US 2004878 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
June 11, 1935. s, MacNAUGHT 2,004,878
CONTAINER Filed Aug. 17, 1952 fiwezi/foiz MaZcaZmS.MvwNaug i ,uifiys Patented June 11, 1935 CONTAINER Malcolm S. MacNaught, Yonkers, N. Y., assignmto Hixon Electric 00., Boston,
porationv of Massachusetts Mass., a cor- Application August 17, 1932, Serial No. 629,134
' '3 Claims. (01. 229 87) This invention relates generally to protective means for mechanical and electrical hardware and equipment, and especially such equipment of building hardwareand electrical installations of various kinds as is intended for'use'and assembly with other elements, and my invention is intended as'a protection and means for displayfor such materialflfrom thetime of ,manufacture at the factory; tothecompletionof the work on which it i eu i In the drawing ofjone embodiment of my invention selected. for"v description and illustration herein:- Y J Q Figure ,1 is a development of the blank from which, by folding, a typical protective container or wrapper ismade; i 1 Fig. 2 is'a perspective ofsuch a wrapper or containerfolded, withthearticle therein;..
Fig. 3 is a perspective'of a portion'of' anielectric switch block, for illustrative purposesionly, for a portion of which my novel container provides a protective covering; 1
Fig. 4, a development of "the blank for protecting, by suitable folding, such member;
Fig. 5, a perspective of the folded protector or container therefor; and
Fig. 6, a perspective of a folded container for a conventional duplex receptacle plate.
Fig. 7, a perspective detail of a portion of the folded container, with the switch handle I8 projected through the slot I6 in the container, and the hood 28 thereover.
Referring first to Fig. 1, my novel, illustrative protective and display container, of regenerated cellulose sheeting, paper or other suitable and preferably transparent material, is shown as embodied in a blank for the reception of a wall switch plate for an electric switch, and comprising a bottom panel I with laterally extended wings 2, 3 thereon, creased or indented if desired at 4 for folding along lines preferably corresponding to the edges of the plate to be received therein.
The bottom panel I is scored or perforated along the line 5, so, that the section outlined thereby may be raised at one end from the bottom panel, folded back upon itself on line 6, caused to adhere along its edges to the remaining portion of the scored section by means of an adhesive strip I, and thus form a pocket 8 forreceiving screws 9, Fig. 2, to be used to secure the switch plate to the wall. This pocket will remain attached to the bottom panel I, at the opposite panel end, as shown in Fig. 2, and may be detached at will along a serrated line, for instance, at 99, Fig. 1. On its 'ends, the blank I is also provided with wings or 'as is alsothe' wing' 2. 3
tabs I0, II, each Provided preferably with suitable adhesive areas, as
in the form of strips I2,
This wing 2, in this case,is also provided with apertures I3 -"I 4 toregister", respectively, with the apertures I5; I'B in the- 'switch plate II, Fig. 2, to bef'enclosed-intlfecontainer, the apertures I5 to receive the-screws Bfor-Securing-the piste to the wall and the "latter aperture to receive the' turnbler or switch handle I8 (Fig. 3), if any. If the plate has'no aperture, and is perfectly plain, no aperture I6 is needed. If the plate, as a receptacle plate I9, Fig. 6, of the duplex type is to-be wrapped, the end'wing's I0,I I are "made long enough to cover them when infolded. At any suitable'point on theiedge oftheblank, it may be also provided with I, a suitable complementary pocket-forming blank 20" for the switch-post or tumbler, to be described, In use, the conventionalfswitch plate IT, for instance, when ma'de at the factory, Fig.2, is laid fla u nwebq mmeael h bb n with-its edges' registering" with the line-4. The wing 3 is first laid over and upon the top of the plate, the wing 2 is then laid over and upon the wing3, and the wings III, II are afterwards laid over upon the wings 2, 3 and each of the wings caused to adhere to the member below it by a suitable adhesive strip or area I2, see Fig. 2.
The plate I1 is then turned over, the pocket 8 for the screws formed as described, with the screws placed therein, leaving a portion of the back of the container open to receive, for instance, the switch tumbler I8 when installed.
The conventional switch block 2| frequently used with the plate I! is shown in Fig. 3. To cover and protect the tumbler I8 in the same manner that the plate is protected as described, the wing blank 20 is removed from the blank I along the scored line 20I, giving the auxiliary blank shown in Fig. 4.
The wings 22 of the blank 20, Fig. 5, are then folded, Fig. 4, downwardly along scored lines 23, the wings 24 are folded on the scored lines 25 and the auxiliary wings 26 along the lines 21, forming a post or tumbler-shaped container or hood 28, which can be slipped over and. upon the tumbler I8.
In this manner, the plate I1 and tumbler I8 are packed at the factory and protected while M vii PATENT OFFICE When the parts are received at the place of construction, where they are to be used, they are likewise protected and examinable until wanted.
When the walls of the building, for instance,
, are up so that the plates and switch boxes with plate is put into position with the tumbler I 8 extended through the slot l6, but protected by its hood. 7 The ends of the flaps H), H, may then be gummed to the member I by means of the short gummed strips l2- to protect the screw heads.
The assembled unit is in this manner all in stalled at once, and no second .or third visit from r the electrician or other craftsman is required.
The unit is protected from paint, grease,-dirt and damage until' the work is complete. When the proper time comes, the front of the container is removed by simply raising the flaps 2, 3, III, I I, breaking their gummed seals, and tearing them oil along the lines of the plate edges, leaving the portionsof the back panel I in positionbeneath the plate, which is left fullyexposed, clean and undamaged. The hood-like container 20 for the tumbler is removed by pulling the latter from the tumbler. I c Fig. 6 shows in perspectivea modified form of container adapted for duplex receptacle plates, with openings 29 therefor.
In this manner, door strike plates, escutcheon plates and the like, for any use, as well as other similar articles, may be fully protected from damage, in stockrooms, and packing cases, in transit and. after installation, until it is desired to use them.
inventionisnot restricted to :the precise embodiment thereof herein shown and described. Iclaim: I 1. A container of transparent material for an electric fixture having a base panel, end and side wings thereon one atleast of which has fixture mounting apertures therein, cooperatively foldable over and with. the base panel, a pocket for fixture-mounting. elements formed from and attached to the base panel, the end wings, while foldable, being adjustable to enable a fixturemounting element to be inserted through an aperture in one "end wing, the container having an open area in its base panel permitting installation of the fixture on the work and reception of a fixture-cooperating element while still in the container and with the protection thereof.
2. A container-forming blank of transparent sheet material, comprising a base panel area, end and side adhesive wings cooperatively foldable thereon to cover the base, one of which wings has a plurality of apertures to receive mechanical locking elements for installing said J folded blank and its contents upon a support;
a scored adhesive-carrying area in the base panel severable sufilcientlyfrom the base and foldable on itself to adhere and form a pocket to receive temporarily said locking elements.
3. A container-forming blank of transparent sheet material comprisingv a base panel area havingend and side adhesive wings cooperatively foldable thereon to form the container, one winghaving a plurality of aperturesfor receiving mechanical locking elements to secure the. container and contents to a support and an apertureto receive apart of the contained article; a scored adhesive-carrying area in the base "area severable sufficiently from the base and foldable on itself to be secured along'a plurality of its edges to the scored area to form a closed pocket for said locking elements; and a supplementary separable wing on the blank, foldable to form a hood-like cover forsaid part of the contained article in one of the apertures and of a construction to project through the aperture when the article is assembled with the container.
V MALCOLM S. MACNAUGHT.