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Publication numberUS2637482 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 5, 1953
Filing dateJul 15, 1950
Priority dateJul 15, 1950
Publication numberUS 2637482 A, US 2637482A, US-A-2637482, US2637482 A, US2637482A
InventorsBroderick Frank W
Original AssigneeBerles Carton Company Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
One-piece covered container
US 2637482 A
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May 5, 1953 F. w. BRODERICK 2,637,432

ONE-PIECE COVERED CONTAINER Filed July 15, lso

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ONE-PIECE COVERED CONTAINER Filed July 15. 195o 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 WENTOR Hau/K .B20/9506K BWEZEG ATTORNEY May 5, 1953 F'. w. BRoDERlcK 2,637,482

ONE-PIECE COVERED CONTAINER Filed July l5, 1950 4 Sheets-Sheet 5 Z lNvENToR FQHA/K W. BRUDER/ck /3 JJ /4 ATTORNEY 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 Filed July l5, 1950 INVENTOR FRAN/QW BRUDER/CK BY wf 71, Ew ATTORN EY Patented May 5, 1953 ONE-PIECE COVERED CONTAINER Frank W. Broderick, Summit, N. J., assignor'to Berles Carton Company, Inc., a corporation of New Jersey Application July 15, 1950, Serial No. 174,108

' 7 Claims. 1

My invention relates to packages and more particularly to receptacles or containers for various products of the globular or rotund type, for instance, fruits and vegetables, an example of a prior art package being disclosed in United States Patent No. 2,315,368. y

One of the objects of my invention is to provide a receptacle or container which is simple in construction, durable in use and economical in manufacture.

Another object of my invention is to provide a receptacle or container of the foregoing described character Which is capable of being transported, from the fabricator to the packer in a knocked-down or flat condition, expeditiously arranged or set-up by the packer for the reception of the products, and subsequently. manipulated to protectively enclose the products therein for x distribution to the consumer.

An important object of my invention is to provide a container of the foregoing described character which is fabricated in a manner to provide means permitting visual inspection or observation of its contents.

Another important object of my invention is to provide a receptacle of the foregoing described character equipped with a cover which coacts with a body section in a manner wherein the cover is restrained in closed position.

With the above and other objects in view, as will hereinafter appear, the invention consists in the combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter set forth and illustrated in the accompanying drawings from which the several features of the invention and the advantages attained thereby will be readily understood by those skilled in the art.

Referring to the drawings wherein like reference characters designate like parts throughout the several views:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of my invention.

Figure 2 is a plan view of the receptacle in knocked-down or flat condition.

Figure 3 is a plan view illustrating the package partly set up for use.

Figure 4 is a top plan view of the container set up for receiving the products and with the cover in open position.

Figure 5 is a perspective view of the container set-up and with the cover in open position.

Figure 6 is a detail sectional view taken on the line 6-6 of Figure 1.

Figure '7 is a transverse sectional view taken on the line 'I-1 of Figure 1.

Figure 8 is an end elevation of the container with the cover in closed position.

Figure 9 is a detail sectional view of one end of the container taken on the line 9-9 of Figure 8.

Figure 10 is a vertical sectional view of one end of the container taken on the line Ill-I0 of Figure 8.

Figure 11 is a perspective view of a modification.

Figure 12 is a detail sectional View taken on the line I'2-I 2 of Figure 1l.

As illustrated in Figure 2 of the drawings, my novel container is initially cut from a fiat section of cardboard or the like to provide a relatively flat blank 5 formed with a pair of adjacent sections 6 and I constituting the cover and body or tray 8 and 9 of the container, respectively. The cover 8 is formed at its front side Ill-distal with respect to the section 'I-With a tongue II for a purpose herein made apparent. In order to provide the body 9 with a pair of end walls I2, one side of the body, inwardly of its ends I3, is longitudinally slitted adjacent its ultimate front wall I4 and an ultimate inner portion |5a of its rear wall I5 to provide slits I6. The lower edges I1 of the end walls I2 are defined by transverse cuts through the aforementioned side of the body between the slits I 6 thus providing an aperture I8 between the edges I'I, the front Wall I4 and the inner portion I5a of the rear Wall I5.

The upper edge of each wall I2 is formed with a centrally disposed arcuate or outwardly bowed portion I9 dei-med by fold lines 20 and relatively straight end portions 2l, defined by slits 22 lextending in parallelism with the lower edge I1, maintained in connected relation with the body for a purpose hereinafter made apparent. The arcuate portions I9 of the walls I2, at the fold lines 20, are integrally connected to top wall portions 23 constituting the top wall 24 of the body, While the sides of the walls I2 constitute flaps or wings 25 dened by the edges I'I and slits I6 and 22. The portions I9 are formed with incurvated slits 26 to define inwardly extending tabs 2I to facilitate folding of the end walls I2 ,along the fold lines 20 as hereinafter more fully described.

The cover 8 is formed with a rear side 28 connected to the front side I0 by an upper wall 29, the latter being apertured to define a Window 30. The rear side 28 is integrally connected to the upper portion of the rear wall I5 and constitutes a continuation of the rear wall I5. The lower portion of the rear wall I5 is integrally connected to the rear margin of the bottom wall 3| of the body 9 along the fold line 32 While the front edge of the Wall 3l is similarly connected to the front Wall I 4 0I une body at the fold line 33. The Window 30 is covered by a sheet of transparent material 35, for instance, Pliolm, the edges of the material being secured about the margins of the window by means of a suitable adhesive. As shown in Figure 3, the top wall portions 23 of the body are folded over the :bottom VYwall on the fold lines 31 to dispose the inner portion .I 5a in overlying relation with the inner face of the rear wall I5 immediately adjacent the rear side 28 of the cover, the portion |511. .being .secured to the rear wall I5 by suitable adhesive to maintain the parts in fixed relation. in :thisknockeddown or flat condition, the ,container may be readily shipped and/or stored.

When it is desired to package .the products -for distribution, the container is set-up or madeready by folding the rear side 28 of the cover together with the rear walll I5 of the body relative :to thebottorn .wall .3l :on the fold :line 32 and :the front-wall .I 4 relative to the .bottomwall 3l on the fold line 33 and at the same time pressing .the .0nd walls I2 -.downwardly ,fand outwardly to elect told-ing .On .the lines .'Zhand Ithus .dispOsed the -Wa'llS I2 in upright and outwardly bowed positions with the 21 extending inwardly at the upperends of the walls I2. As the walls are manipulated ,in the oregoing .described manner, the ends .of the portion I5a, which is secured to the rear wall I5, will fold trelative .to the top .wallportions 23 along .the fold lines |519. When the walls I2 are thus disposed, -the `top wall portions .23 of the top wall A21| ser-veas aconnecting means between the front and rear walls I4 and l5 vand which .portions 2,3 assume ya somewhat arched shape. This positioning of the walls .I2 .disposes onepairof the naps or wings .25 in engagement with the rear wall I5 andthe other pair, namely, the outer ,flaps or wings .`3,9.,in.eng,agement with `the front Wall `I4 as clear-.ly illustratedin .Figure 4 .of lthe drawings.

tgl/'hen the containerhas .thus been .setfupin the foregoing .described manner, products such as fruit or vegetables .of `the globularor rotund type may ,be packed ythereinbetween vthe end walls vand .enclosed .therein .by moving `the Acover .over the body with .the .impor wall .2.9 being brought into overlapping .relation With .the top .Wall portions 2.3 of the body, the outer face of the tongue ybeing .disposedin engagement .with the .inner .fa-Ce of the .front wall between ,the portions 423. `.When the ltongueis thus positioned, .thoouter ilaps or wings 3,3 engage the tongue I l and -tend to maintain ,it in engagement with the ufront wall 'I4 against displacement, .itbeing understood that the products bearing against the incurvated faces of the end walls 1.2 tend ,to ,urge the ,dans 39 in engagement withthe tongue II. To discourage vprospective purchasers from opening the container, a section fillv of adhesive tape may be applied to the body and cover to secure the latterin closedposition as illustrated in Figure V1.

1n order to lsecure sufficient ventilation with respect to Ycertain products and/or for reasons of economy, the cover 8, as nillustrated in Figures 1l and 12, maybe provided with an open grill provided with a multiplicity of Ventilating openings '50 in lieu of the -window 3G which is covered with -the Amaterial 35. In this instance, the openings '50 are of a diamond shape and are dened by spaced and intersecting grill-like members or ribs 5 I In actual reduction to practice, I have ascer- :tained that by fabricating the grill in a manner -whereinthe Iribs extend at an angle relative to the longitudinality -of the cover, Il preclude undesirable longitudinal nfolding, distortion or buckling of the cover which --would ordinarily occur, especially in cardboard, should the ribs extend lengthwise and crosswise, or the cover be provided with perforations dened by longitudinally and transversely extending portions. Scoring is employed along the transverse fold lines herein disclosed to facilitate folding.

Without further elaboration, thefonegoing will so 'fully explain the invention that others may, by applying current knowledge, readily adapt the `esame for use under various conditions of service. lVIoreoverJ it isnot indispensable that all the features of -t-he invention be used conjointly since they .may be employed advantageously in various combinations and subcombinations.

It is obvious that the invention is not confined to the ,herein described use therefore as it may be utilized `for any purpose to which it is adaptable. It .-is `therefore to be understood that the invention is not limited to the specific construction as illustrated .and described. ,as .the .same .is only illustrative of the principles rinvolved which lare capa- .ble of extended Vapplicationin various forms, and the 'inyention comprehends all construction with.- in `the 4scope 4of the appended claims.

' WhatI claim is:

,1. A container Aformed from a one-*piece blank and comprisinga tray adapted to receive globular products Vand a cover for said .tray connected thereto, said tray having side and bottom walls with Vsaid bottom wall .connecting ,said side walls together, said tray-having an upper wall connecting `said side walls together .at their upper ends and at the ends of said tray, end walls for `said Abody and constituting integrants of said upper wall and being folded relative Vto said upper wall Ialong arcuate fold lines to dispose said end .Walls .downwardly fromsaid ,upper wall andin engages ment with said :bottom Wall, said rend Walls extendingupwardly from said'bottom wall 4antibeingoutwardly `bowed and provided with Wings engaging saidside walls and urged thereagainst ,by said ,products when said cover is in y.open position, said cover being provided with a .tongue-disposed .against .the inner `face of one Yof said ,side walls and .between ,said last mentioned wall .and `the ,ad- Ijacent wings when said ,cover is in closed `position .whereby .the .latter wings and wall cooperate to restrain said tongue therebetween.

2. A. ,container formed from a .oneniece aper- .tured `blanksind.comprising a tray adapted `to -re ceive globular ,products and a .cover ,for .said ftray connected thereto, said tray having front, rear :and .bottom walls with Asaid bottom wall connect- .ingsaid vfront and rear walls together, said tray 4.having an .upper wall connecting said front .and rear walls together at their upper ends and at `the ends of Vsaid tray, end .walls forsaid bodyand :from said bottom wall andbeng outwardly bowed and provided with front and rear wings engaging said front and rear walls respectively, and urged 7 thereaganst'by said products when said cover is in open position, said cover being provided with a tongue disposed against the inner face of said front wall and 'between the `latter and said-front wings whensaid cover is in closed position wherevby said front wings and said front wall cooperate to restrain said tongue therebetween, said upper wall being apertured between said end walls to permit recept1on of said products within said tray 'and against said vend walls.

3. A container vformed from a one-piece apertured blank and comprising a cover and a body adapted to receive globular products, said body having side walls with one of the walls beineA connected to said cover at one side thereof, said body having a b-ottom wall connected between said side walls and a pair of upper wall portions connecting said side walls together at their upper ends and at the ends of said body, end walls for said body and constituting integrants of said por tions and being folded relative to said portions along arcuate fold lines to dispose said end walls downwardly from said portions and in engagement with said bottom wall, said end walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall and being outwardly bowed and provided with wings engaging said side walls and urged thereagainst by said products when said cover is in open position, the opposite side of said cover being provided with a tongue disposed against the inner face of one of said side walls and between said last mentioned wall and the adjacent wings when said cover is in closed position whereby the latter wings and wall cooperate to restrain said tongue therebetween.

4. A container formed from a one-piece apertured blank and comprising a cover and a body adapted to receive globular products, said body having front and rear walls with said rear wall being connected to said cover at one side, said body having a bottom wall connected between said front and rear walls and a pair of arched upper wall portions connecting said front and rear Walls together at their upper ends and at the ends of said body, end walls for said body and constituting integrants of said portions and being folded relative to said portions along arcuate fold lines to dispose said end walls downwardly from said portions and in engagement with said bottom wall, said end. walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall and being outwardly bowed and provided with wings engaging said front wall and urged thereagainst by said products when said cover is in open position, the opposite side of said cover being provided with a tongue disposed against the inner face of said front wall and betwen said front wall and said wings when said cover is in closed position whereby said Wings and said front wall cooperate to restrain said tongue therebetween.

5. A container formed from a one-piece blank and comprising a tray adapted to receive globular products and a cover for said tray connected thereto, said tray having side and bottom walls with said bottom wall connecting said side walls together, said tray having an upper wall connecting said side walls together at their upper ends and at the ends of said tray, end walls for said body and constituting integrants of said upper wall and being folded relative to said upper wall along arcuate fold lines to dispose said end walls downwardly from said upper wall and in engagement with said bottom wall, said end Walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall and being outwardly bowed and provided with wings engaging said side walls and urged thereagainst by said products when said cover is in open position, said cover being provided with a tongue disposed against the inner face of one of said side walls and between said last mentioned wall and the adjacent wings when said cover is in closed position whereby the latter wings and wall cooperate to restrain said tongue therebetween, said cover being formed with a grill and with the portions of the cover dening the grill-openings extending at an angle relative to the longitudinality of the cover to preclude lengthwise folding and distortion of the cover.

6. A container formed from a one-piece apertured blank and comprising a cover and a body adapted to receive globular products, said body having front and rear walls with said rear wall being connected to said cover at one side, said body having a bottom wall connected between said front and rear walls and a pair of arched upper wall portions connecting said front and rear walls together at their upper ends and at the ends of said body, end walls for said body and constituting integrants of said portions and being folded relative to said portions along arcuate fold lin-es to dispose said end walls downwardly from said portions and in engagement with said bottom wall, said end walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall and being outwardly bowed and provided with wings engaging said front wall and urged thereagainst by said products when said cover is in open position, the opposite side of said cover being provided with a tongue disposed against the inner face of said front wall and between said front wall and said Wings when said cover is in closed position whereby said wings and said front wall cooperate to restrain said tongue therebetween, said cover being formed with a grill and with the portions of the cover defining the grill-openings extending at an angle relative to the longitudinality of the cover to preclude lengthwise folding and distortion o1' the cover.

7. The structure as dened in claim 3 including, said upper wall portions being formed with inwardly extending tabs and thus defining arcuate openings in the upper ends of said end walls.

FRANK W. BRODERICK.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification229/120, 229/162.5, 229/153, 229/162.6, 229/161, 229/107
International ClassificationB65D5/42, B65D5/02
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/029, B65D5/4204
European ClassificationB65D5/02K, B65D5/42B