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Publication numberUS3661417 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 9, 1972
Filing dateApr 24, 1970
Priority dateApr 24, 1970
Publication numberUS 3661417 A, US 3661417A, US-A-3661417, US3661417 A, US3661417A
InventorsInman Richard B
Original AssigneeInman Richard B
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Carrier and foldable blank for making same
US 3661417 A
Abstract
A carrier for beverage cups comprising a foldable paperboard blank having holes through which the cup bodies fit but which engage enlarged cup rims. Portions of the blank are foldable to form a cover over the cups, handles and locking tabs. Access to the cups is provided by tearing along perforations.
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mted States Patent [151 3,661,17 lnman 1 y 9, 1972 CARRIER AND FOLDABLE BLANK FOR ry miner-Even C. Blunk MAKING SAME Assistant Examiner-Johnny D. Cherry Attorney-Cushman, Darby & Cushman [72] Inventor: Richard B. lnman, 3155 Spaulding Drive,

Dunwoody, Ga. 30338 [57] ABSTRACT [22] Filed: 1970 A carrier for beverage cups comprising a foldable paperboard [21 A N 31,724 blank having holes through which the cup bodies fit but which engage enlarged cup rims. Portions of the blank are foldable to form a cover over the cups, handles and locking tabs. Ac-

(g1. 294/8712;6 cess to the cups is provided y tearing along perforations.

[58] Field of Search ..294/87.2; 206/65 9 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,281,180 10/1966 Spery ..294/87.2

3,073,644 1/1963 Baker et al ..294/87.2

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sum 3 [IF 3 I NNNNNN OR F/ 0/9/9003 [haw/4W CARRIER AND FOLDABLE BLANK FOR MAKING SAME The present invention relates to a carrier and more particularly to a carrier for beverage cups, containers and other articles. More specifically, the invention relates to a sheet having holes large enough to fit around the body of such article but small enough to engage an enlarged part of the article and support it. Portions of the sheet are foldable to form a handle for lifting the carrier and portions of the sheet are cut to provide tabs which lock together the various parts of the carrier. The invention is particularly adapted to relatively lightweight articles, and provides an easily formed, inexpensive carrier which also is easy to open for access to the articles. a

The invention will be understood more clearly from the following detailed description of a preferred embodiment, reference being made to the drawing in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view, from above, of the carrier with plastic drinking cups supported in it;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the carrier and cups from below;

FIG. 3 is a plan view of the blank from which the carrier is formed; and

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a beverage cup useful for the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 3, the blank 1 is made of paperboard, e.g., about 5-30 mils thick or any similar sheet material which has five panels indicated by the numbers 2-6. The center panel 6 is flat and, in the illustrated embodiment, has six holes 7 through it cut to the shape of the top of the body 8 of a plastic drinking cup 9. The six tabs are arranged in two rows of three holes each, although it will be appreciated that other patterns of holes may be used and there may be as many holes as desired.

Between the rows there are four slots 10, 10', 10" and 10" spaced along a mid-line of the center panel 6 which is perpendicular'to the parallel side edges of the blank 1.

The panels 4 and 5 are on opposite sides of the panel 6 and each is substantially equal to one-half the size of the panel-6,

so that, when folded over the panel 6 to be edge-to-edge with each other, they form a cover of the same size and shape as the panel 6. Spaced along the outer edges 11 and 11' of each of panels 4 and 5 there are four tabs, indicated by the numbers 12 and 12', 13 and 13, 14 and 14 and 15 and 15. Each of these tabs is cutfrom the blank 1 along three sides and is attached to the blank along edges 11 and 11'. The cuts around the tabs extend to these edges so that, when the tabs and panels 4 and 5 are separated, the tabs are not attached to panels 4 and 5 and are connected to the carrier only along edges 11 and 11'. Each tab has two prongs l6'and 16 extending outwardly from a tip portion 17 which is connected to the carrier by a shank portion 18. The slots 10, 10, 10" and 10" which receive these tabs are slightly wider than the shank portions 18 but are narrower than the tip portion to lock the tabs in the slots. The distance along shank portion 18, from edge 11 to the tip portion is slightly more than'twice the thickness of blank 1.

The outer panels 2 and 3 are tapered from the side edges of the blank 1 toward outeredges 19 and 19 and are the same size and shape as each other so that, when folded against each other, they form a single, unitary handle. In outer panel 2 there is a trapezoidal hole 20, the parallel edges of which are parallel to the outer edge 19 and perpendicular to the side edges of the blank, the wider parallel edge of the trapezoid being closer to the outer edge 19. In panel 3, there is a trapezoidal flap 21 of the same size and shape as hole 20, cut from the panel 3 along edges 22, 23 and 24. The flap is attached to panel 3 along edge 25 which is the wider parallel edge of the trapezoid and which is the edge closest to outer edge 19. The blank is scored along edge 25 so that the flap is foldable along that edge. The flap is aligned with hole 20 so that the flap 21 can fold through hole 20 when a handle is formed from panels 2 and 3, and against the outer surface of panel 2. To prevent the flap from interfering with use of the handle, the distance between edges 19 and is greater than the width of the flap between edges 23 and 25 so that, when folded, the flap will not extend beyond edges 19 and 19'.

The blank 1 also has two narrow strips 26 and 27. extending across it perpendicular to its parallel side edges which becomes spacers between the center panel 6 and the panels 4 and 5, respectively.

The blank is scored along edges 11 and 11, that is in the portions of those edgesbetween tabs 12, 13, 14 and 15 and between tabs 12, 13', 14' and 15. Along edges 28 and 29, where strips 26 and 27 join panels 4 and 5, respectively, the blank is perforated, and. along edges 30 and 31 where those strips join the-center panel 6, the blank is scored. As used herein, such score lines and perforation lines are referred to as fold lines having reduced resistance to bending.

A cup 9, useful for the'carrier of FIGS. 1-3, is illustrated in FIG. 4. It has a body portion 8 formed byan upright side wall, extending upwardly from a bottom 32- (see FIG. 2). At the top of the side wall, there is an enlarged part comprised of a bead 33 which extends upwardly and outwardly and which may be formed by rolling the sheet material from which the cup body is formed. The body portion 8 is small enough to fit through one of the holes 7 in the carrier, but the bead 33 is not; it rests on the center panel 6, adjacent the edge of a hole 7, when the cup body is inserted through that hole.

In use, the blank is folded inwardly at right angles along lines 28, 29, 30 and 31 so that panels 4 and 5 will cover center panel 6 and the cups in the hole 7, which preferably are themselves covered with, say, plastic film. The outer panels 2 and 3 are folded outwardly at right angles along lines 11 and 11' to be flush against each other, and so that tabs 12, 12, 13, l3, l4, 14', 15 and 15' are perpendicular to panels 4, 5 and 6. These tabs are pressed through and locked into slots 10, 10', 10" and 10" and the flap 21 is folded through hole 20 and against the outside of panel 2. To open the carrier and gain access to the cups, one tears along the perforated edges 28 and 29.

It will be appreciated that, while a preferred embodiment has been described, various changes may be made in details of construction and mode of operation without departing from the scope of the invention.

I claim:

1. A carrier for cups and similar articles having a body portion and an enlarged portion which is wider than the body portion, said carrier comprising a center panel having at least one hole therethrough to receive said body portion but support said enlarged portion,

a pair of cover panels connected to outer edges of said center panel extending towards each other and covering over said center panel,

a pair of handle panels, connected to the inner edges of said cover panels, extending upwardly therefrom and against each other to form a handle,

and tabs extending downwardly from each of said inner edges, through slots in said center panel and laterally outwardly from said slots under said center panel so that said handle supports said center panel and said cover panels.

2. A carrier as set forth in claim 1 including narrow strips connecting between the outer edges of said center panel and the outer edges of said cover panels.

3. A carrier as set forth in claim 1 in which there is a hole in a first one of said handle panels and a flap cut from the other handle panel and foldably connected thereto in alignment with the hole in the first handle panel so as to be foldable through said hole and against said first handle panel to lock the handle panels together and provide a grip for said handle.

4. A carrier as set forth in claim 1 in which there are perforations between at least one of the outer edges of said center panel and the cover panel to which it is connected so that the cover panel and center panel can be separated by tearing along said perforations to gain access to the cups.

5. A carrier for cups and similar articles having a body portion and an enlarged portion which is wider than the body portion, said carrier comprising a center panel having at least one hole therethrough to receive said body portion but support said enlarged portion,

a pair of cover panels connected to outer edges of said center panel extending towards each other and covering over said center panel,

a pair of handle panels, connected to the inner edges of said cover panels, extending upwardly therefrom and against each other to form a handle,

tabs extending downwardly from each of said inner edges, through slots in said center panel and laterally outwardly from said slots under said center panel so that said handle supports said center panel and said cover panels,

narrow strips connecting between the outer edges of said center panel and the outer edges of said cover panels,

there being a hole in a first one of said handle panels and a flap cut from the other handle panel and foldably connected thereto in alignment with the hole in the first handle panel so as to be foldable through said hole and against said first handle panel to lock the handle panels together and provide a grip for said handle.

6. A foldable blank sheet for forming a carrier for cups having a body portion and an enlarged portion which is wider than the body portion, said blank sheet comprising a center panel having at least one hole therethrough to receive said body portion but support said enlarged por- On,

a pair of cover panels connected to outer edges of said center panel along fold lines having reduced resistance to bending, said cover panels, when folded towards each other, forming a cover which substantially covers said center panel,

a pair of handle panels connected to outer edges of said cover panels along fold lines having reduced resistance to bending, the handle panels being foldable to lie against each when said cover is formed to provide a handle,

tabs cut from said cover panels adjacent said fold lines connecting said cover panels to said handle panels and attached to said blank sheet only along said fold lines, there being slits in said center panel positioned to lockably receive said tabs when said cover and handle are formed, said tabs each comprising a portion adjacent said fold lines which portion is narrower than said slits and a distal portion which is wider than said slit to lock behind said center panel,

7. A blank sheet as set forth in claim 6 including narrow strips connecting between the said center panel and said cover panels, said narrow strips being connected to said center panel and said cover panels along fold lines having reduced resistance to bending.

8. A blank sheet as set forth in claim 7 in which there is a hole in a first one of said handle panels and a flap cut from the other handle panel and foldably connected thereto in alignment with the hole in the first handle panel so as to be foldable through said hole and against said first handle panel to lock the handle panels together and provide a grip for said handle.

9. A carrier as set forth in claim 6 in which said fold line between at least one of the outer edges of said center panel and at least one of the cover panels is perforated so that the cover panel and center panel can be separated by tearing along said perforations.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification294/87.2, 206/158
International ClassificationB65D1/22, B65D1/26, B65D71/48, B65D71/40
Cooperative ClassificationB65D1/265, B65D71/48
European ClassificationB65D1/26B, B65D71/48