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Publication numberUS3759378 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 18, 1973
Filing dateMay 5, 1972
Priority dateMay 5, 1972
Publication numberUS 3759378 A, US 3759378A, US-A-3759378, US3759378 A, US3759378A
InventorsWerth E
Original AssigneeCoors Co Adolph
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Multi-unit container package
US 3759378 A
Abstract
A multi-unit container package comprising in combination an outer one piece sleeve-form open end wrapper and a plurality of container units therein each consisting of a plurality of containers detachably bonded together by adhesive means applied to each container on a side wall contacting a side wall of another container, each unit being free of any holder, strap, tray or space consuming means, said outer wrapper having a flat top overlying in direct contact the tops of the containers, a flat bottom supporting in direct contact the bottoms of the containers, opposite side walls directly contacting the side walls of a plurality of containers in a plurality of units, and a tear strip located midway between and parallel to the open ends of the outer wrapper extending around the outer wrapper said tear strip having a pull tab cut out of the outer wrapper material at one end of the strip, whereby the outer wrapper and contents may be divided into two parts each consisting of an outer wrapper and a plurality of units each consisting of a plurality of adhering containers.
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United States Patent [1 1 1111 3,759,378 Werth 1 Sept. 18, 1973 MULTI-UNIT CONTAINER PACKAGE [57] ABSTRACT Inventor: Elmer Dr Arvada Colo- A multi-unit container package comprising in combina- [73] Assigneez Adolph Coors Company; Golden tion an outer one piece sleeve-formopen end wrapper Colo and a plurality of container umts therein each consisting of a plurality of containers detachably bonded to- [22] Flled: May 1972 gether by adhesive means applied to each container on [211 App. 250,528 a side wall contacting a side wall of another container, each unit being free of any holder, strap, tray or space consuming means, said outer wrapper having a flat top 206/65 206/56 229/40 overlying in direct contact the tops'of the containers, 229/51 229/5] TS a flat bottom supporting in direct contact the bottoms [51] Cl 865d 5/02 865d 5/54 365d 71/00 of the containers, opposite side walls directly contact- 365d 85/62 ing the side walls of a plurality of containers in a plural- [58] Field of Search 206/65 C, 65 E, 65 R, ity f units and a tear strip located midway between 206/56 AB; 229/51 DB, 51 T 40 and parallel to the open ends of the outer wrapper extending around the outer wrapper said tear strip having [56] References C'ted a pull tab cut out of the outer wrapper material at one UNITED STATES PATENTS end of the strip, whereby the outer wrapper and con- 3,540,582 11 1970 Wood 206/65 E tents y be divided into two Parts each Consisting of 2,677,460 5/1954 Johnson et al. 206/65 C an outer wrapper and a plurality of units each consist- 2,322,323 5/1967 Greene et al. 206/65 R ing of a plurality of adhering containers. 3,224,633 l2/l965 Allen 229/51 DB 3,397,776 8/1968 Weiss 228/40 6 Claims, 3 Drawing Figures 2,828,009 3/1958 Andre 206/65 C I Primary Examiner-William T. Dixson, Jr. Attorney-Bertha L. MacGregor 28 :1 I I 1 1 I 27 1 y 1 29| 29 1 I I 29 a f? 7 1 I 25 29 I 29 25 1 l I8 12 La L; l l L will 'i I t 1 Z5 I 1 I I I I j/ PATENTED SE" 8 ms M Q MQ 2 mil This invention relates to acontainer package comprising in combination an outer sleeve-form open end wrapper and a plurality of container units each consisting of a plurality of containers locatedside by sideand detachably bondedtogetherby adhesive. means applied to each container on a side wall contactingthe side wall of another container. Each of the container units is selfcontained and free of any holder, tray or wrapping. The outer wrapper has a flat top overlying in direct contact the tops of the containers, aflat bottom supporting in direct contact the bottoms of the containers, and opposite side wallsdirectly contacting the side walls of a plurality of containers in a plurality of container units.

The outer wrapper is provided with a tear strip extending around the outer wrapper located midway between and parallel to the open ends of the outer wrapper, said tear strip having a pull tab cut out of the outer wrapper material at the end of the strip, whereby the outer wrapper and contents may be divided into two parts each consisting of an outer wrapper and a plurality of units, each of said units consisting of "a plurality of glued together containers. The individual containers may be necked cans which have their top ends or lids attached to the necked portions of the cylindrical side walls in such manner that the lids do not protrude beyond the diameter of the can body and thus do not prevent close contact between the glued together side walls of the containers. If the containers are bottles, their bodies have uniform diameter portions and necked smaller diameter portions, the glue being applied to the uniform diameter portions of the bottles.

Due to the compact construction of each unit consisting of six or other plurality of containers in close adhering side wall contact with each other, detachably held together by glue applied to said contacting walls, without any wrapper, strapor tray applied to the containers of a unit, together with the placement of a plurality of said units side by side, without any wrapping or binding means, and enclosure of the plurality of said units in an outer sleeve form, open end wrapper in direct contact with the tops, bottoms and sides of containers, I have produced a package which exceeds the dimensions of the plurality of containers only by the thickness of the said outer wrapper.

This is in contrast to prior art packages which employ various means for tying or holding together the individual containers of a unit and for holding together a plurality of such units within an outer tray or box form carton. The provision of necked containers which permit close contact between adjacent side walls'to which adhesive is applied, and the absence of any holders, trays or other space-consuming means for holding a plurality of containers together in a unit, has resulted in the production of a package of utmost compactness wherein the contents are in close contact with each other and with the outer wrapper wherein they are retained by close frictional engagement between the wrapper and container surfaces contacted thereby.

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a multi-unit container package consisting of four units, each unit including six containers, and an outer open end sleeve-form wrapper preferably made of corrugated or similar paper board. The containers shown are cans, but they may be bottles as heretofore mentioned.

- 2 FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the package shown in FIG. 1, showing in broken lines the tops of the containers in the container units in the outer wrapper.

FIG. 3 is a vertical sectional view on an enlarged scale, in the plane of the line 3-3 of FIG. 2.

In theembodirnent of the invention shown in the drawings, thepackageas awhole consists of an outer open end sleeve-form wrapper 10 containing four units 11 each consisting of six containers 12.

The wrapper 10 is made of one rectangular piece of cardboard folded to provide a top 15, side 16, bottom 17, side 18 and a flap 19 on the edge of the top 15. The 'flap 19 overlies theupper. portion of the side 18. A tear strip 20 extends around the wrapper midway between the open ends of thewrapper and parallel to theends of the wrapper. The tearstrip 20 has a pull tab 21 which is cut out of the material of the flap 19 adjacent the end of the strip. The flap 19 is glued or otherwise fastened to the side 18 in the overlapping area.

Each container 12 is a can having a cylindrical body 25 constituting the side wall of the container, a bottom 26 which may be integral with the body 25, and a cover or lid 27 attached to the upper edge of the cylindrical body. The upper portion of thebody 25 is necked as indicated at 28 to reduce the diameter of said upper portion and permit attachment of a cover or lid 27 that does not project radially beyond the outer surfaces of the cylindrical body 25. Thus the containers 12 can be positioned adjacent each otherside by side, with their cylindricalside walls in close tangential contact. If the containers are non-cylindrical, or rectangular in cross section, their side walls are located in close surface contact with each other. In cylindrical bodies such as shown herein, dots or lines of adhesive material 29 are placed onthe tangential contacting areas to bond the containers of a unit together.

Depressible tabs 30. in the top 1 5 of the outer wrapper provide finger openings for carrying the package as a whole or half of the package if the. tear strip-20 has separated one half from the other half.

In the embodiment of the invention'shown in the drawings, six containers 12 comprise each of the four units 11, with the twocontainer ends of the units 11 the containers and bonding them together by adhesive means applied to the side walls of the containers, produces a package of minimum size as related to the contents. I

I claim: l. A compact multi-unit container package consisting only of an outer one-piece sleeve-form open end wrapper and a plurality of container units therein each consisting only of a plurality of cylindrical containers, saidcontainer units being characterized by the absence of any holder, tray, strap or wrapping, the containers in each unit being detachably bonded together by adhesive means applied in a narrow area or row parallel to the axis of the cylindrical container to each container 7 on a cylindrical side wall closely contacting a cylindrical side wall of another container, said outer wrapper having a flat top overlying in direct contact the tops of tact the bottoms of the containers, and opposite side walls directly contacting side walls of a plurality of containers in a plurality of units.

2. The package defined by claim 1, which includes a tear strip extending around the outer wrapper midway between and parallel to the open ends of the said wrapper, said tear strip having a pull tab cut out of the outer wrapper material at the end of the strip, whereby the outer wrapper and contents may be divided into two parts each consisting of an outer wrapper and a plurality of units each consisting of a plurality of adhering containers.

3. The package defined by claim 2, in which the one piece wrapper includes a flap integral with the top of the wrapper overlying one of its sides, and the pull tab is cut out of the flap portion of the wrapper.

4. The package defined by claim 1, in which the individual containers have uniform diameter side walls necked at their upper edges and ends which do not protrude outwardly beyond said uniform diameter side walls, whereby the containers in each unit are located side by side in close side wall contact with each other, and the plurality. of units are retained in the outer wrapper by close frictional engagement between the wrapper and container surfaces contacted thereby.

5. The package defined by claim 1, in which four 6- container units are located in the outer wrapper, with two containers in each of two units facing the open ends of the wrapper, and three containers in each of two units facing a side wall of the outer wrapper.

6. The package defined by claim 2, in which four 6- container units are located in the outer wrapper, two of said units being located between one open end of the wrapper and the tear strip, and the other two of said units being located between the opposite open end of the wrapper and the tear strip, whereby when the tear strip has been removed, each of the separated parts of the package contains two 6-container units and each unit has two containers exposed at opposite ends of the separated outer wrapper.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/192, 206/429, 206/309, 206/434, 229/120.11, 229/238
International ClassificationB65D71/00, B65D21/02, B65D71/32, B65D71/34, B65D71/06
Cooperative ClassificationB65D2571/00327, B65D71/32, B65D2571/00716, B65D2571/00864, B65D2571/0066, B65D71/34, B65D2571/00444, B65D2571/00141, B65D21/0205
European ClassificationB65D21/02B3, B65D71/32, B65D71/34