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Aug. 9, 1966 T. A. wozNIAK 3,265,204
PACKAGE FOR THIN ELONGATED ARTICLES Filed July 29, 1964 2 F IG.4
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INVENTOR. Theodore A. l l azm'air flGENT United States Patent 3,265,204 PACKAGE FOR THIN ELONGATED ARTICLES Theodore A. Wozniak, Harrington, R.I., assignor to Engelhard Industries, Inc., Newark, N..I., a corporation of Delaware Filed July 29, 1964, Ser. No. 385,856 4 Claims. (Cl. 206-65) The present invention deals with a package for thin elongated articles and more particularly with a package for containing numerous thin elongated articles which are required to be packaged separately of each other.
It is an object of the invention to provide a package for thin elongated articles 'wherein the articles are safeguarded against undesirable movement in shipment.
It is another object of the invention to provide a package for numerous thin elongated articles and which package is adapted to facilitate the packaging operation.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the description hereinafter following and the drawings forming a part hereof, in which:
FIGURE 1 is an isometric view of an open package section according to the invention,
FIGURE 2 is an isometric view of the package section of FIGURE 1 in closed condition and telescopically inserted in a closure sleeve,
FIGURE 3 is an end view along lines 3-3 of FIG- URE 1,
FIGURE 4 is a fragmentary cross-sectional view along lines 44 of FIGURE 1, and
FIGURE 5 is an isometric view of a thin elongated metal article of the type contained by the package of FIGURE-S 1 to 3.
Regarding the figures, the package of the invention comprises a box-like package section 1 as shown in open position by FIGURE 1. The package section is formed, for example, from cardboard in the form of a box having a bottom wall 2, opposite side walls 3 and 4 and one end wall 5 bridging the side walls at their ends. The end of box section 1 opposite the end wall 5 is an open end. An elongated apron having a width corresponding with the width of the bottom wall extends outwardly of the bottom all at the open end of the box section 1. The apron 6 is creased as at 8 across its width and spaced from the open end of the box section a distance corresponding to the heighth of the sides 3 and 4. The portion of the apron extending outwardly of crease 8 has a length corresponding to the lengths of sides 3 and 4, whereby the apron 6 is foldable over the open end and the open top of the box to enclose the box. The box is provided with a platform 9 on its inner bottom surface. The platform 9 has a length corresponding with the length of the bottom wall 2 and width less than the width of the bottom wall and is secured to the bottom wall with a longitudinal edge 10 thereof in abutment with one side, e.g., side 4 leaving the other longitudinal edge 11 spaced from the other side wall 3 thereby providing a longitudinal recess 12 between the platform 9 and side wall 3. A first pleated strip 13 forming vertical V-shaped pockets 14, as illustrated by FIGURE 4, is mounted in the box section 1. One of the pleat folds 13' at the end of the strip is secured relative to end wall 5 by gluing or pasting, e.g., directly to the end wall 5 or to a rigid spacer means, e.g., rigid strip 15 which is Patented August 9, 1966 secured to end wall 5. The other end of strip 13 has its terminal pleat fold 13" secured to another rigid spacer means 16 which is freely slidable on platform 9. Movement of the second spacer means 16 relative to spacer means 15 results in opening or closing the strip pockets 14 in accordion-like fashion. A series of strips 17, 18 and 19 identical to strip 16 are connected between a series of spaced spacer means 16, 20, 21 and 22 and have their terminal pleat folds secured to the spacer means identically as with pleat folds 13" secured to spacer means 16. The strips 13, 17, 1'8 and 19 are of shorter length than the spacers 15, 16, 20, '21 and 22 and correspond in length with the length of platform 9, thereby leaving the recess 12 as a continuous recess along the length of the box section 1. Since the series of pleat strips are interconnected by means of the spacers and since the pleat fold 13' of the first pleat strip 13 is anchored to the inner side of the box section 1, it will be apparent that the movement of the spacers relative to each other results in the opening and closing of the strip pockets.
With the pockets 14 in open position, elongated articles such as a metallic whisker or finger 23, as illustrated by FIGURE 5, is positioned into each pocket, as illustrated by FIGURES 3 and 4, with the operating bent terminal 24 of finger 23 supported on the edge 11 of platform 9 and directly downward-1y in-to recess 12. p
The spacers 16, 20, 21 and 22 have a length dimensioned to fit with their ends slidably engageable with sides 3 and 4 to prevent lateral displacement of the strips in the box section 1. Also, the spacers act as a handling means for opening and closing the respective series of strips therebetween. Having loaded the pockets with the articles, the strips are closed in accordion fashion and the apron 6 is lifted upwardly and over the open top of box section 1 thereby closing the box section. When in closed postion the box section 1 is telescoped into a rectangular sleeve 25 dimensioned to frictionally engage the contacting surfaces of the box section 1.
Various modifications of the invention are contemplated with'in the scope of the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A package comprising a bottom wall, opposite side walls, an end wall connecting the side walls, said end Wall and side walls defining an open top, an open end opposite the end wall, an apron extending outwardly of the bottom wall adjacent the open end and dimensioned to close the open end and cover the top when folded thereupon, a pleated strip in said package having a terminal pleat fold anchored to the end wall, an elongated spacer means in said package spaced from the end wall and having its ends extending adjacent the side walls and movable along the bottom wall, another terminal pleat of the pleated strip being anchored to the spacer means.
2. A package comprising a bottom wall, opposite side walls, 'an end wall connecting the side walls, said end wall and side walls defining an open top, an open end opposite the end wall, an apron extending outwardly of the bottom wall adjacent the open end and dimensioned to close the open end and cover the top when folded thereupon, a first pleated strip in said package having a terminal pleat fold anchored to the end wall, an elongated first spacer means in said package spaced from the end wall and having its ends extending adjacent the side walls and movable along the bottom wall, another terminal plea-t of the pleated strip being anchored to a side of the spacer means, a second pleated strip having a terminal end fold anchored to the spacer means and extending in the direction of the open end, a second elongated spacer means in the package spaced from the first spacer means and having its ends extending adjacent the opposite side .Walls and movable along the bottom Wall, another terminal pleat of the second pleated strip anchored to the second spacer means.
3. A package according to claim 2, comprising a platfonm on the inner surface of the bottom wall, one end of the platform positioned adjacent one side wall and another end spaced from the other side wall forming a recess between the other platform end and the other side References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 10 2,194,828 3/1940 Greaves.
2,619,233 11/1952 Weiskopf 129--16 X 2,980,244 4/1961 Le Gendre 206-46 LOUIS G. MANCENE, Primary Examiner.