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Jan. 26, 1943. M, H gRsALL 2,309,111
DISPENSING CONTAINER Filed Dec. 14, 1940 INVENTOR.
Patented Jan. 26, 1943 2,309,111 DISPENSING CONTAINER John M. Hothersall, Brooklyn, N.
American Can Company,
Y., assignor to New York, N. Y., a
corporation of New Jersey Application December 14, 1940, Serial No. 370,226 4 Claims. (01. 206-42) This invention relates to a sheet metal dispensing container which is adapted for tablets, pills or the like and has particular reference to a multiple part cover, a part of which is slidable to uncover a tablet for dispensing the same.
The invention contemplates the provision of a metallic box or receptacle comprising preferably a drawn box body which holds a single layer of tablets when arranged in rows within the box and which is closed by a multiple part cover, one of the cover parts being adapted to remain stationary on the body while the other cover part has a sliding connection on the stationary part so that the sliding part may be drawn back just the required distance for the dispensing of a tablet.
An object of the invention is the provision of a dispensing container provided with a two-piece cover one main part of which is capable of being slid transversely onto the filledcontainer after which the other complementary or auxiliary cover part is applied by sliding it onto the main part in a manner-to lock both parts in closing position, the auxiliary cover member then being slidable to uncover an individual tablet for dispensing the same.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a flat, rectangular, pocket type container for tablets and the like which is adapted to be closed by a multi-part interlocked cover applied as a unit, one of said cover parts being movable on the other to uncover individual tablets for disp nsing.
Numerous other objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent as it is better understood from the following description, which, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, discloses a preferred embodiment thereof.
Referring to the drawing:
Figure 1 is a perspective View of a container such as a tablet box, embodying the invention and showing a multiple part cover in closed position upon the box;
Fig. 2 is a top view of the container illustrated in Fig. 1 showing an auxiliary cover part in an open position for dispensing an individual tablet;
Fig. 3 is an enlarged view in section showing such longitudinal auxiliary cover part in its open position upon the container body as viewed substantially along the line 3-3 in Fig. 2; and
Fig. 4 is an enlarged sectional view showing the assembled container parts as viewed substantially along the line 4-4 inFig. 2.
As a preferred embodiment of the invention there is shown in the drawing a relatively shalpanel member of the container to low drawn container body H which is preferably rectangular in outline and formed from a single piece of sheet metal. The container body is closed by a two piece or multiple slide cover comprising a main part l2 and an auxiliary part l3. The main cover part I2, being the larger, is arranged to slide sidewise onto the container when the box is filled and when so assembled covers over all but one row of the contents. The auxiliary cover part l3 (Figs. 1 and 2) is just wide enough to cover this row and to close the box and is arranged to slide along the top front edge uncover an individual tablet so that it may be dispensed from the box.
The container body H comprises a bottom l4 having side and end walls l5 which terminate in upper curved edge portions l6. These edge portions are flared or flanged outwardly, as illustrated in Figs. 3 and 4 of the drawing, and serve as slide retaining means for the transverse and longitudinal sliding movement of the slide members l2 and I3.
The main slide cover part I2 is formed with downwardly and inwardly curved side flanges I'E which engage below and slide along the flanged edge portion l6 of the container on two of its end walls l5 when applied to the box. A similar curved side flange I8 is arranged on the intermediate edge of the cover part I2 to act as a stop when the cover part is pushed into its stationary closed position upon the container body II (Fig. 4) where it only partially closes the box. A detent l9 (Figs. 1, 2 and 4) may be formed in the cover part l2 adjacent the flanged edge l8 and this provides a snap lock with the back wall of the box by means of which the cover part is held in stationary position and is prevented from accidental displacement.
The front side of the main part l2 terminates in an upwardly and outwardly flanged edge 22 which is spaced apart from the top surface of the cover just enough to produce a groove or receiving channel 23 for the auxiliary slide part I3. The auxiliary slide part is provided with a grooved edge 24 which is formed by a laterally extending wall 25 merging into a short straight substantially parallel wall section 26. This section extends into a downwardly and inwardly spaced flanged edge 21 which is of a size and shape so as to easily slide in the receiving channel 23 of the cover part l2. This sliding connection is loose enough to permit a slight hinging action of the auxiliary cover part on the stationary cover part.
The opposite side of the auxiliary cover part I3 is arranged with a slide groove 28 produced by a downwardly, inwardly and outwardly curved edge portion 29, as best illustrated in Fig. 4. This permits uniting of the two cover parts by sliding one into the other so that both parts may be applied as a unit when the main cover part is slid into stationary position on the box as just described. In this assembling movement the auxiliary cover part is hinged upwardly on the main cover part so that the curved edge 29 clears the front wall of the box. After the cover parts are thus in place on the box, the front edge 29 of the auxiliary cover part may be snapped down over the front flange edge l6 of the body. This locks both cover parts in closed position.
The cover parts may also be assembled separately upon the container body II in which event the main cover part I2 is first slid on the container body into its stationary position as hereinbefore described. The auxiliary cover part I3 is then brought into alignment with the edge of the partially covered box so that the grooved edge 24 may be slid into the channel 23 on the main cover part. The curved edge 29 on the auxiliary cover part I3 is simultaneously engaged beneath the front flanged edge [6 of the container body while continued longitudinal movement of the cover part l3 closes the container and locks the cover parts against accidental opening.
A short inwardly curled edge 32, similar to the flange IS on the cover part i2, is formed on one end of the auxiliary cover part l3 and serves as a stop for the auxiliary cover part when it is closed on the box incident to dispensing the contents. A detent 33 is disposed adjacent to this curled edge of the slide part and provides a locking means for the slide part when in closed position. A similar detent 34 is also formed in this part of the cover and serves as a stop when the slide member I3 is in open position (Fig. 2) at which time it uncovers an individual tablet for a single dispensing action. A corrugated section 35 is formed in the top panel of the auxiliary cover part I3 and provides for thumb engagement to move the cover part to its open or to its closed position (Figs. 1 and 2).
It is thought that the invention and many of its attendant advantages will be understood from the foregoing description, and it will be apparent that various changes may be made in the form, construction and arrangement of the parts without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention or sacrificing all of its material advantages, the iorm hereinbefore described being merely a preferred embodiment thereof.
1. A dispensing container for tablets and the like, comprising a rectangular container body having an opening therein, a laterally bent flanged edge formed on said body adjacent said opening, a multiple part cover for the container, said cover comprising a main cover part and a complementary cover part, and a slideway formed in said main cover part parallel to said flanged body edge, said main cover part being secured to said body and overlying a portion of said opening, said complementary cover part being adapted to engage said slideway and said flanged body edge in a sliding connection therewith and to overlie the remaining portion of said opening when slid into closed position.
2. A dispensing container for tablets and the like, comprising a rectangular container body having an opening therein, the walls of said body adjacent said opening being formed with laterally projecting portions, a multiple part cover for the container, said cover comprising a main cover part and a complementary cover part, parallel flanges on said main cover part adapted to slidingly engage parallel sections of said laterally projecting wall portion, a stop member on said main part to engage a wall of said body when said main part has been slid into position over a portion of said opening, and a slideway formed on said main part at substantially right angles to said parallel flanges, said complementary cover part being adapted to engage said slideway and a projecting wall portion parallel therewith in a sliding connection whereby said complementary part forms a slidable closure over that portion of said container opening not covered by said main cover part and also coordinates with said stop member to retain said main member in closing position on said container.
3. A dispensing container for tablets and the like, comprising a rectangular container body having side and end walls terminating in an outwardly bent flanged edge, and a multiple part cover for the container, said cover comprising a main cover part and an auxiliary cover part, the said main cover part being confined on said body as a stationary member and partially closing the box after being slid into position, the said auxiliary cover part having interlocked sliding connection with the inner edge of said main cover part and with a side of said body flanged edge to completely close the box when in closing position and to expose a tablet for dispensing when in open position, said main cover part having a detent for engaging a side wall of said body to hold the cover part in its stationary position and said auxiliary cover part having detents for engaging an end wall of the body to limit its opening and closing movements.
4. A dispensing container for tablets and the like, comprising a rectangular container body having side and end walls terminating in an outwardly bent flanged edge, and a multiple part cover for the container, said cover comprising a main cover part and an auxiliary cover part interlocked together and adapted for application as a unit to the container by engaging said main cover part in a sliding connection with opposed ends of said flanged body edge, said auxiliary cover part being hingable on its said interlocked connection with the main cover to engage a section of a side flanged body edge, said auxiliary cover part having sliding connection with the main cover part along its interlocked edge and also having sliding connection with the engaged side edge of the body to open the container and expose a tablet for dispensing.
JOHN M. HOTHERSALL.