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March 22, 1960 Filed March 5, 1959 E. J. M CORMICK ET AL DISPLAY DEVICE 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 March 22, 1960 E. J. M CORMICK ETAL 2,929,498
DISPLAY DEVICE FiledMarch 5, 1959 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 ATTORN EY DISPLAY DEVICE Edward J. McCormick, Swarthmore, and William F. Muller, Jr., Springfield, Pa., assignors to Johnson & Johnson, a corporation of New Jersey Application March 5, 1959, Serial No. 797,369
9 Claims. (Cl. 205-79) The present invention relates to a packing and display device for hollow rolls, more particularly to such a device for packing and displaying fiat rolls of strip material such as pressure-sensitive tape and the like.
This invention contemplates a device for holding a plurality of hollow rolls of tape, or the like, in a fixed position, either for storage or shipment inside a carton or a similar package, or for display. The rolls are mounted on the device in such away that they are in full view for display purposes and are readily accessible for removal and sale. For packing purposes, the device is designed to hold the rolls firmly in position in a container so that they will not shift in position during handling and shipment. The device itself occupies a minimum of space in the container and does not add substantially to shipping weight. For display purposes, the device must be capable of holding and presenting a plurality of rolls without danger of the rolls being dislodged from the device or the device collapsing on being handled or bumped by customers.
According to one embodiment of this invention, the packing and display device is in the form of a unitary foldable structure which may be stamped or cut from a single piece of cardboard or a similar material. This device may be made by cutting a single piece of cardboard in one operation, and then folding those sections of the sheet which remain joined together. When folded for use, it comprises a vertical base and at least one projection extending horizontally from the base. Hollow rolls of tape or a similar material may be mounted on the device by fitting the rolls over the projection. The base is designed so that it conforms to the size of the rolls and occupies only about as much space. as the flat faces of the rolls which are held on the projection, or projections. Each projection is designed to hold a full complement of rolls so that when the device is fully loaded, the end of the projection does not protrude beyond the rolls which it holds to any great extent. The fully loaded device is designed to be supported from the base with the base mounted vertically and the projections extending horizontally, for display purposes. For instance, it may be mounted in this manner on a display peg board on notches provided in the bottom of the base. V
In another embodiment of this invention, a sleeve and holder is provided for each of the rolls; and the sleeve defines a central aperture of the same generalshape as the front cross section of the projection. The aperture is designed to register with the projection when the rolls are mounted thereon so that the rolls are positioned and held on the projection and cannot shift. The sleeve may also act as a holder for the roll, or a dispenser for a roll of tape, for example, in which case the aperture acts as a convenient hand-holding means. Normally, the packing and display device according to this embodiment of the invention comprises a plurality of projec- 7 tions spaced from one another laterally along the base; and. the outside lateral dimension of the slee es is such nited States Patent ice that the sleeves on adjacent projections just fit together, or contaet one another along their edges, thereby assisting the projections in holding the rollsfirmly in position on the base.
Other and further advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following description and claims taken together with the drawings wherein:
Figure 1 is a plan view of a packing and display device according to one embodiment of this invention, showing the device in its unfolded position, or as it would appear just after stamping or cutting froma single sheet of material; 4
Fig. 2 is a view in perspective of the device of Fig; 1 as the necessary folds are being made but before its various parts have assumed their ultimate positions;
Fig. 3 is a view in perspective of the device of Figs. 1 and 2 with its parts folded in their ultimate positions;
Fig. 4 is a top view of the device of the previous'figures showing a number of hollow tape rolls mounted inside sleeves and fitted on the projections extending therefrom;
Fig. 5 is a somewhat enlarged view, partly in section and partly in elevation, along the line 55 of Fig. 4; and
Fig. 6 is a similarly enlarged view along the line 6-6 of Fig. 4.
Referring to the drawings, there is shown a packing and display device which may be formed from a single sheet of material such as cardboard. Referring particularly to Figs. 3 and 6, this device comprises a vertical base 11 and a plurality of projections 12 extending horizontally from the base intermediate the top and bottom edges 13 and 14, respectively, of the base; The projections 12 are more or less rectangular in vertical cross section when viewed from one end, with the cross sectional area increasing slightly from the front to the rear of the projections. In other words, the projections 12 are slightly wider where they connect to the vertical base 11 than they are at their outer ends.
The base comprises a front base member 15 and a back base member 16 which are substantially coextensive in area and adapted to be superimposed one upon the other to form the base 11. When the device is cut from a single sheet of material, as shown in Fig. 1, the front and back base members 15 and 16 are connected by those portions of the sheet which, when folded, make up the projections 12. Each of said projections comprises a vertical front wall 17, a top wall-18 foldably connected to and extending between the top edge of the front wall 17 and the back base member 16, and a bottom wall 19 foldably connected to and extending between the bottom edge of the front wall 17 and the front base member 15. The top walls 18 of the projections connect to the back base member intermediate its top and bottom edges, and the bottom walls 19 of theprojections connect to the front base member intermediate its top and bottom edges. The exact points at which the top and bottom walls connect to their respectitve back and front base members is selected to position the projections where desired on the vertical base 11.
In order to form each of the projections, a recess 21 is provided in the front base member 15, behind the bottom wall 19 of the projection in Fig. 1, extending between the top edge of the front base member 15 and the point where the bottom wall of the projection joins the front base member. The recess 21 is positioned underneath the top wall 18 of the projection, and the sides 22 of the recess are adapted to receive the sides of the imposed over the back base member 16 by folding the top and bottom walls 18 and 19 of the projection about the frontwall 17 .thereof into the recess. For this purpose, the sides 22 of'the recess 21 are vtapered outwardly away from the vertical centerline of the 'recess, and the top" of the recessis wider?- than the top wall 18 where: the top wall joins ,the-backbase member. 16 and narrower than this. portion of the" top'wall at the bottom of the recess 21 where; the bot-L tom wall 19 joins the front base member '15. Toaidin receiving the sides of the top'wall, notches- 2-3 are pro-..
videdin the sides of the recess. These notches are spaced from the point where the bottom'wall joins the front base member by. a distance correspondingtothe desired height of the projection 12 at this point.
and sliding thetop wall mam s.
an rtur i f he same their hape a the fr nt vertical cross section of each of the projections 12; This means that a plurality of sleeves33, each containing a roll, may be fitted snugly on one of the projections 12 as shown in Figs. 4-6 in such a way that the rollsare held firmly against shifting for packing or display purposes.
.As shown in'Fig. 4', the outside lateral dimension, or
width, of the sleeves 33 is; soch that when sleeves are positionedon adjacent projections 12 the right side; of the Reinforcing. tongues 25.are provided for each ofthe 7 projections 12 to prevent them from sagging when the base 11 is mounted. vertically on a pegboard, for in stance. Each ofthetongues25 is-foldably connectedto. thefr'ont'base member atthebottom of one of then recesses 21 and extends intothe back of'the'fold between the. mp and the front wall of'the correspondingprojec: tion. 12. The tongue acts like a leafspring in resistingl downward movement :of the front ,of the projection 12 under. the weight of the rolls stored thereon.
7 When all of the partsof the packing and display device of this invention are cutout of asingle sheetof material,
'theydevic'e is formed merely by folding where indicated in the drawings and without the necessity of separating; any of itsiparts from theisheet; This means that the front and back base members 15 and 16, the front, top and bota 'tom walls .1 7, 18, and 1-9 of the projectionand the tongues 25, all are' integral, since none of them have been seps sleeve-on one'proje'ction-fitsagainst-the left side of the sleeve on the next projection so that'gtheiredges are in contact with one another. This close fitIbetween the edges ofthe: sleeves. 33iassiststhe projections 12 in holding the sleeves andthe rolls 31 in position and preventing them from shifting'duringh'andling and'use.
Having now described the invention in specific detail and exemplified the manner in which it may be carried 1" into; practice, itwill be. readily apparent to those skilled inthe art thatinnnmerable variations, modifications, ap' plications, and extensions of the basic principles; involved may be made without departing, from; its spirit and;scope. r a
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l. A packing anddisplayt device. for hollow rollswhich comprises a vertical baseand at least one, projection extending horizontally fromsaid'base, intermediate its top a and; bottom edges, said-projection: being adapted to fit aratedfrom the sheet'from which'they were formed. To a accomplish this, the recessesl21 in the front base member 1-5- areforme'd by the: removal,-or cutting out, of the bottom walls 19 and the tongues. 25 of-the projections:
' inside thehollow portions of and support a; plurality of.
said rolls simultaneously, Said basecomprising, a front base member and :a backbase. member,- fiaid; base-members. being. substantially coextensive andiadapted tobe superimposed one upon the, otherto, form. thebase, said projection; comprising aavertica l front wall, a; top wall Similarly, recesses 26 are formed in the baclebasemema. berby-the cutting out of-the top walls of the projections...
The recesses. in the back base'member 16 extend between. the 'bottom edges of the memberland the points where.
each of the top walls of the projections join the. back bottom walls19 of thepro'jections l2, asshown in Fig. 1:;
between the notches 23 in the sides of the recesses and the top'efd'gel of 'thefr'ontbase member. The tongues 2 5,;in
turn, are struck out ofthe bottom walls 19 of theapro i jections 12 and portions of the front walls17 thereof. As
shownin Fig. 1, the'tips of the tongues 25"are. taken from the front walls. 17 to make the tongues slightly foldably-connectedgtoand extending:between theytop edge of saidfront, wall. and-said back-base; member intermediat'ethe top andbottem edgesof-said-backbase mem- "ber, and a bottom'wall foldablyconneotedtoand extend-,
ing between the bottom'edge of'said front wall'and said frontbase member intermediate the top ,and'bottorn edges of said front'base membensaid front base member defining airecess extending between its top edge and the pointwhere said bottom wall joins the front base memher, the sides of-the recess: being tapered; outwardly away from the vertical c'enterline'ofthei recess and the top of I said recess being wider :than saidtop wall where the tbp wail joins thetbaek basev member and narrowerthan; thisqpo'rtion ofzthetop wallat the}. bottom oftherecesslwheresthe bottomwall'joinsthe front base member,' the sides -of said recess being-,radapted to receive thesid'e'sof-said topawall when the front baseqmember is.
superimposed over thezback base-lmem'ber by folding. said top and bottom; walls about,;said ;front-wali' and sliding the top. wall into the recess: a
longer" than the bottom walls19sof theprojections in order toprovide the aforementioned spring-like action for reinforcing'purposes. The front and the back base members .15 and16 have corresponding slots 28 along their 7 bottomiedg'es. to form notches 29in the vertical base 11 for mounting the device on pegboard display hooks.
Referring to Figs. 4, 5, and 6, a-pluralityof rolls ;31
2-. Apacking and display device according toi 1,
wherein; the sides of said. recess are: notched to receive the-side'sof said top wallrwhen the front and: back base. members are superimposed' as aforesaidr 1 a claim l,
T 3". Apacking and displaydevice according to whichfurthe'r comprises a reinforcing tongue foldably of tape mounted upon hollow cores 32 are shown mount, I ed one in front of the other on one of the projectionsv:
12' of :the. packingmnddisplay device of this invention.
Each of theirolls Tis containedina rectangular sleeve or holder33 of cardboard or 'a-similar rigid or semi'rigid material." 'Ea ch'ofthe sleeves shown has-a front'wall' 34 :and a back-Wall 35 connecting. atop and 3 56110111 wall 36aridL3'l, respectively, the sides of the sleeve being" opentotprovide access'tothe tape on the roll. Eachfof the. sleevesv also d'efinesa central aperture 38 in the form of. rectangular holes located in the front and the th'e lo'ca'tionl'of tthel hollowportioncitru 11:31;
connected to the front Ib'asemember atthe bottom of-said recess, said tongue extending into the back of the. 'foid between saidtop lwall-g and'saidfrontWalI;' i
4; A packing and 'di-splay-device according toelaim 1, which; farther-comprises afsleevaaiid-fibldeti for each-or" said roll's, each of said sleeves definin'gasc'ent-ral aperture of-the same general shape asthefrdnti ertical cross sec-I tionof said projection, wher'ebva plurality of=said sleeves each containing a' roll will fit snugly-on said projection when said: apertures are registered with saidprojection.
5 A packing and display. device according to claim "4,
' wherein-there are a plurality of .saidfiprojections spaced fromone another later-ally along theJbaSe-and a corresponding number of said recesse's insaid front basementber; saidsleeves, having an outsidei lateral dimension snch that -tlae' right-side oi' thezesleeneon;one proiection essence fits against the left side of the sleeve on the next projection.
6. A packing and display device for hollow rolls which comprises a vertical base and at least one projection extending horizontally from said base intermediate its top and bottom edges, said projection being adapted to fit inside the hollow portions of and support a plurality. of said rolls simultaneously, said base comprising a front base member and back base member, said base members being substantially coextensive and adapted to be superimposed one upon the other to form the base, said projection comprising a vertical front Wall, a top wall foldably connected to and extending between the top edge of said front wall and said back base member intermediate the top and bottom edges of said back base member, and a bottom wall foldably connected to and extending between the bottom edge of said front wall and said front base member intermediate the top and bottom edges, said back base member being cut out to form a recess below the point where said top wall joins the back base member and said front base member being cut out to form a recess above the point where said bottom wall joins the front base member, the recesses in said front and back base members extending to the top and bottom edges of said members respectively, the top Wall being wider than the bottom wall where the top and bottom walls join the back and front base members, the sides of the recess in the front member being tapered outwardly away from the projection, the top of the recess in the front base member being wider than said top wall where the top wall joins the back base member and narrower than this portion of the top wall at the bottom of the recess where the bottom wall joins the front base member, the sides of said front recess being adapted to receive the sides of said top wall when the front base member is superimposed over the back base member by folding said top and bottom walls about said front wall and sliding the 7 top wall into the front recess, said front and back base members and said front, top and bottom walls all being integral, having been cut in and folded from the same sheet of material and not having been separated from said sheet.
7. A packing and display device according to claim 6, which further comprises a reinforcing tongue foldably connected to the front base member at the bottom of said recess, said tongue extending into the back of the fold between said top wall and said front wall, the tongue having been cut in and folded from said sheet and not having been separated from said sheet. 1
8. A packing and display device according to claim 6, wherein there are a plurality of'said projections spaced from one another laterally along the base and a corresponding number of said recesses appropriately located in the respective base members, the front, top and bottom walls of all of said projections being integral with said base members, having been cut in and folded from the said sheet of material and not having been separated from said sheet.
9. A packing and display device according to claim 8,
wherein the bottom edges of said front and back base References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Schroder June 5, 1894 Kincaid Dec. 22, 1953 Hennessey et a1. Mar. 24, 1959