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Publication numberUS3295742 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 3, 1967
Filing dateSep 14, 1965
Priority dateSep 14, 1965
Publication numberUS 3295742 A, US 3295742A, US-A-3295742, US3295742 A, US3295742A
InventorsCoe Merrill J
Original AssigneeBrown Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Snap recloseable hooded carton with lock
US 3295742 A
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SNAP RECLOSEABLE HOODED CARTON WITH LOCK Filed Sept. 14, 1965 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 Jan. 3, 967 M, J. COE 3,295,742

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United States Patent O 3,295,742 SNAP RECLOSEABLE HGODED CARTON WITH LOCK Merrill J. Coe, Kalamazoo, Mich., assignor to Brown Company, a corporation of Delaware Filed Sept. 14, 1965, Ser. No. 487,223 8 Claims. (Cl. 229-45) rl"be present invention relates to cartons, and is more particularly concerned with a sealed carton having means for locking the cover thereof in place after the seal has been broken and with carton blanks for the production thereof.

Cartons made of paperboard comprising a box portion and a hooded cover adapted to be opened and reclosed are well-known in the art. Further, cartons are known in the art which have means for locking the cover or hood in place once the seal has been broken and the cover opened. However, such prior art cartons have had certain disadvantages. In the first place, most of the available hooded cartons which have locking means do not have detachable means for sealing the cover to the carton. Moreover even when cartons have been available with cover locking means as well as sealing means, the cartons are rather diiiicult to open, and the means for relooking the cover in place have rough edges which adversely affect their reliability and appearance. Even in such cases as exist in the prior art where the locking tabs have been provided with edges by means of tearing existing cut scores or the like, the necessary tearing has had an undesirable eifect in that the two locking members do not squarely abut each other and the effectiveness of the locking device has accordingly been substantially impaired.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a strong and durable carton having a hinged hooded cover. It is another object to provide a carton having a narrow end upon which the cover is hinged, in relationship to the length of the carton. It is a further object to provide a reinforced carton of the type described having means for locking the cover in place to protect unconsumed contents. It is still a further object to provide a carton having means for sealing the cover in place. It is an additional object to provide a sealed carton of the type described which may be readily assembled, and wherein means retaining the cover in closed position may be readily fractured for opening the cover, and wherein means are provided to retain the cover in closed position after the seal has been broken. Still another object is to provide the said carton in the form of a carton blank suitable for erection and sealing, and particularly in the form of a blank which is sideseamed or which is alternatively not sideseamed but iiat and ready for use by the packager on a mandrel or other conventional double package making machinery on which an inner wrap is included in the carton interior.

The accomplishment of the foregoing and additional objects will become more fully apparent hereinafter.

The invention in its preferred embodiment is illustrated by the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a plan view of a cut and scored blank for forming a carton according to the invention, viewed from the inside surface thereof.

FIG. 2 is a plan View of the blank shown in FIG. l after the cover assembly has been folded down and the struts glued to the outer surfaces of the front wall panel and side wall panels.

FIG. 3 is a plan View of the blank of FIG. 2 partially glued in the form of a folded sleeve.

FIG. 4 is a perspective View of the completely assembled and sealed carton.

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FIG. 5 is a fragmentary cross-sectional View of the carton taken at the line 5-5 of FIG. 4.

FIG. 6 is a fragmentary cross-sectional View similar to that of FIG. 5, showing the edges of the lock tiaps in engagement in the position wherein the cover has been partly opened; and

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the carton after the cover has been opened.

According to the invention, a carton is provided which may be formed from an integral blank. The carton has a bottom, front, rear, and side panels, and a hooded top. Lock aps are provided at the edge of the cover and at the upper edge of the front Wall panel cooperating to retain the cover in closed position. In the blank form, the cover is detachably connected to the edges of the front wall panel and both side wall panels by means of detachable webs. A cover connecting flap member is hingedly connected to the rear wall panel. During assembly this ap is adhesively aixed to the cover assembly and the webs are adhesively affixed to the outer surface of the carton and serve to retain the cover in sealed position. The seal may be readily broken by lifting the cover and detaching it at the severance lines at which the cover is connected to the webs. When the cover is reclosed, the cooperating lock flaps serve to retain the cover in closed position. The cover may be opened by applying suicient force t0 overcome the locking retention of the lock flaps.

Reference is now made to the accompanying drawings for a better understanding of the invention, wherein all the parts are numbered and wherein the same numbers are used to refer to corresponding parts throughout.

Referring to the drawings, FIG. 1 shows a blank for forming a carton according to the invention and comprises a front wall panel 1, a rear wall panel 2,7and side wall panels 3 and 4. A glue ap 5 is connected to the free edge of the rear wall panel and is adapted to be adhesively affixed to the side wall panel 3. Alternative# ly, the glue ap 5 may be connected to the side wall panel 3 and subsequently adhesively affixed to the free edge of the rear wall panel 2. The bottom of the carton is formed by tuck flaps 6 and 7 hingedly connected 'to the side wall panels 3 and 4, respectively, and bottom panels 8 and 9 hingedly connected to the front wall panel 1 and rear wall panel 2 respectively.

The cover or hood of the carton is formed by means of an inner cover panel 1th hingedly connected to the top of the rear wall panel 2, and a cover panel assembly 11 hingedly connected to the top edges of the front wall panel 1 and the side wall panels 3 and 4. The cover assembly cornprises an outer cover panel 12, a cover front wall panel 13, and cover end wall panels 14 and 15. The cover assembly is connecte-d to the carton proper by means of connecting struts 16, 17, 18, and 19. The struts 16, 17, 18, and 19 are hingedly connected to the panels 1, 3, and 4 at score lines, and are detachably connected to the cover front wall panel 13 and cover end wall panels 14 and 15 at severance lines formed by suitable means such as perforations, slits or other suitable means which may be utilized for forming' severance lines. A pair of securingtabs 28 and 29 hingedly connected to the cover side wall panels 14 and 15 are provided for being affixed to the inner cover panel 10 for securing the cover end wall panels. A cover lock flap 30 is hingedly connected and adhesively aiiixed to the cover front wall panel 13, and a front wall lock flap 31 is hingedly connected to the front wall 1. Alternatively the lock flap 31 may be adhesively atlxed to the outer surface of the front wall panel 1 and the lock fla-p 30 hingedly connected to panel 13 Without adhesive aiiixation. The lock flaps 30 and 31 are in abutting mutual engagement in the blank at a cut 32. As shown the cut is complete to provide smooth abutting edges, permitting the lock flaps to swing independently of each other, and to engage each other smoothly to provide a lock of maximum effectiveness.

In assembling the carton, an adhesive is applied to the outer surfaces of the connecting webs 16, 17, 18, and 19 and the cover assembly is folded outwardly at the score lines 20, 21, 22, and 23, until the outer surface of the cover assembly 11 engages the outer surfaces of the front wall panel 1 and the side wall panels 3 and 4, adhesively affixing the connecting Webs to the outer surfaces of the panels, as shown in FIG. 2. An adhesive is applied to the lock flap 30, or alternatively to the surface of the cover front wall panel 13 which flap 30 engages when the panel is folded over, and the cover assembly 11 is then folded inwardly at the severance lines 24, 25, 26, and 27, causing the lock flap 30 to become adhesively affixed to the inside of the cover front wall panel 13. The rear wall panel 2 may then, if desired, be folded over at the score line 33, and the side wall panel 3 then Ifolded over at the score line 34 and adhesively aiixed to the glue ap 5. The carton is now partially assembled in the form of a folded tube, as shown in FIG. 3, and may be so shipped to the packager.

To further assemble the carton for filling, the folded carton may be squared up by suitable means such as a conventional squaring machine. The bottom is then closed by folding in the tuck flaps 6 and 7, and subsequently the bottom flaps 8 and 9 which may be adhesively affixed to each other. The carton may now be filled. After lling, the end flaps or securing tabs 28 and 29 are folded over and the inner cover panel 10 is then folded over and secured thereto. The outer cover panel 12 is then folded over and adhesively secured to the inner cover panel 10, and, if desired, to exposed portions of the securing tabs 28 and 29. The carton is now in sealed condition as shown in FIG. 4.

To open the carton, the edge of the cover may be lifted, causing separation at the severance lines 24, 25, 26, and 27, thus breaking the seal and freeing the cover so that it may be opened. The connecting Webs 16, 17, 18, and 19 remain adhesively afxed to the outer surfaces of the panels 1, 3, and 4, rendering the panels more rigid, aS shown in FIG. 7. When the cover is reclosed, the free edge of the lock flap 30 abuttingly engages the free edge of the lock flap 31, retaining the cover in closed position and preventing its opening even when accidently dropped as shown in FIG. 5. The cover may be reopened by applying suflicient force to spring the lock flap 31 which is not adhesively afiixed to the panel 1 to which it is hingedly connected causing it to become unfolded, and causing the edge of the front wall panel 1 to be bent inwardly to permit release of the lock ap, as shown in FIG. 6. The cover may be subsequently closed and reopened as many times as desired. In an alternative embodiment, lock flap 30 is scored or creased across its width on a line which is generally parallel to cut 32, said line being in spaced relation to cut 32 and on the outer surface of the carton blank. Flap 30 is then adhered to cover front wall panel 13 up to said score or crease, leaving the end of lock flap 30 free to bend inwardly toward carton panel 1 (see FIG. 6) to provide more effective locking, especially on wider carton styles.

The carton of the present invention has a number of advantages over similar cartons of the prior art. It is provided with a flip-top and is hooded, that is, has side panels which slide over the mouth of the carton and provide an efficient and safe enclosure for the end of the carton. The carton is provided with lock flaps to retain the cover in closed position even after the main seal of the carton has been broken. Moreover, the lock flaps are so formed that their engaging edges are completely unattached to each other, thus permitting smooth straight engaging surfaces, as opposed to prior art cartons which utilze lock flaps whih are detachably connected to each other at a severance line, and which serve for retaining the cover in sealed position, the edges of which, even after separation from each other are jagged and hinder and adversely affect the proper operation of the lock aps. The present carton is relatively inexpensive to produce, relatively simple to construct, ll, and seal, and does not requirey redesigned machinery for its assembly. Additionally, prior art lcartons of a similar type have also suffered from the disadvantage that the open top of the receptacle por-tion of the carton has generally been weaker and more prone to deformation than desired, in some cases even flimsy. This defect is remedied in the carton of the present invention in that the Webs which initially secure the cover portion to the body or receptacle portion of the carton remain adhered to the front and side panels of the carton body, -thereby adding needed rigidity to the carton body in these areas and assuring that the carton maintains its `form and shape throughout the necessary sequence of openings and reclosings attendant upon the sequential utilization of all of the contents of the carton.

It is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the exact details of construction, operation, or exact materials or embodiments shown and described, as obvious modifications and equivalents will be apparent to one skilled in the art, and the invention is therefore t0 be limited only by the scope of the appended claims.

I claim:

1. A carton formed of an integral blank comprising a container assembly including a front wall panel, a rear wall panel and side wall panels, and a cover assembly hingedly connected to said rear wall panel including a cover top panel having a cover front wall panel and cover end wall panels connected thereto, means detachably connecting said cover front wall panel and said cover end wall panels to said container assembly comprising a pair of struts one adhesively affixed to the outer surface of each of said side wall panels and detachably connected to the lower edge of each of said cover end wall panels, and a pair of struts one adhesively afiixed at each side of said front wall panel to lthe outer surface thereof and detachably connected to the lower edge of said cover front wall panel, and a pair of lock flaps positioned between said cover front wall panel and said front wall panel, one of said lock iiaps being adhesively aixed to a surface of one member of said cover front wall panel and said front wall panel, and the other of said lock flaps being hingedly conneoted to the edge of and folded over in engagement with a surface of the other member of said cover front wall panel and said front wall panel, said lock aps having free edges in substantially abutting mutual engagement but being free of attachment to each other, whereby said lock flaps cooperate to retain said cover in closed position.

2. A carton formed of an integral blank comprising a container assembly including a front wall panel, a rear wall panel, and side wall panels, and a cover assembly hingedly connected to said rear wall panel including a cover top panel having a cover front wall panel and cover end wall panels connected thereto, means detachably connecting said cover front wall panel and said cover end wall panels to said container assembly comprising a pair of struts one adhesively affixed to the outer surface of each of said side wall panels and detachably connected to the lower edge of each of said cover end wall panels, and a pair of struts one adhesively aiiixed at each side of said front wall panel rto the outer surface thereof and detachably connected to the lower edge of said cover front wall panel and a pair of lock aps positioned between said cover front wall panel and said front wall panel, one of said lock flaps being adhesively affixed to the inner surface of said cover front wall panel and the other of said lock flaps being hingedly connected to the top edge of and folded over in engagement with the outer surface of said front wall panel, said lock aps having free edges in substantially abutting mutual engagement but being free of attachmentio each other, whereby said lock flaps cooperate to retain said cover in closed position.

3. A carton formed of an integral blank comprising a container assembly including a front wall panel, a rear wall panel and side wall panels, and a cover assembly hingedly connected to said rear wall panel including a cover top panel having a cover front wall panel and cover end wall panels connected thereto, means detachably connecting said cover front wall panel and said cover end wall panels to said container assembly comprising a pair of struts one adhesively afiixed Ito the outer surface of each of said side wall panels and detachably connected to the lower edge of each of said cover end wall panels, and a pair of struts one adhesively affixed at each end of said front wall panel to the outer surface thereof and detachably connected to the lower edge of said cover fron-t wall panel, and a pair of lock iaps positioned between said cover front wall panel and said front Wall panel, one of said lock aps being adhesively affixed to the outer surface of said front wall panel, and the other of said lock flaps being hingedly connected to the lower edge of and folded over in engagement with the inner surface of said cover front wall panel, said lock flaps having free edges in substantially abutting mutual engagement but being free of attachment to each other, whereby said lock flaps cooperate to retain said cover in closed position.

4. A carton of claim 1, wherein the container assembly comprises a rear wall panel having an inner cover top panel hingedly connected thereto, and side wall panels, and wherein the cover assembly includes an outer cover top panel adhesively affixed to said inner cover top panel which top panel has a cover front wall panel and cover end wall panels hingedly connected thereto, and a glue flap hingedly connected to the upper edge of each of said cover end wall panels and adhesively affixed to the inner surface of said inner cover top panel.

S. An integral blank for forming a carton comprising a container assembly including a front wall panel, a rear wall panel, and side wall panels, and a cover assembly adapted to be hingedly connected to said rear wall panel including a cover top panel having a cover front wall panel and cover end wall panels, means detachably connecting said cover front wall panel and said cover end wall panels to said container assembly comprising a pair of struts hingedly connected to the edges of and one adapted to be adhesively aflixed to the outer surface of each of said side wall panels and detachably connected to the lower edge of each of said cover end wall panels, and a pair of struts hingedly connected to the edges of said front wall panel at each side thereof and detachably connected to the lower edge of said cover front wall panel, and a pair of lock aps adapted to be positioned between said cover front wall panel and said front wall panel, one of said lock flaps being hingedly connected Ito the edge of and adapted to be folded over and adhesively affixed to a surface of one member of said cover front wall panel and said front wall panel, and the other of said lock aps being hingedly connected to the edge of and being adapted to be folded over in engagement with a surface of the other member of said cover front wall panel and said front wall panel, said lock aps having free edges in substantially abutting mutual engagement but being free of attachment to each other, whereby said lock flaps cooperate in the erected carton to retain said cover in closed position.

6. An integral blank for forming a car-ton comprising a container assembly including a front wall panel, a rear wall panel, and side wall panels, and a cover assembly adapted to be hingedly connected to said rear wall panel including a cover top panel having a cover front wall panel and cover end wall panels, means detachably connecting said cover front wall panel and said cover end wall panels to said container assembly comprising a pair of struts hingedly connected to the edges of and one adapted to be adhesively atiixed to the outer surface of each of said side wall panels and detachably connected to the lower edge of each of said cover end wall panels, and a pair of struts hingedly connected to the edges of said front wall panel at each side thereof and detachably connected to the lower edge of saidl cover front wall panel, and a pair of lock aps adapted to be positioned between said cover front wall panel and said front wall panel, one of said lock flaps being hingedly connected to the edge of and adapted to be folded over and adhesively affixed to the inner surface of said cover front Wall panel, and the other of said lock flaps being hingedly connected to the edge of and being v adapted to be folded over in engagement with the outer surface of said front wall panel, said lock flaps having free edges in substantially abutting mutual engagement but being free of attachment to each other, whereby said lock flaps cooperate in the erected carton to retain said cover in closed position.

'7. An integral blank for forming a carton comprising a container assembly including a front wall panel, a rear wall panel, and side wall panels, and a cover assembly adapted to be hingedly connected to said rear wall panel including a cover top panel having a cover front wall panel and cover end wall panels, means detachably connecting said cover front wall panel and said cover end wall panels to said container assembly comprising a pair of struts hingedly connected to the edges of and one adapted to be adhesively affixed to the outer surface of each of said side wall panels and detachably connected to the lower edge of each of said cover end wall panels, and a pair of struts hingedly connected to the edges of said front wall panel at each side thereof and detachably connected to the lower edge of said cover front wall panel, and a pair of lock flaps adapted to be positioned between said cover front wall panel and said front wall panel, one of said lock iiaps being hingedly connected to the edge of and adapted to be folded over and adhesively aiiixed to the outer surface of said front wall panel, and the other of said lock flaps being hingedly connected to the edge of and being adapted to be folded over in engagement with the inner surface of said cover front wall panel, said lock aps having free edges in substantially abutting mutual engagement but being free of attachment: to each other, whereby said lock flaps cooperate in the erected carton to retain said cover in closed position.

8. An integral blank of claim 5 wherein the container assembly comprises a rear wall panel having an inner cover top panel hingedly connected thereto, and side wall panels, and wherein the cover assembly includes an outer cover top panel adapted Ito be adhesively affixed to said inner cover top panel, which top panel has a cover front wall panel and cover end wall panels, and a glue flap hingedly connected to the upper edge of each of said cover end wall panels and adapted to be adhesively affixed to the inner surface of said inner cover top panel.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,369,389 2/1945 Williamson et al.

2,899,120 8/1959 .lames 229-45 X 2,951,626 9/1960 Weiss 229-44 3,116,007 12/1963 DEsposito et al 229-45 3,167,239 1/1965 Collura 229-51 3,191,848 6/1965 Meyers 229-44 X GEORGE O. RALSTON, Primary Examiner,

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US3432090 *Jun 12, 1967Mar 11, 1969Domtar LtdSelf-locking box
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Classifications
U.S. Classification229/226, 229/145, 229/132
International ClassificationB65D5/64, B65D5/66
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/6608
European ClassificationB65D5/66B2
Legal Events
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Apr 22, 1981ASAssignment
Owner name: JAMES RIVER CORPORATION OF VIRGINIA, TREDEGAR ST.,
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:JAMES RIVER DELAWARE, INC.;REEL/FRAME:003850/0811
Effective date: 19810406
Owner name: JAMES RIVER DELAWARE M INC.
Free format text: MERGER;ASSIGNOR:BROWN COMPANY;REEL/FRAME:003850/0804
Effective date: 19810219
Owner name: JAMES RIVER DELAWARE M INC., MICHIGAN