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Publication numberUS20060013513 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/184,048
Publication dateJan 19, 2006
Filing dateJul 18, 2005
Priority dateJul 17, 2004
Also published asDE102004034755A1, DE102004034755B4, DE502005001461D1, EP1616807A1, EP1616807B1
Publication number11184048, 184048, US 2006/0013513 A1, US 2006/013513 A1, US 20060013513 A1, US 20060013513A1, US 2006013513 A1, US 2006013513A1, US-A1-20060013513, US-A1-2006013513, US2006/0013513A1, US2006/013513A1, US20060013513 A1, US20060013513A1, US2006013513 A1, US2006013513A1
InventorsArmin Meyer
Original AssigneeLemo Maschinenbau Gmbh
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Handle bag
US 20060013513 A1
Abstract
A bag has front and back thermoplastic panels having upper and lower end edges and joined-together longitudinal edges. A C-shaped thermoplastic handle has a central part extending transversely parallel to one of the end edges of the front panel and a pair of end parts extending transversely inward toward each other from outer ends of the central part and bearing directly against a face of the front panel. Respective strong welds secure each of the end parts to the face of the front panel at a spacing from the outer end of the respective central part.
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1. A bag comprising:
front and back thermoplastic panels having upper and lower end edges and joined-together longitudinal edges;
a C-shaped thermoplastic handle having a central part extending transversely parallel to one of the end edges of the front panel and a pair of end parts extending transversely inward toward each other from outer ends of the central part and bearing directly against a face of the front panel; and
respective strong welds securing each of the end parts to the face of the front panel at a spacing from the respective outer end of the central part.
2. The bag defined in claim 1 wherein the front panel has an end flap extending from the one end edge, the handle being secured by the welds to the end flap.
3. The bag defined in claim 2 wherein the end flap lies flat against an inner face of the front panel.
4. The bag defined in claim 3 wherein both panels have such an end flap and one such handle is secured to each of the end flaps.
5. The bag defined in claim 2 wherein the end flap has an outer edge secured via another such end flap to an end edge of the back panel.
6. The bag defined in claim 5 wherein one such handle is secured to each end flap.
7. The bag defined in claim 1 wherein the back panel is longer than the front panel and has an extension flap projecting past an end edge of the front panel, the extension flap being formed with a through going hole.
8. The bag defined in claim 7 wherein the extension flap is at an end of the bag opposite the one end edge.
9. The bag defined in claim 1 wherein the back wall has an extension flap extending up and folded over the one end edge and formed with a slot through which the handle can extend.
10. The bag defined in claim 1, further comprising
a floor panel bridging the end edges of the panels opposite the one end edge.
11. The bag defined in claim 1 wherein the handle is provided with a bond-inhibiting layer between the location and the central part.
12. The bag defined in claim 1, further comprising
at least one weak bond between the handle and the face.
13. The bag defined in claim 12 wherein the weak bond is an adhesive joint.
14. The bag defined in claim 1 wherein the welds unitarily bond the handle end parts to the front panel.
15. A method of making a bag comprising the steps of:
forming a C-shaped handle with a straight center part and with a pair of end parts extending toward each other from ends of the center part;
providing between locations on the end parts offset from the center-part ends and the center part a bond-inhibiting layer;
positioning the handle against a face of a bag panel; and
unitarily welding the end parts at the locations to the bag-panel face.
16. The bag-making method defined in claim 15 wherein the end parts are unitarily welded with heat.
17. The bag-making method defined in claim 15, further comprising the step of
weakly bonding the handle to the face offset from the locations.
18. The bag-making method defined in claim 15 wherein the bag panel has a floor-panel extension joined to another floor-panel extension of another bag panel, the handle being unitarily bonded to one of the floor-panel extensions.
Description
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a bag. More particularly this invention concerns a bag with handle loops and a method of making the bag.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

A standard handle bag has a body formed by front and back panels joined together at longitudinal edges and having end edges bridging the longitudinal edges. The end edges at one end of the body are joined together either directly or via a floor panel, the end edges at the opposite end are not joined to form a bag mouth, and the longitudinal edges may also be joined directly or via edge panels. Handles comprised of a normally flexible material normally have ends secured to the front and back panels at the bag mouth.

In German 69 430 188 of Vereinigte Papierwarenfabriken GmbH the handles are each formed as annularly continuous loops comprised of two straight and parallel main parts having ends joined by a V-shaped end part. One of the main parts is adhered to the face of the respective panel so that, when the other main part is pulled out, the V-shaped end parts straighten out and form an opening through which a user's fingers can be inserted. Such a construction is relatively complex, requiring that the handle structure be fairly bulky and that it be separately formed and bonded together to give it the desired annular shape.

In German 2,012,084 of Bosse, a straight tape is folded into a C-shape, with two end parts and a center part all lying in a common plane. The ends of the end parts are fixed to the bag with the center part extending out of the bag. With this structure the projecting center part makes automated filling of the bag difficult or impossible, and also complicates storing and shipping of the bags.

The system of U.S. Pat. No. 2,838,224 of Steen has handles that are basically formed as flattenable tapes having a center part with a central fold and a pair of end parts each in turn having an end extension. The center part and the end parts are folded flat together with the end extensions sticking out to the side, and the end extensions are adhered to the panel face under a retaining tab. Such a construction is again fairly complex to manufacture, requiring folding of the handle part into a complex shape and then securing it in place with another part.

In U.S. Pat. No. 3,384,293 of Welles a simple C-shaped wire having a generally straight central part from whose ends a pair of end parts project toward each other is poked through the panel like a staple, with the end parts engaged with the panel. This arrangement is not very strong, as the handle can easily be ripped out of the bag.

OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION

It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide an improved handle bag.

Another object is the provision of such an improved handle bag that overcomes the above-given disadvantages, in particular that is inexpensive and easy to manufacture, that is of simple construction, whose handle is completely out of the way prior to actual use, and that is quite strong.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A bag has according to the invention front and back thermoplastic panels having upper and lower end edges and joined-together longitudinal edges. A C-shaped thermoplastic handle has a central part extending transversely parallel to one of the end edges of the front panel and a pair of end parts extending transversely inward toward each other from outer ends of the central part and bearing directly against a face of the front panel. Respective strong welds secure each of the end parts to the face of the front panel at a spacing from the respective outer end of the central part.

Such a construction is extremely simple. The handle lies completely within the contours of the bag prior to deployment, yet can easily be extended for carrying the bag. Simple unitary welds secure the handle to the bag, so the resultant structure is fairly strong.

According to the invention the front panel has an end flap extending from the one end edge. The handle is secured by the welds to the end flap. Thus this end edge of the bag is reinforced. In one system the end flap lies flat against an inner face of the front panel. One such handle can be secured to each of the end flaps. In another system the end flap has an outer edge secured via another such end flap to an end edge of the back panel. Thus the two end flaps can form a bag bottom or floor. Once again, one such handle can be secured to each end flap.

In another bag in accordance with the invention the back panel is longer than the front panel and has an extension flap projecting past the end edge of one of the panels. The extension flap is formed with a throughgoing hole. This makes storing the bags on a peg prior to use fairly easy and quite convenient, as they remain neat before being dispensed, as on a checkout line. In addition even when full the bag can be hung from the hole for display. This extension flap can be at an end of the bag opposite the one end edge. Thus the handle is directed downward so it can be used to pull the bag of the peg.

The back wall of the bag can have an extension flap extending up and folded over the one end edge and formed with a slot through which the handle can extend. This protects the contents of the bag.

In addition the bag can have a floor panel bridging the end edges of the panels opposite the one end edge.

In a particularly advantageous embodiment, the handle is provided with a bond-inhibiting layer between the location and the central part. This prevents the end parts of the handle from being welded to the center part when the handle is welded in place.

Furthermore according to the invention there is at least one weak bond between the handle and the face. This weak bond can be an adhesive joint. It serves to hold the handle in place prior to use. Thus there is no problem of the handles getting snagged before they are actually needed.

A bag according to the invention is made by first forming a C-shaped handle with a straight center part and with a pair of end parts extending toward each other from ends of the center part. A bond-inhibiting layer is provided between locations on the end parts offset from the center-part ends and the center part and the handle is positioned against a face of a bag panel. Then the end parts are unitarily welded in place at the locations to the bag-panel face. As described above, the handle can be bonded weakly to the face offset from the locations.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

The above and other objects, features, and advantages will become more readily apparent from the following description, it being understood that any feature described with reference to one embodiment of the invention can be used where possible with any other embodiment and that reference numerals or letters not specifically mentioned with reference to one figure but identical to those of another refer to structure that is functionally if not structurally identical. In the accompanying drawing:

FIG. 1 is a partly schematic perspective view of a handle bag according to the invention;

FIG. 2 is a section taken along line II-II of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is an end view taken in the direction of arrow III of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a partly schematic perspective view of another handle bag in accordance with the invention;

FIG. 5 is a view of the upper end of the bag of FIG. 4 with the handles extended;

FIG. 6 is a view like FIG. 6 of yet another bag according to the invention;

FIG. 7 is a view like FIG. 4 of the FIG. 6 bag with the handles extended; and

FIGS. 8 a and 8 b are schematic views illustrating manufacture of the bag in accordance with the invention.

SPECIFIC DESCRIPTION

As seen in FIGS. 1 to 3, a bag 1 according to the invention has rectangular front and back side panels or walls 2 and 3, the back panel 3 being somewhat longer than the front panel. The two panels 2 and 3 are joined together by a floor panel 4 comprised of two rectangular flaps 5 and 6, the former joined to the front panel 2 and the latter to the rear panel 3. These flaps 5 and 6 are, in effect extensions of the front and back panels 2 and 3 that are folded over, although it is within the scope of the invention for the floor 4 to be a separate piece. The front and back side panels 2 and 3 are joined together at longitudinal edge seams 10 and 11 (shown open in FIG. 1) either directly or via integral or separate edge strips. One end of the bag 1 is forms an open mouth 9 and the projecting end of the longer panel 3 is formed at a lower end of the bag opposite the mouth 9 with a pair or transversely spaced throughgoing holes 12 and 13 that are mainly employed as described below prior to filling of the bag 1. This is a single-use bag adapted, for example, for holding diapers and intended to be torn open for access to the diapers, and to be hung up by the holes 12 and 13 for display.

According to the invention a pair of C-shaped handles 7 and 8 are bonded to the confronting faces of the flaps 5 and 6 of the floor panel 4. Each such handle 7 and 8 is comprised of a straight center part of a length L and two short end parts of a length 1 equal to between L/3 and L/4 that are folded back against the center part. The inner ends of the end parts are secured at strong bonds 14 and 15 to the faces of the respective flaps 5 and 6. These bonds 14 and 15 are typically welds, the handles 7 and 8 and the panels 2 and 3 being of a durable thermoplastic. The bonds 14 and 15 are transversely spaced by a distance Ls equal to about two thirds of the length L. The confronting faces of the end parts and center part of the handles 7 and 8 are provided at the locations of the bonds 14 and 15 with a lacquer coating 16 and 17 that prevents the center part from bonding with the end parts when the welds 14 and 16 are formed, typically by ultrasonic heating. The outer faces of the handles 7 and 8 are uncoated.

Furthermore according to the invention the handles 7 and 8 are each joined at three weak spot welds or bonds 18 and 19 to the respective faces of the flaps 5 and 6. One of these bonds 18 and 19 is at the center and the other two at the outer ends of the respective handles 7 and 8. They serve to hold the handles 7 and 8 flat and in place against the respective flaps 5 and 6 until they are needed, at which time they are broken as the handles 7 and 8 are pulled out, remaining only attached at the bonds 14 and 15. These weak bond spots 18 and 19 also serve to hold the handles 7 and 8 in place prior to fixing at the bonds 14 and 15.

According to the invention the spacing Ls of the bonds 14 and 15 is such relative to the length L of the central part of each handle 7 and 8 that, when pulled free, there is a loop with an overall length equal to L+2(L−LS). Thus even though the handles 7 and 8 are completely neatly stowed within the outlines of the bag prior to use, when deployed they are quite large, making it possible to put one's entire arm or even shoulder through them.

FIGS. 4 and 5 show a bag 20 having handles 21 and 22 secured to flaps 26 and 27 extending inward from end edges of panels 23 and 24 at a fill opening 25. The handles 21 and 22 are secured in place prior to deployment by weak adhesive bonds 28 and also by strong welds 31 and 32. In addition the bag has a floor panel 29 formed of two flaps that are actually extension of the panels 23 and 24. Thus the handles 21 and 22 can be pulled out of the mouth 25 to allow the bag 20 to be carried. When the handles 21 and 22 are pulled out, they will pull in the extension flaps 26 and 27 to, in effect, close the mouth 25.

FIGS. 6 and 7 show a bag 33 where there are rear and front flaps 35 and 36, and where the rear flap 35 has an extension flap 34 that is long enough to fold down over the front flap 36. Only the front panel 36 is provided on its inner face with a short extension flap 309 t which is secured the C-shaped handle 38 as described above. FIG. 7 shows how this handle 38 can be pulled out through a slot 37 in the flap 34 so that the bag 33 is closed with its contents protected, and its contents are protected.

As shown in FIG. 8 a, a bag according to the invention is made by unrolling a sheet 41 in a direction D from a supply roll 40. C-shaped handles 43 having bond-inhibiting layers 16 and 17 (not shown) are secured by the weak glue spots 18 and 29 to the face of the sheet 41 which is then folded over as shown in FIG. 8 b along a fold line 42. Then heat is applied, e.g. ultrasonically, to the two weld locations 14 and 15 to bond the handles 43 in place, and sheet 41 is bonded together at the overlapping edges 44 and cut apart at lines 45. Instead of folding together a single sheet 41, it would be possible to bond two separate sheets together.

Classifications
U.S. Classification383/25, 383/27, 383/6
International ClassificationB65D33/10, B65D33/06, B31B19/86
Cooperative ClassificationB65D33/105, B31B2219/9077
European ClassificationB65D33/10B
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Aug 23, 2005ASAssignment
Owner name: LEMO MASCHINENBAU GMBH, GERMANY
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:MEYER, ARMIN;REEL/FRAME:016921/0068
Effective date: 20050816