Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3253769 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 31, 1966
Filing dateSep 29, 1964
Priority dateSep 29, 1964
Publication numberUS 3253769 A, US 3253769A, US-A-3253769, US3253769 A, US3253769A
InventorsEdmond Opler
Original AssigneeWorld S Finest Chocolate Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Collapsible carton
US 3253769 A
Images(2)
Previous page
Next page
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

May 31, 1966 E. OPLER 3,253,769

I COLLAPSIBLE CARTON Filed Sept. 29, 1964 2 Sheets-Sheet l May 31, 1966 E. OPLER 3,253,769

COLLAPSIVBLE CARTON Filed Sept. 29, 1964 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 United States Patent 3,253,769 COLLAPSIBLE CARTON Edmond Opler, Hinsdale, Ill., assignor to Worlds Finest Chocolate, Inc., Chicago, 111., a corporation of Illinois Filed Sept. 29, 1964, Ser. No. 400,088 Claims. (Cl. 229-38) This invention relates to a carton, and more particularly to a carton which is adaptable for containing consumer commodities such as candy, nuts, and the like.

Cartons or containers used to contain and display consumer goods should be attractive and eye-catching, a feature which may be achieved through the use of a distinctive shape. The difficulty in adapting various attractive shapes for cartons, however, is the further important requirement that such articles be formed from a compact, partially set up structure which can be readily stored and transported to thepackager, This partially set up structure should be capable of being easily formed into the finished carton, filled, and sealed by the packager. It is also important for the cartons to be adapted for tight closure to prevent loss of the contents during shipment and delivery to the retailer or other distributor and for easy opening and reclosing during intermittent usage of the contents by the consumer.

Accordingly, it is one of the objects of this invention to provide an attractively and distinctively shaped carton which has all of the aforementioned advantages.

It is a further object of this invention to provide an improved, distinctively shaped carton which may be partially set up at the time the blank is formed so that the packagers use of the carton is facilitated.

It is a further object of this invention to provide an improved carton which is made from a collapsed, partially set up structure and which has a distinctive configuration substantially like that of a truncated pyramid.

It is a further object of this invention to provide an improved distinctively shaped carton which may be tightly and securely closed during shipment and handling en route to the distributor and which may be readily opened and reclosed during intermittent use of the contents by the consumer. i 4

It is another object of this invention to provide an improved carton which may be easily and economically formed, filled, and sealed by the packager.

Further and additional objects will become apparent from the description, accompanying drawings and appended claims. g

In accordance with one embodiment of this invention, a carton of foldable material is provided which has :a generally truncated pyramidal shape. It is former from a collapsed tubular shaped structure which in turn is formed from a blank. The carton has two rectangular shaped side panels disposed in overlying, substantially parallel relationship and located at the top and bottom of the carton. Two trapezoidal shaped panels form two of the ends of the carton, and these panels define equal obtuse angles with the top side panel, A narrow rectangular strip is disposed intermediate the other or bottom side panel and one of the trapezoidal panels, and this strip together with the bottom side panel forms the bottom of the carton. The discharge openings of the carton are covered by closure means which are adapted to be repeatedly re-opened and reclosed. The closure means comprise flaps extending from the top side panel consisting of a trapezoidal shaped portion and a tuck flap foldably attached thereto. These flaps cooperate with flaps extending from the end panels to form tight seals at each end of the carton. Because of the trapezoidal shape of the end panels and closure flaps, the finished carton has the appearance of a truncated pyramid. When the carton is in its collapsed condition it consists of two portions-one portion comprising the top side panel, the narrow rectangular strip, the end panel disposed between the top side panel and the strip, and the flaps extending from the panels; the other portion comprising the bottom side panel, the other end panel and the flaps extending therefrom, and a glue flap extending from the bottom side panel and secured to the concealed surface of the end panel. This collapsed structure is capable of being quickly and efficiently set up into the carton either by hand or by automatic equipment.

For a more complete understanding of the invention reference is now made to the drawings wherein:

FIG, 1 is a plan view of one form of the improved carton blank.

FIG. 2 shows a bottom plan view of the carton formed from the blank shown in FIG. 1, showing the carton in a collapsed partially set up condition.

FIG. 3 is a top plan view of the carton formed from the blank shown in FIG. 1, showing the carton in the collapsed, partially set up condition shown in FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a fragmentary perspective view of the carton formed from the blank shown in FIG. 1, showing the carton in a further stage of formation than that shown in FIGS. 2 and 3.

FIG. 5 is .a fragmentary perspective view of the carton formed from the blank shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 6 is a'fragmentary perspective view of the carton formed from the blank of FIG. 1, showing the bottom of the carton.

FIG. 7 is a front elevational view of the carton formed from the blank shown in FIG. 1.

FIG, 8 is a top plan view of the carton formed from the blank shown inFlG. 1, showing the carton without the display window.

FIG. 9 is a side elevational view of the carton formed from the blank shown in FIG. 1.

Referring now tothe drawings and more particularly I to FIG, 1, one form of the carton blank 10 of this inven tion is shown. Blank 10 is cut from a sheet of fold- .able material such as fibreboard. The blank includes a plurality of foldlines and slits which cooperate to form a trapezoidally shaped end panel 12, a pair of rectangular side panels 14 :and 16, and a second trapezoidal end panel 18. A narrow rectangular strip 19 separates panels 16 and 18 and a glue flap 20 is foldably connected to panel 16 along the side opposite that connected to strip 19. Dust flaps 22 and 24 are foldably attached to end panel 12, and dust flaps 26 and 28 are similarly connected to end panel 18. Trapezoidal side flaps 30 and 32 are f oldably connected to the opposite ends of side panel 14, and tuck flaps 34 and 36 are foldably connected to flaps 30 and 32, respectively. The end flaps 22, 24, 26 and 28 are separated from the side flaps 30 and 32 by appropriate slits 38, 40, 42, and 44. A transparent cellophane or flexible plastic display window 45 may be pro vided in the blank,

The carton is partially set up from the blank 10, as

shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, by applying a suitable adhesive by appropriate means to substantially all of the outer surface of glue flap 20, i.e., to that surface of the flap 20 which is not exposed in FIG. 1. The side panel 16 is then folded along foldline 48, and the coated surface of flap 20 is brought into overlying relationship with the concealed surface of panel 12, the latter panel being folded about foldline 50. The glue flap 20 is adhesively secured to panel 12 so that the edge 12a of the panel will be adjacent the foldline 46. The position of the glue flap 20 relative to panel 12 is shown by the dotted line 52 in FIG. 2. Wheri the carton is in this collapsed partially set up form, the panel 16 is folded almost about foldline 48 to a point where it overlies strip 19, panel 18 and panel 14. Y

In the collapsed, partially set up form shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, the structure is generally flat and therefore may be readily stored and shipped. The partially set up carton may be easily manipulated by the packager, normally by automatic equipment, into a tubular form as shown for example, in FIGS. 4-9. When set up in tubular form, flap 20 with panel 12 secured thereto is folded along foldline 46, the strip 19 is folded along foldline 54, and the fold which has been formed in the collapsed structure along foldline 48 is substantially straightened out so that, as shown best in FIG. 6, the strip 19 is brought practically into the same relationship with respect to panel 16 that it had prior to setting up the blank 10. Thus, strip 19 together with panel 16 form the bottom of the completely set up carton, as best shown in FIG. 6. The strip 19 in this way provides the means by which the disclosed carton may be formed into its peculiar configuration from a collapsed, partially set up blank. The distinctive shape of the disclosed embodiment of this invention is shown best in FIGS. 7-9.

When the carton is set up in tubular form the end panels 12 and 18 form equal obtuse angles with the side panel 14. The degree of these angles may be varied de pending upon the particular shape and depth of the carton that is desired. For example, a shallower carton may be formed without changing the end panel dimensions by increasing the size of the angles between the end panels and the side panel 14. I

To close one of the discharge openings of the carton, the flaps 22 and 26 are folded inwardly as shown in FIG. 4. Flaps 30 and 34 are foldedover flaps 22 and 26, and tuck flap 34 is inserted into the carton in overlying relation to the inner surface of its bottom panel, as shown, for example, in FIG. 5. The flaps may be adhesively secured so as to form a sealed end, and the adhesive may be applied between the outer surface (unexposed surface in FIG. 1) of tuck flap 34 and the inner surface of the bottom of the carton. After this end of the carton is sealed, it is moved to the filling station where the product to be packaged is deposited into the carton. After the carton is filled, the other open end of the carton is closed by manipulating the flaps 24, 28, 32, and 36 in a manner similar to that used to close the first opening. One end of the carton, usually the one closed after filling, is generally not adhesively secured so that it may be repeatedly opened and reclosed during the use of the contents of the carton.

To insure secure closure of the carton ends, each of the dust flaps 22, 24, 26, and 28 has a Portion of its periphery 22a, 24a, 26a, and 28a, respectively, which, when the carton is closed, engages corresponding slits 61, 62, 63, and 64, disposed between the tuck flaps and side flaps of the carton. When the dust flaps and slits are in engagement, the corresponding flaps are locked together and accidental opening of the carton during handling is prevented.

In FIGS. 1 and 3, window 45 is shown as .part of the blank 10. This window should be transparent and made of a flexible or foldable material, such as cellophane, so that it can be manipulated along with the remainder of the blank into the desired carton. In the finished carton the window provides a means for displaying the contents of the carton to the consumer.

While one embodiment of this invention has been described and illustrated, further modifications may be made thereto, and it is contemplated, therefore, by the appended claims to cover any such modifications that fall within the spirit and scope of this invention.

I claim:

1. A carton constructed from a collapsed tubular shaped article, said carton comprising a pair of side panels disposed in overlying spaced relationship; end panels joined to said side panels, one end panel forming an obtuse angle with one side panel substantially equal to the angle for-med by the other end panel with the same side panel; a strip disposed intermediate the other of said side panels and one of said end panels, said strip forming with said other side panel one side of said carton and when the carton is in its collapsed form overlying said other side panel; and means for closing the openings at the opposite ends of said carton.

2. A carton constructed from a collapsed tubular shaped article, said carton comprising first and second side panels disposed in overlying spaced relationship; end panels joined to said side panels, one end panel forming an obtuse angle with said first side panel substantially equal to the angle formed by the other end panel with said first side panel; a strip disposed intermediate one of said end panels and said second side panel, said strip forming with said second side panelone side of said carton and when the carton is in its collapsed form overlying said second side panel; a flap intermediate the other of said end panels and said second side panel, said flap being secured to the concealed surface of said other end panel, and means for closing the openings at the opposite ends of said car-ton said means comprising side flaps foldably attached to the opposed ends of said first side panel, a tuck flap foldably attached to the end of at least one of said side flaps opposite the end thereof which is attached to said first side panel, and end flaps foldably attached to the opposed ends of said end panels.

3. The carton of claim 2 wherein slits are disposed intermediate the side flaps and the tuck flaps, and means are provided on the end flaps for engaging said slits and locking said closing means into a closed position.

4. The carton of claim 2 wherein the first and second side panels are rectangularly shaped said end panels are trapezoidally shaped and the side flaps attached to opposed ends of said first side panel are trapezoidally shaped.

5. A blank of foldable material from which a carton may be formed, said blank comprising a plurality of foldlines cooperating with each other to form a pair of end panels; a first side panel joined to and intermediate said end panels and forming equal obtuse angles therewith when a carton is formed from said blank; a second side panel; a strip intermediate said second side panel and one of said end panels, said strip and said second side panel forming one side of the carton when the carton is for-med from said blank; means for securing said second side panel to the other of said end panels; and means for closing openings at the opposite ends of said carton when it is formed from said blank.

6. A blank of foldable material from which a carton may be formed, said blank comprising a plurality of foldlines cooperating with each other to form a first trapezoidal end panel; a first rectangular side panel attached thereto; a second trapezoidal end panel attached to said side panel, said first and second end panels forming equal obtuse angles with said first side panel when a carton is formed from said blank; a second rectangular side panel; a strip joined to and intermediate said second end panel and said second side panel, said strip and second side panel forming one side of the carton when the carton is formed from said blank; a glue flap attached to said second side panel and adapted to be secured to the concealed surface of said first end panel; and closure means including trapezoidally-shaped side flaps attached to the opposite ends of said first side panel, a tuck flap attached to the end of at least one of said side flaps opposite the end thereof which is attached to said first side panel, and end flaps attached to the opposite ends of said end panels.

7. The blank of claim 6 wherein slits are disposed intermediate the side flaps and the tuck flaps, and means are provided on the end flaps for engaging said slits and locking said closure means into a closed position.

8. A collapsed tubular shaped article from which a carton may be formed, said article comprising a plurality of foldlines cooperating with each other to form a first end panel; a first side panel attached thereto; a second end panel attached to said side panel, said first and second end panels forming equal obtuse angles with said first side panel when a carton is formed from said article; a second side panel; a strip joined to and intermediate said second end panel and said second side panel, said strip and said second side panel forming one side of the carton when the carton is formed from said article; means for securing said second side panel to said first end panel; and means for closing the openings at the opposite ends of said carton when it is formed from said blank; said article being folded about foldlines to form two overlying portions, said first portion comprising said first end panel, said first side panel and said strip, and said second portion comprising said second end panel and said second side panel.

9. A collapsed tubular shaped article from which a carton may be formed, said article comprising a plurality of foldlines cooperating with each other to form a first trapezoidal end panel; a first rectangular side panel attached thereto; a second trapezoidal end panel attached to said side panel, said first and second'end panels forming equal obtuse angles with said first side panel when a carton is formed from said article; a second rectangular side panel; a strip joined to and intermediate said second end panel and said second side panel, said strip and second side panel forming one side of the carton when the carton is formed from said article; a glue flap attached to said second side panel and secured to the concealed surface of said first end panel; and closure 6 means including trapezoidally-shaped side flaps attached to the opposite ends of said first side panel, a tuck flap attached to the end of at least one of said side flaps opposite the end thereof which is attached to said first side panel, and end flaps attached to the opposite ends of said end panels; said article being folded about foldlines to form two overlying portions, said first portion comprising said first end panel, said first side panel, the flaps attached thereto, and said strip,.and said second portion comprising said second end panel, the flaps attached thereto, said second side panel and said glue flap.

10. The article of claim 9 wherein slits are disposed intermediate the side flaps and the tuck flaps, and means are provided on the end flaps for engaging'said slits and locking said closure means into a closed position.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS D. 29,644 11/1898 Davidson.

917,347 4/1909 Neumann 22922 2,227,341 12/1940 Greenwood 22922 2,598,627 5/ 1952 Weiss 22922 2,995,238 8/1961 Casselman 22938 X 3,134,708 5/1964 Lohnes 229-8 X 3,145,898 8/ 1964 Struble 2298 JOSEPH R. LECLAIR, Primary Examiner. D. T. MOORHEAD, Assistant Examiner.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US917347 *Jul 16, 1908Apr 6, 1909Dayton Paper Novelty CompanyPaper box.
US2227341 *Aug 30, 1937Dec 31, 1940Stephen F Whitman & Son IncPackage
US2598627 *Oct 11, 1949May 27, 1952Robert Gair Co IncFolding carton
US2995238 *Jan 15, 1958Aug 8, 1961Polaroid CorpCarton
US3134708 *Nov 17, 1960May 26, 1964Hallmark CardsSnap-open novelty device
US3145898 *Apr 3, 1963Aug 25, 1964Diamond National CorpDisplay carton having non-rectilinear fold lines
USD29644 *Nov 8, 1898The theodore Metcalp CompanyDesign for a carton-blank
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3361329 *Jul 29, 1966Jan 2, 1968Brown CoCarton having non-rectangular cross section
US3412924 *Jul 28, 1966Nov 26, 1968Milprint IncDouble compartment carton and blank therefor
US3884350 *Nov 17, 1972May 20, 1975Ifoeverken AbPackaging carton
US4283001 *Nov 9, 1979Aug 11, 1981American Can CompanyTubular carton with polygonal cross-section
US4676430 *Sep 23, 1985Jun 30, 1987E. I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co.End-load top-dispensing container with tuck closure
US5480090 *Aug 8, 1994Jan 2, 1996Fratelli Roda S.A.Wrapping as packaging
US6547125Sep 10, 2001Apr 15, 2003John D. CorrellMaterial-saving food carton
US8701974Jan 20, 2012Apr 22, 2014Cadbury Enterprises Pte LimitedCarton having first and second patterns of weakness
WO2010063076A1 *Dec 4, 2009Jun 10, 2010Cadbury Enterprises Pte LimitedA carton having first and second patterns of weakness
Classifications
U.S. Classification229/113, 229/162.7, 229/153
International ClassificationB65D5/42, B65D5/02
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/0254, B65D5/4204
European ClassificationB65D5/42B, B65D5/02F