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Publication numberUS3276662 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 4, 1966
Filing dateFeb 4, 1965
Priority dateFeb 4, 1965
Publication numberUS 3276662 A, US 3276662A, US-A-3276662, US3276662 A, US3276662A
InventorsFarquhar Melville T
Original AssigneeReynolds Metals Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Container construction and parts therefor or the like
US 3276662 A
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Oct. 4, 1966 M. T. FARQUHAR 3,276,662

CONTAINER CONSTRUCTION AND PARTS THEREFOR OR THE LIKE Filed Feb. 5;, 1965 2 Sheets-Sheet l INVENTOR. MELVi LLE T. FARQUHAR )lfWu/ Hi8 ATTORNEYS Oct. 4, 1966 M. T. FARQUHAR 3,276,652

CONTAINER CONSTRUCTION AND PARTS THEREFOR OR THE LIKE Filed Feb. 4, 1965 2 Sheets-Sheet z ,INVENTOR. MELViLLE T. FARQUHAR sy f HIS ATTORNEYS United States Patent 3,276,662 CONTAINER CONSTRUCTION AND PARTS THEREFOR OR THE LIKE Melville T. Farquhar, Bon Air, Va., assignor to Reynolds Metals Company, Richmond, Va., a corporation of Delaware Filed Feb. 4, 1965, Ser. No. 430,296 7 Claims. (Cl. 229-43) This invention relates to an improved container const-ruction as well as to improved parts and blanks for making such a container construction or the like.

It is well known that many food products and the like are merchandised in substantially rectangular container constructions comprising top members and bottom members disposed in telescoping relation so that the bottom member will serve as a tray-like member when the top member is untelescoped therefrom, the top and bottom members respectively having a central rectangular panel integrally interconnected to side wall means at the sides edges thereof.

Since the bottom member of the container can act as a pan or tray for the product during a subsequent heating operation in an oven or the like, such as for brown and serve rolls and the like, the bottom member can be lined with metallic foil.

However, according to the teachings of this invention, it was found that the bottom member need not be as tall as the rolls therein whereby the top member could be so constructed and arranged that the same Would be taller than the bottom member and not be lined with metallic foil as the top and bottom members would not fully telescope relative to each other whereby the top member would never come into contact with the product in the container. member be more economical because of the reduced height thereof, but also the top member would be more economical because the same need not be lined with metallic foil or the like.

This feature is accomplished by a unique arrangement wherein the bottom member has a smaller height than the height of the top member telescoped therewith while the bottom member is prevented from being fully telescoped within the top member.

Further, the bottom members have in the past been so folded for storage and shipment thereof that all of the wall means thereof have a natural tendency to fold inwardly even when the same is disposed in assembled relationship with its associated top member whereby a substantially rigid container construction is prevented.

According to the teachings of this invention, however, an improved container construction is provided wherein certain of the side wall means of the bottom member have a natural tendency to fold outwardly and are prevented from folding outwardly by certain side wall means of the top member. The bottom member also has the other side wall means thereof tending to naturally fold inwardly and are prevented from folding inwardly by the other side wall means of the top member whereby a substantially rigid container construction is provided by this invention.

Accordingly, it is an object of this invention to provide an improved container construction or the like having one or more of the novel features set forth above or hereinafter shown or described.

Another object of this invention is to provide an improved part for such a container construction or the like.

A further object of this invention is to provide an improved blank for such a container construction or the like.

Thus, not only would the bottom 3,276,662 Patented Oct. 4, 1966 "ice Other objects, uses and advantages of this invention are apparent from a reading of this description, which proceeds with reference to the accompanying drawings forming a part thereof and wherein:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the improved container construction of this invention.

' FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of the bottom member of the container construction of FIGURE 1.

FIGURE '3 is a perspective view of the top member of the container construction of FIGURE 1.

FIGURE 4 is a plan view of the blank of this invention for forming the bottom member illustrated in FIGURE 2.

FIGURE 5 is a perspective view illustrating the shipping and storing position for the bottom member of FIGURE 2.

FIGURE 6 is a plan view illustrating the improved blank of this invention for forming the top member of FIGURE 3.

While the various features of this invention are hereinafter described as being particularly adaptable for providing a container construction for food products and the like, it is to be understood that the various features of this invention can be utilized singly or in any combination thereof to provide container constructions for other products or the like.

Therefore, this invention is not to be limited to only the embodiments illustrated in the drawings, because the drawings are merely utilized to illustrate one of the wide variety of uses of this invention.

Referring now to FIGURE 1, the improved container construction of this invention is generally indicated by the reference numeral 10 and comprises a top member 11 and a bottom member 12 disposed in assembled telescoping relation to define a product receiving compartment therebetween, the container construction 10 having a suitable transparent overwrap 13 covering the same if desired.

The top member 11 of the container construction 10 of this invention includes a rectangular top panel 14 having depending side wall means 15, 16, 17 and .18 integrally interconnected thereto and being held at substantially right angles relative thereto in a manner hereinafter described.

For example, the top member 10 illustrated in FIGURE 3 can be formed from a blank 19 of this invention illustrated in FIGURE 6. The blank 19 can be formed of any suitable material, such as cardboard or the like, either remaining plain or having metallic foil laminated thereto or other films and the like.

The blank 19 is suitably cut and scored to define the rectangular top panel 14 having the side wall means 15, 16, 17 and 18 integrally interconnected thereto and respectively defined by scores 20," 21, 22 and 23.

The side wall means 15 and 17 have interconnecting flaps 2 4 integrally interconnected thereto and defined by the scores 21 and 2 3 and being separated fromthe side wall means 16 and 18 by die cuts 25.

The side wall means 16 and 1 8 respectively have the outer corners thereof cut away at 26 for a purpose hereinafter described to define notches 27 in the assembled top member '10 as illustrated in FIGURE 3, the interconnecting flaps 24 having the corners thereof cut away at'2 8 to correspond to the cut away portions 26 of the side wall means 16 and 18 to define the notches 27 in'a manner now to be described.

The side wall means 1 6 and 18 of the blank 19 are angularly scored by scores 29 adjacent the cut out portion 26 thereof for a purpose hereinafter described.

In order to erect the blank 19 into the top member 10, the side Wall means 15 18 are bent at right angles relative to the top panel 14 at the scores 20, 21, 22 and 23 and the interconnecting panels 24 are bent at right angles relative to the side wall means 15 and 17 on the scores 22 and 23 so that the interconnecting flaps 24 can be secured by suitable adhesive or the like to the inside surfaces of the side wall means .16 and 18 in the manner illustrated in FIGURE 3 to hold the side wall means 15- 18 at right angles relative to the top panel 14.

The bottom member 12 as illustrated in FIGURE 2 has a substantially rectangular bottom panel 30 integrally interconnected to side walls 31, 32, 33 in a manner now to be described.

As illustrated in FIGURE 4, the bottom member 12 is adapted to be formed from a substantially rectangular blank 35 formed of cardboard or the like, either remaining plain or being laminated with foil or other film material as described, and being suitably cut and scored to define the rectangular bottom panel 30 with the side wall means 31, 3-2, 33 and 34 being integrally interconnected thereto and defined by scores 36, 37, 38 and 39.

The opposed side wall means 31 and 33 have interconnecting flaps 40 integrally interconnected thereto and being defined by the scores 37 and 39, each interconnecting flap 40 being separated from its respective side wall means 32 or 34 by .a die cut 41.

The opposed side wall means 31 and 33 are angul-arly scored by scores 42 for a purpose hereinafter described.

When it is desired to erect the blank 35 into a bottom member 12, the side wall means 3134 are bent at right angles relative to the bottom panel 30 and the interconnecting flaps 40 are bent at right angles relative to their side wall means 31 and 33 so as to be disposed against the inside surfaces of the side wall means 32 and 34 whereby the same can be secured thereto by a suitable adhesive or the like.

Thereafter, the erected bottom wall member 12 has the side wall mean-s 32 and 34 folded downwardly against the bottom panel 30 while the opposed side wall means 31 and 33 are folded outwardly along the angular scores 42 in the manner illustrated in FIGURE 6 whereby the assembled bottom member 12 can be stored and shipped in the flat form illustrated in FIGURE 5.

Thus, when the folded bottom member 12 is erected from the position illustrated in FIGURE back to the position illustrated in FIGURE 2, it can be seen that the side Wall means 32 and 34 have a natural tendency to fold inwardly while the opposed side wall means 311 and 33 have a natural tendency to fold outwardly as indicated by the arrows in FIGURE 2.

However, when the erected bottom member 12 has the desired product disposed therein and an assembled top member 11 is telescoped therewith in the manner illustrated in FIGURE 1, it can be seen that the opposed side wall means and 17 of the top member 11 are disposed outboard of the side wall means .31 and 33 of the bottom member 12 to tend to prevent the side wall means 31 and 33 to naturally fold outwardly.

Also, it can be seen that the side wall means 31 and 33 of the bottom member 12 are received in the notches 27 of the top member 11 whereby the opposed side wall means 16 and 18 of the top member 11 can be telescoped inside the side wall means 32 and 34 of the bottom member 12. In this manner, the side wall means 16 and 18 of the top member 11 tend to prevent the side wall means 32 and 34 of the bottom member 12 from folding inwardly in the manner fully illustrated in FIGURE 1, the side wall means 16 and 1 8 being readily insertable behind the side wall means 32 and 34 of the bottom member 12 by means of the scores 29 in the side wall means 116 and 1 8 of the top member 11 and because the side wall means 16 and 18 have the corners thereof cut away at 26 to provide tuck-in flaps.

Thus, it can be seen that the side Wall means of the top member 11 tends to hold the side wall means of the bottom member 12 in its erected position to provide a substantially rigid rectangular container which can be suitably overwrapped by the overwrapping means 13 in the man- 4 ner illustrated in FIGURE 1 for the merchandising of the same.

Further, the side walls 16 and 18 of the top member 11 prevent the bottom member 12 from being fully telescoped into the top member 11 to crush the product disposed therein.

In this manner, the bottom member 12 need not be as tall as the top member 11 and the top member 11 need not be lined as the top member need not come into contact with the product in the container 10.

For example, the container 10 could be utilized for brown and serve r-olls wherein the bottom member 12 can be lined with metallic foil so that the bottom member 12 can be used as a tray for heating the rolls in an oven or the like. However, the bottom member 12 need not be as tall as the rolls and the top member 11 need not be lined with metallic foil as the top member 11 will not come into contact with the product because the notches 27 in the sides 16 and 18 prevent the bottom member 12 from being pushed completely into the top member 11.

Therefore, an economical package construction 10 is provided for brown and serve rolls or the like. However, it is to be understood that the package construction 10 and parts thereof can be utilized for other purposes as desired.

Accordingly, it can be seen that this invention not only provides an improved container construction having novel features heretofore unobtainable in the prior art, but also this invention provides improved parts and blanks for making such a container construction or the like.

While the form of the invention now preferred has been disclosed as required by statute, other forms may be used, all coming within the scope of the claimed subject matter which follows.

What is claimed is:

1. A container construction comprising a top member and a bottom member disposed in telescoping relation, said members each having two pairs of opposed side wall means, said top member having a top wall means and having a lower edge defined by coplanar free edges of all of said side wall means thereof, said bottom member having a bottom wall means and having an upper edge defined by coplanar free edges of all of said side wall means thereof, said side wall means of said bottom member having a height smaller than the height of said side wall means of said top member, said members being telescoped together so that said bottom wall means of said bottom member is substantially flush with said lower edge of said top member with said upper edge of said bottom member being spaced from said top wall means of said top member, said members being so constructed and arranged that said bottom member cannot telescope fully into said top member beyond the lower edge of said top member whereby said bottom member can have product means received therein that project above said upper edge thereof and will not be engaged by said top wall means of said top member, certain of said side wall means of said top member being outboard of certain of said side wall means of said bottom member and certain other of said side wall means of said top member being inboard of certain other of said side wall means of said bottom member.

2. A container as set forth in claim 1 wherein said top member has notches formed in said side wall means thereof and cooperating with said side wall means of said bottom member to limit the telescoping relation of said top member and said bottom member.

3. A container construction comprising a top member and a bottom member disposed in telescoping relation, said members each having two pairs of opposed side wall means, one pair of side wall means of said top member having notches therein adjacent said other pair of side wall means of said top member, one pair of said side wall means of said bottom member having a natural tendency to fold inwardly and being held from folding inwardly by said one pair of side wall means of said top member being disposed inboard of said one pair of side wall means of said bottom member, the other pair of side wall means of said bottom member being received in said notches of said top member and having a natural tendency to fold outwardly but being held from folding outwardly by the other pair of side Wall means of said top member being disposed outboard of said other pair of side wall means of said bottom member, said top member having a top wall means and having a lower edge thereof defined by coplanar free edges of all of said side wall means thereof, said bottom member having a bottom wall means and having an upper edge defined by coplanar free edges of all of said side wall means thereof, said side wall means of said bottom member having a height smaller than the height of said side wall means of said top member, said members being telesooped together so that said bottom wall means of said bottom member is substantially flush with said lower edge of said top member with said upper edge of said bottom member being spaced from said top wall means of said top member, said members being so constructed and arranged that said bottom member can not telescope fully within said top member beyond the lower edge of said top member whereby said bottom member can have product means received therein that project above said upper edge thereof, and will not be engaged by said top wall means of said top member.

4. A container construction as set forth in claim 3 wherein said other pair of side Wall means of said top member has flaps integrally interconnected thereto, said flaps being secured to said one pair of side wall means of said top member.

5. A container construction as set forth in claim 3 wherein said one pair of side wall means of said top member is angularly scored to facilitate insertion of said one pair of side wall means of said top member inboard of said one pair of side wall means of said bottom member.

6. A container construction as set forth in claim 3 wherein said other pair of side wall means of said bottom member has flaps integrally interconnected thereto, said flaps being secured to said one of side walls means of said bottom member.

7. A container construction as set forth in claim 3 wherein said other pair of side wall means of said bottom member is angularly scored to facilitate the folding outwardly of said other pair of side wall means of said bottom member.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 936,986 10/ 1909 Conley 229-31 1,075,706 10/ 1913 Fordon et al. 229-31 1,357,519 11/ 1920 Russell 229-32 1,548,494 8/1925 Van Wormer 229-31 1,760,325 5/1930 Small 229-31 X 2,053,595 9/1936 Belsinger 229-23 2,159,378 5/1939 Hoag 229-31 2,265,279 12/ 1941 Graf 229-31 X 2,295,532 9/ 1942 Hyndman et a1 229-31 X 2,581,105 1/ 1952 Huntsworth 229-23 2,858,968 11/ 1958 Pellaton 229-37 3,027,062 3/1962 Huss et al. 229-23 3,128,725 4/1964 Decker et a1 206-47 X FOREIGN PATENTS 364,566 12/ 1931 Great Britain.

JOSEPH R. LECLAIR, Primary Examiner.

FRANKLIN T. GARRETT, Examiner.

D. T. MOORHEAD, Assistant Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification229/125.32, 229/117.8
International ClassificationB65D5/64, B65D5/68
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/68
European ClassificationB65D5/68