US 3737069 A
A can or similar container for a variety of contents, including paints, and comprising a sleeve of plastic material with its upper edge portion interlocked with the can end and closure assembly and provided with substantially horizontal semi-cylindrical slit means forming a semi-cylindrical strap portion below the can top and which strap portion may be stretched over the adjacent portion of the sleeve and can top to provide a handle for carrying or otherwise supporting the can.
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
United States Patent 1 Owen [4 June 5, 1973.
 CONTAINER CARRIER WITH INTEGRAL HANDLE LOOP  Inventor: Ronald C. Owen, Harwood Heights,
 Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc., Chicago,
 Filed: July 15, 1970  Appl. No.: 54,977
52 0.5. CI. v.220/94 R, 220 42 1) 51 Int. Cl. ....B65d 25/28 58 Field of Search ..220/91, 42, 94, 94 A,
220/73; 206/65 C; 229/52 A, 52 AL; 215/100 A; 294/872 [5 6] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,313,059 3/1943 Freeman ..220/42 E 3,620,410 11/1971 Giese, Jr. ..220/94 R 3,341,107 9/1967 Poupitch ....229/52 AM 3,343,711 9/1967 Godshalk ..220/91 X 2,194,898 3/1940 l-lanford ..229/52 A 3,268,070 8/1966 Cunningham ..206/65 C 3 ,348,674 10/ l 967 Poupitch ..206/65.C 2,982,434 5/1961 l-lidding... ..220/94 3 ,232,422 2/1966 Whyte ..206/56 3,307,321 3/1967 Primary Examiner samuel B. Rothberg Assistant Examiner-James R. Garrett Attorney-Robert W. Beart, Michael Kovac and Jack R. l-lalvorsen  ABSTRACT A can or similar container for a variety of contents, ineluding paints, and comprising a sleeve of plastic material with its upper edge portion interlocked with the can end and closure assembly and'provided with substantially horizontal semi-cylindrical slit means forming a semi-cylindrical strap portion below the can top and which strap portion may be stretched over the adjacent portion of the sleeve and can top to provide a handle for carrying or otherwise supporting the can.
4 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures Beart ..294/87i2 X PATENIEUJun 5 I975 v INVENTOR. Rang/d GI Owen His AH'ys CONTAINER CARRIER WITH INTEGRAL HANDLE LOOP The invention is concerned with handled cans or similar containers for a variety of products, including paints, and aims to provide an improved handle arrangement therefor.
In the usual cans of this type, such as paint cans, there is provided a metal bail handle with pivotal mounting to the can body. Such bails and their interconnections with the can bodies are costly and also interfere with labeling. According to the present invention, a plastic sleeve is initially assembled to the can body by interlocking the upper edge thereof with the end seam or bead during the seaming operation. The sleeve is provided with horizontal slit means near the top of the can body and extending about half way therearound to provide a semicylindrical strap portion initially lying flat against the can body but which strap portion may be manipulated to a position extending above the top of the can and serving as a handle when ready for use.
An object of the invention is to provide a can or similar container with a plastic handle member initially lying flat against the can body and manipulatable to a position above the can top when ready for use as a handle.
Another object of the invention is to provide such a handle member as an integral part of a plasticsleeve which is interlocked with the peripherally seamed end of the can assembly.
A further object of the invention is to provide the interlocked sleeve with semicylindrical slit means forming a semi-cylindrical strap portion which may be stretched to a position above the can top to serve as the handle member when ready for use.
The invention still further aims to provide a container and handle assembly wherein the sleeve lends itself to inexpensive initially interlocking association with the can end during formation of the peripheral seam or bead therearound to form the load supporting connection when the handle strap portion is moved to can supporting position above the can top.
The above and other objects of the invention will in part be obvious and will be hereinafter more fully pointed out in connection with the detail description of the drawings wherein:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the assembled can and sleeve with the handle strap in its initial non-use position flat against the can body;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view similar to FIG. 1 but showing the strap in position for use as a handle;
FIG. 3 is an enlarged sectional view taken along the line 33 of FIG. 2 showing the interlocking between the sleeve and the peripheral seam of the can assembly, and
FIG. 4 is an exploded view of the can body and attached sleeve, the can lid retainer section, and the lid.
With reference to the accompanying drawing, the can or similar container includes a body portion 10, a lid or cover 12, and a cover retainer section 14, each shown prior to assembly in FIG. 4. As shown in FIG. 3, the upper peripheral edge of the body wall is turned outwardly and then downwardly to form a peripheral rim l6 spaced outwardly from the adjacent surface of the body wall to receive therein the upper edge portion of a plastic sleeve 18 which hugs the adjacent surface of the body wall and may be slightly stretched for this purpose.
The retainer section 14 for the lid or cover is in the form of an annulus with an outer downwardly facing groove defined by outer and inner skirt portions 20, 22, respectively, depending from a connecting roof portion 24. This downwardly facing groove fits over the end of I and this interlocks the edge portion of the sleeve within the rim 16 to the seamed end of the can body.'Variations of this seamed connection might be of the interlocking bead type.
The inner shelf portion of the annular retainer 14 includes an upwardly opening groove defined by inner and outer walls 28, 30, respectively, joined by a bottom wall 32, the inner wall 28 terminating in an outer shelf portion which, in turn, terminates in a depending strengthening bead 34. The lid or cover 12 includes a closing central portion 36 with an outer upwardly extending double thickness peripheral strengthening wall 38, within which is a depending peripheral double wall skirt portion 40 adapted for friction or snap fit within the groove formed by the retainer wall portions 28, 30, 32.
With the sleeve interlocked with the can body 10 and seam formation thereof, the can is filled and the contents sealed by application of the cover 12 to the retainer section 14 as described above. The filled can will have the appearance of FIG. 1 for shipment, storage or shelf display. The sleeve has a semi-cylindrical slit 42 disposed slightly below the interlocked upper edge portion thereof. This slit 42 defines therebelow a semicylindrical strap portion 44 initially lying flat against the body wall with the remainder of the sleeve forshipment, storage or shelf display of the sealed container. When ready for use, the strap portion 44 is stretched or otherwise stressed to extend over the adjacent edge of the can and assume the position of FIG. 2. When grasped as a handle for carrying the can or otherwise serving as the can support, the load will be transmitted through the sleeve portion remaining interlocked with the can end assembly at substantially diametrically opposed areas. The plastic material of the sleeve 18 may be of the type to receive printing and thus accept part of the can labeling and for this purpose the sleeve may be extended downwardly along the can body and an additional slit may parallel the slit 42 to define the handle strap portion 44, which, in turn, may assume a V or U configuration from diametrically opposed areas when initially lying flat against the can body with the remaining portion of the sleeve.
' I claim:
1. A handled can or like container assembly, comprising a body wall and cover means joined to the body wall by a peripheral end seam formation, and a tubular sleeve of plastics material mounted circumferentially about the upper portion of the body wall in surface contact therewith and with the upper end portion thereof interlocked within the seam formation, said sleeve having slit means generally paralleling its upper posed areas adjacent the interlocked upper edge Iportion thereof circumferentially about one side of the body wall and forming below said slit means a strap portion to be manipulated from its initialsurface contact with the body wall to a portion above the top of the can assembly to form a handle with the ends thereof remaining integral with the sleeve.
2. A handled can or like container'assem bly as i '10 l the retainer member.
claimed in claim 1, wherein the sleeyeextends axially of the body only a limited extent with the slit means comprising a single semicircular slit forming with the 'bottom edgeof the sleevevthe saidstrap portions H i 3. A handled can or like "container assembly as claimedin claim 1, whereinthe body wall is turned out,
wardly and downwardly to receive therein "the upper edge portion of the sleeve forinterlocking with the seam formation.
4. A handledcan or like container assembly as 'claimed in claim 1, wherein thecover means includes an annular retainer member interlocked with the seam formation and a cover closing the central opening in