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Publication numberUS3690544 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 12, 1972
Filing dateMay 5, 1971
Priority dateMay 5, 1971
Publication numberUS 3690544 A, US 3690544A, US-A-3690544, US3690544 A, US3690544A
InventorsMeyers George Leroy
Original AssigneeAmerican Can Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Reducible, reclosable carton
US 3690544 A
Abstract
A reducible, reclosable carton blank which includes a tear-out portion extending across the top section of the front and side panels. After removal of this portion, the carton is reclosable at substantially reduced height, the top section of the rear panel now forming the new top wall and the original top wall now extending downward in overlapping relation to the front wall. The particular conformation of the tear-out portion results in a pair of male locking studs at the top wall front corners, which co-act with a pair of double, parallel slits running across the score lines between the front panel and two side panels. The slits form a push-in-step type of female locking slot.
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United States Patent Meyers [45] Sept. 12, 1972 4] REDUCIBLE, RECLOSABLE CARTON 3,642,194 2/1972 Scully ..229/5l TC [72] Inventor: George Leroy Meyers Winnebago 3,653,582 4/1972 Scully ..229/5l TC Primary Examiner-Joseph R. Leclair [73] Assignee: American Can Company, Green- Assistant Examiner-Stephen P. Garbe wich, Conn. Attorney-Robert P. Auber, George P. Ziehmer and 221 Filed: May 5, 1971 Law'ence skla [21] Appl. No.: 140,503 [57] ABSTRACT A reducible, reclosable carton blank which includes a [52] us. Cl. ..229/51 TC, 229/51 TS tear-out portion te ng across the top section of [51] Int. Cl. ..B65d 17/00 front and side panels. After removal of this por- 53 n w f s ng 51 3 51 TC, 51 SC, 44 R, tion, the carton is reclosable at substantially reduced 229 44 CB height, the top section of the rear panel now forming the new top wall and the original top wall now extend- 56] References Cited ing downward in overlapping relation to the front wall. The particular conformation of the tear-out portion UNITED STATES PATENTS results in a pair of male locking studs at the top wall front corners, which co-act with a pair of double, g 5 8 parallel slits running across the score lines between ee v I the front panel and two side panels. The slits form a 2,367,476 111945 I Tyrseck ..229/44 CB pushdmstep type offemde locking slot 2,886,233 5/1959 Kessler ..229/44 CB X 3,486,682 12/1969 Mahon et a1 ..229/5i TC 8 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures 1 REDUCIBLE, RECLOSABLE CARTON I BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The instant invention relates to a reducible, reclosable carton blank, and more particularly to a reducible, reclosable carton blank having a tear-out portion which, upon erection of the carton and removal of the tear-out portion, leaves behind a pair of male locking studs at the top wall front corners, which co-act with a pair of push-in-step type female locking slots.

In many instances products are packaged in quantities such that the product container is not emptied all at one time. It is important after the initial opening and partial use of the product that the containercan be reclosed to protect the remainder of the product. Furthermore, it is advantageous to be able to easily reduce the size of the carton after a predetermined amount of the product has been used. Reduction in the container size is important in terms of handling ease as well as increasing available storage space.

There are reducible, reclosable cartons available today which satisfy the above criteria, but none of them provide a simple means of locking the reduced carton in a closed position. In the instant invention there is included a reclosure locking feature which requires only that the carton top be placed in closed position; no further, special locking steps are necessary.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The instant invention provides an improvement in a blank suitably cut and scored, and capable of being erected into a reducible, reclosable carton. The blank comprises a front panel, an inner side panel, an outer side panel, each side panel hingedly connected to the front panel, a rear panel hingedly connected to the inner side panel, a glue flap hingedly connected to the exterior edge portion of the rear panel capable of underlying and adhering to the exterior edge portion of the outer side panel, a top and a bottom end flap hingedly connected to the rear panel, a top and a bottom end flap hingedly connected tothe front panel, the top end flaps being of width sufficient, when the carton is erected, to at least partially overlap each other, and two pairs of top and bottom dust flaps, each of the pairs hingedly connected to each of the side panels.

The improvement comprises a tear-out portion extending across the front and side panels defined by tear lines beginning at the exterior edge portion of the outer side panel below the top of the outer side panel a distance about equal to the width of one of the side panels and continuing in a direction parallel to the juncture of the side panels and dust flaps across the outer side panel, front panel and inner side panel to the juncture of the inner side panel with the rear panel, continuing substantially upwardly therefrom along the inner side panel to a point located near a left front juncture of the inner side panel, the top dust flap connected thereto, the front panel, and thetop end flap connected thereto, but spaced from a first score line dividing the inner side panel and front panel, continuing therefrom ing therefrom along the front panel to a point located on the second dividing line but spaced from the left front juncture, continuing therefrom along the second dividing line and terminating at the exterior edge portion of the outer side panel in a manner such that the tear-out portion is symmetrical about a line bisecting the front panel and the pair of end flaps connected thereto, whereby a pair of male locking studs may be fonned across the front and side panels upon erection of the carton and removal of the tear-out portion; and push-in-ste p locking means formed by a pair of double, parallel slits located across each of the score lines dividing the front panel from the side panels, capable of receiving the male locking studs when the carton is erected and the tear-out portion is removed, said slits being positioned below the second dividing line a distance about equal to twice the width of one of the side panels. v

The carton is opened by removing the tear-out portion. When the contents of the carton have been decreased sufficiently, reclosure of the carton is possible at its reduced height. The remaining top wall is pulled downward and the upper section of the rear panel forms the new top wall. Reclosure is accomplished by simply pulling down the new top wall until the male studs engage the push-in-step locking slot.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a plan view of an integral blank suitably cut and scored to form a reducible, reclosable carton.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the blank of FIG. 1 completely erected and glued to form a carton.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the erected carton after the tear-out portion has been removed.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the erected carton in its reduced and reclosed form.

FIG. 5 is a sectional view taken on the horizontal plane indicated by the line 55 of FIG. 4.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT In describing the preferred embodiment of the present invention, reference is made now to the drawings, especially FIG. 1. The carton is made of a single, foldable blank 11 of flexible material such as paperboard. The blank 11 is divided by score lines l3, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 23 into hingedly connected panels and flaps including front panel 25, rear panel 27, outer side panel 29, inner side panel 31, top end flat 33, bottom end flat 35, top end flap 37, bottom end flap 39, top dust flat 41, bottom dust flap 43, top dust flap 45, bottom dust flap 47, and glue flap 49. Tear lines 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65, 67, 69 and 71, shown as a herring bone zipper strip, define a tear-out portion having an extension on the exterior edge portion of the outer side panel 29 defining a pull tab 77. The function of the tear lines will be described more fully hereinafter.

Double cut score lines 79, 81 and 83 define the pull tab portion 85 located on the glue flap 49. A score line 86, which is a continuation of tear line 51, extends across the rear panel 27.

Two pairs of parallel slits 87 are located on score lines 17 and 19 below the tear-out portion 75 a distance equal to the width of the side panel 29. These slits 87 49 inwardly about score line to overlie the inner side panel 31 and a portion of the front panel 25, applying adhesive to the exposed outer surface of the glue flap 49, and then folding the outer side panel 29 inwardly about score line 19 to overlie a portion of the front panel 25. In the overlying position, the inner surface of the exterior edge portion of the outer side panel 29 becomes adhered to theadhesive bearing glue flap 49. In such condition, the shell may be economically shipped to the product packager for set up, filling and closing.

FIG. 2 depicts the closed and completed carton. When the carton shell is squared, the panels 27, 31, and 29 are positioned consecutively at right angles to each other. Usually one end is closed and sealed, the carton filled and then the opposite end is closed and sealed. The bottom end is closed by consecutively infolding the bottom dust flaps 43 and 47, applying adhesive to the outer surface of one of the bottom end flaps, 35 or 39, infolding the adhesive bearing end flap about its connecting score line 23 and infolding the other bottom end flap and adhering it to the underlying, adhesive-bearing, bottom end flap. The particular order of infolding the bottom end flaps 35 and 39 is immaterial.

In closing the squared carton shell, the top dust flaps 41 and 45 are folded inwardly about the score line 21 to lie in a common plane. Next, one of the top end flaps 33 or 37 is infolded about its connecting score line 21 to overlie the top dust flaps 41 and 45. The exposed surface of the infolded top end flap is coated with adhesive and the closure is completed by infolding the other top end flap and adhering it to the underlying top end flap. I

The carton is opened by grasping the pull tap 77 and pulling away from the carton outer side panel 29. The pull tab portion 85 of glue flap 49 detaches itself from the glue flap 49 along double cut score lines 79, 81 and 83. Further pulling breaks the tear linesSl, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65 67, 69 and 71 causing detachment of the tear-out portion 75 from front panel 25, thus providing a dispensing opening.

FIG. 3 illustrates the opened carton with the tear-out portion removed. It is the unique design of the tear-out panel 75 which enables the remaining carton to possess a pair of male locking studs 89 located across the front panel 25 and side panels 29 and 31. The mere removal of the tear-out portion 75 creates the pair of male locking studs 89.

After the contents of the carton have been reduced to a level below score line 86, the carton can conveniently be reduced in size and reclosed to protect the remaining contents, as illustrated in FIG. 4. The top portion of the rear panel 27 now forms the new top wall of the carton and the original top wall comprising the pair of top end flaps 33 and 37 now extends downward in overlapping relation to the remaining front panel 25. Locking the reduced carton in a closed position is achieved by pulling down the new top wall until the male studs 89 engage the push-in-step locking means formed by the two pairs of parallel slits 87.

FIG. 5 illustrates the engagement of one of the male locking studs 89 with the push-in-step locking means. The key feature is the piercing by the stud 89 of the front panel 25.

The course of the tear lines 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65, 67, 69 and 71 shown in FIG. 1 is preferred. However, much variation in these lines is possible, as long as some type of male locking stud is created at the juncture of the inner side panel 31, top dust flap 45, front panel 25 and top end flat 33, and at the juncture of the outer side panel 21, top dust flat 41, front panel 25 and top end flat 33. It is permissible for the two tear lines 55 and 57 to be one line, and for tear line 53 to be eliminated, so that only one tear line would lead from tear line 51 to tear line 59. Also, tear line 59 could be two differently oriented lines dividied by score line 17. Similarly, tear line 61 could be angled differently than shown in FIG. 1.

It is thought that the invention and many of its attendant advantages will be understood from the foregoing description and it will be apparent that various changes may be made in the form, construction and arrangement of the parts of the article without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention or sacrificing all of its material advantages, the form hereinbefore described being merely a preferred embodiment thereof.

What is claimed is:

1. In a blank, suitably cut and scored, capable of being erected into a reducible, reclosable carton, comprising a front panel, an'inner and an outer side panel each hingedly connected to said front panel, a rear panel hingedly connected to the inner side panel, aglue flap hingedly connected to the exterior edge portion of said rear panel capable of underlying and adhering to the exterior edge portion of the outer side panel, a top and a bottom end flap hingedly connected to said.rear panel, a top and a bottom end flap hingedly connected to said front panel, said top end flaps being of width sufficient, when the carton is erected, to at least partially overlap each other, and said bottom end flaps being of width sufficient, when the carton is erected, to at least partially overlap each other, and two pairs of top and bottom dust flaps, each of said pairs hingedly connected to each of said side panels, the improvement comprising:

a tear-out portion extending across the front and side panels defined by tear line courses, the first course beginning at the exterior edge portion of the outer side panel below the top of said outer side panel a distance about equal to the width of one of said side panels and continuing in a direction parallel to the juncture of the side panels and dust flaps across said outer side panel, said front panel and said inner side panel to the juncture of said inner side panel with said rear panel,- the second course continuing substantially upwardly therefrom along said inner side panel to a point located near a left front juncture of said inner side panel, the top dust flap connected thereto, said front panel, and the top end flap connected thereto, but spaced from a first score line dividing said inner side panel and said front panel, the third course continuing therefrom along said inner side panel to a point along said first score line but spaced below said left front juncture,

the fourth course continuing therefrom along said front panel to a point located near said left front juncture but spaced from said first score line and from a second line dividing the front panel and the top end flap connected thereto,

the fifth course continuing therefrom along said front panel to a point located on said second dividing line but spaced from said left front juncture,

the sixth course continuing therefrom along said second dividing line and terminating at said exterior edge portion of said outer side panel in a manner such that said tear-out portion is symmetrical about a line bisecting the front panel and the pair of end flaps connected thereto, whereby a pair of male locking studs may be formed across the front and side panels upon erection of the carton and removal of the tear-out portion; and

push-in-step locking means formed by a pair of double, parallel slits located across each of the score lines dividing the front panel from said side panels, capable of receiving the male locking studs when the carton is erected and the tear-out portion is removed, said slits being positioned below said second dividing line a distance about equal to twice the width of one of the side panels.

2. The combination of claim 1 further including a pull tab connected to the tear-out panel at the exterior edge portion of said outer side panel.

3. The combination of claim 2 wherein the second course continues for a short distance along the score line dividing the rear panel from the inner side panel, and then proceeds in a direction parallel to the first course of tear-out portion.

4. The combination of claim 3 wherein the third and fourth courses are along the same line, said line being parallel to the first course.

5. The combination of claim 4 wherein the fifth course angles toward the outer side panel.

6. The combination of claim 5 wherein the tear lines comprise a herring bone zipper strip.

7. An erected, completed carton made from the blank of claim 6.

8. An erected, completed carton made from the blank of claim 1.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification229/101.2, 229/225
International ClassificationB65D5/54
Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/5425
European ClassificationB65D5/54B3B
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Sep 13, 1989ASAssignment
Owner name: JAMES RIVER PAPER COMPANY, INC., A CORP. OF VA.
Free format text: MERGER;ASSIGNOR:JAMES RIVER-NORWALK, INC.;REEL/FRAME:005152/0359
Effective date: 19890420
Sep 13, 1989AS03Merger
Owner name: JAMES RIVER PAPER COMPANY, INC., A CORP. OF VA.
Effective date: 19890420
Owner name: JAMES RIVER-NORWALK, INC.
Sep 11, 1984ASAssignment
Owner name: JAMES RIVER-NORWALK, INC., RIVERPARK, P.O. BOX 600
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:JAMES RIVER-DIXIE/NORTHERN, INC.;REEL/FRAME:004332/0546
Effective date: 19840905
Sep 28, 1982ASAssignment
Owner name: JAMES RIVER-DIXIE/NORTHERN, INC., A CORP. OF VA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:AMERICAN CAN COMPANY, A CORP. OF NJ;REEL/FRAME:004097/0720
Effective date: 19820924