, 43 b is left open so as to form an inner opening 43 c. The three remaining ends 43 d, 43 e, 43 f are bonded by, e.g. hot-pressing. Near the closed short end 43 d of the sheet 43 a is provided an outer opening 43 g, which is integrally bonded to the inner surface of the sheet 11 where an opening 11 a is also formed. Thus, the air passage 41 of a flat and substantially cylindrical form in cross section extends from the opening 11 a on the inner surface of the sheet 11 of the bag to the inner opening 43 c of the shut-off valve 4. The shape and configuration of the opening 11 a is not limited to this embodiment. For example, a pinching segment 11 b may be provided as shown in FIG. 6. Lifting the pinching segment 11 b helps spread the opening 11 a easily. Also, the opening 11 a of the evacuable bag 1 and the outer opening 43 g of the shut-off valve 4 have almost the same shape, but are not limited to this. The outer opening 43 g may be formed larger than the opening 11 a. The sheet 43 g corresponding to the opening 11 a may be omitted (not shown). Furthermore, the place where the pinching segment 11 b is provided is not limited to the opening 11 a of the evacuable bag 1. Near the outer opening 43 g of the shut-off valve 4 may be acceptable. Alternatives may be employed.

[0037] Between the sheets 43 a and 11, at least a peripheral portion 43 j of the outer opening 43 g (opening 11 a) and the right (close to the inside of the bag) of the air passage 41 from the intermediate line C, preferably the most right-hand end 43 k, should be bonded in order to prevent the air passage 41 from turning inside out, as shown in FIG. 3.

[0038] The air passage may be formed by directly bonding the sheet 43 b to the sheet 11 with omission of the sheet 43 a that will be bonded to the inner surface of the sheet 11.

[0039] In other configuration of the shut-off valve 4, both of the short ends of the sheets 43 a, 43 b are left open to form the inner and outer openings 43 c, 43 g, and the remaining circumference thereof are bonded by, e.g. hot-pressing, thereby providing an air passage 41 which is a flat and substantially cylindrical form in cross section and extends from the outer opening 43 g to the inner opening 43 c. As can be shown in FIG. 5, the shut-off valve 4 in this configuration is mounted around the circumference of the evacuable bag 1 in order for the inner opening 43 c to be placed in an inner position of the evacuable bag 1 and in order for the outer opening 43 g in an outer position of same.

[0040] The description of the shut-off valve of this embodiment will be resumed. On an air-passage-side surface 43 h of the sheet 43 b is provided a rectangular flap 42 extending from one of the closed members 43 e to the other closed member 43 f on the sheet 43 b. The flap 42 is a piece of sheet comprising a fixed member 42 a bonded to the sheet 43 b by, e.g., hot-pressing from the middle of one of the short ends of the flap 42 to the middle of the opposite short side, and movable portions 42 b, 42 c across the fixed member 42 a. The air passage 41 may be closed by a contact between an air-passage-side surface 43i of the sheet 43 where the flap is not disposed, and the movable portions 42 b, 42 c under the influence of air flow that is to pass through the air passage 41.

[0041] Of the portions 42 b, 42 c, the movable portion 42 b serves to check incoming air flow from the outside into the bag, while the other movable portion 42 c serves to check the air that is flowing from inside to outside of the bag. That is, both movable portions 42 b, 42 c work in tandem on the air flow in either direction in the air passage 41. This feature maintains the internal deaerated state of the bag and, conversely, maintains the air in the bag it has been filled.

[0042] Consequently, the evacuable bag 1 containing clothing or bedding can be filled with a bactericidal or sterilizing gas via the shut-off valve 4 before the dearation of the gas, wherein both of the treatment of the gas and the dearation can be done in a single evacuable bag without opening it.

[0043] In this embodiment, two flaps 42 are arranged parallel in two rows crossing the axis of the air passage 41 at right angles.

[0044] Also, the material of each of the sheets 43 a, 43 b and the flaps 42 is flexible synthetic resin film, so that the movable portions 42 b, 42 c can flexibly contact the air-passage-side surface 43 i of the sheet 43 a. Thus, the contact avoids a gap between the flaps 42 and the sheet 43 a to ensure that the bag will stay airtight.

[0045] Referring to the flap 42, its shape is not limited to that as set forth, and is made in alternative forms. For example, a pair of flaps, each having a movable portion on a single side of the fixed member 42 a, may be arranged opposite to or in series with each other. As for the number of the flap 42 in the air passage 41, a single piece or plural pieces positioned parallel may be acceptable.

[0046] As shown by FIG. 3(B), the air passage 41 is generally closed in both directions by the movable portions 42 b, 42 c formed at both sides of flap sheet across the fixed member 42 a. In order to allow air to pass through the air passage 41, a rod 5 is inserted through the space between the inner opening 43 c and the outer opening 43 g in the air passage 41 so as to communicate both openings 43 c, 43 g. The movable portions 42 b, 42 c will separate from the air-passage-side surface 43 i of the sheet 43 a, rendering the air passage 41 open to air. The air passage 41 returns to a closed state by pulling out the rod 5.

[0047] To be the most preferable embodiment regarding the rod 5, the rod should be embodied as a suction nozzle of a vacuum or a small-sized pump with a motor or fan. A hollow member like a straw would be enough for human deaeration. A solid member is also applicable.

[0048] A preferred embodiment of the above-mentioned air passage 41 and shut-off valve 4 will be summed up. Closing a pair of the ends of the opposite sheets 43 a, 43 b provides closed member 43 e, 43 f, forming an air passage 41 of a flat and substantially cylindrical form in cross section, wherein openings 43 c, 43 g are formed at both of the open portions thereof, while a flap 42 is provided thereinside. The flap 42 includes a fixed member 42 a attached to the sheet 43 b and a first and second movable portions 42 b, 42 c, which are provided across the fixed member 42 a therebetween. The first movable portion 42 b contacts the air passage side 43 i of the sheet 43 a, thereby checking air flow from one end to the other in the air passage 41. Likewise, the second movable portion 42 c contacts the air passage side 43 i of the sheet 43 a, thereby checking the reverse air flow in the air passage 41.

[0049] Furthermore, the sheet 43 a of the opposite sheets 43 a, 43 b for said shut-off valve may also serve as the sheet 11 comprising a sealable bag 1.

[0050] The shut-off valve 4 as mounted on the evacuable bag of the present invention is not limited to that as set forth. For example, as shown in FIG. 6, of the two flaps parallel to each other in the air passage 4, a flap 42X located on the side close to the outer opening 43 g has a movable portion 42 c only on the side close to the inner opening 43 c. A flap 42Y located on the side close to the inner opening 43 c has flap portions 42 b, 42 c, the former being on the side close to the outer opening 43 g and the latter on the side close to the inner opening 43 c.

[0051] In this embodiment, the length L1 of the movable portion 42 c in the flap 42X extending along the air passage measures 35 mm, the length L2 of the movable portion 42 b of the flap 42Y extending in the same direction being 3 mm, the length L3 of the movable portion 42 c being 16 mm. The width L4 of the air passage 41 is 30 mm.

[0052] With the flap 42Y close to the inner opening 43 c, the length L2 of the movable portion 42 b is made shorter then the length L3 of the movable portion 42 c. This is because the movable portion 42 b heading for the outer opening 43 g avoids overturning in the air passage 41 toward the direction which a rod 5 inserted at the outer opening 43 d is going through the air passage 41, wherein the flap 42 will not function well.

[0053] The dimensions as noted above are illustrated by way of example. Positions where the flap 42 is placed or dimensions are not limited to those. Alternatives may be employed.

[0054] By the way, as shown in FIG. 7, the two sheets 43 a, 43 b may form an air passage 41 of a flat and substantially cylindrical form in cross section, without provision of a flap 42. In this case, the contact of the opposite sheets 43 a, 43 b can prevent incoming air flow from outside of the bag. And the air in the bag can be expelled by inserting the above-described rod through the air passage 41.

[0055] Referring to the flap 42 mounted on the sheet 43 b in the air passage 41, as FIG. 8 shows, a configuration of the flap 42 that a fixed member 42 a and a movable portion 42 b extending only in the direction of the outer opening is also available for preventing-air flow from outside of the bag.

[0056] The shut-off valve 4 in accordance with the present invention may be mounted to an evacuable bag having had a different type of valve, and the two valves can be utilized in conjunction with each other. For example, one is used for deaeration by a vacuum, the other by manual compression. Both of the valves may be concurrently used, or one of which may be selectively used as needed. This particular usage may be applied to a large-sized evacuable bag for quick deaeration.

[0057]FIG. 9 shows one embodiment of an evacuable bag 1 provided with a different type of valve and a shut-off valve of the present invention. The hatching in the drawing shows the bonded portions of the sheets.

[0058] As seen in FIG. 9(A), the evacuable bag 1 has a shut-off valve 4, an evacuable valve 6 and an outlet 7, the last two being disposed near the bottom end 14.

[0059] The evacuable valve 6 is made of flap sheets 61, each of which is a strip of sheet when viewed from the above. The flap sheets 61, which are laid one to the other and interposed between the sheets 11,12 of the evacuable bag 1, extends between the ends 15, 16 of the bag. An air passage 62 is formed by a bonding process of the sheets 11, 12 and the flap sheets 61.

[0060] In the area where the air passage 62 is formed, the upper end of each flap sheet 61 is respectively fixed to the sheets 11, 12 in a lateral direction to be an upper fixed member 61 a of the evacuable valve. (The flap sheets 61 are not bonded with each other.) By bonding the flap sheet 61 in a longitudinal direction from the right and left of the bonded upper end 61 a, a fixed end portion 61 b of the evacuable valve is formed. The area where said three bonded members surround becomes the air passage 62. Except for said area supper end portion, the sheets 11, 12, 61 will be bonded together on the remaining upper end portion 61 c of the flap sheet 61, and the portion is completely closed. In this arrangement, the air will pass through only the air passage 62 in deaeration.

[0061] The outlet 7 leaves unbonded between the sheets 11, 12 on the bottom 14, so the air through the evacuable valve 6 flows out of the bag from here.

[0062] In an example as shown in FIG. 9(A), two evacuable valves 6 are provided in the right and left, and a single outlet 7 is formed in the center. The number of these portions is not limited to that as indicated.

[0063] FIGS. 9(B) and (C) show the vertical sections of the evacuable valve 6. When flowing in the outward direction D, the air inside the evacuable bag 1 pushes the flap sheets 61, spreading the air passage 62, thereby allowing the air to flow out. Contrary to this, when flowing in the inward direction E from outside the bag, the air flow stops at a dead-end portion 63 in the valve. This makes the flap sheets 61 contact together, resulting in closing the air passage 62 and not allowing air flow. Since this arrangement admits only one-way air flow, the evacuable bag 1 can stay in a deaerated state.

[0064] As for usage of the evacuable bag 1, after having been contained with an article such as clothing, the evacuable bag 1 is compressed by, e.g., hands to achieve deaeration at the outlet 7 via the evacuable valve 6. In addition to this, as need, effective deaeration can be also done by use a vacuum connected at the shut-off valve 4.

[0065] The structure of the valve as exemplified above is an example. The shut-off valve 4 may be mounted to an evacuable bag having a various valve structure like only one flap sheet 61 or a different shaped check valve.

[0066] The structure of the valve as exemplified above is an example. The shut-off valve 4 may be mounted to an evacuable bag having a various valve structure like only one flap sheet 61 or a different shaped check valve, or having a valve 8 in FIG. 10, the valve being provided with a flap 83 of the same structure shown in FIG. 8 thereinside, the structure having two valve sheets 81, 82 being formed into a flat and cylindrical shape between the sheets 11, 12 of the evacuable bag 1.

[0067] A first aspect of the present invention provides an evacuable bag, which bag maintains its compactness before or after use and avoids separation of an air passage for deaeration and the bag body, resulting in staying deaerated.

[0068] A second aspect of the present invention has another effect, besides the above effect, that when a rod such as a nozzle of a vacuum or the like which has been inserted at an opening into the air passage is pulled out, the air passage can avoid being taken out of the bag together with the rod.

[0069] A third aspect of the present invention has further effect, besides the above effects, that provision of the flap can surely check air flow from the outside into the bag body.

[0070] A fourth aspect of the present invention has an effect that both deaeration and filling of the bag can be done, and the mode of the valve can be easily switched between the air-flowing state and the closed state.

[0071] A fifth aspect of the present invention has an effect that an evacuable bag which maintains its compactness before or after use and has evacuable ability, can be provided, and both deration and filling of the bag can be done, and the mode of the valve can be easily switched between the air-flowing state and the closed state.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification383/103
International ClassificationB65D77/22, B65D33/01, B65D30/24, B65D85/16
Cooperative ClassificationB65D77/225, B65D31/14
European ClassificationB65D31/14, B65D77/22D
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