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Publication numberUS3163544 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 29, 1964
Filing dateMar 6, 1962
Priority dateMar 6, 1962
Publication numberUS 3163544 A, US 3163544A, US-A-3163544, US3163544 A, US3163544A
InventorsEmery I Valyi
Original AssigneeEmery I Valyi
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 3163544 A
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Dec. 29, 1964 E. l. VALYl 3,163,544

CONTAINER Filed March 6, 1962 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 VIII/I/I/III/II f/vaev Z. V44 Y/ ATTORNEY l. VALYI CONTAINER Dec. 29, 1964 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed March 6. 1962 INVENTOR ENERY Z V44 Y/ ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,163,544 CONTAINER Emery I. Valyi, 5200 Sycamore Ave, New York 71, NY. Filed Mar. 6, 1962, Ser. No. 177,885 2 (Ilaims. (Cl. 99-171) This invention relates to containers and more particularly to a container for fluids, granulated materials, or for food products and the like.

An object is to provide a scalable and recloseable fluid tight bag of pliable materials having an integral closure.

Another object is to provide a container of the above type in which a scalable, substantially fluid tight, collapsible bag of pliable material i disposed within an outer container having greater strength or rigidity but not necessarily in itself fluid tight.

Another object is to provide a container of the above type wherein the inner bag is composed of an organic plastic material molded and blown into b ag form and enclosed in an outer container of protective material such as cardboard, glass or plastic.

Another object is to provide such a container in a form adapted for shipment and assembly at the point of use.

Various other objects and adavntagcs will be apparent as the nature of the invention is more fully disclosed.

In accordance with this invention the container, which in one embodiment of this invention, forms an inner liner, consists of a bag of organic plastic material having an upper rim forming the pouring lip of the container and having integrally formed therewith a closure lid which, if hinged to the rim, is adapted to be' folded over into closing engagement with the rim. A thin walled bag depends from the top rim. Such a thin walled bag may constitute the liner for the container. The parts thus far described are injection molded in a suitable die and the bag portion is distened into final form by being blown in a blow mold or by the pressure exerted in filling the bag. It is understood that the container described herein may be made in various sizes according to the commodity to be packaged.

This assembly is adapted to be used by itself to serve as a container, or to be placed within an outer container such as a bottle, jar, paper carton, or rigid plastic jar or the like. When used within such an outer container, the plastic bag is adapted to be passed through the top opening of the outer container with the top rim resting on the top panel of the container or snapping into position in a bead of the container. In some instances a top panel is molded integral with the top rim of the bag. In any case the bag is adapted to be expanded to fill the container by the weight of the contents of the bag or by the pressure exerted in filling the bag. In one embodiment for dispensing frozen juices the bag may be held in a disposable box or the like of the size of the frozen product. For use the bag is removed from this box and is placed in a container of the size required to hold the water with which the product is to be mixed. The container is then filled with water which mixes with the frozen prodnot to reconstitute the juice or the like. This provides a convenient shaker for the juice and eliminates the necessity for measuring the quantity of Water to be added.

The nature of the invention will be better understood from the following description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings in which certain specific embodiments have been set forth for the purposes of illustration.

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a container bag embodying the invention;

FIG. 2 is a vertical section taken on the line 22 of FIG. 1;


FIG. 3 is a vertical section of a container bag with parts broken away, illustrating a further embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 4 is a vertical section similar to FIG. 3 illustrating an embodiment wherein the lower portion of the bag is folded and with the top rim grooved to snap into the neck of a container;

FIG. 5 is a vertical section showing the bag in place in a container;

FIG. 6 is a vertical section similar to FIG. 5 illustrating a dilferent embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a bag and box adapted to contain a product such as frozen juice; and

FIG. 8 is a vertical section showing the bag of FIG. 7 in place in a container prior to adding water for reconstituting the juice.

Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, the container or liner is shown as comprising a top rim 10 adapted to form the opening of the bag and preferably made by injection molding of an organic plastic material. A bag 11 depends from the rim It) and is also made by injection molding but is adapted to be expanded in size as by blowing or by filling the bag with a liquid or other material to be dispensed. The bag 11 is shown in FIG. 2 as expanded into the form of a body 12, which may serve as a container by itself, or as a liner-insert, as described below. The spherical shape of the body 12 shown in FIG. 2 is intended to serve only as a schematic illustration, the shape of body 12 being determined in actual use by the materials to be contained therein.

A closure lid 14 having an indentation 15 forming a shoulder to fit into the opening of the rim I0 is attached to the rim It) by a hinge tab 16 having a reduced section 17 to facilitate bending. The closure lid 14 is adapted to be folded over at the hinge section 17 to fit into the inside of the rim it) for closing the bag or container. The closure lid 14 and hinge tab 16 are injection molded with the him 10. A suitable mold for making such a body is shown in co-pending application Serial Number 850,696, filed November 3, 1959, now Patent No. 3,029,468, dated April 17, 1962, it being understood that the mold component parts shown therein are shaped to conform to the article of the present invention.

It is understood that the bag can be used by itself, or in connection with an outer container in which it may be inserted and secured in any convenient manner a illustrated in the following embodiments.

In the embodiment of FIG. 3 the bag is generally simihar to that of FIGS. 1 and 2. In this form an upper rim 20 carries an outwardly extending wall 21 forming the top of the bag with downwardly extending side walls 22 shown as pleated for folding or collapsing. The bag includes a relatively flat seamless bottom wall 23. A cover lid 24 having an annular groove 25 adapted to fit over the rim Z9 is attached to the rim 2% by i8. hinge tab 26 having a hinge section 27 of reduced thickness as in the form of FIGS. 1 and 2.

The bag of FIG. 3 is adapted to be used With an outer container, such as for example a paper bag, not shown, or may be used independently, depending upon the material to be contained therein.

In the embodiment of FIG. 4, the top rim St ha an outer groove 31 adapted to snap into an inner bead 32 formed in the neck portion 33 of a jar or container 34. The bag 35 depends from the rim 3t) and is shown as folded over in folds 36 at the bottom prior to being distended to fit the inside of the container 34 as shown in dot and dash lines 37 A closure lid 33 havingan outer flange 39 is attached to the rim 30 by a hinge tab 4% as in the previous forms. The periphery of flange 39 extends beyond the rim 30 so as to provide a lifting edge when the cover is in closed 3 position. The closure lid 38 is of a thickness to fit within and grip the inside surface of the rim 30 for sealing the contents.

In this embodiment, the bag is adapted to be unfolded and expanded within the container by the weight of the liquid or other material with which the container is filled. I

In the embodiment of FIG. 5, the top rim 10 and bag 11 are similar to the form of FIGS. 1 and 2 and have been given the same reference numbers. In this embodiment however, the top rim 10 is joined with a top wall 45 which is molded integral with the rim 10 and is provided with a depending skirt 46 which is shown as seating around the top of a container 47. The closure lid 14 is hinged as in FIGS. 1 and 2. The rim 10 is positioned at one side of the top wall 45 to facilitate the pouring of the contents. The container 47 may be square or round, rigid or pliable, according to the intended use. The bag 11 is expanded into the shape indicated by dot and dash lines.

In the embodiment of FIG. 6, the bag 11, rim 10 and lid 14 are generally similar to that shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 except that the indentation 15 is shown to be conical, to fit Within the rim 10 and the lid is provided with a thumb tab 50. The bag extends through a hole 51 in a top panel 52 which may be formed of cardboard or the like with the rim 10 resting on the upper surface of the top panel. The panel 52 rests on the top edge of a jar or container 53.

FIGS. 7 and 8 show the invention as applied to the packaging of frozen juice concentrates or the like which are to be diluted with a given amount of water. In this form the bag is similar to that of FIG. with the bottom portion folded over to fit within a box 60 having a cover 61. The top panel 45 is of a size to fit within the box 60 which may be square in section if desired. The box 60 is of a size to contain frozen juice concentrate or the like.

When the frozen concentrate i to be used the box 60 is opened and the bag 12 removed and placed in a container 62. The container 62 is shown as having a groove 63 into which the rim of the panel 45 seats. If the panel 45 has a skirt 46 as in FIG. 5, it would be made to fit within the top of the container 62. The container 62 is made of a size to hold the required amount of Water which is to be added to the frozen concentrate. In use the frozen concentrate will fall to the bottom of the container 62, expanding the bag 12 as it falls and the bag will substantially fill out the container 62 when water is added. In this way the concentrate is correctly diluted for consumption without the necessity of measuring the quantity of water which is added.

What is claimed is:

1. A seamless fluid container of organic plastic material comprising a top rim having a pliable collapsible bag section having a thickness substantially less than that of said rim depending therefrom, a closure lid adapted to engage said top rim for closing the opening thereof, said closure lid being joined to said rim by a hinge tab, said bag section, rim, tab and lid being of one piece molded construction, said bag section being adapted to be expanded by internal pressure, and a top panel integral therewith extending outwardly from said top rim and constituting the top closure of a jar or the like.

2. A container having a top opening and a food package disposed in said container, said package comprising a top rim having depending therefrom a pliable collapsible bag section having a thickness substantially less than that of said rim and containing a food item, a top panel extending outwardly from said top rim and integnal therewith, closing the opening of said container, a closure lid engaging said top rim closing the opening thereof, said closure lid being joined to said rim by a hinge tab, said bag section, n'm, tab and lid being of one-piece molded construction, said package being adapted to fit through the top opening of said container and being substantially smaller in volume than said container, said bag section being adapted to be extended to conform to the interior or" the container by filling said bag with a fluid.

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U.S. Classification426/112, 426/116, 215/40, 426/124, 215/900, 215/15, 215/12.1, 383/120, 426/106, 215/6, 220/495.6, 215/383
International ClassificationB65D25/02, B65D25/16
Cooperative ClassificationY10S215/90, B65D25/16, B65D25/02
European ClassificationB65D25/02, B65D25/16