US 3370697 A
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Feb. 27, 1968 J. R. LEVEY ETAL DISPLAY PACKAGE AND ARTICLE CONTAINER 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed May 8, 1967 L I Y M Y R t E OEA T K R NW .0 VT V M l N 5 mm a 4 Y 6 MM 7 W 6 m .5 1 O M ,x H 0 MM :2 w H J. R. LEVEY ETAL 3,370,697
DISPLAY PACKAGE AND ARTICLE CONTAINER Feb. 27, 1968 3 Sheets-Sheet Filed May 6, 1967 INVENTORS JAY Z.
Feb. 27, 1968 J. R. LEVEY ETAL 3,370,697
DISPLAY PACKAGE AND ARTICLE CONTAINER Filed May 8, 1967 3 Sheets-Sheet 5 INVENTORS JAY LEVEY J SEPH M. KARL United States Patent Cfiice 3,376,597 Patented Feb. 27, 1968 3,370,67 DISPLAY PACKAGE AND ARTIULE CQNTAINER Jay R. Levey, Easton, Pa., and .loseph M. Kari, Washington, Ni, assignors to Gxwall Tool (30., Ltd, Flashing, N.Y., a corporation of New York Filed May 8, H67, Ser. No. 636,948 6 Claims. (Cl. 266-4534) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLGSURE A display package and article container, such as for small hand tools and the like, has its transparent toolholding blister platform locked to the container in inverted position with the tools held in platform-recesses against gravitation for visual display of such tools. The blister platfronr is locked in the container to prevent pilfering of the tools while on display, and after sale the purchaser merely disengages the blister platfrom from the locking tab and reverses it, to position the tools uppermost in the article container ready for selected use of such tools as desired.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Heretofore in the art it has been the practice to display the container, such as a box for small hand tools, by simply opening the lid but unfortunately such display in no way guards against pilfering of the tools from the box. In an efiort to minimize the latter resort has been taken to covering the box after the lid is opened with a thin sheet of cellophane or similar transparent sheeting. This, however, has not been too successful because the thinness of such sheeting renders it susceptible to ready tearing and equally significant adds appreciably to manufacturing cost of the entire box without accomplishing the desired result.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION It is accordingly the primary object of the present invention to provide a display package and article container, such as for small hand tools and the like, wherein the tools are held against gravitation in recesses provided in a transparent platform and with the latter locked in inverted position within a box to prevent pilfering of such tools while on display.
Another object of the present invention is the provision of a display package and article container wherein the inverted transparent and locked platform holding hand tools while on display is readily unlocked and reversed by the purchaser, then reinserted in the tool box to render such tools selectively accessible for use as desired.
- A further object of the present invention is the provision of a display package and article container formed of molded plastic and having an inverted transparent platform locked therein by tabs afiixed to the box for displaying articles, such as small hand tools held against gravitation within recesses in the underside of said platform, and wherein such platform is readily reversible by a purchaser upon unlocking from the locking tabs thus rendering such hand tools selectively accessible.
The foregoing objects, together with others which will become readily apparent to those skilled in the art as the following description proceeds, are achieved in accordance with the present invention by the provision of a plastic box which readily serves as a display package for advertising purposes by rendering articles therein completely visible. By supporting the articles, such as hand tools and the like, against gravitation from' recesses in an inverted transparent platform and which is locked in such box by fixed or resiliently supported tabs, the tools can be readily observed while at the same time being protected against pilfering. Thereafter a purchaser merely removes the transparent platform by first unlocking it from the securing tabs and then reversing the platform thus making the tools selectively accessible as desired.
The present invention may be more fully appreciated by reference to the accompanying drawings wherein:
FIGURE 1 is an open perspective view of the display package and article box and showing the inverted transparent article-holding platform preparatory to inserting and locking it within the box.
FIG. 2 is a perspective view similar to FIG. 1 but showing the inverted transparent platform locked within the box against pilfering during its display.
FIG. 3 is a fragmentary perspective view showing the transparent tool-holding platform in its reversed position and rendering the hand tool articles selectively accessible to the purchaser.
FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along the line 1V-1V of FIG. 2 and looking in the direction of the arrows.
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary sectional view taken along the line VV of FIG. 1 and looking in the direction of the arrows.
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary sectional view taken along the line VIVI of FIG. 2 and looking in the direction of the arrows, and
FIG. 7 is a perspective view similar to FIG. 1 and showing the preferred arrangement for locking in the transparent platform by the use of fixed or stationary tabs on the inner side walls of the box.
Referring now to the drawings in detail the display package and article container as shown in the several figures comprises a molded box 5 of suitable plastic material which may be polypropylene or polyethylene for durabiiity. Such box 5 is provided with a lid 6 molded from the same plastic material as the box and with the two joined together by live hinges 7 and constituting thin webs of the same plastic material as the box and lid, since all are molded at the same time as a one piece unit. The upper peripheral edge of the box 5 is of substantially U-s'nape with one leg thereof slightly shorter than the other, to thus form a groove 8 which mates with a thin- Walied edge 9 of the lid 6 in the closed position of the box, as can be seen more clearly in FIG. 4.
The outer front surface of the box 5 is provided with thickened rectangular portions to form lugs 10 which are engageable by perforated locking flaps 12 carried by the lid 6, as shown particularly in FIGS. 1 and 2, for the purpose of locking the box 5 in its closed position as seen in FIG. 4. The opposite disposed side-walls of the box 5 are provided with molded tabs 13 shown as tapering outwardly, as seen in FIG. 1. Since these tabs are of the same molded plastic as the hinges 7 and are thin-walled they likewise may be characterized as live tabs, by which is meant that continued flexing thereof in a direction normal to their flat surface in no way destroys such tabs or hinges.
'By reference, however, more particularly to FIGS. 5 and 6 it will be noted that these tabs 13 may be said to be double-hinged, first at their molded juncture 14 to the wall of the box 5 and again upon itself at 15 a short distance from the hinged junction 14. This enables these tabs 13 to be moved inwardly and downwardly of the box 5, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 6 for a purpose now to be described.
Referring againmore specifically to FIG. 1, the present invention includes a platform or tray 16 of a suitable transparent plastic such as commonly used for blister packaging. This tray 16 is provided with a plurality of slightly undercut blister grooves 17 shaped to receive desired tools or the like, such as various type screw driver blades 18 and a handle 19 therefor, and each blister groove 17 has an integral projection 20 so that when the various tools are pressed into its respective groove 17 it is firmly retained therein against gravitational dislodgernent when the tray is inverted, such as shown in FIG. 1, ready for positioning in the box 5.
Each of the side walls of the tray 16 is provided with a dove-tail groove 22, shown more clearly in FIG. 1, which receives the respective double-hinged tabs 13 to firmly secure the tray 16 in its inverted position within the box 5 and thus prevents pilferage of the tools 18 when the entire unit is displayed on a shelf or counter, .as seen in FIG. 2. Since the live-hinged tabs 13 first extend from the box side-wall across the top of the tray 16 and then downwardly into the dove-tail groove 22, as clearly shown in FIG. 6, the tray 16 is locked in its inverted position within the box 5 and cannot be removed until such tabs are withdrawn. Also, the tools 18 remain securely within their respective undercut blister grooves 17 against gravitational displacement while the tray is inverted, due to the relatively tight fit provided by the integral projections 28, as previously mentioned. Inasmuch as the tray 16 is clearly transparent, the tools are readily observable by a prospective purchaser at all times during display even though they cannot be readily removed from the article container.
When the article container is acquired by a purchaser they need merely withdraw the dove-tail tabs 13 from the respective tapered locking grooves 22, remove the tray 16 from the box and, after turning it over reinsert such tray right-side up into the box 5, thus placing the tools 18 in a position to be readily grasped by a user and removed therefrom as desired. So far as the dove-tail tabs 13 are concerned they may be clipped or torn ofi. at their juncture 14 with the box wall or be tucked down between the tray 16 and the side wall of the box 5 since the. thinness of the transparent tray makes it sutficiently yieldable that the tabs can'be so accommodated. During non-use of the article container the lid 6 is closed disposing the lower edge or rim 9 within the U-shaped mating edge 8 of the box where it is locked by the flaps 12 snapping over the lugs 19 thus forming a relatively dust tight container.
By reference now more specifically to FIG. 7, a preferred embodiment is shown therein which is substantially more economical to produce as a one piece molded unit. In this particular modification the lid 6 is shown as provided with the distorted U-shaped edge to form a groove 18 while the peripheral edge 19 of the box 5 fits into such groove 18. While the reversal of these two edges from that shown in FIG. 1 is not alone a significant cost reduction,.the provision of stationary molded tabs 23 as shown in FIG. 7 results in a substantial saving. Each of the four inner walls of the box 5 in this modification is provided with one of the molded tabs 23, which measures approximately one-sixteenth of an inch in thickness and is about one inch in length, and protrudes horizontally outward therefrom. When the transparent platform or tray '16 is inserted in the box 5 the side-walls of such tray are readily yieldable because of its thin transparent composition thus disposing the tray 16 in inverted position within the box 5 and held firmly by the four tabs 23 against pilferage. Upon purchase thereof the buyer merely compresses the walls of the tray 16 slightly and withdraws it from the box 5, and after turning the tray right-side up reinserts it in the box 5, thus rendering the tools readily accessible in the same manner as previously described.
It should accordingly be obvious to those skilled in the art from the foregoing that a display package and article container has been herein shown and described in which the articles housing therein are held against pilfering during display by an inverted and firmly secured transparent tray in which they are readily observable at all times. Such articles are disposed in grooves provided in the tray and held against gravitation therefrom in the inverted position of the tray, by suitable projections or the like making for a relatively tight frictional fitting of the articles therein. Moreover, when the article is sold the purchaser merely unlocks the tray and, after removing it from the container, turns it right-side up and reinserts it therein which thus renders each separate article readily accessible at all times to the user.
Although two specific embodiments of the present invention have been herein shown and described it is to be understood that still further modifications thereof may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
1. A display package and article container for small tools and the like comprising:
(a) a box,
(b) a transparent tray provided with recesses therein for receiving articles and disposed in inverted spaced relation with the bottom of said box,
(c) securing means on said tray for holding articles in said recesses against gravitation,
(d) locking means carried by said box and engageable with said inverted tray for retaining the latter in said box to prevent pilfering of the articles therefrom during display of said article container, and (c) said transparent tray being reversible by a purchaser upon disengagement of said locking means to render the articles on said tray selectively removable from said box when said tray is reinserted right-side up in said box. 2. A display package and article container as set forth in claim 1 wherein:
said box is of molded durable plastic having preselected resiliency. 3. A display package and article container as set forth in claim 2 wherein:
said box has a molded plastic cover mating with the upper edge of said box in its closed position and which is provided with integral hinges of the same durable plastic and preselected resiliency as said box and its cover.
4. A display package and article container as set forth in claim 1 wherein: said transparent tray is of plastic with its recesses molded to conform in size and shape to the article received therein and such recesses having projections frictionally engageable with said article to prevent gravitation of the latter out of said recess in the inverted position of said tray. 7 5. A display package and article container as set forth in claim 1 wherein:
said locking means comprises a plastic tab integrally molded to opposite walls of said box and engageable with said tray to hold the latter in locked position in said box. 6. A display package and article container for small tools and the like comprising:
(a) a box, (b) a transparent tray provided with recesses therein for receiving articles and disposed in inverted spaced relation with the bottom of said box,
(c) securing means on said tray for holding articles in said recesses against gravitation,
(d) locking means carried by said box and engageable with said inverted tray for retaining the latter in said box to prevent pilfering of the articles therefrom during display of said article container,
(e) said locking means comprising a resilient plastic tab integrally molded in hinged relation to opposite walls of said box and insertable into grooves provided in the adjacent Walls of said transparent tray to hold the latter in locked position in said box during display of said article container, and
(f) said transparent tray being reversible by a purchaser upon disengagement of said locking means to render the articles on said tray selectively removable from said box when said tray is reinserted right-side up in said box.
WILLIAM References Cited FOREIGN PATENTS 4/ 1964 France.
T. DIXSON, JR., Primary Examiner.