US 2281237 A
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April 28, 1942. P. s. ECKMAN 2,281,337
MEANS FOR PACKAGING POLISHING DISKS AND HOLDER THEREFOR Filed July 2. 1940 INVENTOR. AuL m5 5. FCKMAN ATTORNEY Patented Apr. 28, 1942 OFFIC FOR); PACKAGING POLISHING DISKS AND HOLDER THEREFOR 1 Claim.
This invention relates to equipment and devices used by dentists in their practice, and particularly pertains to means for packaging polishing disks used by dentists and a holder therefor.
As is well known, dentists in their practice employ a considerable number of polishing disks which are used but once and then discarded. These disks not only vary in diameter but in abrasive qualities and are commonly furnished in a wide range of sizes and abrasive qualities, all of which must be constantly available for prompt selection by the dentist to fit the particular immediate requirement. Heretofore, these disks have been packed(ages) in small boxes which do(es) not enable the dentist to expeditiously select the desired size and abrasive quality.
It is, therefore, the principal object of the present invention to provide improved means of packaging polishing disks of the character referred to and'a holder for such packages which holder for packaged polishing disks showing the 5 packaged disks mounted on the holder for use.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of my improved clevice for packaging the disks.
Fig. 3 is an enlarged view in plan of one of the gripping members of the holder.
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of one of the gripping members of the holder.
Referring more particularly to the accompanying drawing, It indicates a holder'for packages ll of polishing disks I2. suitable fiat base I4 having pairs of upright grip ping members I5 secured thereto, preferably in the manner illustrated. Each gripping member includes a substantially semi-cylindrical portion l6 nesting within which and lying parallel there- This holder includes a ed on the base, but, obviously a greater or lesser number may be provided.
The packages H are in the form of strips or tape and provide a novel way of packaging the polishing disks 12. These disks are usually quite thin and of slightly flexible material with an abrasive surface.
To form the package I provide a flat band of thin flexible and preferably transparent material, such as Cellophane. This flat band is of a proper width so that when it is folded upon itself along a central longitudinal line, it will be of a Width slightly less than the disks it is to contain. After folding, the two sides or flaps of the strip or tape thus formed are secured together laterally at points equally spaced apart along their lengths by stitching, stapling, adhesion or otherwise as desired, the spacing between such points being slightly greater than the diameter of the disks to be packaged, thus forming a strip or tape having successive pockets along its length which are closed on three sides and of a dimension enabling the insertion of a disk therein through the open side thereof. The pockets are, of course, each capable of receiving a disk inserted through the open side of the pocket, and the disks will tend to be held in such pocket by the frictional contact between the disk and the sides of the strip or tape.
The strips may be of any desired length. That is, they may be only of sufiicient length to fit between the gripping members l5 of each pair on the holder, or they may be of any longer length and thereafter be cut to fit the holder. In such case the strip would be severed between the disks.
Obviously, therefore, I have provided a package for polishing disks which consists of a flexible tape or strip having a plurality of pockets formed therein, each to receive and contain a polishing disk, which strip or tape may be rolled, folded or otherwise compacted due to the fact that the strip is inherently pliable or flexible.
In use, the dentist may select one package of each size and quality of disks and place one package of each between each pair of gripping members by inserting the ends of the strip or tape between the gripping portions of the gripping members 15, as illustrated in Fig. 1. In this fashion the packages will be removably retained by the gripping members l5 with the open side of the pockets thereof uppermost to enable the disks to slightly protrude so that the dentist may quickly select and remove the desired disk without in any manner handling the remainder of the dis s.
By so packaging the disks, it is obvious that disks of various sizes and qualities may not become mixed and will always be maintained separate. This provides a novel way of merchandising the disks as well as enabling the dentist to have readily available to him a wide variety of disk diameters and abrasive qualities for his selection without handling the remainder of the disks.
While I have shown the preferred form of my invention, it is to be understood that various changes may be made in its construction by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of the invention as defined in the appended claim.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
In combination, a flat base member, a plurality of pair of gripping members projecting upwardly from the base, the gripping members of each pair being in alignment and positioned adjacent the opposite ends of the base, the pairs of the gripping members being spaced apart laterally of the base, a package in strip form to be gripped and received by said gripping members, said package comprising a strip of flexible material folded upon itself longitudinally forming two strips of material lying side by side, the same being secured laterally at spaced intervals apart along the length thereof to divide the interior of the same into a plurality of pockets each of a dimension to more or less snugly receive a polishing disk, said packages being gripped at their ends by said gripping members and held in position with the open edges of the pockets disposed uppermost.
PAULINE S. ECKMAN.