US 2785847 A
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March 19, 1957 H. w. FORRER RARERBOARD CARRIER CARTON 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed 0013. 4, 1954 INVENTOR. /OMAER W'. FORRER Affair/vers March 19, 1957 H. w. FORRER RAPRRROARD CARRIER CARTON 2 Sheets-Sheer?I 2 Filed OCT.. 4, 1954 INVENTOR Honig@ w. Fokke# ATTORNEYS Uflid States Patent PArERBoARD: CARRIER ,CARTON Homer WForrer, Atlanta, .'Ga., assignor to Atlantalaper "This .invention relates-to .paperboard cartons, andl more :particularly to .anarrangement.-for.:providing a conventional :box'type .carton with .a` carrying handle, while maintaining the carton normally arranged for filling and use, so that the carton is thereby further adapted as a carrier in addition to performing its regularly intended function as a container in the usual Way.
Briefly described, this arrangement of the present invention comprises the formation of a paperboard carton wall panel from a pair of component panel portions secured in partially overlapping relation so as to form a double thickness section in the Wall panel. At each side of this double thickness section flap members are arranged in each component panel portion to remain attached along weakened separation lines adjacent the double thickness section while being hinged remotely therefrom, so that they are normally disposed to maintain the carton closed at the wall panel but are easily depressed inwardly of the carton to allow access to the double thickness section as a carrying handle. This arrangement may be employed to particular advantage in cartons intended to contain cans, because the flap members can be located to be depressed into the dead space between cans and thereby employ this space to render the double thickness section readily available for gripping as a handle.
These and other features of the present invention are described in further detail below in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:
Fig. -1 is a perspective view of a paperboard carrier carton embodying the present invention;
Fig. 2 is a sectional detail taken substantially on the line 2-2 in Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a sectional detail taken substantially on the line 3-3 in Fig. l; and v Fig. 4 is a plan view of a blank suitable for forming the carton shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3.
The embodiment of the present invention illustrated in Figs. 1, 2 and 3 of the drawings comprises a carton, as indicated generally by the reference numeral 10, incorporating a double thickness carrying handle section at 12 formed by the overlapping of component panel portions 14 and 16 that constitute a wall panel of the carton 10.
Each component panel portion 14 and 16 has a flap member 18 or 20 formed therein adjacent the double thickness section 12 at which it originally remains attached along a weakened separation line as at 22 or 24 (see Fig. 4), while being hinged at 26 or 28 remotely with respect to the double thickness section 12, so that these ilap members 18 and 20 are normally disposed to maintain the carton 1) closed at the wall panel formed by the component panel portion 14 and 16 but are easily depressible inwardly of the carton to fold away from the double thickness section 12 (as seen best in Fig. 2) and allow it -to be gripped as a carrying handle.
The double thickness section 12 is formed in the overlapping component panel portions 14 and 16 so as to exv2 tendbetween oppositeedges thereof` in the direction of the lengthwise axis of vcans C, (see Fig. 2) as disposed in Vthe carton 10, and is aligned with -the position assumed by a can C intermediately along the carton Ywall .panel constituted by..the.panel portions 14andV 16 so that the dead space betweenzadjacent-cans .C allows. clearance for the above noted inwarddepression ,of 4the apmembers 1S and Z as illustrated in Fig..2.
VThe completestructural arrangement of the carton-10 can .-be described best in relation to Fig. 4, which shows a Yblank arranged for forming the cartonillustrated'in Figs. 1, 2 and 3, and in which itwill be seenthat-a first Wall panel 30 is foldably joined in series betweenvavpair'of Wall panels 32 and 34, with the component panel portions ,14 and 16 foldably joined in the same-series at the respective remote edges of .the-pair of wall panels 32 and34. `In this arrangement the pair ofwall panels 32 and 34 are provided toform opposite wall panels for the carton 10, and the component panel por-tions 14 and 16 are proportioned to `constitute a carton Wall panel opposite the iirst wall panel 30.
Each of the wall panels 30, 32 and 34, and the panel portions 14 and 16 are provided in a width corresponding to the height of the cans C to be contained in the carton 10, and they each have top and bottom closure aps hinged along the entire extent of their opposite side edges as at 36, 38, 40, 42 and 44. The overlapping extent of the panel portion 14 and 16 for forming lthe double thickness section 12 is carried throughout the lateral extent of the top and bottom closure aps 42 and 44 thereon, as indicated by the stippled area a-t 12' in Fig. 4 which represents a glue application at the bottom face of panel portion 14 for securing it in overlapped relation at the top face of panel portion 16, the closure flaps 42 and 44 being likewise secured at the same time.
Preferably, the weakened separation lines 22 and 24 for the panel portion ap members 18 and 20 are curved arcuately and the opposite edge portion of each panel portion 14 and 16 is notched in the same shape, as at 14 and 16' in Fig. 4 to form a narrowed extent for the double thickness section 12 and thereby adapt it to better advantage as a carrying handle. This narrowed extent of the double thickness section 12, however, terminates short of the opposite side edges of the panel portions 14 and 16 so that the carton 1t) is strongly secured thereat and throughout the top and bottom closure aps 42 and 44 to render the carton equally as sturdy and serviceable as a conventional carton of this sort, while providing a carrying handle at the double thickness section 12.
The present invention has been described in detail above for purposes of illustration only, and is not intended to be limited by this description or otherwise except as defined in the appended claims.
1. A blank for a paperboard carrier carton comprising a rst wall panel, a pair of wall panels foldably joined in series with said iirst wall panel at opposite edges thereof, a pair of component panel portions foldably joined in said series at the respective remote edges of said pair of wall panels for securing in overlapped relation to form a further wall panel corresponding in proportions with said rst wall panel and having a double thickness section extending transversely therein, top and bottom closure flaps hinged along the entire extent of the opposite side edges of said iirst wall panel and of said pair of wall panels and of said pair of component panel portions, each of said pair of component panel portions being of less length than said rst wall panel and being proportioned to overlap in a relatively wide extent adjacent the side edge thereof and throughout the extent of the top and bottom closure flaps thereon, and a flap member formed in each of said component panel portions, said ap members being spaced from the side edges of said panel p0rtions and remaining attached to said panel portions along weakened separation lines substantially coinciding with the overlapping extent of the other panel portion of said pair at the central portion thereof, and being hinged to each panel portion remotely with respect tothe double thickness section formed by the overlapping of said pair of panel portions. p c
2. A paperboard carrier carton for a plurality of cans, said carton comprising a wall panel formed by a pair of component panel portions overlapped and permanently secured in face contacting relation to provide a double thickness section in said Vwall panel extending between opposite edges thereof in the directionrof the lengthwise axis of cans as disposed in said carton, said double thickness section being of a sufficient width for forming a suitable carrying handle, and a ap member formed in each of said component panelportions adjacent the central portion of said double thickness section, said ap members being spaced from said opposite wall panel edges, re-V maining attached to said panel portions along weakened Vafreizen? separation lines at the central portion of said double thickness section, and being hinged to said panel portions remotely with respect to said double thickness section, whereby said flap members are normally disposed to maintain said carton closed at said wall panel but are easily depressible inwardly of said wall panel for allowing access to the central portion of said double thickness section as a carrying handle.
3. A Vpaperboard Vcarrier carton as deiined in claim 2 and .further characterized in that the portions of said double thickness section that are adjacent the wall panel edges are dened by slits extending in Vsaid componenti panel portions Vfrom said opposite edges.
I l References Cited in the le of this patent i UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,974,792 Berney Sept. 25, 1934 2,598,051 Guyer May 27, 1952 2,654,474 Ringler Oct. 6,1953 2,681,143 Guyer June 15, 1954