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Publication numberUS3123204 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 3, 1964
Filing dateAug 17, 1962
Publication numberUS 3123204 A, US 3123204A, US-A-3123204, US3123204 A, US3123204A
InventorsJoseph Voytko
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 3123204 A
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March 3, 1964 J, BAKER ETAL 3,123,204

CONTAINER Filed Aug. 17, 1962 I 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTORS J/IMES KYLE BAKER JOSEPH vow/r0 ya BY United States Patent O 3,123,204 CONTAHIER .iames Kyle Baker and Joseph Voytko, Cleveland, Ohio, assignors to West Virginia lulp and Paper Company, New York, N.Y., a corporation of Delaware Filed Aug. 17, E62, der. No. 217,623 2 Claims. (Cl. 2061) This invention relates to containers and more specifically to containers having a cushion device to protect a spherical packaged object such as a bowling ball.

The sport of bowling has achieved great popularity and the sale of bowling balls has correspondingly increased in volume. A corresponding change has also occurred in merchandising of the bowling equipment. Most of the sales are made at the point of purchase locations, such as bowling alleys. An economical package is very desirable to display and transport bowling balls from the merchants business house to the consumers home. Special problems arise in storing and shipping bowling balls due to the shape of the ball. A bowling ball is spherical in shape and as such is very susceptible to damage by dropping or bumping the spherical surface. This susceptibility to damage is due to pressure on a very small area of contact with any fiat surface. Many containers have been devised with expensive interior packing devices and elements to minimize this contact. However, this improved package substitutes an inexpensive cushion which is readily die-cut from a paper blank. The container provided by this invention is easily assembled and provides a strong bottom cushion member which cradles the bowling ball and also elevates it away from the bottom of the package, thus serving the two-fold objective of protecting and positioning the ball from the damaging efifect of concentrated pressures during handling and transporting. This interior cushion provides a sturdy, easily assembled package with an improved cush ioning and supporting device.

In the drawings, FIG. 1 is a blank from which one embodiment of the container may be constructed.

FIG. 2 is another blank from which a second embodiment of the container may be constructed.

FIG. 3 is a perspective View of a partially assembled container, constructed from the blank of FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a completely assembled container from the blank of FIG. 2.

FIG. 5 is a cross section of the assembled container of FIG. 4 taken along the indicated plane, and illustrating a packaged bowling ball within the container.

Referring to the drawings, the package of the inven tion may be formed from a paperboard blank scored with vertical score lines 11, 13, 17 and 21, and having terminal edges 25 and 64 defining adjacent side panels 1t 15, 19 and 23. The side panels are foldably attached along fold lines 13, 17 and 21, respectively. Outer flaps 27 and 45 are foldably attached to side panels 23- and 15 along fold lines 26 and 18 respectively.

Inner cushion flaps 28 and 46 are foldably attached to panels 19 and It) along fold lines 22 and 14, respec tively. Inner cushion flap 23 is formed by fold line 22, edges 3%) and 41, and edges 31 and 43 and also segmental circular edges 32, 38 and 44 of inner cushion panels 29, 36, and 42 respectively. Inner cushion flaps 23 have fold lines 33 and 46 forming inner cushion panels 29, 36, and 42. Circular edges 32 and 44 are formed from arcs of circles having a center along line 35, which is a line drawn through the mid-point of fold line 22. Circular edge 38 is an arc of a circle having a center along line 35, but closer to fold line 22 than the center of the circles forming edges 32 and 4-4. Edges 3t] and 41 are in a non-parallel relationship with edges 71 1 53, and 60.

Inner cushion flap 46 is formed in a similar manner, having two opposite non-parallel edges 48 and 59. Tab 63 is available for fastening wall panel 10 to wall panel 23 by suitable fastening means such as glue or staples. Fold lines 12, 16, 2t and 24 are available for attached flaps 74, 75, 76 and 77, to provide handle means. One such handle means is that shown in FIG. 1, employing handle means such as that taught in US. Patent 2,675,168 to Clark. Other suitable means may be employed such as that handle shown in the blank illustrated in FIG. 2.

Other arrangements such as a full flap or regular slotted top, as it is known in the art may -be utilized as a closure, or a bail handle of wire or other suitable material may also be used.

In one embodiment, the inner cushion flaps 23 and 46 may be constructed from blanks separate from the container portion and then placed in the container when assembled. The inner members are so constructed that the weight of an object when placed upon the cushion is distributed evenly against the bottom edges of the walls of the container thereof. The objects packaged are thus held in suspension at a distance from the bottom outer flaps.

The circular configuration of the edges of the cushion member when in the assembled container, serve to support the packaged object, are tangent to the object along the entire circumference of the figure formed by edges 32, 38, 44, 50, 54 and 61. This arrangement protects the object from pressures developing on a small area Which are extremely damaging and may get the ball object out of round; producing flat spots on the ball. This action is illustrated in FIG. 5.

The package may be assembled from the blank in FIG. 1 by folding panels 10, '15, 1? and 23 at approximately right angles to each other, forming walls of a container. Tab 63 is secured to wall panel 23 by suitable means such as glue or staples. Flaps 27 and 45 are folded at right angles to panels 1% and 22, after cushion flaps 28 and 46 are folded at right angles to panels 15 and 23 overlying flaps 27 and 45 in apposed relationship. Cushion 28 is folded about fold lines 33 and 49 so that edge 30 lies along fold line 26, and edge 41 lies along fold line 18. The cushion flaps thus formed are approximately conical in shape and the edges 48 and 59 are parallel with fold lines 18 and 26; edges 30 and 41 are also parallel with fold lines 26 and 18. Edges 3'2, 33, 44, 5t), 54 and 61 are positioned upwardly from panels 27 and 45 and are approximately circular in configuration, serving to suspend the packaged object from these panels. The weight of the object is then distributed evenly along the bottom fold lines 14, 13, 22 and 26 through panels 29, 36, 42, 49, 53- and 6t} and provides a support and cradle for the packaged ball.

FIGURE 2 illustrates another embodiment of a blank from which our improved container may be assembled. This embodiment provides a container capable of carrying great weights due to the reinforced handle and wall structure provided.

The container may be constructed from the blank of FIGURE 2 having bottom panel 1%, which is formed by edge 101, 103 and fold lines 102 and 1M. Foldably attached to bottom panel is side wall panel 124, along fold line 102. Side wall panels 1% and 127 are foldably attached to panel 124 along fold lines 1% and 126 respectively.

Inner cushion flaps lid and 131 are attached to side panel M5 and 127 along fold lines N59 and 13d. Half top panel 176 and half top panel 176 are foldably attached to wall panels Th5 and 127 along fold lines Hi7 and 128 respectively. Handles T175 and 181 are foldably attached to the half top panels along fold lines 173 and 1'79. Guter full top panel 182 is foldably attached to Wall panel 124 along fold line 125. Tuck 189 is attached to panel 132 along lines 184 and 186, and has cutout 185, and locking tab 19d.

Side panel 144 is attached to bottom panel 18% along fold line res. Inside wall panels and 154 are attached to side panel i l-4 along fold lines 145' and 1 .46 respectively. Top half panels 158 and 164 are foldably attached to inside wall panels and 154 respectively along fold lines 153 and E57. Handle 163 is attached to half top panel 158, along fold line 161; handle 169 is attached to half top panel 164 along line 167. Tab 149 is attached to side panel 144 along fold line 147.

The inner cushion flap illtl has panels llll, 116 and 129 with arcuate edges 112, l1? and 121. Inner cushion flap 131 is similarly constructed, having panels 132, I37, 140, having arcuate edges 1133, 138, 141.

A container may be formed by folding side panel 124 and side panel 1 24 so as to form approximate right angles with bottom panel fill). Outside wall panels 165 and 127 are folded to form approximate right angles with side panel 124. Inner cushion flaps 11d and 131 are then positioned over bottom panel 1%. Inside wall panels 315i? and 15: are folded at approximate right angles with panel 14%, with edge 152 lying along fold line 1x99; edge 1:55 lying along fold line 139. Edge 114 lying along fold line lllld, edge 1412 lying along the same fold line lid-t. Half top panels 158 and 164 are folded along fold lines 153 and 157 respectively to form an inner top for the container. Handles 163 and 169 are approximately perpendicular to the half top panels. Half top panels 17% and 176 are folded in a similar manner; handles 1'75 and 1%]. are approximately at right angles to half top panels 176 and 176, handles and 181 are in a plane parallel with handles 163 and 169. Full top panel 182 is folded downwardly in apposition with panels 158, 16d, 17d and 3176. Handles 163, 169, 175 and 181 project through cut-out 188 and form a carrying structure of four thicknesses of material. Tab 149 is engaged into cut 185 serving to lock the outer full top panel 182 to form a top for the container.

The container thus formed has a cushion device in the bottom, two side walls of double thickness and a top of triple thickness of material, two Walls of a single thickness of material, and a handle of four thicknesses of material projecting through cut-out 188 in outer full top panel 182. \When Tab 149 is engaged in cut-out 185, the top is then securely locked in a closed position.

A bowling ball or other packaged goods of sinilar structure is securely cradled in the strong and effective container, the inner cushion serving to insulate the packaged object from damage.

Having thus described two embodiments of my invention,

What is claimed is:

1. A blank for a container for packaging bowling balls comprising:

(a) abottorn panel,

(1')) a first side Wall panel foldably connected along one edge of the bottom panel,

(0) two other side Wall panels foldably attached to the first side wall panel along opposite edges thereof,

(d) a locking tab foldably attached to another free edge of said first side Wall panel,

(2) a half top panel foldably attached to at least two side wall panels along a free edge thereof,

(f) a second side panel foldably connected to the bottom panel along another free edge thereof,

(3) two other side wall panels foldably connected to the second side wall panel along opposite edges thereof,

(It) a top half panel foldably attached to at least two side wall panels along a free edge of each side wall panel,

(1') a handle foldably attached to each of the top half panels,

(j) an outer full top panel foldably attached to the said second side Wall panel,

(k) fastening means attached to the said outer full top panel whereby the top is secured when in a closed position,

(I) two inner cushion flaps foldably attached to at least two side wall panels each inner cushion panel being folded about at least two fold lines forming a plurality of inner cushion panels, said inner cushion flaps having a pair of oppositely opposed nonparallel edges and having one arcuate edge.

2. The container of claim 1 wherein the fastening means is a locking tab adapted to be engaged with the outer full top panel.

References (fitted in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,987,063 Hinton Ian. 8,1935 2,562,655 Belanger July 31, 1951 2,916,195 Gatward Dec. 8,1959

FOREIGN PATENTS 194,651 Great Britain June 13, 1922 763,522 France Feb. 12, 1934 489,127 Italy Jan. 15, 1954 84,992 Norway Feb. 7, 1955 1,150,466 France Aug. 12, 1957

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U.S. Classification206/315.9, 206/315.91, 229/117.14
International ClassificationB65D5/50, B65D5/46
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/46104, B65D5/5014, B65D5/46168
European ClassificationB65D5/46B4A1, B65D5/50A3B, B65D5/46B2A1