US 3325083 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
June 13, 1967 B. J. FRYE 3,325,083
NATURALLY RESEALABLE CONTAINER STRUCTURE Filed Oct. 20, 1965 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVIIIVMI'R. BAH/a6 Z F'RXE BY v June 13, 1967 B.J. FRYE NATURALLY RESEALABLE CONTAINER STRUCTURE Filed Oct. 20, 1965 v 2 ets eet 2 INVENTOR.
-75 FEW 6 ii In United States Patent 3,325,083 NATURALLY RESEALABLE CONTAINER STRUQTURE Bruce J. Frye, 1896 Longview Drive, New Brighton, Minn. 55112 Filed Oct. 20, 1965, Ser. No. 498,427 4 Claims. (Cl. 229-62) This invention relates to an improvement in a naturally resealable container. The scope of the invention herein embodies a container having a resealable peripheral portion thereabout as well as a resealable peripheral or marginal portion partially thereabout. Particular reference is had to a container on the order of a bag or pouch.
Containers are known which have resealable marginal portions, but such containers as are known require the presence of a pressure sensitive adhesive. Such an adhesive has a limited period of usefulness.
The invention herein provides not only for a naturally resealable container, but also embodies a novel construction which protects the sealed surfaces against the tendency of separation by pressure or action of an article contained therein.
It is desirable therefore and an object of this invention to provide a container having a peripheral portion thereof having naturally adherent facing marginal portions.
It is another object of this invention to provide a container having a marginal portion thereof having naturally adherent facing surfaces and means overlying the juncture of said adherent surfaces to protect the same against the tendency for separation thereof as may be caused by a load bearing thereagainst.
It is more specifically an object of this invention to provide a container having adherent facing marginal surface portions, one of said surface portions having a flap portion integral therewith and extending inwardly of said container, said flap portion having a naturally adherent surface facing the other of said surface portions and having a non-adherent surface facing said first mentioned surface portion.
These and other objects and advantages of the invention will be set forth in the following description made in connection with the accompanying drawings in which like reference characters refer to similar parts throughout the several views and in which:
FIG. 1 is an exploded view on a reduced scale showing the portions making up the device herein;
FIG. 2 is a plan view with portions thereof being indicated by dotted line;
FIG. 3 is a view in horizontal section taken on line 33 of FIG. 2 as indicated;
FIG. 4 is a view in vertical section on a somewhat enlarged scale taken on line 4-4 of FIG. 2 as indicated;
FIG. 5 is a view in vertical section on an enlarged scale taken on line 5-5 of FIG. 2 as indicated;
FIG. 6 is a broken view showing a detail of structure on a magnified scale;
FIG. 7 is a broken view in plan showing a modification of the device herein; and
FIG. 8 is a view in vertical section taken on line 88 of FIG. 7 as indicated.
Referring to the drawings, the character 10 indicates generally the device herein shown in the form of a flexible container.
With particular reference to FIG. 1, there is first shown one method for forming said container 10 in its present embodiment. It will be obvious that it may be otherwise formed. The container herein may be formed of various suitable materials, such as of a flexible polyvinyl chloride which is a preferred material. Said container is made up of three layers of said material consisting of the sheets 12, 13 and 14 which will be superposed or layered in overlying relation. The sheet 13 is shown in the form of a framework disposed between the marginal portions of said sheets 12 and 14. Said sheet or framework 13 along its side portion 13a will be bonded to the sheets 12 and 14 along the dotted marginal portions thereof extending across the marginal portions 14b as indicated in dotted line and by the characters 12a and 14a in FIG. 1.
The marginal portion 13b will be bonded to the marginal portion 12b. The marginal portion 14b extending across one end of the container between the extensions of its side marginal portions 14a will be left free or unbonded and is shown having a small inverted tab 14c formed by an arcuate cut out portion.
The portion 130 is left free unattached to either of the sheets 12 or 14 save that it is hinged along the line G, as indicated in FIG. 6, and is integral at either end to the side marginal portions 13a. This portion 13c will hereinafter be referred to as a flap.
The sheets 1214 will be bonded along the areas indicated in a conventional manner which forms no part of the invention herein.
With the sheets 12-14 bonded as described, their separate identity is lost except as otherwise indicated, and in combined form they make up the container 10 and the sealed or bonded marginal portions about three sides of.
said container are indicated by the characters 10a. The bonded marginal portions 12b and 1312 are indicated by the character 10b, with reference to FIG. 5. The flap 13c retains its separate identity and continues to be indicated by this character. Thus said container 10 is open along the marginal portions 10b and 14b.
With particular reference to FIG. 6, the interior or facing surfaces E and F of the sides 12 and 14 of said container but for the exceptions hereinafter noted will be calendered or embossed to be non-adherent with respect to one another. The facing surface portions A and B of the marginal open side portions Nb and 14b will be smooth and polished. When flexible polyvinyl chloride is provided with a smooth and polished. surface such a surface will be naturally adhesive and will naturally adhere to a like surface or to a smooth surface on the order of a glass or ceramic surface. This adherent characteristic is a permanent one. When the surface of the material is calendered or embossed it becomes naturally nonadherent.
The surface D of the flap 13c, facing the portion 14b, will be a smooth polished adherent surface and the adherent facing surface portion B will be of suflicient height to be coextensive with the over all height of its opposing or facing surface portions A and D. The surface C of said flap 13c facing the inner surface E of the side 12 will be embossed or calendered to be non-adherent thereto. Said container 10 is loaded with an article 16.
Operation To open up the container 10 for the insertion of an article, the end portions 10b and 14b will be spread apart. The notch 14c permits the insertion of a finger tip for a separation of the sides. The article 16 to be inserted will thenbe placed within the container.
The marginal portions 10b and 14b will then be pulled taut and smoothed longitudinally and then pressed together by hand or finger pressure.
The facing surface portions A and B will adhere to one another. The surface portion D of the flap will also overlie and adhere to said surface portion B. The line of juncture of the flap 130 with the side 12 will be noted to be along the line G. This line represents the end of the weld or bonding of the portions 12b and 13b which from the marginal portion 10b and thus the line G is a strong line of connection.
Hence with the container sealed, with any tendency to separate the sides 12 and 14, the pull of such separation will not be along the edges of the flap 13c and portion b but will be along the medial line G thereof. Hence the seal between the portion 14b and the portion 10b taken with the flap 130 at the edges thereof is substantially free from any strain and free from any tendency to break the same;
Further the flap portion 130 overlies the juncture between the adhering surfaces A and B having its surface D adhering to the surface B of the marginal portion 1412. Hence said juncture is protected by an overlay of the flap 130. The pressure of the article within the container may bear against the flap pressing it against the adjacent wall 14 to which said flap is adherent. The article may bear against the weld line G which represents a strong connection not subject to breakage from the expected usage of the container.
Thus the flap 130 in protecting the juncture between the adhering surfaces A and B provides for a strongly sealed resealable end portion of said container.
Modification Referring to FIGS. 7 and 8, a modification is shown of the container herein embodying the essential principles or elements of structure of the container 10 above described.
The container here is shown comprising a flexible sheet such as of polyvinyl chloride. Said sheet for convenience is shown to be circular in form and it overlies a plate member which will be formed of smooth substantially non-porous material, such as glass or ceramic having a polished upwardly facing surface. It is to be understood however and it is quite obvious that the scope -of this invention would embrace the use of a sheet of flexible smooth material, such as polyvinyl chloride.
Said sheet 20 has integral with the underside of its peripheral portion 20a a circular strip or ring 22 of like material. The outer peripheral portion 22a of said strip is bonded to said peripheral portion 20a. The inner peripheral portion 22b of said strip 22 forms an inwardly extending flap.
The outward facing surface of the entire strip 22 is polished and smooth to be naturally adherent to a surface such as the facing surface of said plate member 25.
The undersurface of said flap 22b which faces the body portion of said member 20 will be calendered or embossed to be naturally non-adherent.
Overlying said plate member 25 and underlying said sheet 20 is an article 26.
It will be understood that polyvinyl chloride because of its natural adhesive characteristics represents a preferred material but is not intended to represent the only suitable material.
Operation The operation here is on the same order as that of the container 10 above described.
The flexible member 20 and the plate member 25 form a container with the member 20 representing the cover. 6
a flap portion 22b will be non-adherent with respect to the adjacent surface of the member 25.
The flap portion 22b and the adjacent body portion of the member 20 will have a welded line of juncture K which provides a strong connection. The pull of the body portion of the member 20 against the portion 22 will be along the medial line K of said portion 22 which leaves the edge sealed portions of the member 22 substantially free from the strain of pull.
Thus it is seen that I have provided a naturally resealable container of an improved construction particularly arranged to have the sealed portions thereof free from strain at their peripheral or edge portions and to have the line of juncture within the container protected.
It will of course be understood that various changes may be made in the form, details, arrangement and proportions of the parts, without departing from the scope of applioants invention which, generally stated, consists in a device capable of carrying out the objects above set forth, in the parts and combinations of parts disclosed and defined in the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A naturally resealable container having in combination,
a pair of opposed sides having facing surfaces,
opposed marginal portions of said facing surfaces being naturally self adherent,
one of said opposed marginal self adherent surface portions having a flap portion extending inwardly of said container, and
said flap portion having a self adherent surface portion facing and engaging the adjacent surface portion 'of said other opposed marginal portion and having its other surface portion non-adherent to the adjacent facing surface portion of said one of said opposed marginal portions.
2. The structure set forth in claim I,
said opposed marginal portions having their respective end portions integral with one another, and
said flap portion being integral at its ends with said end portions.
3. A container of the character indicated having in combination,
a flexible side of said container forming a cover portion,
a peripheral portion of said side extending inwardly thereof, said peripheral portion having an outwardly facing self adherent surface and being bonded to said side at its outer marginal portion and forming a free flap at its inner portion, and
the inner surface of said flap facing said flexible side being non-adherent.
4. The structure set forth in claim 3, wherein said peripheral portion extends completely about said side.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,929,180 3/1960 Abrams et al. 3,093,244 6/1963 Middleton et al. 3,113,715 12/1963 Pangrac 22953 JOSEPH R. LECLAIR, Primary Examiner.
DAVID M. BOCKENEK, Examiner.