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Publication numberUS20080279484 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/801,062
Publication dateNov 13, 2008
Filing dateMay 7, 2007
Priority dateMay 7, 2007
Also published asWO2008137295A1
Publication number11801062, 801062, US 2008/0279484 A1, US 2008/279484 A1, US 20080279484 A1, US 20080279484A1, US 2008279484 A1, US 2008279484A1, US-A1-20080279484, US-A1-2008279484, US2008/0279484A1, US2008/279484A1, US20080279484 A1, US20080279484A1, US2008279484 A1, US2008279484A1
InventorsCharles Greco, Rusty Koenigkramer
Original AssigneeIllinois Tool Works Inc.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Leak-proofing gussets on multi-wall paper and woven polypropylene packages or bags
US 20080279484 A1
Abstract
Reclosable gusseted packages or bags have improved resistance to leaking or spilling through the gussets by way of glue or adhesive applied in the gussets in the areas proximate to the reclosable zipper of the bag. This can be done by applying a glue smear to the interior and exterior of the gusset walls; applying glue dots between the exterior facing walls of the gussets; or by applying the glue smear between the exterior facing walls of the gussets.
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1. A reclosable package or bag comprising:
a first wall and a second wall;
a first gusset formed between a first edge of the first wall and a first edge of the second wall;
a second gusset formed between a second edge of the first wall and a second edge of the second wall;
a mouth formed between a top edge of the first sheet and a top edge of the second sheet;
a reclosable zipper secured to the first and second walls proximate the mouth; and
glue or adhesive applied to the first gusset and to the second gusset to minimize leakage through the first and second gussets.
2. The reclosable package or bag of claim 1 wherein the glue or adhesive is applied to the first gusset and the second gusset in at least an area proximate to the reclosable zipper.
3. The reclosable package or bag of claim 2 wherein the first gusset and the second gusset each include a first gusset wall and a second gusset wall.
4. The reclosable package or bag of claim 3 wherein each first gusset wall and respective second gusset wall form an inwardly pointing V-shape.
5. The reclosable package or bag of claim 4 wherein the first gusset walls and the second gusset walls are formed of a same material as the first wall and the second wall.
6. The reclosable package or bag of claim 5 wherein the first gusset walls and the second gusset walls are formed integrally with the first wall and the second wall.
7. The reclosable package or bag of claim 4 wherein the glue or adhesive is applied onto an interior and an exterior of a portion of the first and second gusset walls.
8. The reclosable package or bag of claim 4 wherein the glue or adhesive is applied onto an exterior of a portion of the first and second gusset walls and interior of the first and second gusset walls is substantially free of the glue or adhesive.
9. The reclosable package or bag of claim 8 wherein the glue or adhesive is applied as a series of dots.
10. The reclosable package or bag of claim 1 wherein the reclosable zipper includes a first profile attached to the first wall, a second profile attached to the second wall, and a slider to interlock the first and second profiles when moved in a first direction and to separate the first and second profiles when moved in a second direction.
11. A reclosable package or bag comprising:
a wall structure with a top mouth and a closed bottom;
at least one gusset formed in the wall structure;
a reclosable zipper secured to the wall structure proximate the mouth; and
glue or adhesive applied to the at least one gusset to minimize leakage through the first and second gussets.
12. The reclosable package or bag of claim 11 wherein the glue or adhesive is applied to the at least one gusset in at least an area proximate to the reclosable zipper.
13. The reclosable package or bag of claim 12 wherein the at least one gusset includes a first gusset wall and a second gusset wall.
14. The reclosable package or bag of claim 13 wherein the first gusset wall and the second gusset wall form an inwardly pointing V-shape.
15. The reclosable package or bag of claim 14 wherein the first gusset wall and the second gusset wall are formed of a same material as the wall structure.
16. The reclosable package or bag of claim 15 wherein the first gusset wall and the second gusset wall are formed integrally with the wall structure.
17. The reclosable package or bag of claim 14 wherein the glue or adhesive is applied onto an interior and an exterior of a portion of the first and second gusset walls.
18. The reclosable package or bag of claim 14 wherein the glue or adhesive is applied onto an exterior of a portion of the first and second gusset walls and interior of the first and second gusset walls is substantially free of the glue or adhesive.
19. The reclosable package or bag of claim 18 wherein the glue or adhesive is applied as a series of dots.
20. The reclosable package or bag of claim 11 wherein the reclosable zipper includes a first profile and a second profile attached to the wall structure, and a slider to interlock the first and second profiles when moved in a first direction and to separate the first and second profiles when moved in a second direction.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to improving the leak-proof or spill-resistant quality of gussets in reclosable packages, particularly those made with multi-wall paper or woven polypropylene.

2. Description of the Prior Art

In the prior art of reclosable packages or bags, it is well known to use gussets between the front and rear walls to increase the capacity of the package or bag with only a small increase in the packaging material, such as multi-wall paper or polypropylene.

However, the use of gussets can increase the tendency for the contents of the reclosable package or bag to leak from the gusset area proximate to the intersection of the package or bag walls and the zipper. More specifically, the contents can travel up the center of the package or bag, between the zipper profiles and out the gusset.

OBJECTS AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is therefore an object of the present invention to eliminate or reduce the leakage of contents of a gusseted reclosable package or bag through the gussets proximate to the intersection of the zipper profiles and the package or bag walls.

This and other objects are attained by applying glue or adhesive to the walls of the package or bag within the gusset proximate to the zipper assembly, typically within the gusseted area which is between the zipper flanges.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description and claims, and from the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a plan view, partially in phantom, of a prior art gusseted package or bag, showing the route through which contents may inadvertently escape.

FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view along plane 2-2 of FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a plan view of the gusseted walls of a reclosable package or bag, prior to application of a zipper assembly, illustrating where the glue or adhesive is applied in an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view along plane 4-4 of FIG. 2.

FIG. 5 is a plan view, partially in phantom, of the gusseted package or bag of the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a plan view, partially in phantom, of a first alternative embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a cross-sectional, partially exploded, view along plane 7-7 of FIG. 6.

FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view, partially exploded, along plane 8-8 of FIG. 6 (not including the zipper).

FIG. 9 is an alternative cross-sectional, partially exploded view, along plane 4-4 of FIG. 3, thereby illustrating a second alternative embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring now to the drawings in detail wherein like numerals indicate like elements throughout the several views, one sees that FIG. 1 is a plan view, partially in phantom, of a prior art reclosable package or bag 100 and that FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view thereof. The package or bag 100 is formed from co-extensive front wall 102 and rear wall 104 which are typically formed from polymeric materials (such as, but not limited to, polyethylene or polypropylene, including woven polypropylene), multi-wall paper or laminates. Gussets 106, 108 (illustrated in phantom in FIG. 1 and in cross section in FIG. 2) are formed as inwardly pointing folds between the side edges of front and rear walls 102, 104, typically integral with, or at least of the same material as, front and rear walls 102, 104. Gusset 106 is formed from gusset walls 106 a, 106 b in an inwardly pointing V-shaped configuration while gusset 108 is formed from gusset walls 108 a, 108 b in an inwardly pointing V-shaped configuration. The bottom edges of front and rear walls 102, 104 are sealed or otherwise closed or joined to form bottom 110. Mouth 112 is formed between the top edges of front and rear walls 102, 104. Zipper assembly 200 is sealed, glued or otherwise secured to the upper exterior of front and rear walls 102, 104. As shown best in FIG. 7, zipper assembly 200 includes first profile 202 and second profile 204 which are, referring back to FIG. 1, sealed together at ends 205, 207. First profile 202 includes first interlocking element 206 and first flange 210. Second profile 204 includes second interlocking element 208 and second flange 212. First and second flanges 210, 212 are sealed, glue or otherwise secured to the upper exterior of front and rear walls 102, 104, respectively. Typically, zipper assembly 200 includes slider 214 mounted on first and second profiles 202, 204. Slider 214 operates in a conventional manner of interlocking first and second interlocking elements 206, 208 with each other when moved in a first direction and separating first and second interlocking elements 206, 208 when moved in a second direction. However, alternatively, first and second interlocking elements 206, 208 may have a “press-to-close” configuration in which no slider is required.

As shown by the circuitous path indicated by the arrow in FIG. 1, this design is susceptible to contents within package or bag 100 traveling up the center of the package or bag 100, between the first and second flanges 210, 212 and out the gussets 106, 108. This leakage or spillage is illustrated for the first gusset 106 but is equally applicable to the second gusset 108.

As shown in FIGS. 3, 4 and 5, this leakage or spillage can be prevented or minimized by placing a smear of glue or adhesive 400, 402 in the gussets 106, 108 in the corner areas 300, 302. These smears can be on both the internal and external sides of gusset walls 106 a, 106 b, 108 a and 108 b so that gusset wall 106 a is glued to the interior of front wall 102 and to gusset wall 106 b; gusset wall 106 b is further glued to the interior of rear wall 104; gusset wall 108 a is glued to the interior of front wall 102 and to gusset wall 108 b; and gusset wall 108 b is further glued to the interior of rear wall 104.

FIG. 5 shows, in phantom, glued areas 220, 222 which are formed between first and second profiles 202, 204. Glued areas 220, 222 are formed to block off or gasket-close the space above the front and rear walls 102, 104 and below the first and second interlocking elements 206, 208. This further provides the leak-proof characteristics of the package or bag 100. An alternative configuration to create the desired gasket effect is to apply glue along the top of the gussets 106, 108 or on the gussets 106, 108 and pressing the package or bag 100 so that the glue is urged into the space above the front and rear walls 102, 104 and below the first and second interlocking elements 206, 208.

In a first alternative embodiment of the present invention, shown in FIGS. 6, 7 and 8, a series of glue or adhesive dots 500 (shown in an exaggerated or elongated in the exploded views of FIGS. 7 and 8) is placed between gusset walls 106 a, 106 b in corner area 300 and between gusset walls 108 a, 108 b in corner area 302.

In a second alternative embodiment of the present invention, shown in FIG. 9, glue smear 400′ is placed between the external sides of gusset walls 106 a, 106 b and glue smear 402′ is placed between the external sides of gusset walls 108 a, 108 b. In other words, in this second alternative embodiment, glue smears 400′, 402′ are intended to glue the respective gusset walls together with minimal, if any, contact with the interior of front and rear walls 102, 104.

The resulting package or bag 100 has reduced leakage and can be filled, transported and used in the same way as similar packages or bags.

Thus the several aforementioned objects and advantages are most effectively attained. Although preferred embodiments of the invention have been disclosed and described in detail herein, it should be understood that this invention is in no sense limited thereby and its scope is to be determined by that of the appended claims.

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Referenced by
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US8142077 *Apr 15, 2009Mar 27, 2012Graphic Packaging International, Inc.Bag structures and methods of assembling the same
US20080267539 *Apr 24, 2007Oct 30, 2008Illinois Tool Works Inc.Sealing gussets together through apertures in multi-wall paper and woven polypropylene packages or bags
Classifications
U.S. Classification383/63
International ClassificationB65D33/16
Cooperative ClassificationB65D31/10, B65D33/2591
European ClassificationB65D31/10, B65D33/25C
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
May 7, 2007ASAssignment
Owner name: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC., ILLINOIS
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:GRECO, CHARLES;KOENIGKRAMER, RUSTY;REEL/FRAME:019342/0579
Effective date: 20070504