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 numberUS3317087 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 2, 1967
Filing dateSep 25, 1964
Priority dateSep 25, 1964
Publication numberUS 3317087 A, US 3317087A, US-A-3317087, US3317087 A, US3317087A
InventorsLandis Henry Richard
Original AssigneeLandis Plastics Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Holder for flanged parts
US 3317087 A
Images(1)
Previous page
Next page
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

May 2, 1967 H. R. LANDIS 3,317,087

HOLDER FOR FLANGED PARTS Filed Sept. 25, 1964 relation.

- flanges.

United States Patent 3,317,087 HOLDER FOR FLANGED PARTS Henry Richard Landis, Oaklawn, Ill., assignor to Landis Plastics, Inc., Chicago, Ill., a corporation of Illinois Filed Sept. 25, 1964, Ser. No. 399,264 8 Claims. (Cl. 222143) This invention relates to a holder for tubular parts such as cylindrical cans having flanges projecting radially and outwardly from their ends, and the primary object of the invention is to provide a novel device for holding two such parts releasably in assembled relation.

A more detailed object is to provide a novel holding device for retaining two parts assembled in axially aligned relation by gripping the flanges of the respective parts releasably.

Other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIGURE 1 is a side elevational view of two containers retained in assembled relation by a holder embodying the novel features of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a fragmentary side elevational view similar to FIG. 1 with one container removed;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged plan view of the holder;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view taken along the line 4-4 of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a fragmentary exploded perspective view of the holder and one container with one edge of the holder shown in section;

FIG. 6 is a reduced fragmentary side elevational view of the modified holder and flanged part;

FIG. 7 is a top plan view of the modified flanged part of FIG. 6 partially broken away and shown in section;

FIG. 8 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view taken along the line 8--8 of FIG. 7 and showing the modified flanged part with the modified holder of FIG. 6;

FIG. 9 is a top elevational view of another modified holder; and

FIG. 10 is a sectional view taken along the line 10-10 of FIG. 9.

The present invention is shown in the drawings for purposes of illustration embodied in a holder 12 which is especially adapted for holding two tubular parts 13 and 14 releasably assembled together in axially aligned The parts have flanges 15 projecting radially and outwardly from tubular side walls 16 adjacent the ends of the walls and, in the form shown in'FIGS. 1 through 5, 9 and 10, are cylinders of circular right section of the type normally used to contain food and having flanges at both ends. When assembled together with the holder, two containers form a double unit convenient to handle and merchandise.

In general, the holder 12 comprises a tubular wall 17 having an inner surface 18 complementary in shape to the outer edges of the flanges 15 on the containers 13 and 14 to be assembled and adapted to telescope closely with the flanges. The telescoping movement is limited by a stop 19 which projects radially and inwardly from the holder wall intermediate the ends of the wall to engage the ends of the containers and position the containers with respect to the holder. Also projecting radially and inwardly from the wall on opposite sides of the stop are holding members 20 and 21. These members are spaced from the stop to receive the flanges and hook around and engage the flanges to hold the containers against the stop. With the holder formed of resilient material the tubular wall and holding members stretch to receive the flanges of a container and the members snap behind and grip the A suitable material is polyethylene.

ice

The flanges 15 on the containers being circular, the tubular wall 17a of the holder 12 is cylindrical and its inner surface 18 is of a complementary circular cross sectional shape. The stop 19 is a flat rib which, to simplify the dies for formation of the holder as a plastic injection molded part, preferably is continuous and extends completely around the periphery of the holder. To further simplify the construction and reduce material needed, the rib extends radially only a portion of the way to the center of the holder ring. The holding members 20 and 21 are formed as inwardly projecting flanges and also are preferably continuous. Herein, the holder flanges taper inwardly and their spacing from the rib is correlated with the thickness of the flanges on the containers to achieve a tight fit with the container flanges, both holder flanges being spaced the same distance from the rib so that the holder is symmetrical about the rib. To provide a pleasing appearance, the cylindrical tubular wall has a smooth outer surface.

In the use of the improved holder ring 12, the flange 20 on one side of the center rib 19 is stretched over the flange 15 on a container 13 until the end of the container engages the rib and the flange on the holder snaps behind the container flange. With the container flange fitting tightly in the recess between the holder flange and the rib, the holder grips the container firmly. A second container 14 then is inserted within the other holder flange 21 until the end of the container is against the other side of the rib and the other holder flange snaps behind the container flange. The two containers then are held securely together so that one may be lifted with the other but is easily releasable therefrom by stretching the associated holder flange and pulling the containers apart.

The improved holder also may be utilized with other flanged parts such, for example, as a cap 22 for one of the flanged containers. Such a cap and a modified holder 12a for the same are shown in FIGS. 6, 7 and 8. The cap is of inverted cup shape with a cylindrical side wall 23 and a top wall 24. If desired the latter may have circular perforations 25 and a movable funnel member 26 for dispensing the contents of a container 14a which is closed by the cap. An internal flange 27 on the side wall co-operates with the top wall to define a recess to receive the container flange in the manner of the preferred holder described above.

The modified holder 12a is similar to the preferred holder 12 in the provision of a cylindrical wall 17a and the arrangement of one flange 20a on one side of the stop 19a. The latter, however, instead of being simply a rib projecting only part of the way across the ring, is an imperforate wall which completely covers the top wall 24 of the cap. Also the flange 21a on the other side of the stop is spaced farther from the stop than the first flange to co-operate with an outwardly projecting flange 28 on the lower portion of the cylindrical wall 23 of the cap.

The modified holder 12a operates in a manner similar to the preferred construction if the cap 22 is considered as corresponding to the lower container 14 of FIG. 1. With the holder assembled on the cap and the cap on one container 14a, the upper flange 20a is ready to receive the bottom flange 15 of another container. If desired, the modified holder may be utilized as a snap cover for the perforated top wall 24 of the cap after the containers have been separated.

In another modified holder 12b shown in FIGS. 9 and 10, the stop 1% is extended to form a wall 29. Rather than being imperforate, however, this wall is formed with perforations 30 for dispensing the contents of an opened container fitting releasably within one of the flanges 2011 and 21b. Although continuous flanges are preferred, an interrupted construction may be used as in the case of the upper flange 20b in FIGS. 9 and 10. In other respects, this modified holder is like the preferred holder 12 of FIGS. 1 to 5.

It will be apparent that the improved holder 12 described above provides a convenient and inexpensive means for securing two flanged objects together to form, in effect, a single package. Not only is the holder simple to manufacture and manipulate, but it also may form either an imperforate closure (FIG. 8) or a perforated closure (FIGS. 7, 9 and 10).

I claim:

1. The combination of longitudinally aligned tubular parts having flanges projecting radially and outwardly adjacent ends of the parts and holder comprising a tubular wall having an inner surface complementary in shape to said flanges and adapted to telescope closely with the flanges, an intermediate wall extending radially and inwardly from said inner surface intermediate the ends to form a closure, said intermediate wall constituting a stop to engage said ends of said parts and limit the telescoping movement of said flanges with respect to the inner surface, a first retaining member projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface on one side of said stop and spaced from the stop to hook behind said flange of a part engaging that side of the stop to hold the part assembled releasably to the holder, and a second retaining member projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface on the other side of said stop and spaced from the stop to hook behind said flange of another part engaging that side of the stop to hold the part assembled releasably to the holder, one of said tubular parts constituting a cap adapted to fit over one end of an elongated flanged container and having a perforated end wall for dispensing the container contents and an internal flange adapted to engage behind a flange on the container to hold the cap assembled releasably on the container.

2. The combination of two tubular parts aligned longitudinally and having flanges projecting radially and outwardly from adjacent ends of the parts and a holder comprising a tubular wall having an inner surface complementary in shape to said flanges and adapted to telescope closely with the flanges, intermediate stop means projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface intermediate the ends of said tubular wall to engage said ends of said parts and limit the telescoping movement of said flanges with respect to the inner surface, a first retaining member projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface on one side of said stop means and spaced from the stop means to hook behind said flange of a part engaging that side of the stop means to hold the part assembled releasably to the holder, and a second retaining member projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface on the other side of said stop means and spaced from the stop means to hook behind said flange of another part engaging that side of the stop means to hold the part assembled releasably to the holder.

3. A holder for longitudinally aligned cylindrical parts having flanges projecting radially and outwardly adjacent ends of the parts, said holder comprising a cylindrical wall of flexible material having an inner cylindrical surface complementary in size and shape to the outer edges of said flanges and adapted to telescope closely with the flanges, an intermediate wall extending radially and inwardly from said inner surface intermediate the ends of the surface to form a closure, said intermediate wall providing a stop to engage the ends of parts having said flanges telescoping with said inner surface, a first flange projecting radially and inwardly from said surface on one side of said intermediate wall and spaced axially from the wall to hook behind and retain said flange of a part engaging the wall on said side of the wall, and a second flange projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface on the other side of said intermediate wall and spaced axially from the wall to hook behind and retain said flange of a part engaging the wall on the other side of the wall.

4. A holder for tubular parts having flanges projecting radially and outwardly adjacent the ends of the parts, said holder comprising a tubular wall having an inner surface complementary in shape to said flanges and adapted to telescope closely with the flanges, an intermediate wall projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surfaces to form a closure intermediate the ends of said tubular wall, said wall forming a stop to engage said ends of said parts and limit the telescoping movement of said flanges with respect to said inner surface, a first retaining member projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface on one side of said stop means and spaced from the stop means to hook behind said flange of a part engaging that side of the stop means to hold the part assembled releasably to the holder, and a second retaining member projecting radially and inwardl yfrom said inner surface on the other side of said stop means and spaced from the stop means to hook behind said flange of another part engaging that side of the stop means to hold the part assembled releasably to the holder.

5. A holder for longitudinally aligned cylindrical parts having flanges projecting radially and outwardly from adjacent ends of the parts, said holder comprising a cylindrical wall of flexible material having an inner cylindrical surface complementary in size and shape to the outer edges of said flanges and adapted to telescope closely with the flanges, a continuous rib projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface intermediate the ends of the surface and adapted to engage the ends of parts having said flanges telescoping with the inner surface, a first continuous flange projecting radially and inwardly from said surface on one side of said rib and spaced axially from the rib to hook behind and retain said flange of a part engaging the rib on said side of the rib, and. a second continuous flange projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface on the other side of said rib and spaced axially from the rib to hook behind and retain said flange of a part engaging the rib on the other side of the rib.

6. A holder for longitudinally aligned cylindrical parts having flanges projecting radially and outwardly from adjacent ends of the parts, said holder comprising a cylindrical wall of flexible material having an inner cylindrical surface complementary in size and shape to the outer edges of said flanges and adapted to telescope closely with the flanges, a rib projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface intermediate the ends of the surface and adapted to engage the ends of parts having said flanges telescoping with the inner surface, a first flange projecting radially and inwardly from said surface on one side of said rib and spaced axially from the rib to hook behind and retain said flange of a part engaging the rib on said side of the rib, and a second flange projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface on the other side of said rib and spaced axially from the rib to hook behind and retain said flange of a part engaging the rib on the other side of the rib.

7. For use with two containers having end portions of the same size and shape with flanges projecting radially and outwardly from their ends, a holder having a tubular outer wall of flexible material with an inner surface complementary in shape to the outer edges of said container flanges and adapted to telescope closely with the flanges, an intermediate rib projecting radially and inwardly from a portion of said inner surface intermediate the ends of the surface, a first flange projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface and spaced from said rib on one side of the rib, and a second flange projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface 5 and spaced from said rib on the opposite side of the rib, said first and second flanges hooking behind said flanges of said containers to hold the containers assembled releasably to the holder with the ends of the containers engaging said rib.

8. A holder for tubular parts having flanges projecting radially and outwardly from adjacent ends of the parts, said holder comprising a tubular wall having an inner surface complementary in shape to said fianges and adapted to telescope closely with the flanges, intermediate stop means projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface intermediate the ends of said tubular Wall to engage said ends of said parts and limit the telescoping movement of said flanges with respect to the inner surface, a first retaining member projecting radially and inwardly from said inner surface on one side of said stop means and spaced from the stop means to hook behind said flange of a part engaging that side of the stop References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,292,310 8/1942 Wilkins 220-97 X 2,975,946 3/1961 Westgate 222-480 3,058,630 10/1962 Abt 222484 3,177,015 4/1965 Brown 285-436 3,180,537 4/1965 Collins 222--l43 X 3,223,297 12/1965 Nyden 222-485 X RAPHAEL M. LUlO, Primary Examiner.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2292310 *Jan 27, 1941Aug 4, 1942Albert C WilkinsClamping band
US2975946 *Nov 24, 1958Mar 21, 1961French Co R TCondiment dispenser
US3058630 *Feb 13, 1959Oct 16, 1962Afico SaDredger for dispensing powdered products
US3177015 *Jan 24, 1962Apr 6, 1965Brown Co D SPipe coupling of sponge elastomer
US3180537 *Nov 29, 1963Apr 27, 1965Stone Container CorpCombined couplin and closure for dispensing canisters
US3223297 *Jun 3, 1964Dec 14, 1965Waterbury Co IncSnap acting slide lock top closure
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3370163 *May 17, 1966Feb 20, 1968Brill David DudleyElectrically lighted implement holder
US3414183 *Aug 24, 1966Dec 3, 1968Phillips Petroleum CoRing-a-rim closures
US3512805 *Aug 16, 1968May 19, 1970Glatz Charles BMeans for joining two conduits
US3695643 *May 18, 1970Oct 3, 1972Hancock Brick & Tile CoCorrugated tube coupling means
US3700266 *Dec 28, 1970Oct 24, 1972Glehn KarlDevices for connecting pipes together
US3751082 *Feb 8, 1972Aug 7, 1973K SomervilleConnector and modules for structural assemblies
US3768788 *Apr 21, 1971Oct 30, 1973Candel SLiquid aeration method and apparatus
US3791552 *Jun 7, 1971Feb 12, 1974Atton Box Board CoHandling perishable product
US3885672 *Feb 7, 1974May 27, 1975Irmgard M WestenriederCombined stacking ring and container cover
US3938695 *Jan 18, 1974Feb 17, 1976Stanley RuffDrink-through slosh-inhibiting closure lids for potable open-top containers
US3946897 *Mar 25, 1974Mar 30, 1976Uniroyal, Inc.Drum cover made from thermoplastic rubber
US4025212 *Jan 15, 1976May 24, 1977Block Alvin WCan construction device and system
US4116332 *Jul 23, 1976Sep 26, 1978Hartley Daniel WCombination brush holder and can connector
US4228897 *May 31, 1979Oct 21, 1980Underwood J LarryStacking element for retaining stacked articles
US4240551 *Mar 6, 1978Dec 23, 1980Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.Magnetic tape cassette holder
US4308952 *Jan 28, 1980Jan 5, 1982Jeno's, Inc.Container assembly
US4560064 *Jul 30, 1984Dec 24, 1985Vercon, Inc.Carrier for cans
US4582447 *Jun 20, 1983Apr 15, 1986The Coca-Cola CompanyPlastic display building device for cans
US4593818 *Apr 29, 1985Jun 10, 1986Schenkman Roger BCan stacker
US4619363 *Jan 29, 1985Oct 28, 1986Gregor Hofbauer GmbhMultiple tray-shaped packing and storage unit
US4756424 *Jul 7, 1986Jul 12, 1988Chaspo Industries, Inc.Multipurpose container assembly for preparation of beverages
US4823995 *Jan 4, 1988Apr 25, 1989Continental Plastics, Inc.Container cap
US4925067 *Jun 30, 1988May 15, 1990Phoenix Closures, Inc.Dispenser closure
US4930636 *Jul 19, 1989Jun 5, 1990Meadows Marcia AStackable container assembly
US5156273 *Apr 28, 1992Oct 20, 1992Empak, Inc.Stackable composite lid and container arrangement
US5213238 *Jan 8, 1992May 25, 1993Tri-Made Products, Inc.Multi-functional, environmentally-oriented, tamper-evident container closure
US5224678 *Apr 24, 1992Jul 6, 1993Mcclellan MichaelStacking and transporting device for beer kegs
US5279841 *Dec 2, 1991Jan 18, 1994Yu Chine MinDual container connecting ring and the combination thereof
US5297681 *Jun 1, 1993Mar 29, 1994Gourley Mervin DCombined can stacker/advertising device
US5305931 *Jan 26, 1993Apr 26, 1994Iri-Made Products, Inc.Multi-functional, environmentally-oriented, tamper-evident container closure
US5507419 *Nov 3, 1993Apr 16, 1996Tri-Made Products, Inc.Multi-functional, enviornmentally-oriented, tamper-evident container closure
US5636753 *Mar 16, 1995Jun 10, 1997Wilkinson; DennisStabilizer for plural drum stacks
US5722540 *Apr 16, 1996Mar 3, 1998C&L Products, Inc.Can stacking method and apparatus
US5826742 *Jun 12, 1995Oct 27, 1998Friedhelm Hermann TimpertDevice and method for the transport of hazardous goods receptacles in containers
US5947171 *Jan 30, 1997Sep 7, 1999American Cyanamid CompanyValve assembly for use with containers in a closed application system
US6050309 *Jan 29, 1998Apr 18, 2000American Cyanamid CompanyValve assembly for use with containers in a closed application system
US6085809 *May 14, 1999Jul 11, 2000American Cyanamid CompanyValve assembly for use with containers in a closed application system
US6092717 *Oct 20, 1998Jul 25, 2000Sonoco Development Inc.Tubular container with independently openable compartments
US6142330 *Aug 24, 1999Nov 7, 2000Lunt Investments CorporationLocking ring for containers
US6263928Apr 14, 2000Jul 24, 2001American Cyanamid CompanyValve assembly for use with containers in a closed application system
US6305444May 12, 2000Oct 23, 2001American Cyanamid CompanyValve assembly for use with containers in a closed application system
US6543496Sep 17, 2001Apr 8, 2003Basf AktiengesellschaftValve assembly for use with containers in a closed application system
US6732772Apr 2, 2003May 11, 2004Basf AktiengesellschaftValve assembly for use with containers in a closed application system
US7073546Mar 29, 2004Jul 11, 2006Basf AktiengesellschaftValve assembly for use with containers in a closed application system
US7185766 *Mar 16, 2006Mar 6, 2007Michele CooperSkimmer
US7404486 *Aug 28, 2004Jul 29, 2008Matthew Charles SmithersModular beverage can interlocking device
US7438204Oct 13, 2005Oct 21, 2008S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.Apparatus for dispensing a granular product from a container
US7475787 *Oct 28, 2005Jan 13, 2009Pepsico, Inc. And Silgan Plastics, Inc.Induction heatable container with protective end caps
US7614495 *Dec 30, 2005Nov 10, 2009Matthew Charles SmithersModular beverage can interlocking device
US7958997 *Oct 23, 2007Jun 14, 2011Matthew Charles SmithersReversible modular can interlocking device
US20120225166 *May 14, 2012Sep 6, 2012Krag David HoppsTooth Protector for Beverage Bottle and Beverage Bottle Enclosure
US20140003866 *Jun 21, 2013Jan 2, 2014Steven Keith LeibelBuckett
EP0856475A1 *Jan 27, 1998Aug 5, 1998American Cyanamid CompanyImproved valve assembly for use with containers in a closed application system
EP1538100A1 *Jan 27, 1998Jun 8, 2005Basf AktiengesellschaftImproved valve assembly for use with containers in a closed application system
WO2006016205A1 *Apr 1, 2005Feb 16, 2006Sator & Fata S LModular container
WO2007053277A2 *Oct 12, 2006May 10, 2007Gagnon MichelleInduction heatable container with protective end caps
WO2007142549A1 *Nov 7, 2006Dec 13, 2007Bargan Vasily AleksandrovichCombined package for food products. variants
WO2014001943A1 *Jun 14, 2013Jan 3, 2014Soremartec S.A.Package for confectionery products
Classifications
U.S. Classification222/143, 206/427, 222/480, 285/235, 220/737, 206/821, 206/503, 220/713, 222/485
International ClassificationB65D47/26, B65D71/50
Cooperative ClassificationY10S206/821, B65D47/265, B65D71/502
European ClassificationB65D71/50B, B65D47/26D4