US 20060283925 A1
A packing made of cardboard or of cardboard laminate, for receiving ampoules (2), phials or other elongated objects, has a cuboid packing body (6) configured as a folding box. The packing body contains, for filling with the pack products (2), a planar lid (3), which can be swung out about a side edge (12) and which extends over an entire of the base area of the packing body and can be permanently sealed after the filling. For the removal of the objects (2), the packing body has a hinged lid (4), which is delimited by a predetermined tear line (18, 19), can be resealed after the initial opening, is cuboid in configuration, and which can be swung out about an articulated fold (11) disposed in the lid (3).
1. Packing made of cardboard or of cardboard laminate, for receiving pack products (2), especially ampoules, phials or other elongated objects having a longitudinal axis (A), comprising a cuboid packing body (6), in particular a folding box, the packing body having, for filling with the pack products (2), a planar lid (3), which can be swung out about a side edge (12) and which extends over an entire of the base area of the packing body and can be permanently sealed after the filling, characterized in that, for the removal of the pack products (2), the packing body has a hinged lid (4), which is delimited by a predetermined tear line (18, 19), can be resealed after the initial opening, is prismatic in configuration and, in particular, is cuboid in configuration, and which can be swung out about an articulated fold (11) disposed in the lid (3).
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The invention relates to a packing according to the preamble to claim 1 and to a method for producing and filling the packing.
Numerous packings are already in use. Known packings are, for example, cuboid folding boxes, which have a swing-out, planar lid. In the case of such boxes, practice has shown that the handling thereof for specific pack products can be difficult. This applies, in particular, to the handling of elongated objects, such as, for example, phials or ampoules for, in particular, pharmaceutical products on an automated packaging line. A particularly negative consequence is that the pack products must both be filled, and also removed again, upon subsequent use, from the same side.
An object of the present invention is therefore to avoid the drawbacks of the prior art, in particular to provide a packing and a method of the type stated in the introduction which is distinguished by improved handling. The packing should, in particular, allow a rational filling and, at the same time, a user-friendly removal of pack products from the packing, combined with good reclosability. In this context, it should be suitable, in particular, for receiving elongated objects. In addition, the packing should be able to be easily produced and the production should require as few working steps as possible.
This object is achieved with a packing which exhibits the features defined in claim 1. The thus configured packing is distinguished by two closable openings, one serving for the filling and the other for the removal of pack products. Thus, elongated objects with a longitudinal axis, for example ampoules, phials, pens or disposable syringes, can be easily deposited in axis-parallel arrangement onto a base portion of the packing body in horizontal position. The hinged lid, for its part, ensures that the elongated objects can be extracted from the packing body by a user in an approximately axial direction. In the removal position, i.e. with the hinged lid swung out, the folding box has a pocket-shaped receptacle connected to the hinged lid. In the closed position, i.e. with the hinged lid swung in or closed, the hinged lid and the pocket-shaped receptacle form the cuboid packing body. In order to allow easy extraction of the objects from the receptacle, at least the ends of the elongated objects should protrude from the receptacle. Hinged lids of this type are known, for example, from conventional cigarette boxes, and are in common use (see, for example, U.S. Pat. No. 5,137,148). A prismatic hinged lid can have an end wall, and a rear wall which preferably adjoins the end wall approximately at a right angle, a front wall and two side walls, the rear wall of the hinged lid forming a part of the lid.
Such a packing is particularly user-friendly if the hinged lid can be swung out by at least 90°, preferably by at least 180°.
In the packing body there may be disposed a packing insert for receiving the pack products and for supporting and securing the hinged lid in the closed position, the packing body being at least partially exposable by opening of the hinged lid. The packing is distinguished by a sufficiently high stability. The packing insert additionally ensures that it is difficult to open the hinged lid by accident.
The packing insert can be a corrugated part, the wave troughs of which open towards the lid. The wave troughs here serve for the horizontal reception of elongated objects. The wave troughs can be made approximately rectangular, trapezoidal or sinusoidal in cross section, according to the shaping of the object. The wave troughs are separated from one another by supporting elements. These supporting elements can form hollow bodies of triangular or prismatic cross section. An advantageous filling with pack products is thus possible. A corrugated part of this kind can easily be formed from a single blank.
It is particularly advantageous if the packing insert is glued in the packing body. The gluing is preferably realized in the region of the contact surface between the base portion of the packing body and the packing insert. This embodiment is distinguished by a particularly high stability.
The packing insert can have, in the closed position, at least one supporting wall portion extending parallel to the lid, which supporting wall portion can be exposed by the hinged lid. The stability of the folding box can thereby be increased once again.
The packing insert can have a tuck-in arrangement, by means of which the hinged lid can be mechanically reclosed. For this purpose, a lug can be disposed approximately in the middle of the packing insert. This has the advantage that the hinged lid is supported on each side by the lug and is thus protected against being accidentally pressed in. It is further conceivable for the packing insert to have a tuck-in opening, and for the hinged lid to have a thereto corresponding tuck-in tongue for the reclosing of the hinged lid.
The packing body can have a base portion and side walls adjoining the base portion approximately at a right angle, two mutually opposite side walls being respectively adjoined by a holding tab, which, for the creation of a closed box, is fixedly connected to the lid. The packing body can be configured as a folding box. It can be advantageous if this is formed from a single blank. It is particularly advantageous if the packing insert, too, is formed from a single blank. For the formation of the packing, essentially only two blanks would therefore be necessary.
A further aspect of the invention relates to a method for producing and filling packings with ampoules, phials or other elongated objects having a longitudinal axis. For this purpose, on a box blank provided for the previously described packing body, predetermined tear lines, for example perforation lines, are made for the formation of a hinged lid. From the box blank, a cuboid packing body is then erected, the objects are deposited in axis-parallel arrangement onto the base portion into the open packing body, and then the packing body is permanently closed with the lid. This is advantageously done with the aid of adhesive. A box for ampoules, distinguished by a high user-friendliness, is thus able to be rationally produced.
Prior to the depositing of the objects, a packing insert for receiving pack products and for supporting and securing the hinged lid is deposited onto the base portion of the packing body.
Further individual features and advantages of the invention emerge from the following description of the illustrative embodiments and from the drawings, in which:
The packing body 6 has holding tabs 16, which adjoin the side walls 15. For the creation of a closed box following filling with the pack products, the lid 3 is fixedly connected to the holding tabs 16 by gluing. On the lid 3 there is additionally provided a tuck-in flap 27, which can be inserted in the region of the front end wall of the packing body 6. In the closed position, the lid 3 would therefore extend over the whole of the base area of the packing body.
The hinged lid 4 is configured as a prismatic hollow body and has an end wall 8 and, respectively, a rear wall 7 adjoining the end wall approximately at a right angle, a front wall 9 and two side walls 10. This approximately cuboidal hinged lid 4 is connected by an articulated fold 11 to the pocket-shaped receptacle 5, which together form the packing body 6.
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The hinged lid is formed from the following components: front wall 9, 2 side walls 10, end wall 8 and rear wall 7. The rear wall of the hinged lid here corresponds to the aforementioned second lid wall portion of the lid 3. The front wall 9 for the hinged lid is located in the base portion 14 and is delimited by the predetermined tear line 18. The predetermined tear line 18 is adjoined on each side by the predetermined tear lines 19 in the side wall 15, which define the side walls 10 of the hinged lid. The end walls 8 and 32 are adjoined by tabs 29. These serve to connect the end walls to the side walls 15 after the erection process. Corresponding glued surfaces are indicated by a shading.