US 3202279 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Aug. 24, 1965 J. R. CZERKIES ETAL 3,202,279
PACKAGE CONSTRUCTION AND METHOD Filed July 9, 1963 FIG.|.
INVENTORZ JOHN R. CZERKIES EDWIN C. PECK,
United States Patent 33112379 PACKAGE CONTRUCTION AND METHOD John R. Czerkies, Rome, and Edwin C. Peek, New Hartford, N.Y., assignors to General Electric Company, a corporation of New York Fiied July 9, 1963, Ser. No. 293,677 Elaims. (Ci. 2068(i) This invention relates to a package construction, and
method of making the same, which is of a type often calledskin-packaging in which the parts to be packaged and a cardboard backing member are covered by a protective transparent sheeting which adheres to the cardboard so as to seal the parts between the transparent sheeting and the cardboard member. The transparent stretches over, or is shaped to fit over, the packaged parts.
Packages of this type are often diificult to open, because the transparent sheeting is tough and is difiicult to tear in order to provide an opening through which to remove the packaged parts. Furthermore, this tearing of the transparent sheeting often renders the package unsuitable for further use in storing the parts.
An object of the invention is to provide an improved package construction and method of making the same.
Another object is to provide a package construction which. provides for easy removal of the packaged parts.
A further object is to provide a package construction which is reusable.
Other objects will be apparent from the following disclosure and claims, and from the accompanying drawing in which:
FIGURE 1 is a top view of a preferred embodiment of the invention,
FIGURE 2 is a front side view of FIGURE 1,
FIGURE 3 is a cross-sectional view of FIGURE 1 taken on the line 3-3 thereof,
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view of the underside of the package shown in FIGURE 1, and
FIGURE 5 is similar to FIGURE 4 except that it shows how parts are removed from the package.
The invention comprises, in its preferred embodiment, a cardboard backing member provided with formed recesses on or in which the parts to be packaged lie, and a protective sheeting which preferably is transparent, stretched over and around the parts and in adherent contact with the cardboard backing member. One or more slits or slots are provided through the cardboard backing member at the recessed portions thereof so as to provide bendable flaps which, upon being bent backwardly, provide access to the packaged parts. Preferably, though not necessarily, the flaps of the recessed areas are in adherence with the protective sheeting but are easily peelable apart therefrom during the aforesaid opening of the flaps for removal of the parts.
Now referring to the drawing, a substantially flat cardboard backing member 11 is provided with depressed areas or recesses 12 at areas Where the packaged parts are to be located. These recessed areas may be circular in shape, or square or rectangular or may be given other shapes, as desired, the packaged parts 13 are positioned on or in the recesses, as shown. One or more recesses 12 may be provided on a cardboard backing member 11, and one or more parts 13 may be located at each recess. By way of example, various parts 13 are shown in the drawing, such as a coil of wire, screws, brackets, rivets, electrical parts, hardware, etc.; however, the parts to be packaged by this invention are not limited to the particular parts given by way of example.
The backing member 11 and parts 13 are covered over by a protective transparent sheeting 14 which adheres to various areas of the cardboard backing member 11 in order to provide a protective housing for the parts 13.
sheeting- The sheeting 14 may be form-fitted and then adhered to the cardboard member 11, or, alternatively,suitable sheeting of plastic material may be laid over the cardboard member 11, and then vacuum applied to the underside of the member 11, whereupon the sheeting 14 is sucked down against the cardboard and in so'doing assumes aformfitting shape over and around the various parts 13. Heat may be used to facilitate the shaping of the sheeting. The adhesion of the sheeting 14 to the backing member ll may' be accomplished in any suitable manner, "such as by applying an adhesive material to either or. both of the members 11 and 14, or by the use of heat, or .by using material for the members 11 and/ch14 which is inher ently of adhesive nature for the purpose of securing these members togetherat their areas of contact. To facilitate the aforesaid vacuum-forming ofthe' sheeting member 14 over the cardboard backing member 11 and parts 13, suitable openings may be provided through the member 11 such as a pattern of small perforations.
One or more slots or slits 16 are provided through the member 11 at the recesses 12, to provide e'asyadcess to the parts 13.when opening the package; To open the pack age, instead of having to rip apart the tough sheeting 14, according to the present invention the parts are removed through the cardboard backing member 11, by lifting part of the cardboard away from the sheeting member 14, to provide an opening through which the parts 13 may be removed. Preferably, the slots16 are arranged as shown, to provide a plurality of tabsof generally triangular shape, the apex of each tab being at the center region of the re cess and the base of each tab being at the edge of the recess. Bending these tabs backwardly of the package is easily accomplished by inserting a fingernail under the apex of the various tabs and pulling them backwardly, thereupon exposing the packaged parts for easy removal from the package. Preferably, the cover member 14 is in adherence with these tab portions of the backing member 11, so that the package securely contains the parts 13. However, the tabs are easily peeled back from the sheeting 14 for removal of the parts. In FIGURE 5, two of these aforesaid tabs, numbered 17 and 18, are shown in open position.
The slots 16 can provide, if desired, the additional function of being openings through the backing member 11 through which a vacuum may readily draw the sheeting 14 into place in a vacuum-forming method of construction.
The recesses 12 not only provide an attractive appearance and distinctively provide neatly arranged areas for the various packaged parts, but they also keep the parts 13 in place during the aforesaid vacuum-forming of the covering sheeting 14 onto the member 11, thereby eliminating the need for any jigs or fixtures which otherwise might temporarily be needed for holding the parts in place on the cardboard backing during the vacuum-drawing process or pulling the sheeting 14 down against the member 11.
While the backing member 11 preferably is of card board, and the sheeting 14 preferably is of transparent plastic material, other suitable equivalent materials may be used if so desired.
While a preferred embodiment of the invention has been shown and described, various other embodiments and modifications thereof will become apparent to those skilled in the art, and will fall within the scope of the present invention as defined in the following claims.
What we claim is:
1. A package assembly comprising a backing member provided with at least one depressed recess area, at least one packaged part carried on said area, and a sheeting member positioned over said part and inadherent contact with said backing member, said backing member being Patented Aug. 24-, 1965;
the entirety of said recess area and being adapted to be pulled away from said sheeting member without tearing either of said members to facilitate removal of said part through said backing member.
2. A package assembly comprising a backing member provided with at least one depressed recess area, at least one packaged part carried on said area, and a sheeting member positioned over said part and in adherent contact with said backing member, said backing member being provided with a plurality of slots therethrough defining a plurality of generally triangular tabs sequentially mutually adjacent one another and occupying substantially the entire space in said recess area, each of said tabs having an apex at a common point near the center of the recess area and having a base at the edge of the recess area, whereby the tabs can be peeled from said sheeting member without tear-ing either of said members to facilitate removal of said part through said backing member.
3. A backing member for a package assembly, comprising an area on which a packaged part is to be located, said member having a plurality of slots therethrough defining a plurality of tabs in said member at said area, said tabs extending mutually inwardly in said area and terminating adjacent to one another and occupying substantially the entirety of said area, said tabs being adapted to be pulled away from alignment with said backing member without tearing the backing member in order to permit removal of said part from said package assembly.
4. A backing member for a package assembly, comprising an area on which a packaged part is to be located,
and a depressed recess at said area for confining said part, 3
said member being provided with a plurality of slots therethrough defining a plurality of tabs in said recess, said tabs extending mutually inwardly in said recess and terminating adjacent to one another, said tabs occupying substantially the entirety of said recess and being adapted to be pulled away from alignment with said backing member Without tearing the backing member in order to permit removal of said part from said package assembly.
' 5. A package assembly comprising a backing member, a packaged part carried by said member, and a sheeting member positioned over said part and in adherent contact with said backing member, said backing member being provided with a plurality of slots therethrough defining a plurality of generally triangular tabs seqEritially mutually adjacent one another and occupying substantially the entire area at the vicinity of said packaged part, each of said tabs having an apex at a common point within said area at the vicinity of the packaged part, said tabs being adapted to be pulled away from said sheeting member Without tearing either of said members to facilitate removal of said part through said backing member.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS Meagher 20663.5
THERON E. CONDON, Primary Examiner.