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Publication numberUS2998911 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 5, 1961
Filing dateDec 1, 1958
Priority dateDec 1, 1958
Publication numberUS 2998911 A, US 2998911A, US-A-2998911, US2998911 A, US2998911A
InventorsBrodt Ray H, Hahn William W, Kilmer George J
Original AssigneeUnion Bag Camp Paper Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bag opening device
US 2998911 A
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Sept. 5, 1961 w. w. HAHN ETAL BAG OPENING DEVICE Filed Dec. 1, 1958 m #5 w m& s. m w

. 2,998,911 BAG OPENING DEVICE William W. Hahn, New Hope, Ray H. Brodt, Nazareth,

and George .I. Kilmer, New Hope, Pa., assignors to Union Bag-Camp Paper Corporation, New York,

N.Y., a corporation of Virginia Filed Dec. 1, 1958, Ser. No. 777,243

2 Claims. (Cl. 229-66) The present invention relates to improvements in pasted valve bags.' More particularly it pertains to a tear tape in the valve corner of a filled bag for quick and easy access to the enclosed contents.

Pasted valve bags are used for the packaging and shipment of pulverulent, granular or other dry fiowable materials, such as cement, grain, fertilizer and the like. In such bags one of the corners has the paste omitted over a narrow area which forms an open passageway through which a filling tube may be inserted to fill the bag. After the bag is filled, the tube is withdrawn, and the wall of the passageway is closed by the pressure of the contents of the bag against the valve. When the ultimate user wishes to remove the contents from the bag he must tear or break the bag with a sharp tool. It is an object of the present invention to greatly simplify the removal of the contents from such bags by providing a tear tape for opening the bag at the valve corner.

It is a further object of the invention to position the tear tape so that the user can tear open the top of the bag for a portion of the width and then pull out the valve corner to form a pouring spout which facilitates the pouring of the materials from the bag. This also permits use of the bag until the entire contents have been removed.

It is another object of the invention to provide a tear tape which can be embodied in the bag during the manufacturing operation, is simple. in design, and operates effectively and satisfactorily to open the bag.

Other objects of the invention will in part be obvious and will in part appear hereinaften.

The invention accordingly comprises an article of manufacture possessing the features, properties, and the relation of elements which will be exemplified in the article hereinafter described and the scope of the invention which will be indicated in the claims.

For a fuller understanding of the nature and objects of the invention, reference should be had to the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in which:

FIGURE 1 is a fragmentary perspective view of the valve end of a filled pasted valve ba-g embodying the tear tape of the present invention;

FIGURE 2 is a plan view of the valve end of the bag with the end closure flaps open and the tear tape reinforcing strip secured to one of the flaps;

FIGURE 3 is a plan view similar to that of FIGURE 2 with the flap bearing the strip folded into place;

FIGURE 4 is a plan view similar to that of FIGURE 3 with both flaps folded into place;

FIGURE 5 is a perspective View of one side of the tear tape reinforcing strip showing the tape attached thereto;

FIGURE 6 is a perspective view similar to that of FIGURE 5 showing the other side of the strip with the line of paste for securing the strip to the flap; and

FIGURE 7 is a view similar to that of FIGURE 1 showing the tape after it has been torn a short distance.

Referring more particularly to the drawings, there is shown a bag 10 which may be formed from one or more plies of paper, the bag illustrated in FIGURES 1 States Patent 9 to 4, inclusive, being composed of four plies. This bag has the usual forms of end flaps folded to form closures at the ends with one corner serving as a valve for filling. In forming the valve corner illustrated herein, the opposite bag walls are spread apart to form end closure flaps 11 and 12 and theopposite edges are folded inwardly to form flaps 13 and 14, the flap .13 being designed to serve as a valve flap (FIGURE 2).

A tear tape reinforcing strip 15, shown in FIGURES 5 and 6, is formed of paper or other suitable material. To this strip is attached a length of filament tape 16 or similar material which will cut through the strip and bag material. All of such material is referred to in the specification and claims as tape. A tab 17 may be provided at the one end of the strip for pulling the tape. A line of paste 18 is applied along one edge of the strip for securing it to the end closure flap 11. The strip material and applied tape may be in continuous roll form from which the strip or patch is cut ,in the size and shape shown in FIGURE 5. The folded edges of the strip 15 are not required but do reinforce the folded edges of the flaps 11 and 12 and facilitate the positioning of the strip on the flap 11 during the manufacturing operation.

Such strip 15 is positioned on the end closure flap 1'1 and secured thereto as shown in FIGURE 2. Paste is applied to the flaps 12 and 14 in conventional manner, the flap 11 is folded over as shown in FIGURE 3, and flap 12 is then folded over the top of flap 11 as shown in FIGURE 4 to complete the closure. The flaps 11 and 12 have been previously perforated along lines 19 and 20 so that the lines of perforation will be superimposed over the tape 16 when the said flaps are folded and secured into the position shown in FIGURE 4. It will be seen that the tear tape reinforcing strip projects in teriorly of the bag and is positioned at the top of the valve so that the tab 17 extends outside of the valve and can be easily gripped for pulling the tape. Although the tape is shown as running through the middle of the valve, it may likewise be applied at any other position in the valve opening.

The bag is filled by inserting the filling tube between the valve flap 13 and the tear tape reinforcing strip 15, which strip is secured beneath the folded end closure flaps 11 and 12. The tear tape and strip are embodied in the valve corner so that they will in no way interfere with such filling operation.

Although the tear tape illustrated herein is applied to a reinforcing strip or patch to make it possible to insert the tape in the valve during the manufacturing operation, it should be understood that the tape itself may likewise be applied to the conventional valve extension or valve sleeve where such extension or sleeve is formed of an additional piece of material inserted in the valve itself and extends over the top of the valve. Such extension or sleeve may also be provided with a tab for pulling the tape similar to that shown on the strip of FIGURE 5.

When the filled bag is to be opened the user grips the tab and pulls the tape upward. Such tape tears through the reinforcing strip and the lines of perforation in the end closure flaps, thus opening the end of the bag from the valve corner approximately half way across the width of the bag. The valve flap and extension projecting therefrom may then be pulled upward and outward to form a pouring spout for easy pouring of the contents. For most bags the tape will effectively tear through the strip and flaps without the lines of perforation shown and described. However, in bags with a large number of plies of heavy paper, the lines of perforation will facilitate the tearing operation.

Thus it will be apparent that the herein disclosed invention provides a new and useful bag with means for opening it to afiord quick and easy access to the contents, which is adapted to provide a pouring spout, and which can be embodied in the bag during manufacture easily and at little extra cost.

Since certain changes may be made in the above article, and different embodiments of the invention could be made without departing from the scope thereof, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description (or shown in the accompanying drawing) shail be interpreted as illustrative and not' in a limiting sense.

It is also to be understood that the following claims are intended to cover all of the generic and specific features of the invention herein described, and all statements of the scope of the invention which, as a matter of language, might be said to fall therebetween.

Having described our invention, what we claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. A bag comprising a body, one end having closure flaps formed from oppositely infoldcd portions of the bag wall, a tear tape attached to a longitudinal strip of material, said strip being secured to at least one of the flaps with said tape positioned beneath the strip, said strip and said tape extending from the narrow end of 4 the bag interiorly of the bag, said strip and tear tape being positioned below each of said closure flaps with the flaps in closed position and said strip being spaced away from the longitudinal top folded edges of said closure flap, said strip and closure flaps being folded one upon the other and said strip and closure flaps being adhered together to form the end quick-opening cover for said bag, whereby an outward pull on the tape will sever said strip and said flaps above the tape to provide access to the bag.

2. A bag as claimed in claim 1 wherein said strip and said tape are provided with a pull tab projecting from narrow end of said bag.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,151,523 Orr Mar. 21, 1939 2,203,924 Pletscher June 11, 1940 2,565,622 Orr Aug. 28, 1951 FOREIGN PATENTS 520,027 Belgium June 15, 1953 886,716 Germany Aug. 17, 1953 1,111,745 France Nov. 2, 1955 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent, No, 2,998,911 September 5, 1961 William W, Hahn et a1.

It is hereby certified that error appears in the above numbered patent requiring correction and that the 'said Letters Patent should read as corrected below.

. Column 4, line. 3 for "strip read tape line 5, for "flap" read flaps Signed and sealed this 7th day of August 1962,

(SEAL) Attest:

ERNEST W SWIDER DAVID L- LADD Attesting Officer Commissioner of Patents

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U.S. Classification383/205
International ClassificationB65D30/24, B65D75/68, B65D75/52
Cooperative ClassificationB65D75/68, B65D31/142
European ClassificationB65D75/68, B65D31/14A