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Publication numberUS2677494 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 4, 1954
Filing dateOct 11, 1950
Priority dateOct 11, 1950
Publication numberUS 2677494 A, US 2677494A, US-A-2677494, US2677494 A, US2677494A
InventorsButtery Kenneth T
Original AssigneeSutherland Paper Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Collapsible automatic setup carton
US 2677494 A
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- y 4, 1954. K. T/BUTTERY 2,677,494

COLLAPSIBLE AUTOMATIC SETUP CARTON Filed Oct. 11, 1950 2 Shee ts-Sheet l X0 m a 1N VEN TOR.

y 4, 1954 K. T. BUTTERY 2,677,494 COLLAPSIBLE AUTOMATIC SETUP CARTON Patented May 4, 1954 COLLAPSIBLE AUTOMATIC SETUP CARTON Kenneth T. Buttery, Kalamazoo,..Mich.,.assignor to Sutherland Paper Company, Kalamazoo,

Mich.

Application October 11, 1950, Serial No. 189,653

3 Claims. 1

This invention relates to improvements in collapsible automatic setup cartons.

The main objects of this invention are:

First, to provide a collapsible carton of the automatic erecting type in which the bottom parts are interlocked and capable of sustaining a substantial load when in erected position.

Second, to provide a collapsible carton which may be automatically erected by pressure on opposite ends of the collapsed carton and the parts positively moved to erected position with the bottom parts in interlocking relationship to provide a stable bottom and support the walls against racking stresses.

Third, to provide a structure having these advantages which may be economically produced from an integral blank and the parts secured together and collapsed into a compact form to be erected as indicated.

Objects relating to details and economies of the invention will appear from the description to follow. The invention is pointed out in the claims.

A preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:

Fig. l is a front perspective view of the erected carton.

Fig. 2 is a bottom view of the carton in collapsed form.

Fig. 3 is a bottom view illustrating the parts at one stage or point in the erection of the carton.

Fig. 4 is a bottom view illustrating another stage in the erection of the carton.

Fig. 5 is a horizontal section of the completely erected carton.

Fig. 6 is a plan view of the blank, one side and one end wall being shown in iniolded position by full lines and in extendedposition by dotted lines, adhesive being indicated at two points.

The carton illustrated is elongated but it will be understood that my invention may be embodied in cartons or" square section and that the use of the terms side and end members in the specification and claims is for convenience in describing and designating the parts.

The embodiment of my invention illustrated comprises side walls !--I and end walls 2-2 hingedly joined as by means of the hinging scores 3. The sealing flap 4 is aligned with the end walls and is hingedly joined to the end of one side wall at s and adhesively secured to the other end wall as indicated at 6. This results in a tubular collapsible structure as shown in Fig. 2

and one capable of being swung to erected position by pressure on the ends of the collapsed structure. The side bottom members ll are hingedly secured to the bottom edges of the side walls by the hinging scores 2%. The side bottom members are of substantially the same length as the side walls.

The end bottom members $-9 are triangular in shape or at least have one inclined edge to which the sealing flap it is hingedly connected by the score II. The end bottom members are hingedly connected to the end walls by the hingingscores l2. lhe sealing or hinging flaps H! of the end bottom members are adhesively secured at It to the undersides of the side bottom members. Each side bottom member '5 is provided with a keeper tab It, the keeper tabs having undercuts 15 therein. The keeper tabs face oppositely when the blank is folded with the sealing flap t in secured position as in Fig. 2 (see also Figs. 3 and i). Each bottom member is provided with an inclined locking tab it adapted to interlock with the keeper tab of the other side bottom member. The inclined edges ii of the locking tabs serve to guide the locking tabs and keeper tabs into interlocking engagement and the inclined edges is of the locking tabs have sliding camniing engagement as the bottom parts are swung to erected position. The locking tabs have slits [9 at the bases thereof which are adapted to receive edge portions of the bottoms of the keeper recesses 15 insuring efiective interlocking engagement.

The side bottom members are further provided with supporting tabs 2e on their diagonally opposite ends viewed with the carton in collapsed or erected position, these being adapted to overlie the opposite bottom side member as shown in Fig. 5. The edges 2! of the supporting tabs are inclined to cammingly engage the rear edges 22 of the keeper tabs M as the parts approach their final erected position thereby facilitating the swinging of the bottom members to fully erected position. The length of the side bottom members being substantially that of the length of the side wall members, a carton is effectively supported in its erected position. This interlocking engagement of the side bottom members and the connection for the end bottom members to the side bottom members very efiectively support the erected bottom parts so that the bottom is capable of supporting substantial weight or load and at the same time the carton may be collapsed as shown in Fig. 2 and quickly set up merely by pressing on opposed end edges of the collapsed carton.

In the embodiment illustrated, one of the side walls is provided with a cover 23 hingedly connected thereto at 24, the cover being provided with a tucking flap 25 hingedly connected thereto at 26. The end walls are provided with top flaps 2T beveled at the rear ends as at 28. The cover has slits 29 disposed in aligmnent with its hinging score 26 so that the end portion 30 of the cover snaps under the flaps 21 when the tucking flap is closed.

I have illustrated and described my improvements in a highly practical embodiment thereof and it is believed that this disclosure will enable those skilled in the art to embody or adapt my invention as may be desired.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Pat-- ent is:

l. A collapsible carton formed of an integral blank comprisin hingedly connected side and end walls, opposed side bottom members hingedly connected to the side walls and of a length substantially corresponding to that of the side walls, and end bottom members hingedly connected to the end walls and having inclined edges provided with hinged attaching flaps, the attaching flap of one end bottom member being secured to the underside of one side bottom member on the portion thereof which is longitudinally inwardly thereof from the hinge connection of the attaching flap to the end bottom member and the attaching flap of the other end bottom member being secured to the underside of the other side bottom member on the portion thereof which is longitudinally inwardly thereof from the hinge connection of the attaching flap to the end bottom member whereby the bottom members are automatically swung to erected position when the walls of the carton are swung from collapsed to erected position, the said side bottom members having oppositely facing undercut keeper tabs, and oppositely inclined locking tabs on their swingin edges adapted to automatically interlock with the keeper tabs of the other side bottom member when the walls and bottom members are erected, said locking tabs having slits at the bottoms thereof adapted to receive edge portions of the keeper tabs at the bottoms of their undercuts, said side bottom members also havin supporting tabs on their swinging edges provided with inclined inner edges, said keeper tabs having inclined outer edges with which the inclined edges of the supporting tabs coact as the bottom members are swung to erected position, said supporting tabs lappingly engaging opposed side bottom members above said end bottom members.

2. A collapsible carton formed of an integral blank comprising hingedly connected side and end walls, opposed side bottom members hingedly connected to the side walls and of a length substantially correspondin to that of the side walls,

and end bottom members hingedly connected to the end walls and having inclined edges provided with hinged attaching flaps, the attaching flap of one end bottom member being secured to the underside of one side bottom member on the portion thereof which is longitudinally inwardly thereof from the hinge connection of the attaching flap to the end bottom member and the attaching flap of the other end bottom member being secured to the underside of the other side bottom member on the portion thereof which is longitudinally inwardly thereof from the hinge connection of the attaching flap to the end bottom member whereby the bottom members are automatically swung to erected position when the walls of the carton are swung from collapsed to erected position, the said side bottom members havin oppositely facing undercut keeper tabs, and oppositely inclined lockin tabs on their swinging edges adapted to automatically interlock with the keeper tabs of the other side bottom member when the walls and bottom members are erected, said side bottom members also having supporting tabs on their swinging edges provided with inclined inner edges, said keeper tabs having inclined outer edges with which the inclined edges of the supporting tabs coact as the bottom members are swung to erected position, said supporting tabs lappingly engaging opposed side bottom members above said end bottom members.

3. A collapsible carton formed of an integralblank comp-rising hingedly connected side and end walls, opposed side bottom members hinged1y connected to the side walls and of a length substantially corresponding to that of the side walls, and end bottom members hingedly connected to the end walls and hav g in ed edges provided with hinged attaching flaps, the attaching flap of one end bottom member bein secured to the underside of one side bottom memher on the portion thereof which is longitudinally inwardly thereof from the hinge connection of the attaching flap to the end bottom member and the attaching flap of the other end bottom member being secured to the underside of the other side bottom member on the portion thereof which is longitudinally inwardly thereof .from the hinge connection of the attaching fiap to the end bottom member whereby the bottom members are automatically swun to erected position when the walls of the carton are swung from collapsed to erected position, the said side bottom members having oppositely facing undercut keeper tabs, and oppositely inclined locking tabs on their swinging edges adapted to automatically interlock with the keeper tabs of the other side bottom member when the walls and bottom members are erected, the adjacent edges of said locking tabs being inclined oppositely to provide camming engagement as the bottom members are swung to erected position, said side bottom members also having supporting tabs on their swinging edges provided with inclined inner edges, said keeper tabs having inclined outer edges with which the inclined edges of the supporting tabs coact as the bottom members are swung to erected position, said supporting tabs lappingly engaging opposed side bottom members abov said end bottom members.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification229/117
International ClassificationB65D5/36
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/3621
European ClassificationB65D5/36B2A