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Publication numberUS3160342 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 8, 1964
Filing dateFeb 20, 1963
Priority dateFeb 20, 1963
Publication numberUS 3160342 A, US 3160342A, US-A-3160342, US3160342 A, US3160342A
InventorsBerger Charles D, Murdock Thomas G
Original AssigneeBerger Charles D, Murdock Thomas G
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Article dispensing container
US 3160342 A
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1964 T. s. MURDOCK ETAL 3,160,342

ARTICLE DISPENSING CONTAINER Filed Feb. 20, 1963 Tflonns G. MURDOCK BY CHHRLES D. BERGER (J/1 0A}, 55771.5: Cay/a firm/avers United States Patent 3,160,342 ARTICLE DISPENSING CONTAINER Thomas G. Murdock, 22907 Wilson, and Charles D. Berger, 237 Nightingale, both of Dearborn, Mich.

Filed Feb. 20, 1963, Ser. No. 259,834

2 Claims. (Cl. 229-20) This invention relates to a box for a plurality of slender elongated articles such as cigarettes, and more particularly to a box in which the elongated articles are dispensed from the side of the box as opposed to the conventional dispensing technique in which the articles are dispensed from the upper end of the container.

An object of the invention is to provide a container constructed from a blank which, when matched with another similar blank, will form a rectangle to thereby provide a design which eliminates waste material in the step of fabricating the blank.

Another object of the invention is to provide a container for slender elongated articles which incorporates an inner sliding wall member which interconnects two side walls of the container to permit movement of one of the walls outwardly upon depression of the other wall for dispensing of the articles.

A further object of the invention is to provide such a container structure in which the dispensing opening is substantially equal to the length of the elongated articles to thereby permit removal of the articles in a lengthwise fashion as opposed to the conventional sliding or pulling action.

A still further object of the invention is to fabricate the container from pasteboard or similar material to result in a container structure which has sufiicient strength to retain its shape to thereby avoid damage to the contents.

Another object of the invention is to provide a container which is fabricated from a single blank which is folded and bent to the shape of the final container structure.

Other objects of this invention will appear in the following description and appended claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification wherein like reference characters designate corresponding parts in the several views.

In the drawing:

FIGURE 1 is a plan view of a pair of blanks, each blank being formable into a complete container unit, the blanks being illustrated in matched position, the two blanks forming a rectangle;

FIGURE 2 is a view in perspective of a completed container illustrated in dispensing position;

FIGURE 3 is a sectional view taken substantially along the line 33 of FIGURE 2 looking in the direction of the arrows; and

FIGURE 4 is a sectional view similar to- FIGURE 3 illustrating the container in the closed condition.

Before explaining the present invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and arrangement of parts illustrated in the accompanying drawings, since the invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced or carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology or terminology employed herein is for the purpose of description and not of limitation.

FIGURE 1 illustrates a pair of blanks which are dovetailed together to form a rectangle, in a manner similar to that which occurs when the blanks are cut from a section of pasteboard or cardboard by a blanking die. As will be appreciated, the blanks may be formed from a sheet of material which is exactly equal to the Mice width of the rectangle and thus there will be no wastage of cardboard during the blanking process. This is important from the manufacturing viewpoint because small amounts of wastage in the formation of each blank add up to a considerable amount of material when the blank are made in large scale production.

Each of the blanks 10 is formable into a container such as the one illustrated in FIGURE 2. The panel 12 of the blank 10 forms the back wall of the container. The panel 12 has a recess 13 which is useful when articles are dispensed. The panel 14 forms the front wall. The back and front walls 12, 14 are interconnected by an end wall panel 16, which forms the outer leftend wall as viewed in FIGURE 2. Score lines 18, 20 define the panel 16. A right end panel 22 is appended to the back panel 12, this panel being defined by score line 24. The panel 22 forms the outer right end wall. A right end panel 26 is appended to the front panel 14, this panel being defined by score line 28. The panel 26 is glued to the inner surface of panel 22 in the formation of the box structure of FIGURE 2.

A panel structure which forms the top wall, bottom Wall and an inner sliding Wall extends at substantially right angles from the front wall 14. Directly appended to the front wall 14 is the bottom wall 30. This wall is defined by score lines 32, 34. A pair'of short slits 36, 38 extend from the bottom wall 30 between the front wall 14 and end walls 16, 26. A score line, 40 is provided on the front walls and extends between the slits 36, 38. The slits 36, 38 and score line 40 act as a type of hinge to permit depression of the bottom wall 30 into the container during the dispensing action as will be later described.

A tab 42 is provided adjacent to the bottom Wall 30. The tab 42 is defined by slits 44, 46 and score line 48. The tab 42 is bent inwardly in the formation of the box and lies on the inner surface of the bottom wall 30. This tab aids in providing rigidity to the box structure.

An inner or sliding wall 50 is appended to the bottom wall 30. The inner Wall 50 is defined by score lines 34, 54, 56, 58. A top wall 60 is appended to the inner wall 50 along score line 58. A tab 62, 64 is provided adjacent each end of the top wall 60. The tabs 62, 64 are defined by slits 66, 68 and score lines 70, 72. A third tab 74 is provided along the outer edge of the top wall. In constructing the box of FIGURE'Z, the tabs 62, 64 are bent beneath the top Wall 60 and glued in place. The tab 74 is then bent inwardly along score line 76 and also glued in place to result in a top wall structure of relatively high strength. An inner sliding side wall 78, 80 is provided adjacent each edge of the inner wall 56. The walls 78, 80 act to encompass and support the articles within the container. noted that the wall 80 has an essentially S-shaped outer edge. This configuration functions to permit ready accessibility to the articles when the container is in dispensing position as shown in FIGURE 2.

Referring to FIGURES 2, 3 and 4, the method of dispensing from the container can be appreciated. FIG- URE 4 illustrates the container in closed position. The container is illustrated as being loaded with cigarettes 82. The top wall 60 is received within front, back and end walls. In this condition, the cigarettes 82 are entirely enclosed and safeguarded against crushing or other damage. When it is desired to remove a cigarette from the container, the bottom wall 30 is depressed inwardly of the container. Depression of the bottom wall is facilitated by the presence of the recess 13. When the bottom wall is depressed, hinging action occurs along the score line 32. Additionally, as will be noted, the hinging action also occurs along the line 40, the slits 36, 38

It will be permitting inward movement of the portion 84 of the front wall 14. This "action moves the inner wall 50 outwardly of the container, the wall 50 carrying with it the top Wall 60 to form a dispensing opening 86 from which the cigarettes 82 may be removed. 'A fier dispensing the top wall 60 is depressed :to return the contrainer to the condition illustrated in 4.

Having thus described our invention, We claim:

1. A box *for a plurality of slenderelonga'tecl articles, said box being formed from a one-piece bl'ank said box comprising af-ront wall, aback wall, a top wall, a bo'ttom wall and a pair'of-end walls, one :of sa id :end walls comprising a pair of panels which are adhered together ito Tigidif-y the box structure, elongated articles being receivable 'in the box with the longitudinal axis ith'e articles-extending between the end walls and substantially parallel to the top and bottom *walls, an inner back wall positioned within "the box and interconnecting the top and bottom walls along one longitudinal edge thereof,

and a pair of inner end walls, each appended to one tend.

under over said tabs and adhered to the :nndersunface 3.:

a back Wall interconnected to each other by a first end wall, second and third end -wall panels each appended to the outer end edge of one of the front wall and back wall, said walls being folded together to form an oblongshaped structure, said second and third end wall panels being adhered together .to :rig'idify the structure, and a panel structure appended to the lower edge of the front wall at approximately right angles .t-hereto, ,said ,panel structure comprising za bottom Wall appended directly to the front wall, an :inner :back wall appended to the bottom wall and a top wall appended to the inner back wall, said inn'er back wall having :an inner end :wall appended to each other thereof, 'said riimer back wall :lying within the oblong-shaped box structure with ithe bottom, Wall "and top wallienclosing the upper-and lower ends of the oblong-shaped box structure, elongated articles ibeing receivable :in the box with {the :longitudinal {axis of the articles being substantially :parallel do the ,front, back, bottoin :and rtop walls, :said bottom Wall :being .depressible into the :box to fshift the sstmcture defined zby the :inner badk wall, the :inner end 'walls, and tthfi :top wall outwardly of the box to form a dispensing ppeningfor fthe elongatedr'articles.

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U.S. Classification229/122.1, 206/738, 206/249, 229/125.125, 229/906.1
International ClassificationB65D85/08, B65D5/72, B65D85/10, A24F15/12, A24F15/00
Cooperative ClassificationB65D85/1054, B65D5/721, A24F15/12
European ClassificationB65D5/72B, B65D85/10G4A, A24F15/12